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Review of ‘Submission’ by Michel Houellebecq.

I tore through Houellebecq’s ‘Submission’, loved it, and shelved it next to Raspail’s ‘Camp of the Saints’. Truly a tale from the last days of empire.

Posted on Amazon…

If I had to sum it up in one sentence:

Francois, a cynical, intellectual bachelor, meanders alone through the self-indulgent, humanist suicide of Western Civilization, finally stumbling into a reason to go on living.

Some interesting quotations:

On the secular religion of democracy:
“I’ve always loved election night. I’d go so far as to say it’s my favorite TV show.” (p58)

On the despair of post-modern civilization:
“…The life of every Western woman. In the morning she probably blow-dried her hair, then she thought about what to wear, as befitted her professional status, whether ‘stylish’ or ‘sexy,’ most likely ‘stylish’ in her case. Either way, it was a complex calculation, and it must have taken her a while to get ready before dropping the kids off at daycare, then she spent the day e-mailing, on the phone, in various meetings, and once she got home, around nine, exhausted,… she’d collapse, get into a sweatshirt and yoga pants, and that’s how she would greet her lord and master, and some part of him must have known–had to have known–that he was f*****, and some part of her must have known that she was f*****, and that things wouldn’t get better over the years.” (p74)

On loneliness and aging:
“What would it be like when I was fifty, sixty, older? I’d be no more than a jumble of organs in slow decomposition, my life an unending torment, grim, joyless, and mean.” (p78)

On companionship:
“A couple is a world, autonomous and enclosed, that moves through the larger world essentially untouched.” (p107)

On the impotent, empty, neo-marxist media:
“Those progressive mummified corpses–extinct in the wider world–who managed to hang on in the citadels of the media, still cursing the evil of the times and the toxic atmosphere of the country… the left, paralyzed by (Ben Abbes’s) multicultural background, had never been able to fight him, or so much as mention his name.” (p124)

On the insular nature Western Civilization:
“All intellectual debate of the twentieth century can be summed up as a battle between communism–that is ‘hard’ humanism–and liberal democracy, the soft version. But what a reductive debate.” (p207)

On death of civilizations:
“I subscribed more and more to Toynbee’s idea that civilizations die not by murder but by suicide.” (p208)

On the scourge of the nation-state model:
“Nations were a murderous absurdity, and after 1870 anyone paying attention had probably figured this out. That’s when nihilism, anarchism, and all that crap started.” (p210)

On the fatal flaw of classical liberalism:
“Liberal individualism triumphed as long as it undermined intermediate structures such as nations, corporations, castes, but when it attacked that ultimate social structure, the family, and thus the birthrate, it signed its own death warrant.” (p221)

On Islamo-Marxism:
“Islamo-leftism, he wrote, was a desperate attempt by moldering, putrefying, brain-dead Marxists to hoist themselves out of the dustbin of history by latching onto the coattails of Islam.” (p224)

On the collapse of Europa and Rome:
“The facts were plain: Europe had reached a point of such putrid decomposition that it could no longer save itself, any more than fifth-century Rome could have done.” (p225)

On atheists:
“The only true atheists I’ve ever met were people in revolt. It wasn’t enough for them to coldly deny the existence of God–they had to refuse it…” (p204)

The novel can obviously be interpreted many ways. I read it as a scathing indictment of secular-humanism and its attempt to replace family and divinity with the secular worship of equity, democratically-defined morality, and sovietized super-bureaucracy. In Submission, France accepted Islam–and all its backwardations–because it gave the people a reason to live that transcended the next sexual climax, drug-induced high, or national anthem chorus.

Finally a quote on authors:
“An author is above all a human being, present in his books, and whether he writes well or very badly hardly matters–as long as he gets his books written and is indeed present in them.” (p5)

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AMC’s The Terror Sates the Appetite

Two ships, 150 men trapped in arctic ice for two years.

Vainglorious leadership, months  of darkness, native mysticism, spoiled food, alcoholism, scurvy, lead poisoning, and a creature picking off the men one by one, growing bolder in its forays.

The series really gets going when the amber twilight of the last meager autumn day– lasting but a few minutes– winks out, leaving the crew to fend off the creature and weather the darkness and cold in their crooked, heaving ships.

The men lose their minds. There is slow starvation, mutiny, suicide, and omnipresent fear.

When desperation pushes them off their ships, they attempt to cross a frozen hell, lugging their boats over the ice. Landfall and daylight brings no respite from the blinding, night-less desolation.

Some men falter, others rise to the occasion. Great conflict and drama ensues.

I loved it.

Well acted. Well directed. Well paced. Check it out.

Brian’s Book Blog Reviews ‘Oathkeeper’

Brian of Audiobookreviewer writes:

Oathkeeper kept me guessing through the entire thing.  Every time I thought I had the story figured out it would twist and turn and totally change my opinions. Keeping me on my toes in a story that I thought was going to be very simple was a nice surprise…..READ MORE

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Oathkeeper

Survivalpunk Reviews ‘Come and Take It’

James Burnette of Survivalpunk writes:

The action in Indivisible: Come and Take It, is realistic. It’s not the main theme of the book though so don’t expect firefight after firefight. Troy does a great job of making the violence gritty, realistic and horrific. He does not romanticize violence and war. You almost want to turn away. You feel sorry for some of the characters killed on both sides of the struggle. Just like any war the Government and those that want to be Powerful throw away lives to support their cause….READ MORE

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