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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8912 posts, RR: 42
Posted (11 years 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1150 times:

Dear readers,

allow me to ask you for some help. Would you please be so kind and recommend me a Good American satirical book? I would be overjoyed if there was a way any of you, dear readers, could help me choose one.

Its topic is not the most important part of the book I am looking for, I would love to enjoy to the full an example of witty writing, in refined English language.

Kind regards,

Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
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User currently offlineGo4EVA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 days ago) and read 1132 times:


the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series is extremely well written and is a hoot to read.

Es wird vielleicht ein bißchen schwer zu verstehen... oder nicht.  Big grin

viel spaß !

Edit: Duh on me! I just read "American". I thought you were just looking for something in English... My bad.

[Edited 2004-03-25 22:50:34]

User currently offlineLucky727 From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 602 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 days ago) and read 1122 times:

Aloges ~ if you want well-written American wit, check out anything by Dorothy Parker. It's from the 1920s-30s, but absolutely hilarious, and impeccably written.

try: http://www.levity.com/corduroy/parker.htm

viel spaß...

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User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1109 times:

You could also try a collection of short stories by O. Henry. They are all very cute stories with a twist ending. Not satire per se, but good writing.

You've probably heard of some of them:
The Gift of the Magi
The Last Leaf
A Retrieved Reformation

[Edited 2004-03-25 23:41:42]

Up, up and away!
User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7975 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1102 times:

Back from your course on gentle manners, Aloges?  Laugh out loud

"Last Chance to See" by Douglas Adams (GB) & Mark Carwardine (USA). They even mention some ugly Germans.

There ought to be some satirical books around written by an American without the help from their English friends, though.  Big grin

I support the right to arm bears
User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4299 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1092 times:

Mark Twain, Chuck Pahlaniuk, Al Franken for political satire, Ben Franklin, etc. Twain and Pahlaniuk are two of my favorites, for Pahlaniuk I'd reccomend Survivor. His best known work is Fight Club, really great author! A quick example:
The pilot tells me how when each engine fails, an alarm will announce Flame Out in Engine whatever...That's enough, I tell him, I'm not getting what you'd call a pilot's license. I just need to use the toilet like nobody's business. I just want him out that door.
Then we slow to 175 knots. Not to bore you with the details, but we drop under 10,000 feet and pull open the forward cabin door. Then the pilot's gone and even before I shut the cabin door, I stand at the edge of the doorway and take a leak after him.
Nothing in my life has ever felt so good.
If Sir Isaac Newton was right, this wouldn't be a problem for the pilot on his way down.

Have fun reading, you'll likely enjoy whichever book you choose!


"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6381 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1082 times:

I suggest Bennett Cerf for american satire. Did I spell his name right? It's been awhile.

"A pat on the back, through only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, is miles ahead in results."

[Edited 2004-03-26 06:23:54]

it's getting harder not to tell people they are really odd if they think an airplan can be sexy.
User currently offlineRockyRacoon From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 987 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1074 times:

Not filling your exact request, but close enough:

A Brave New World, by Adolfus Huxley

Great book, easily one of my favorites.


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8912 posts, RR: 42
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1066 times:

Thanks so far for your friendly advice!

"Back from your course on gentle manners, Aloges?"

Nah, I just need to laugh about something else than the things certain retarded kids manage to do each day! Big grin

Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineQb001 From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2053 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1061 times:

I suggest Portnoy's Complaint, from Philip Roth, which is kind of satirical, in it's own way.

Roth is to American literature what Woody Allen is to American movies. If you like Allen, you'll like Roth as well.

Never let the facts get in the way of a good theory.
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