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Looking For A Book

Fri Mar 26, 2004 6:25 am

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.

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RE: Looking For A Book

Fri Mar 26, 2004 6:41 am


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

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

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RE: Looking For A Book

Fri Mar 26, 2004 6:47 am

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.


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RE: Looking For A Book

Fri Mar 26, 2004 7:39 am

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

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RE: Looking For A Book

Fri Mar 26, 2004 8:06 am

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
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RE: Looking For A Book

Fri Mar 26, 2004 11:32 am

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:
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RE: Looking For A Book

Fri Mar 26, 2004 2:21 pm

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

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RE: Looking For A Book

Fri Mar 26, 2004 3:22 pm

Not filling your exact request, but close enough:

A Brave New World, by Adolfus Huxley

Great book, easily one of my favorites.

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RE: Looking For A Book

Sat Mar 27, 2004 1:24 am

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
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RE: Looking For A Book

Sat Mar 27, 2004 1:35 am

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

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