Satire

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If you follow American politics with more than a cursory glance, and who doesn’t these days, it may strike you as odd that someone would try to write a novel of political satire set within and cent

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Surely, Alexander McCall Smith isn’t the only philosopher in the world who writes novels. But he’s probably the best known and one of the most commercially successful.

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“My trainer believes in me,” Remington Alabaster tells Serenata, his wife of 32 years. Until now he has been a reliable couch potato, she an equally predictable fitness maven.

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In the final weeks of World War II, when Walter Kempowski was 15 years old, he watched tens of thousands of his fellow Germans scramble westward through his hometown from their once-conquered terri

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Fabulous as in “resembling or suggesting a fable.” But in this book, not necessarily “of an incredible, astonishing, or exaggerated nature.” Definition from Merriam-Webster

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“[an] exceptional novel.”

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"Combining satire, magical realism, and Salman Rushdie’s signature vibrant prose, Quichotte has twists and turns that linger long after the final page."

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“Coe is a veteran who knows how to keep the action moving.”

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The Substitution Order is a good legal thriller with enjoyable characters and a dilly of a situation faced by the main character.

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“In reading The Glitch, it becomes imperative to find out what the main character is going to say or do next.

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“Too Fat to Go to the Moon mainly distinguishes itself by its lack of charm, insight, plot, humanity, or willingness to engage on any real intellectual level.

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“Braithwaite has the ability to interject the unexpected and interpolate the tension.”

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Jeeves and the King of Clubs is an experience not to be missed, a rollicking satire of stiff upper lips and gentlemanly capers in which even the title is a play on words.”

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Freiman is nothing if not an ambitious writer, unafraid to make vicious fun of those who take themselves far too seriously.

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“Keith Gessen has written a highly engaging, thoughtful, sharply observed story of modern-day Russia and a delightfully flawed hero.”

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In these days of nasty name-calling passing as humor there is thankfully one true practitioner of the literary art of satire still standing, and Christopher Buckley’s second historical novel proves

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“witty, satirical, and hilarious with a delicious quiver of crime noir hovering over all”

A pretty girl, a bartender, and a deadly snake meet up in a bar . . .

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“Absurdly compelling, packing a double barrel blast . . .”

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“A cautionary tale of mining life for one’s art. And of giving one’s fantasies too much free rein.”

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“Jere Krakoff, a lawyer, proffers a delightful satire with biting comedy and colorful characters.”

Judge Steifel frowned as he looked disdainfully at the jurors.

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“I don’t need to jump off cliffs into oceans to die, because every day there is a little death waiting for me. All I have to do is wake up and walk out the front door.”

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Michael Tolkin is a great writer, and his grasp of satire is excellent. He is known for The Player and his scathing send ups of Hollywood culture.

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A curious word comes to mind in describing Margaret Atwood’s new novel Hag-Seed.

That word is effective.

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Yuge!, Garry Trudeau’s new compilation of strips from the juggernaut that is Doonesbury, is ideal for those who feel that they have not, over the past few months, gotten their fil

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