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Favorite satire novel?

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My favorite satire is humorous. So PG Wodehouse's novels, EF Benson's Mapp and Lucia, Tom Sharpe's Blott on the Landscape and Stella Gibbon's Cold Comfort Farm are ones that I immediately think of.

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Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen was a master of social satire, and nowhere does she display this better than in Pride and Prejudice.

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I love The Hitch Hikers guide to the Galaxy as a comedy satire, and Animal farm as a serious satire.

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I love The Hitch Hikers guide to the Galaxy as a comedy satire, and Animal farm as a serious satire.

I'm not entirely sure of the definition of satire personally (so I'm not sure which satire novels I've read), but I'd have to agree with this post. I loved both of these ^.

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I'm really bad at satire. If I don't know a book is satire, it might just go over my head and I might not understand it at all. And then when I learn it's satire, I think dohhhh!  :doh:  :blush: 

 

From the wiki list provided by emelee, I would say Candide is my favorite (not that I've read many). It was wack :D 

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For me it has got to be The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. Jonas Jonasson will I am sure in years to come do down as one of the greatest comic authors of all time.

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Great thread idea. :) Thanks for providing those links. From going through them, here are some of the ones I've read and loved the most:

 

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (without a doubt my favourite satire)

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Animal Farm by George Orwell

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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For me it has got to be The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. Jonas Jonasson will I am sure in years to come do down as one of the greatest comic authors of all time.

 

I really liked the 100 year old man. Another one I would add to this list, and one of my all time favourite books, is: Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene

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 Another one I would add to this list, and one of my all time favourite books, is: Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene

 

Loved this book too Duncan. I see there was a movie made with Maggie Smith as Aunt Augusta. She would suit the part so well :D  I've always meant to read more books by him ....have you read any of his other works, and if so, are there any you particularly recommend?

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Loved this book too Duncan. I see there was a movie made with Maggie Smith as Aunt Augusta. She would suit the part so well :D  I've always meant to read more books by him ....have you read any of his other works, and if so, are there any you particularly recommend?

 

I read The Human Factor and wasn't particularly impressed with it, it was fine, just not outstanding. That is the only other one of his I have read. However, this has prompted me to read more of his work, so I have dug out a copy of The End of the Affair. I will let you know how it goes.

 

I have not seen the movie with Maggie Smith - I will look out for it :-)

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