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Guy Grand is an eccentric billionaire--the last of the big spenders--determined to create disorder in the material world and willing to spare no expense to do it. Leading a life full of practical jokes and madcap schemes, his ultimate goal is to prove his theory that there is nothing so degrading or so distasteful that someone won't do it for money. In Guy Grand's world, everyone has a price, and he is all too willing to pay it.
A satire of America's obsession with bigness, toughness, money, TV, guns, and sex, The Magic Christian is a hilarious and wickedly original novel from a true comic genius.
"This is at once the most profoundly satiric and wildly comic account of our life and times in years."--Nelson Algren, The Nation
"Terry Southern is the most profoundly witty writer of our generation."--Gore Vidal
"Mr. Southern is wonderfully prodigal of comic ideas.... An enormously funny and satisfying satire, done with a great thrifty distinction."--The Spectator
"Terry Southern writes a mean, coolly deliberate, and murderous prose."--Norman Mailer
Terry Southern was the author of Flash and Filigree, Candy (with Mason Hoffenberg), Blue Movie, and Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes. He was also an Oscar-nominated screenwriter whose credits include Easy Rider, Dr. Strangelove, and Barbarella, as well as an adaptation of The Magic Christian.
The Magic Christian is an exercise in satire that purportedly was biting and witty at the time of its publication, in 1959. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JB
Maybe this is due to translation into a different era, but this book came off as profoundly unfunny and superficial. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Timothy R. Smith
This supposedly comic novel may have been funny when it was published, but today the humor not only falls flat, but is also in bad taste.Published 11 months ago by Oscar Firschein
It's premis of "everyone has their price" is a lot more interesting than its actual execution in the book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by SLAPPYWAG1
This book came out in 1959 and was the third novel by Southern, a great American satirist. Set mainly in the late 1950s, it featured trickster figure Guy Grand -- an American... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Reader in Tokyo
The source material for the film starring Peter Sellers, the book is an eccentric take on materialism/consumerism/greed. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Brian Keegan
The word I would use to describe this book is fun. Not as dark or fleshed out as Vonnegut but a biting look at wealth and what people will do with it or to get it.Published 22 months ago by Dave Dugan
USA USA USA. A must read for anyone who claims to know anything about America (especially Americans). That, and The Man Without a Country... so it goes.Published 23 months ago by Stu Camenzind