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The Book of Poisonous Quotes Hardcover – September 1, 1993
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Also not found in Bartlett's (alas there's a lot unavoidably not found in Bartlett's, but that's another review), is this on critics from Marilyn Monroe: "I've always felt those articles somehow reveal more about the writers than they do about me." Dumb blonde?--troubled, but not dumb.
Compiler Colin Jarman organizes the verbal swordplay into chapters by category, beginning with "Critics and Criticism" in chapter one, followed by "The Creative Arts"...through literature, drama, film, music...religion, etc., ending with "Insults, Retorts, and Self-Criticism" in which the quoted get to insult themselves, e.g., "I'm as pure as the driven slush" -Tallulah Bankhead. There's an Index by name referencing both the speaker and the target.
The quality of the insults and ironic misspeakings is very high. I read this through in one setting some years ago, compulsively, and had many a chuckle and some outright belly laughs, and then I read it again a couple of years later and laughed anew. Looking through it once again, I have to say, there was a lot I underappreciated.
Bottom line: worth both the candle and the plastic.
The organization by subject is very handy, but overall I was fairly disappointed. Alas.
This book is a breath of fresh air and is so wickedly satisfying.
Many of the quotes can be used on yur friends or enemies ... great fun all round. It's a must for a gift book ...
Author of the popular "Quote Junkie" book sereies and the brand new "Idiom Junkie" series
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This book is so much fun I am buying
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Witty quotes from some noted raconteurs. Great for Master of Ceremony to lighten the atmosphere, or wryly state a position on a subject.Published on October 30, 2011 by T Wilds