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Thank You for Smoking: A Novel Paperback – February 14, 2006
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Christopher Buckley's satirical gift shines in this hilarious look at the ironies of "personal freedom" and the unbearable smugness of political correctness. Bracing in its cynicism, Thank You for Smoking is a delightful meander off the beaten path of mainstream American ethics. And despite his hypertension-inducing, slander-splattered, morally bankrupt behavior--which leads one Larry King listener to describe him as "lower than whale crap"--you'll find yourself rooting for smoking's mass enabler. --Rebekah Warren --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Nick Naylor's life provides the basis for Buckley's often hilarious look at the "neo-puritanism" of mid-nineties America and the attempts of tobacco companies to fight it. And although I hate cigarettes, I think a book like this needed to be written. Anybody who's ever been repulsed by those ridiculous "Truth" ads where a bunch of obnoxious young people harass those who make and sell cigarettes should get a good laugh at Buckley's portrayal of the sanctimonious forces of political correctness. As Nick tells Oprah Winfrey in one uproarious scene, cigarette opponents aren't above manipulating children and trying to tell everyone else how to think. And anything that takes the wind out of the sails of political correctness is fine by me.Read more ›
I picked up Thank You For Smoking at the suggestion of a friend, and was pulled into the narrative immediately. The story is so tightly and entertainingly written that I practically inhaled it (pun intended), taking less than a day to finish the book's nearly 300 pages even though for the most part I had to read it a few pages at a time while working at a conference.
Author Christopher Buckley pulled off the seemingly impossible here: making a despicable protagonist like Nick Naylor seem sympathetic. I won't go into the way Mr. Buckley does it, but it is definitely worth finding out for yourself.
My only complaint is that the ending to the story wraps up a little too neatly, a little too much like Hollywood. It's a weakness, but not a serious enough of a weakness to cloud the value of this original and clever book.
This book takes on everyone. Lawmakers, lawyers, lobbyists, amoral businessmen who don't care what they sell as long as they get rich, activists who are motivated by a lot other than their stated cause, media types, and the public. We all get it in ways that will make you say ouch and still find a laugh.
Good novel that has held up well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great satirical look at the tobacco industry. The humor is sly and subtle which is the best kind of satire. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Kris Sanderson
I love this book so much. I had to read it for a individual school project and I wound up actually enjoying. It's hysterical. Worth the buy.Published 1 month ago by Danielle
It was cute at the beginning but the repartee got wearing by the endPublished 4 months ago by Richard M. Greene
This was a gift and I didn't read it. However, I do like Christopher Buckley's writing and knowing this I'm sure it was great for the intended two smokers.Published 6 months ago by Carole Stevens
Fast and funny....a too realistic parody of lobbyists... all his books are funny, if the jokes not on you....Published 6 months ago by Michael S. Post
Well that was a certainly refreshing read. Lot's of laughs.
Enjoyed all of the name dropping and references to real places. Read more