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The Woody Paperback – October 1, 1999
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The Woody is a classically constructed farce, with each misstep and muck-up piling on the ones below it, until it seems there's no way anything will work out. But eventually, miraculously, ridiculously, it does. Lefcourt offers enough twists and turns--and winking nods to real-life figures and scandals--to make for an enjoyable ride. Of course, if you take politics seriously, The Woody may be too close to the truth for comfort, but rest assured it's much, much funnier than those real-life shenanigans. The misadventures of Senator White will keep readers at all points on the political spectrum giggling for days. --Michael Gerber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The protagonist, Senator Woody White fends off a blackmailing spouse, a litigous ex-wife, a scary housekeeper, a politically connected Vermont maple syrup kingpin and a very angry Trent Lott, whose car Woody dented in the Senate parking garage. But he really begins to panic when he comes down with a unfortunate case of Erectile Dysfunction.
You'll be laughing out loud as you read this book and you won't be able to put it down until you've reached the surprising, hillarious, witty end. The political novel has been re-defined. Peter Lefcourt opens a new chapter in the genre with "The Woddy." Don't miss out...read it today!
Ever wonder what a gangster from Vermont would act and sound like? There are a few of those rare creatures prominently placed in the book, their leader being a character named John Quincy Adams. A kidnapped dachshund, the senator's lesbian wife, and a congressional bill for Tourette's Syndrome also form important chunks of the lighthearted plot.
Considering the current crop of fools in congress, Woodrow Wilson White would seem to fit right in. The strange thing is that unlike our real lawmakers, you actually come to like old Woody. Go figure. Also go read this book for some good laughs.
While this is a political novel, it is also politically incorrect one. Dachshunds, Tourette's Syndrome, and stutterers are among the many things satirically skewered by Lefcourt. The author also uses real-life political figures to further blur the line between fact and fiction (Trent Lott is involved in a key storyline and even Bill Clinton and Al and Tipper Gore make an appearance). Lefcourt is even so bold as to "borrow" a Herman Melville opening line -- "Call me, Ishmael." But unlike "Moby Dick" (wink, wink), the protagonist of this novel is talking into a cell phone to his chief of staff. "The Woody" will leave you asking "Can truth really be stranger than fiction?" But given what we DO know goes on in Washington DC -- cynically the answer is probably "yes." Overall, a very quick and enjoyable read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Woody is a humorous satire about the trials and tribulations of a U.S. Senator with a zipper problem, who provides unconventional constituent services.Published on January 13, 2014 by j. emenhiser
I enjoyed watching the skewering of the Washington crowd. When you consider that this was published a while ago, the ongoing revelations of our elected officials at work supports... Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by J.W.
If you are a political junkie, you will like this novel a lot. Woody White-- he may or may not be aptly named, depending on whether his hormones are challenged or not-- is a... Read morePublished on August 3, 2003 by Foster Corbin
I had never read any of Leftcourt's works prior to The Woody and I am ashamed I hadn't. This book had me rolling from the get-go. Read morePublished on February 24, 2003 by Jaha
i went to the book store and found The Woody while cruising the shelf. i've never been known to read political books, and was surprised when i started reading it and liked it, but... Read morePublished on January 26, 2003 by joe
I found this book on clearance for ... and decided that it was worth a shot. After the first few pages, I was hooked. Read morePublished on July 26, 2001
I should have known with a book titled Woody, and reading the cover should have been a clue, but I happened to be in the bookstore, choosing books with red, white and blue on the... Read morePublished on October 16, 2000 by Cindy Laughlin