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Posts Tagged 'satire'

  1. T. Coraghessan Boyle’s “The Tortilla Curtain”  • 
    This book review was originally published on Critics’ Choice on October 18, 1995. Through the course of five novels and four short story collections, T. Coraghessan Boyle has proven himself an extraordinary (if erratic) satirist. His disdain for the politically correct and his peculiar sense of humor have propelled some spectacular successes (The Road to […]
  2. Laurie Foos’ “Ex Utero”  • 
    Laurie Foos is hardly Sigmund Freud, and her debut novel "Ex Utero" is a purely pop creation. But far be it from me to deny anyone the pleasure of reading this lightning-quick, chuckle-inducing mite of a book.
  3. Jane Smiley’s “Moo”  • 
    In "Moo," a brilliant, good-natured, sprawling satire set in a fictional Iowa state university known as Moo U., Smiley might let you down in the end by refusing to give certain members of her pigheaded cast of characters their just desserts, but it's a hell of a ride along the way.
  4. Joseph Heller’s “Closing Time”  • 
    This book review was originally published on Critics’ Choice on March 21, 1995. World War II bombardier John Yossarian wants to know if he can be exempt from flying any more missions because he’s insane. Of course, comes the reply, but in order to be declared insane you have to consult a doctor, and only […]
  5. Po Bronson’s “Bombardiers”  • 
    Po Bronson's "Bombardiers" is, in a word, brilliant. In a few more words, it's devastatingly funny, as wise as any Wall Street guru, and bitter as a cup of jet-black coffee.
  6. Larry Beinhart’s “American Hero”  • 
    This book review was originally published in the Baltimore City Paper on December 10, 1993. Edgar Award-winning author Larry Beinhart’s latest novel, American Hero, accuses Bush and friends of some serious noodling with the international mindset, by scheming up the Persian Gulf War to guarantee reelection in 1992. American Hero gives a fictional account of […]
  7. Roy Lewis’s “The Evolution Man, or How I Ate My Father”  • 
    This book review was originally published in the Baltimore Evening Sun on October 15, 1993. Published without fanfare some thirty years ago in England, Roy Lewis’ Evolution Man: Or, How I Ate My Father has been rescued from the bowels of obscurity by Italian publisher Roberto Calasso. And this comic tale of Pleistocene civilization is […]
  8. T. Coraghessan Boyle’s “The Road to Wellville”  • 
    This book review was originally published in the Baltimore Evening Sun on July 19, 1993. Any doctor that prescribed five enemas a day, sexual abstinence, and high doses of radium exposure for an ulcer would be kicked out of town before sunset. Unless, of course, that doctor was Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and that town […]