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The Satanic Nurses: And Other Literary Parodies

3.0 of 5 stars 3.00  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In J.B. Miller's alternative literary universe, Virginia Woolf has a crush on William Powell, Norman Mailer provides "The Rules" for dating, Bridget Jones writes "The Diary of Anais Nin," and J.D. Salinger sends letters to young starlets inviting them to audition for the movie of "Franny."

Dave Eggers gives us "A Backbreaking Work of Incredible Thinness," Philip Roth gets i...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 22nd 2003 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published June 1st 1990)
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This book is loaded with creative, funny short pieces that are parodies of famous authors and their writings/styles. The author has a go at them from a wide variety of angles and of course, as with all collections of short pieces, some are better than others.

While I had only read 10 of the many authors parodied here, the other selections were still interesting even though I must have missed a lot of stabs due to my own literary ignorance. This was not much of an impediment to enjoying the book,...more
A mixed bag: some of these work better than others. Then, of course, some targets are easier than others. I confess to a certain wicked enjoyment at the skewering of:

Dave Eggers ('A Backbreaking work of incredible thinness')

E. Annie Proulx ('Vocabulary Crimes')

Cormac McCarthy ('All the pretty Sentences')

For whatever reason, Miller seems to do better at parodying more recent writers. His parodies of Hemingway, Kerouac, Tolkien and Beckett were among the least successful in the collection.

I wouldn...more
This is such a hysterically funny book that I practically had tears in my eyes when I read it. Many authors are speared; none are spared. Chapters from famous books you might have read (and some you haven’t) litter these pages and the author brings his scathing wit to each and every one of them. A parody that ranks with “McSweeney’s Joke Book of Book Jokes”, this book is definitely a hoot.
Jun 07, 2008 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Good, but not great. I definitely LOLed the most at "Trainspitting".
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