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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  8,395 ratings  ·  548 reviews
`Здесь курят` - сатирический роман с элементами триллера. Герой романа, представитель табачного лобби, умело и цинично сражается с противниками курения, доказывая полезность последнего, в которую ни в грош не верит. Особую пикантность придает роману эпизодическое появление на его страницах известных всему миру людей, лишь в редких случаях прикрытых прозрачными псевдонимами ...more
Published 2003 by Иностранка (first published 1994)
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Joe Valdez
Looking for a light read between my 2,400 page journey through post-apocalyptic America in Stephen King's The Stand and Robert McCammon's Swan Song, I picked up Christopher Buckley's 1994 political satire Thank You For Smoking, a title that appears on King's Reading List For Writers. The novel deals with the shameless exploits of a lobbyist for the tobacco industry, whose product was killing between 435,000 and 475,000 Americans per year (depending on whose expert was testifying), but the book i ...more

And one of those people is Nick Naylor, chief "smokesman" for the Academy of Tobacco Studies. Though in dark moments he might refer to himself as a washed-out, forty-year-old snake-oil vendor who on the Karma food chain is somewhere between a sea slug and eel shit, ole Nick enjoys his job "lying for a living," and making sure the public keeps on smoking. He's good at it. And it may just cost him his life.

Though this was not Buckley's firs
Brilliant satire of the Tobacco industry. Nick Naylor comes off as an actual person throughout. We'll written, incredible characters and funny as hell. Recommended to all who like a little bite to their humor.
This is political satire at its best.
This book reminded me so much of George Carlin & Bill Hicks. Following is a profane thingy I wrote. Read at your own risk. Judge me all you want. I'm gross & wicked, so that's how it comes out.

A ciggies rant:

I envy that fucking Cuban Cigar. He's grubby, stout, unattractive, but that fucker gets to last. He gets circumcised before he's even lit into this world, before an affluent ruffian of a human takes the first drag. Ha, his life ain't perfect
When it comes to naming our best contemporary satirists, the default response usually (and accurately) settles on Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. The Onion, too, and certainly anything Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It; In the Loop; Veep) creates. But I never hear Christopher Buckley's name mentioned, which is a shame. He's made a career out of skewering various American power structures – the stock market, the justice system, the State Department, etc. – and I'm glad that I finally got around ...more
Travis McClain
As you may recall, one of my 2009 reading goals is to get to some of the books that have been the basis for some of my favorite films. Thank You for Smoking was adapted and directed by Jason Reitman in 2004, and quickly became one of my top twenty favorite films of all time thanks largely to the sardonic humor and Aaron Eckhart's irresistibly charming portrayal of lead character Nick Naylor. It's always difficult coming to a written work after seeing the film version of it, because of two things ...more
Buckley has a very dry sense of humor. A good example is the name of the main character, Nick Naylor, a lobbyist for the tabacco industry. "Nick" for nicotine and "Naylor" for coffin nails. a euphemism for cigarettes. The other lobbyists featured in the book are for alcohol and guns (firearms). The three main lobbyists in the book are anti-ATF.

To me, Nick is a modern-day Scrooge. Not many people remember that at the end of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is said to keep Christmas better than anyone.
I saw the film in the theatre in the spring and really liked it a lot, so of course, I picked up the book. It was smartly written and had the same tone as the film, which is always great. The movie dealt more with Nick and his family, especially his son, while in the book, they where in it for like one, maybe two chapters, out of thirty. they hardly made a dent. He dealt more in the book with his job as a spokes person for a pro-tobacco company and his relationship in the MOD (Merchants of Death ...more
Funny little biting political satire on the nonsense that goes on in Washington (and Hollywood, to a lesser extent); the money that changes hands, the souls that are sold, the amoral deals that are made, the shrieking hysterical harpies on each side of a divisive issue (smoking, in this case) that are convinced they just want what's best for the American public.

I may have made a mistake with this novel, because I actually saw the movie first, having forgotten that I had the book unread on my shelves. I suspect I might've given the book 4 stars instead of 3 if I'd come to it de novo, but surely such tragedies cannot rule our pitiable lives.

In any case, it is a funny, enjoyable book, if perhaps a little bit dated. Published in 1994, it is heavily reliant upon the 'anti-political correctness' humor trope that was ubiquitous at the time. That's not a fatal
Oct 05, 2009 Cassy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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#Program BUBU

Pertama kali dibaca pada tanggal 3 September 2009.


Karena sudah nonton dan suka banget filmnya, maka waktu lihat novel ini terpajang di stand buku baru Gramedia langsung saja disambar. Meskipun begitu, ternyata nggak sempat terus bacanya, kalah sama buku-buku yang terbit belakangan (terutama manga yang terbit saban minggu). Setelah berbulan-bulan baru deh buku ini berhasil disingkirkan dari to-read list.

OK, jelas ada perbeda
As I continue my long strange voyage through Chris Buckley's assembled work, I was surprised at how underwhelmed I was by Thank You for Smoking. Perhaps it steams from the fact that I watched the Jason Reitman film first, or from the fact that I've become used to his more mature style. Whatever the case, while I read, and chuckled and enjoyed Thank You for Smoking this might well be the first Buckley book I feel no temptation to read again.

With a plot that scatters like buckshot and a main chara
Hilarious satire of lobbyists for tobacco, alcohol and firearms. Full of witticisms, some of which made me laugh out loud. The main character is 40 year old Nick, VP at the Academy of Tobacco Studies, who finds ways to fight anti-smoking groups so he can "pay the mortgage". I find Buckley's books very visual- as I read I can see how the scenes would play out on a movie screen as a dark comedy.
okay, i have to be honest here; i watch the movie first so the entire book is like an open spoiler to me. i know the storyline, i can imagine what Nick Naylor and other characters exactly looked like... and after reading the entire book; i like the movie more

i have to admit that it's hard to have a non-biased opinion towards the book. of course, the satirical way of portraying The Big Tobacco is hilarious, but i feel like the movie were exceeding the 'hilarious-form' while the book is 'just hila
Good writing, fun story. A light, relaxing book, perfect for summer holidays.
Nick Naylor may be one of the most hated men in America, because his job is to serve as the legal guardian and advocate of Big Tobacco –and he is very, very good at his job. Nick Naylor is a man who can be invited onto Oprah, and turn an ambush with a teenage cancer patient into a triumph for his own side. Thank You For Smoking is a story of business intrigue as Naylor wrestles victory from looming defeat, only to be subjected to cold-blooded revenge. A work of political satire, it bloodies nose ...more
Funny, but too caustic. Everything was so sarcastic I had a hard time accepting even the truth in that book. It was full of irony-- I could just picture the author rubbing his hands together like a mad scientist going "You won't expect THIS, suckers!" The ending was cliche, but not, because it ended the way we all expect it to, but it still had that ironic ... taste. Not satisfying, but not bad either. Read for a good laugh.
Jamie Sigal
A really fun read if you enjoy sarcasm and dated 90's references. I happen to enjoy both of those things, so this was a very enjoyable book for me. This was actually my second reading - I first read back in those now-dated 90's and I remembered loving it enough that I knew I would never see the movie, and that opinion hold up. Nick Naylor is exactly who you want him to be - An arrogant, yuppie douche-bag whose moral compass is set to 'wrong', and while his character arc does shift quite a bit fr ...more
Yolanda Vera
Membaca buku ini membuat saya tiba-tiba menjadi aktivis anti-rokok garis keras. Buku ini menceritakan tentang Juru Bicara sebuah perusahaan rokok, bernama Nick Naylor. Alurnya yang cukup jelas mengantarkan kita tentang lika-liku seorang Amerika Sejati yang bebas, pekerja keras, dan cerdas. Jika anda seorang pecinta novel detektif anda akan menyukai cara-cara perseteruan baik verbal dan fisik yang disajikan. Sebagai media-darling, Nick Naylor sukses menggembosi lawan-lawannya dalam sejumlah talks ...more
one of the very few cases where the movie is actually better than the book. Considering that Jason Reitman was using large passages of dialogue verbatim from the book this is a pretty amazing task.

The story is following the exploits of Nick Naylor, spokesman for the Acadamy of tobacco studies, or in other words he is the mouth of big tobacco. Thios leads to the inevitable complications. The book is very enjoyable and extends on the very special assassination attempt on Nick, as well as describes
Nuthouse Magazine
A raucous satire with a deserving target: the cigarette industry and its public relations machine as they attempt to deny and diffuse evidence that tobacco products kill. Bullseye!
An entertaining political satire. An evident lust for power and wannabe-alpha male sentiment, either contrived or natural, comes across through the writing. Three stars for the humor.
Very clever book. I picked this up when I was planning our trip to DC, however I didn't finish it until after. The author, Chris Buckley, is quite witty.
Kiana Cook
This is a very dry, witty book that brilliantly spoofs the tobacco industry and sales corporations. Buckley's characters brilliantly use words to twist meaning and manipulate others, and the conversations are a delight to read. Like my other favorite satire novels, this book takes on a real issue and stretches it to comedic extremes. The situation in Thank You For Smoking is so ludicrous that I was laughing the entire time. While it's not overly thought-provoking or lofty, this book is more than ...more
Jake Hainey
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This is a book I’ve wanted to read for some time now. I’m a massive fan of Jason Reitman’s film adaptation, starring Aaron Eckhart and knew that if the film’s style was lifted faithfully from the novel that I’d be in for a hell of a read. I wasn’t disappointed.

Thank You for Smoking is the story of Nick Naylor, America’s most hated man. Nick works as a lobbyist for a huge tobacco research corporation, where he spends his days defending c
Jim Breslin
This is one of those books that is very funny and a little bit disturbing. Nick Naylor is a lobbyist for the tobacco industry who continually battles the forces that try to get people to quit smoking. His powers of persuasion are unsettling, putting others on the defensive. He meets regularly with his other lobbyist friends - one who represents firearms and another who represents alcohol - and they commiserate over their PR battles. This book is laugh out loud funny in parts. In the end, the nov ...more
I loved the movie, but only skimmed the book.

Hilarious book. Couldn't stop laughing
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, but I enjoyed it immensely. I loved the character of Nick Naylor (never seen the movie) and the random other characters in the book. I thought the writing was very good and the story enjoyable. I found myself cheering for the "hero" to succeed. I'm one of those people that believes you should give people all the information and then what they do with it is their business. Hence, I don't really hate the tobacco, alcohol, or gun industries. Even though ...more
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Christopher Buckley graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1976. He shipped out in the Merchant Marine and at age 24 became managing editor of Esquire magazine. At age 29, he became chief speechwriter to the Vice President of the United States, George H.W. Bush. Since 1989 he has been founder and editor-in-chief of Forbes Life magazine.

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