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Cat's Cradle Cat's Cradle (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.19 — 312,644 ratings — published 1963
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Miss Mapp (Lucia, #2) Miss Mapp (Lucia, #2)
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avg rating 4.22 — 1,289 ratings — published 1922
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Trouble for Lucia (Lucia, #6) Trouble for Lucia (Lucia, #6)
by (shelved 6 times as social-satire)
avg rating 4.37 — 762 ratings — published 1939
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Love Over Scotland (44 Scotland Street, #3) Love Over Scotland (44 Scotland Street, #3)
by (shelved 5 times as social-satire)
avg rating 3.95 — 7,610 ratings — published 2006
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Lucia in London (Lucia, #3) Lucia in London (Lucia, #3)
by (shelved 5 times as social-satire)
avg rating 4.31 — 1,137 ratings — published 1927
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A Clockwork Orange A Clockwork Orange (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as social-satire)
avg rating 3.95 — 623,337 ratings — published 1962
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Brave New World Brave New World (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.94 — 1,136,060 ratings — published 1931
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Slaughterhouse-Five Slaughterhouse-Five (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as social-satire)
avg rating 4.02 — 1,033,344 ratings — published 1968
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Northanger Abbey Northanger Abbey (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as social-satire)
avg rating 3.77 — 248,168 ratings — published 1818
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Pride and Prejudice Pride and Prejudice (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.22 — 2,004,575 ratings — published 1813
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Sense and Sensibility Sense and Sensibility (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as social-satire)
avg rating 4.04 — 879,422 ratings — published 1811
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Animal Farm Animal Farm (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as social-satire)
avg rating 3.80 — 1,894,066 ratings — published 1945
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Beauty Queens Beauty Queens (Hardcover)
by (shelved 3 times as social-satire)
avg rating 3.57 — 89,346 ratings — published 2011
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Fight Club Fight Club (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as social-satire)
avg rating 4.19 — 459,000 ratings — published 1996
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The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.16 — 237,406 ratings — published 1895
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Where'd You Go, Bernadette Where'd You Go, Bernadette (Hardcover)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 3.91 — 211,934 ratings — published 2012
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Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 3.61 — 1,602,898 ratings — published 1954
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Fahrenheit 451 Fahrenheit 451 (Hardcover)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 3.99 — 472,675 ratings — published 1953
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American Psycho American Psycho (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 3.81 — 222,896 ratings — published 1991
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Mansfield Park Mansfield Park (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 3.80 — 243,268 ratings — published 1814
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Persuasion Persuasion (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 4.12 — 438,762 ratings — published 1818
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Breakfast of Champions Breakfast of Champions (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 4.09 — 229,075 ratings — published 1973
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Player Piano Player Piano (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 3.84 — 45,570 ratings — published 1952
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A Confederacy of Dunces A Confederacy of Dunces (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 3.87 — 213,761 ratings — published 1980
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The Sirens of Titan The Sirens of Titan (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 4.15 — 85,370 ratings — published 1959
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Boomsday Boomsday (Hardcover)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 3.70 — 10,075 ratings — published 2007
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Hocus Pocus Hocus Pocus (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 3.81 — 29,741 ratings — published 1990
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Galápagos Galápagos (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 3.87 — 61,261 ratings — published 1985
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Gulliver's Travels Gulliver's Travels (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 3.53 — 196,655 ratings — published 1726
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Absurdistan Absurdistan (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 3.28 — 15,078 ratings — published 2006
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The Time Machine The Time Machine (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 3.84 — 311,941 ratings — published 1895
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The World According to Bertie (44 Scotland Street, #4) The World According to Bertie (44 Scotland Street, #4)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 4.01 — 6,698 ratings — published 2007
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The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next #3) The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next #3)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 4.09 — 31,858 ratings — published 2003
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Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next, #2) Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next, #2)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 4.14 — 43,538 ratings — published 2002
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The Inimitable Jeeves (Jeeves, #2) The Inimitable Jeeves (Jeeves, #2)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 4.31 — 3,980 ratings — published 1923
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First Among Sequels (Thursday Next, #5) First Among Sequels (Thursday Next, #5)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 3.99 — 24,199 ratings — published 2007
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Mapp and Lucia (Lucia, #4) Mapp and Lucia (Lucia, #4)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 4.29 — 2,013 ratings — published 1931
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The Worshipful Lucia (Lucia, #5) The Worshipful Lucia (Lucia, #5)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 4.40 — 598 ratings — published 1935
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Catch-22 Catch-22 (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as social-satire)
avg rating 3.96 — 768,300 ratings — published 1961
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Solar Solar (Hardcover)
by (shelved 1 time as social-satire)
avg rating 3.20 — 21,494 ratings — published 2010
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Er ist wieder da Er ist wieder da (Hardcover)
by (shelved 1 time as social-satire)
avg rating 3.53 — 11,188 ratings — published 2012
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The House of Mirth The House of Mirth (Paperback)
by (shelved 1 time as social-satire)
avg rating 3.93 — 94,207 ratings — published 1905
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Sweatshop Sweatshop (Paperback)
by (shelved 1 time as social-satire)
avg rating 3.57 — 35 ratings — published 2015
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I Served the King of England I Served the King of England (Paperback)
by (shelved 1 time as social-satire)
avg rating 4.16 — 5,416 ratings — published 1971
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The Steerswoman (The Steerswoman, #1) The Steerswoman (The Steerswoman, #1)
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avg rating 4.00 — 1,536 ratings — published 1989
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E.F. Benson
“She's been, but she's coming back," he said. "I expect her every minute. Ah! there she is."

This was rather stupid of Stephen. He ought to have guessed that Lucia's second appearance was officially intended to be her first. He grasped that when she squeezed her way through the crowd and greeted him as if they had not met before that morning.

"And dearest Adele," she said. "What a crush! Tell me quickly, where are the caricatures of Pepino and me? I'm dying to see them; and when I see them no doubt I shall wish I was dead."

The light of Luciaphilism came into Adele's intelligent eyes...”
E.F. Benson, Lucia in London

E.F. Benson
“She ran her hands, butterfly fashion, over the keys.

"A little morsel of Stravinski?" she said.

It was in the middle of the morsel that Adele came in and found Lucia playing Stravinski to Mr. Greatorex. The position seemed to be away, away beyond her orbit altogether, and she merely waited with undiminished faith in Lucia, to see what would happen when Lucia became aware to whom she was playing. . . . It was a longish morsel, too: more like a meal than a morsel, and it was also remarkably like a muddle. Finally, Lucia made an optimistic attempt at the double chromatic scale in divergent directions which brought it to an end, and laughed gaily.

"My poor fingers," she said. "Delicious piano, dear Adele. I love a Bechstein; that was a little morsel of Stravinski. Hectic perhaps, do you think? But so true to the modern idea: little feverish excursions: little bits of tunes, and nothing worked out. But I always say that there is something in Stravinski, if you study him. How I worked at that little piece, and I'm afraid it's far from perfect yet."

Lucia played one more little run with her right hand, while she cudgelled her brain to remember where she had seen this man before, and turned round on the music-stool. She felt sure he was an artist of some kind, and she did not want to ask Adele to introduce him, for that would look as if she did not know everybody. She tried pictures next.

"In Art I always think that the Stravinski school is represented by the Post-Cubists," she said. "They give us pattern in lines, just as Stravinski gives us patterns in notes, and the modern poet patterns in words. At Sophy Alingsby's the other night we had a feast of patterns. Dear Sophy--what a curious mixture of tastes! She cares only for the ultra-primitive in music, and the ultra-modern in Art. Just before you came in, Adele, I was trying to remember the first movement of Beethoven's Moonlight, those triplets though they look easy have to be kept so level. And yet Sophy considers Beethoven a positive decadent. I ought to have taken her to Diva's little concert--Diva Dalrymple--for I assure you really that Stravinski sounded classical compared to the rest of the programme. It was very creditably played, too. Mr.--" what was his name?--"Mr Greatorex."

She had actually said the word before her brain made the connection. She gave her little peal of laughter.

"Ah, you wicked people," she cried. "A plot: clearly a plot. Mr. Greatorex, how could you? Adele told you to come in here when she heard me begin my little strummings, and told you to sit down and encourage me. Don't deny it, Adele! I know it was like that. I shall tell everybody how unkind you've been, unless Mr. Greatorex sits down instantly and magically restores to life what I have just murdered."

Adele denied nothing. In fact there was no time to deny anything, for Lucia positively thrust Mr. Greatorex on to the music stood, and instantly put on her rapt musical face, chin in hand, and eyes looking dreamily upwards. There was Nemesis, you would have thought, dealing thrusts at her, but Nemesis was no match for her amazing quickness. She parried and thrust again, and here--what richness of future reminiscence--was Mr. Greatorex playing Stravinski to her, before no audience but herself and Adele who really didn't count, for the only tune she liked was "Land of Hope and Glory". . . . Great was Lucia!”
E.F. Benson, Lucia in London

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