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The Unexpurgated Code A Complete Manual Of Survival And Manners

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  248 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Humor, Literary Studies, Social Studies
Published June 1st 1975 by Ultramarine Pub Co (first published 1975)
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Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Profane and very funny, an example....

Under Vilenesses Various he covers such things as farting and bodily stench.

Plate and Knife Licking

This is a satisfying ritual and is not only to be resorted to when one is not able to get a further helping. Although widely ridiculed as bad manners, it is permissible if delicately executed and demonstrates more than anything else your enjoyed appetite as well as your thrift.

While holding the plate surface vertically in both hands well up to the face, licking
Leslie Ann
Oct 18, 2007 marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Awesome people
I haven't read but an excerpt of this book but DonLeavey is fucking hilarious and brilliant. One of those authors your friend recommends and you're like, OK whatevs. And within a page you're all, "Oh my God! This is it! I forget there was writing left in the world that can punch you in the face, like--POW! This is style, you waspy cowboy!" . An elegant man in tweed with a pipe and cane is not to be ignored.

Fairy Tale of New York
The Gingerman
De Alphonse Tennis

Read them, and read this. Than loan
Oct 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, to-re-read
It's a shame that this one is so hard to find, as it's one of the absolute classics of curmudgeonly advice, absolutely on par with Ambrose Bierce's 'The Devil's Dictionary.' Best not to read it all in one sitting, though -- it can be draining! Hilarious, but draining.
Sep 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: folks who love brits
I re-read this book every year or so. I fall out of my chair laughing every time. I love British humor (even though this is an American writing, technically). The Pukka language is how they ruled the world with a few swords and an attitude. The book is a description of how 'gentlemen' handle all varities of situations. "Upon finding ones pants...."
I love this book.
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The compleat handbook for the modern cad. Oscar Wilde once defined a gentleman as someone who never unintentionally offends anyone. If that's the case, this book provides the means by which one may intentionally offend anyone one likes whilst still maintaining one's gentlemanly status.
Mark O'Leary
Feb 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quit
I wanted to like this book, but I find it mostly stupid, with lots of laziness thrown in. (What kind of professional writer allows his punctuation errors to make it into the final draft?)
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not his best. Unfortunately, the jokes very quickly wear thin but there are nevertheless a few Donleavian gems.
Clive Warner
Not a casual read, more of a reference book for social climbers and those that would defeat social climbers. I nearly had cause to refer to it recently after a small mongrel tried to take on my St Bernard... Dunleavey has included in the book, somewhere, instructions on how to behave if your dog has killed someone else's dog (and vice versa)
Sep 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An irreverent satirical guide to English high society. I really enjoyed the focus on posh accents and how it would have two different ways to approach each situation depending on which accent you wished to use. It did make me wish I was part of their livelyhood though, at least made me want to give it a sporting try, as those fine chaps might say!
Nov 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Donleavy was doing gold-plated snark decades before we all had a word for it. He lives in a castle in Ireland and peers down with a disgusted look at the rest of us.
A thoroughly gutter-snipe, trashy Swift - I love his stuff!
Here's the way it is. You need this advice. Thirty-odd years on, this book still tells you how you'll need to behave to be Correct in situations that you'll no doubt find yourself in. Just trust JP and keep up Standards.
Claire S
My brother and I were both too young for this when it was gifted to one of us (and shared) by Our Dad. (Clearly another notch in my 'it's not my fault' belt). We gaped and pointed and snickered and eventually it went away. Clearly HE thought it was funny, so there's that.
Hilarious jabs at the upper crust
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genius advice book on social climbing and behavior that makes Parkinson's Law look reasonable.
Winston Tuttle
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Timeless humour in the clever, but dirty way that only Donleavy can get away with. Cherish this book.
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very very funny.
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
simply incredible.
Feb 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've just dipped into this, but so far its a ROTHFLMAOUMIWCCTTMA funny.
Richard Thomas
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour-and-wit
What other book would a prospective gentleman need?
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James Patrick Donleavy was an Irish American author, born to Irish immigrants. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II after which he moved to Ireland. In 1946 he began studies at Trinity College, Dublin, but left before taking a degree. He was first published in the Dublin literary periodical, Envoy.

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