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message 1: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments Which of these satires have you read? Do you have a favorite?

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/33...


message 2: by Poornima (last edited Aug 21, 2013 05:58AM) (new)

Poornima | 37 comments I have read some of the books on the list.. Out of them, my favourites are Pride & Prejudice and Wodehouse's Jeeves series! Love them and have re-read them many times.

Been planning to read Terry Pratchett, have him on my TBR.

I am, sadly, one of those who couldnt finish Catch 22..


message 3: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11715 comments Mod
I have read:

The Importance of Being Earnest
Pride and Prejudice
Even though it is put with Gulliver's Travels, I have also read A Modest Proposal.


message 4: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments I have been reading a lot of satire lately and have several sitting by my couch waiting for me! Here is my list:

Animal Farm by George Orwell
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Candide by Voltaire
Gulliver's Travels and A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift (although not in one edition)
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
The Misanthrope, Tartuffe, and Other Plays by Moliere
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (which I don't consider to be a satire!!)
The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
Lysistrata by Aristophanes
The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Cakes and Ale by W. Somerset Maugham
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
(end of top 100)

The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh
Hogfather by Terry Prachett
Before Lunch by Angela Thirkell
Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens

I don't know if I can pick out a favorite! Maybe The Code of the Woosters for belly laughs & Vanity Fair for social commentary... but I also loved Cakes and Ale


message 5: by Elisa (new)

Elisa | 206 comments I've read some, but without any doubt
Lysistrata* and The Importance of Being Earnest are my super favourite!


*=this is a play that every woman should be forced to read at least once in her life, I mean it!


message 6: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments Elisa wrote: "I've read some, but without any doubt
Lysistrata* and The Importance of Being Earnest are my super favourite!


*=this is a play that every woman should be forced to read at least once in her life..."


Maybe I should make it one of the plays for group reads!


message 7: by LauraT (new)

LauraT (laurata) | 13210 comments Mod
Animal Farm  by George Orwell 
Candide by Voltaire 
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde 
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain 
The Nose by Nikolai Gogol 
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett 
The Master and Margarita  by Mikhail Bulgakov 
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 
The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde 
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray 
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens 
An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde 
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut 
Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope 
The Fatal Eggs by Mikhail Bulgakov

I've not read them, but seen them all at the theatre
The Misanthrope, Tartuffe, and Other Plays 
by Molière 

Real glad that my beloved Trollope has been considered! He's such an ironic writer!!!


message 8: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11715 comments Mod
Elisa wrote: "I've read some, but without any doubt
Lysistrata* and The Importance of Being Earnest are my super favourite!


*=this is a play that every woman should be forced to read at least once in her life..."


It does look interesting.


message 9: by Elisa (new)

Elisa | 206 comments It is amazingly funny, and it is remarkable that such a play about sex was written in ancient Greece, like those 2000+ years before shows like sex and the city


message 10: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11715 comments Mod
Leslie wrote: "Elisa wrote: "I've read some, but without any doubt
Lysistrata* and The Importance of Being Earnest are my super favourite!


*=this is a play that every woman should be forced to read at least on..."


Oh, please do.


message 11: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments Elisa wrote: "It is amazingly funny, and it is remarkable that such a play about sex was written in ancient Greece, like those 2000+ years before shows like sex and the city"

Which is why it gets banned :P That is actually where I first became aware of it - on a list of banned (or once banned) books.


message 12: by Petra (new)

Petra | 3248 comments Of these, I've read:

Animal Farm
Catch-22 (currently reading)
The Importance of Being Earnest (hilarious)
The Screwtape Letters
Pride & Prejudice
Our Man In Havana (ahead of its time but dated now; still a good read)
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s childhood pal (hilarious)
Slaughterhouse Five (very well done)
Cancer Ward

I enjoyed all of these. I think I laughed most through The Importance of Being Earnest and Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff.


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