The Magic Christian

The Magic Christian

Book - 1996
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One of the funniest, cruelest, and most savagely revealing books about American life ever written, The Magic Christian has been called Terry Southern's masterpiece. Guy Grand is an eccentric billionaire -- the last of the big spenders -- determined to create disorder in the material world and willing to spare no expense to do it. Leading a life full of practical jokes and madcap schemes, his ultimate goal is to prove his theory that there is nothing so degrading or so distasteful that someone won't do it for money. In Guy Grand's world, everyone has a price, and he is all too willing to pay it. A satire of America's obsession with bigness, toughness, money, TV, guns, and sex, The Magic Christian is a hilarious and wickedly original novel from a true comic genius.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press ; [Emeryville, CA] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 1996, c1959.
Edition: 1st Grove Press pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780802134653
Branch Call Number: FIC SOUTHERN, TERRY
Characteristics: 148 p. ; 21 cm.


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May 14, 2010

Not terribly impressive as a narrative or "novel", there's really no character arc or plot to speak of, just a series of descriptions of elaborate pranks. Don't expect too many christians, magic or otherwise! Perhaps a book greater in reputation than in fact, although it was interesting to see the early shades of "Doctor Strangelove" and "Easy Rider" in the writing.


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