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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

In Search of Satire

The Uncommon Reader by author Alan Bennett is a work of satire. As defined by Webster’s, satire is “a literary form holding up human vices and follies to ridicule and scorn.” Among the human vices and follies that Bennett attacks are the anti-reading opinions of the Queen’s entourage.

Other great novels that use this literary device include:

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Thank You for Smoking by Christopher Buckley

Got any other suggestions for great satiric novels to read? Let us know.

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