The Magic Christian

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  • Title: The Magic Christian
  • Author: Terry Southern
  • ISBN: 9780802134653
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Paperback
The Magic Christian

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About “Terry Southern

  • Terry Southern

    Terry Southern was a highly influential American short story writer, novelist, essayist, screenwriter and university lecturer noted for his distinctive satirical style He was part of the Paris postwar literary movement in the 1950s and a companion to Beat writers in Greenwich Village he was at the center of Swinging London in the sixties and helped to change the style and substance of Hollywood films of the 1970s In the 1980s he wrote for Saturday Night Live and lectured on screenwriting at several universities in New York.Southern s dark and often absurdist style of broad yet biting satire helped to define the sensibilities of several generations of intelligent writers, readers, directors and film goers He is credited by journalist Tom Wolfe as having invented New Journalism with the publication of Twirling at Ole Miss in Esquire in 1962, and his gift for writing memorable film dialogue was evident in Dr Strangelove, The Loved One, The Cincinnati Kid and Easy Rider His work on Easy Rider helped create the independent film movement of the 1970s, in opposition to Hollywood film studios.



341 thoughts on “The Magic Christian

  • This one didn t sit well with me Guy Grand is fabulously wealthy, and his favorite hobby is testing out his theory that there is nothing so degrading or so distasteful that someone won t do it for money Yes, I get it it s a satire on American culture, and our obsession with power and money Maybe it s just me who doesn t find the idea of people wading into a vat of sewage to collect cash to be utterly hilarious Perhaps I m the only one who s not amused by a rich asshole who enjoys fucking with pe [...]


  • The Magic Christian is a blatantly dark, absurd, and unrelenting satire about a capitalistic society s relationship to money Criticism is aimed at those who have wealth and those who seek it In principle, I m in agreement that actions spurred by money can be insane, inhumane undignified, at best In a sense, ridicule is warranted However, despite the satire, not many of the scenes were humorous Imagining people groping through hot manure and urine to grab cash is gross and sad not funny I guess I [...]


  • The Magic Christian is the book that indirectly got Terry Southern the job of writing Dr Strangelove for Stanley Kubrick.Guy Grand is an eccentric billionaire who uses his money to make fools out of people Everyone has their price This short book consists of a series of vignettes that riff on this theme Some of his outr ideas raise a chuckle but many are just plain silly A pretty typical idea is Guy Grand secretly buying a New York advertising agency, and then appointing a pygmy as chief execut [...]


  • An extremely short around 160 pages and not quite satisfying farce about a billionaire, Guy Grand, who uses his vast wealth and free time to play elaborate and disgusting pranks on an unsuspecting public It s a fun concept that never really achieves the sort of dizzying hilarity I would have liked The idea of an enormous vat of heated sewage full of money that people must debase themselves to retrieve is quite amusing, sort of like an R rated version of Double Dare The novel is sporadically funn [...]


  • Read years ago in college My memories are that it was sophomoric and perhaps a bit obvious, but that parts of it were hilarious My first thought was that it was dated, but then my mind went to all of the folks who are willing to make fools of themselves and wreck their lives, all to gain a little fame and fortune on reality TV shows these days, and I realized that it s not dated at all.Some things never change.The response that Guy Grand sends to the Italian noblewoman when she attempts to book [...]


  • Terry Southern is best known for writing the screen play for Dr Strangelove It s one of my dad s favorite movies, but I always felt like I was not in the target generation I didn t like this book much than I liked the movie It s about a man who uses his money to make fools out of people, and while the satirical commentary on greed is sometimes funny, it s never funny enough to be really witty, and never smart enough to be really insightful.


  • Yes, it s true This IS one of the sickest, funniest, most original books of all time You ll laugh your guts out, for all the wrong reasons.


  • Oh, how I love the Magic Christian This book really a novella is not for everyone If you are looking for a book about characters you can identify with, you are looking in the wrong place Unless you have a wicked streak a mile long The Magic Christian is about one man s quest to find everyone s price It is a mercilessly funny and mean novel about the modern age as has ever been written The movie starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr was a decent, if slapstick adaptation But, the spirit of the pi [...]


  • If you re like me, you ve probably wondered why all of the billionaires who own the world these days are so boring with their money Yachts, planes, islands, and Warhols, but so many opportunities they completely miss They have carte blanche to fuck with all of our heads with amazing pranks that the rest of us can t pull off due to lack of means Terry Southern does us all a favor by creating a billionaire whose sole purpose is to spread confusion and chaos everywhere he goes with his money I won [...]



  • Southern was one of the leading lights of the 1960s counter culture He wrote the screenplays for Easy Rider and Dr Strangelove , and a few well known novels After reading this, I can understand why he was an icon His humor was right in tune with and may very well have been a big influence on the times it was sarcastic and pointed, but managed to stay light and irreverant, never descending to meanness or social criticism Southern was a first rate humorist and satirist.This is one of his best know [...]


  • The STOP SMILINGRebels Outlaws Issuefeatures a 16 page feature by Nile Southern, son of maverick New Journalist and screenwriter Terry Southern It includes an extensive interview between Terry Southern and Stanley Kubrick, a short story and unpublished letters, and new information on some of Southern s greatest works, including Candy and the screenplay for Dr Strangelove.Click for on the Rebels Outlaws Issue


  • I did pick this book up and start cracking up almost immediately as I read the first page And I do find New York hot dog humor hilarious And of course, high culture dwellers in low brow scenarios never misses the mark of mirth But after a while a very short while, too the strange, nefarious, deranged philosophy that Terry Southern seems to harbor creeps out At first it makes you nauseous, but then you think about it and and you roll your eyes At the bottom of this novel sits the idea that huma [...]


  • Good Grief, it s Daddy No, that s another of Mr Southern s masterpieces, one I ve yet to re read after all these years It s on order I speak, of course, of Candy But nevertheless, here, the Magic Christian It s a very rare book, in that it s virtually unique, but addresses an issue that might be on many of our minds what totally unique and cool thing would you do with some extra billions of dollars Aren t we a little bored seeing how all the billionaires in our midst conduct themselves, so tradi [...]


  • the back cover states one of the funniest, cruelest, and most savagely revealing books about american life ever written for me the cruelty that drives this satirical novel makes the magic christian a daunting experience for the record i also did not laugh in there s something about mary when ben stiller caught his penis and was in pain so if that made you laugh uproariously, this may be the book for you is getting two stars because the writing was crisp and i enjoyed the opening train scenes of [...]


  • I was expecting so much from the man who wrote the screenplay for Dr Strangelove, one of my favorite movies Sadly, this book just hasn t aged as well as Strangelove, and I don t think that my generation would find the practical jokes played by Guy Grand to be all that funny in the world we live in today It only gets 2 stars because I laughed while reading the chapter on the Magic Christian, but that payoff was to little and came to late for me to recommend this book to anyone else.


  • An eccentric billionaire uses his money to play elaborate tricks on people I was disappointed that this never got subversive or disturbing enough to be worthwhile Just sort of cute and elaborate but never outrageous enough to really enjoy It just raised my cheapness cockles without satisfying my perverse annoying ness urges.but it s short so why not.


  • Well, sure, that was kinda funny A millionaire spends big money on screwing with people and laughing at society I can see why it might have seemed a bit outrageous 50 years ago.


  • Just who do you think you are, Mister Just what is your game Grand s the name, easy green s the game, said Guy with a twinkle Play along


  • Read it because Coop suggested it as one of his favorite books in a Boyd Rice documentary BTW, Coop once said I had a cute bottom, one of the highest compliments of my life.


  • I d known about the loose film adaptation an Anglicisation of the novel but the reason I decided to read the book was discovering that Southern was a big fan of Henry Green and I d just finished Back I ve not seen the film but I have seen a clip where Peter Sellers buys a painting just so he can cut the nose out of it in front of a suitably aghast John Cleese but that s not in the book although it could ve easily been because that s precisely the sort of thing Grand would ve done.The book clearl [...]


  • Publicado en lecturaylocura el cristianCuando se lee la biograf a de Terry Southern, uno se da cuenta de que fue una de esas figuras inigualables y pol micas que surgen cada cierto tiempo y que, desde luego, dan animaci n a todas las facetas de su vida.Adherido de alguna manera a la generaci n beat, adopt el rol de adalid de la contracultura americana Aunque public sus primeros libros a partir de 1958, cuando se hizo de verdad famoso fue gracias a Peter Sellers, que le recomend a Stanley Kubrick [...]


  • Me gust la riqueza imaginativa de la s historias Es una novela ajena a muchas de las preocupaciones formales y estil sticas de sus contempor neos Breves excentricidades que no aspiran a seguir las reglas de relato convencional Podr an verse como episodios de una serie donde domina el absurdo.



  • Terry Southern is an American novelist, Academy award nominated screenwriter, and even later did writing for Saturday Night Live He is praised for his satire and humor, and The Magic Christian has no shortage of luminaries singing its praises.Not this reviewer The novel revolves around Guy Grand, a billionaire who likes to spend his money to show how far people will go for money He says everyone has a price, and he intends to find it Would you eat a parking ticket for a few thousand dollars Gran [...]


  • This is a case of truth becoming stranger than fiction This 1960 novel by Terry Southern hinges on the outrageous premise that people will do anything for money including humiliating themselves in public The book amounts to a series of episodes proving that premise In a nutshell Billionaire Guy Grand uses his seemingly infinite financial resources to set up ridiculous scenarios dumping 1 million in cash into a vat of cow manure situated on a Chicago street, with the vat marked FREE MONEY a milli [...]


  • Published in 1959, Terry Southern could be considered the precursor to Chuck Palahniuk Though the subject matter is quite expository of American culture and its love of money, it falls a little short in my expectations for satirizing the spirit of the American citizen Part of the reason for this is the opening of the book during which Guy Grand essentially tempts people to dive through simmering manure, urine, and blood for a chance at collecting free money I found myself delightfully repulsed, [...]


  • Guy Grand was the last of the big spenders and, as such, a great favorite at these restaurants due to his eccentric behavior during mealtime however, the management always took care to place him at the table as decentralized as possible on the edge of the terrace, in a softly lit alcove, or, preferably, at a table entirely obscured by a canopy arrangement which many restaurants, after his first visit, saw fit to have on hand for Guy s return.When the first course did arrive, an extraordinary spe [...]


  • This was a pick by my favorite librarian Justin at the Roosevelt Island branch This book made me laugh aloud several times once while I was reading it in San Francisco in a diner, to the point that I was almost embarrassed for myself I just couldn t stop The arrangement of the story didn t draw me in Flashbacks of scenes from this rich prankster s life that go back and forth with the present day where he s sitting in a drawing room with his two aunts and a pretentious woman with a really annoyin [...]


  • What in the world is up with Terry Southern He is hilarious, but perhaps his unique talent is suited to the cinema he co wrote Dr Strangelove , where he can deliver his punches and the audience can gasp and laugh and convulse then run out into the real world when it s all over go about their business with those crazy echoes in their heads The novel just seems a strange medium for him This book is one long, painfully prescient crazy joke on our consumer culture, in the manner of a series of skit [...]


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