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Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

The Magic Christian

by Terry Southern

“Mr. Southern is wonderfully prodigal of comic ideas. . . . An enormously funny and satisfying satire, done with a great thrifty distinction.” —The Spectator

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 160
  • Publication Date July 15, 1996
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-3465-3
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $16.00

About The Book

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.

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Praise

“This is at once the most profoundly satiric and wildly comic account of our life and times in years.” —Nelson Algren, The Nation

“Mr. Southern is wonderfully prodigal of comic ideas. . . . An enormously funny and satisfying satire, done with a great thrifty distinction.” —The Spectator

Awards

Selected by Michael Foley in The Guardian as one of the top 10 absurd classics–books that best express the absurdity of the human condition (21 April 2010)