The Magic Christian

By Terry Southern

One of the funniest, most harsh, and so much savagely revealing books approximately American existence ever written, The Magic Christian has been known as Terry Southern's masterpiece. man Grand is an eccentric billionaire — the final of the massive spenders — decided to create illness within the fabric international and keen to spare no cost to do it. best a existence packed with functional jokes and madcap schemes, his final target is to end up his concept that there's not anything so degrading or so distasteful that somebody will not do it for funds. In man Grand's global, every person has a cost, and he's all too prepared to pay it. A satire of America's obsession with bigness, sturdiness, cash, television, weapons, and intercourse, The Magic Christian is a hilarious and wickedly unique novel from a real comedian genius.

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Darting his eyes approximately in a furtive demeanour after which interfering with the bets, snatching them up and stuffing them in his pocket, that kind of factor. It was once such an unheard-of outrage that one outdated duke fainted lifeless away. The croupier used to be hustled out of the gaming room through Captain Klaus himself, who deplored the incident profusely and declared that the following dozen spins have been at the apartment, wasting bets to stay untouched for that time—gracious recompense, within the eyes of a carrying crowd, and applauded as such; nonetheless, the incident was once no longer one simply forgotten. one other curious factor happened whilst a few of the girls went, separately, to go to the ship’s surgeon. For the main half that they had easily dropped round to select up a couple of aspirin, sea-sickness pills—or only to have a reassuring chat with the amiable healthcare professional. a number of of those women, even if, have been proficient that they appeared “rather queer” and that an exam may be so as. “Better secure than sorry,” the medical professional acknowledged, after which, through the exam, he consistently appeared to realize what he termed “a latent abrasion”—on the waist, part, hip, or shoulder of the woman—and notwithstanding the abrasion couldn't be obvious, the medical professional deemed it required a compress. “Nothing serious,” he defined, “still it’s continuously clever to take precautions. ” And so announcing he could follow an immense compress to the world, a kind of monstrous Band-Aid a couple of foot vast and a number of other inches thick, with immense adhesive flaps that went midway round the physique. The super bulk of those compresses was once a nuisance, inflicting as they did, nice deforming bulges underneath the women’s shrewdpermanent frocks. They have been nearly very unlikely to take away. One lady used to be visible operating approximately with one on her head, like an enormous white hat. First lifeboat drill used to be scheduled for the next morning. almost immediately ahead of it, Captain Klaus got here at the display and smilingly apologized for the inconvenience and gave a leisurely and pleasantly informative discuss the drill and its necessity. “Better secure than sorry,” he stated in a genial on the subject of his little speak. while the drill sign sounded, all of them obtained into lifestyles jackets—which have been the most recent factor and particularly not like regular passenger-ship equipment—and then, grumbling good-naturedly, they began for his or her boat stations; yet a unprecedented factor occurred: mins once they had positioned them on, the existence jackets all started inflating in a great approach. it appears the very act of wearing the jacket trigger a few machine which inflated it. the intense factor used to be that every one blew up so mammoth that it easily obscured the individual donning it, ballooning out approximately them, above their heads, under their ft, and to a diameter of might be twelve feet—so that in the event that they have been in an open area, akin to their cabins, the living room, or on deck, they just rolled or lolled approximately at the ground, rather hidden from view, while in the event that they have been in a hall, they have been hopelessly caught. In any occasion, virtually not anyone escaped the results of the defective existence jacket; so it was—after they deflated—with a great deal of annoyance that they got here again to the cabins, relatively able to pay attention Captain Klaus’ rationalization of what had long past amiss.

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