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The Fran Lebowitz Reader - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)
  • The Fran Lebowitz Reader - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)

The Fran Lebowitz Reader - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages
Published: 09/03/2023
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Lebowitz’s sardonic commentaries on American life have drawn comparison with the great humorist Dorothy Parker, and The Fran Lebowitz Reader brings together her two volumes of acerbic observations in one handsomely presented collection.

Lebowitz turns her trademark caustic wit to the vicissitudes of life - from children ('rarely in the position to lend one a truly interesting sum of money') to landlords ('it is the solemn duty of every landlord to maintain an adequate supply of roaches').

And her attitude to work is the perfect antidote to our exhausting culture of self-betterment ('3.40pm. I consider getting out of bed. I reject the notion as being unduly vigorous. I read and smoke a bit more').

'Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things and small people talk about wine'

'Think before you speak. Read before you think'

'All God's children are not beautiful.

Most of God's children are, in fact, barely presentable'

'There is no such thing as inner peace. There is only nervousness and death'

'The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting'

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349015903
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 194 x 126 x 28 mm


The gold standard for intelligence, efficiency and humour. Now and forever - David Sedaris

She's inexhaustible - her personality, her knowledge, her brilliance, most of all her humour - Martin Scorsese

Fran Lebowitz is the rare example of a legend living up to her own mythology. She really is THAT funny - Hadley Freeman

In a world of humming, hawing, couching and obfuscating, there's nothing more refreshing than a dose of Fran Lebowitz - Caroline O’Donoghue

Unique .... Lebowitz offers vocational guides for aspiring heiresses, popes, empresses; manuals for landlords; guidance to the rich who wish to meet the poor - Vogue

The funniest woman in America - Washington Post

Despite now being over 40 years old, the essays still glitter, every bone-dry sentence pared down and packed with her unmistakeable personality - Hadley Freeman, Guardian

A forcefield of comic self-certainty in a world of anxious uncertainty - Guardian

Right on the mark ... Among the things she hates ... baggage-claim areas, high tech, after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan - Newsweek

Hilarious ... an unlikely and perhaps alarming combination of Mary Hartman and Mary McCarthy.... To a dose of Huck Finn add some Lenny Bruce, Oscar Wilde and Alexis de Tocqueville, a dash of cabdriver, an assortment of puns, minced jargon, and top it off with smarty pants - The New York Times

'the most well-connected iconoclast since Dorothy Parker' - Jane Mulkerrins, The Times

In a world of humming, hawing, couching and obfuscating, there's nothing more refreshing than a dose of Fran Lebowitz - Caroline O'Donoghue

A marvellous raconteur, full of wit, wisdom and rebellion. Genuinely one of the funniest people in the world - Irenosen Okojie

As witty, original, and impeccably discerning as the woman herself, The Fran Lebowitz Reader is a modern classic set to be read for generations to come - Otegha Uwagba

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“‘Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he’s buying.’”

I watched ‘Pretend it’s a City’ on Netflix and I enjoyed it so much I wanted more. I was so glad to discover this book.
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