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  • ISBN: 1400062233
  • Author: Christopher Buckley
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: United States
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House; First Edition edition (September 14, 2004)
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • ePUB size: 1156 kb
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As did Mark Twain, Christopher Buckley performs an admirable service to our nation by pointing out our hypocrisies and keeping us laughing at ourselves. 3 people found this helpful.

Only 14 left in stock (more on the way). As did Mark Twain, Christopher Buckley performs an admirable service to our nation by pointing out our hypocrisies and keeping us laughing at ourselves.

Florence of Arabia is a satirical novel written by Christopher Buckley and first published in 2004 by Random House. The novel follows a fictional State Department employee, Florence Farfaletti, as she attempts to bring equal rights to the fictional Middle Eastern nation of "Matar. The wife of the ambassador of the fictional Middle Eastern nation of Wasabia gets drunk, steals her husband's car and drives out of the compound.

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He worked as a merchant seaman and White House speechwriter. He has written for many newspapers and magazines and has lectured in more than seventy cities around the world. He was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor and the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence. Библиографические данные. Florence of Arabia: A Novel.

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The audio book of Christopher Buckley’s FLORENCE OF ARABIA is a hilariously fun listen from start to finish. What a beautiful novel Florence of Arabia was. Here the masterful thriller meets top comedy to create a really magneficent political satire

The audio book of Christopher Buckley’s FLORENCE OF ARABIA is a hilariously fun listen from start to finish. Recommendation: Read, listen, indulge in satirical Buckley wit. "If there are no alternatives, then there are no problems. Here the masterful thriller meets top comedy to create a really magneficent political satire. I enjoyed every second while I listened to this novel. What a great movie it could be but as political correctness will be involved I don't think anyone willdare to make a movie based on this novel anywhere soon.

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The chairman of the Federal Reserve today said that he was culling the prime rate by a half point. God he praised! Renard winced, too.

The chairman of the Federal Reserve today said that he was culling the prime rate by a half point e made, in which case they can become very pious indeed But George had been adamant about having the anchors and reporters drop in the occasional "Allahu akhar" on the grounds that it "gives us Arab Street cred. A little street cred was probably a good idea, given the babe quotient in TV Matar's announcers.

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. The bestselling author who made mincemeat of political correctness in Thank You for Smoking, conspiracy theories in Little Green Men, and Presidential indiscretions No Way to Treat a First Lady now takes on the . . The bestselling author who made mincemeat of political correctness in Thank You for Smoking, conspiracy theories in Little Green Men, and Presidential indiscretions No Way to Treat a First Lady now takes on the hottest topic in the entire worldArab-American relationsin a blistering comic novel sure to offend the few it doesnt delight. Appalled by the punishment of her rebellious friend Nazrah, youngest and most petulant wife of Prince Bawad of Wasabia, Florence Farfarletti decides to draw a line in the sand

The bestselling author who made mincemeat of political correctness in Thank You for Smoking, conspiracy theories in Little Green Men, and Presidential indiscretions No Way to Treat a First Lady now takes on the hottest topic in the entire world–Arab-American relations–in a blistering comic novel sure to offend the few it doesn’t delight.Appalled by the punishment of her rebellious friend Nazrah, youngest and most petulant wife of Prince Bawad of Wasabia, Florence Farfarletti decides to draw a line in the sand. As Deputy to the deputy assistant secretary for Near East Affairs, Florence invents a far-reaching, wide-ranging plan for female emancipation in that part of the world.The U.S. government, of course, tells her to forget it. Publicly, that is. Privately, she’s enlisted in a top-secret mission to impose equal rights for the sexes on the small emirate of Matar (pronounced “Mutter”), the “Switzerland of the Persian Gulf.” Her crack team: a CIA killer, a snappy PR man, and a brilliant but frustrated gay bureaucrat. Her weapon: TV shows.The lineup on TV Matar includes A Thousand and One Mornings, a daytime talk show that features self-defense tips to be used against boyfriends during Ramadan; an addictive soap opera featuring strangely familiar members of the Matar royal family; and a sitcom about an inept but ruthless squad of religious police, pitched as “Friends from Hell.”The result: the first deadly car bombs in the country since 1936, a fatwa against the station’s entire staff, a struggle for control of the kingdom, and, of course, interference from the French. And that’s only the beginning.A merciless dismantling of both American ineptitude and Arabic intolerance, Florence of Arabia is Christopher Buckley’s funniest and most serious novel yet, a biting satire of how U.S. good intentions can cause the Shiite to hit the fan.
Comments: (7)
Innadril
Superb. Names changed to protect the author, but v. clear he's insulting religious power-trippers wherever they may reign. A real page turner with strong women finally getting starring role. D.C. insider talk felt authentic. Torture scenes by the Wasabi's remind the reader that some real bastards willingly kill anyone they disagree with. Also clever word play that makes one laugh despite the serious nature of the true subject. Author calls it his "mid-east comedy" but true heroic purpose is only thinly disguised. Should be a movie, except would probaby ignite WW3 - or at least another major conflict in the mid-east. Highly recommend this book, esp. to those with a social conscience.
Stanober
I got such a kick out of the Wasabi/Matar based novel. It should be required reading for all the do-gooders and do-badders on the scene of "emerging" nations. It's so difficult for a Westerner and non-religious person to know & understand the goals & snafus of foreign policy in the Mideast and adjoining areas. Like why are we in Afghanistan?
Thibadeaux as a just-this -side of a mercenary and Uncle Sam as a deep throat character illustrate just a couple of deep background characters we non-illuminati suspect of string pulling. Flor- ents just does not want to know like Laur-ents 100 years ago did not want to know what the game really is. Keep going, Chris Buckley; we need you.
Dibei
How did this get on my reading list? Middle Eastern conflicts, largely to do with oil, repressive regimes and the mistreatment of women, foment into hilarious hi-jinx when Florence gets involved. Examples: the backward kingdom is dubbed “Wasabia” and its rival Arab country is “Matar” (pronounced “mutter” and used as a joke throughout the novel). Exciting action, laugh out loud observations, all seemingly based on current events. Look out for camels.
Barinirm
A satire with Islamic theocracy at its core is something relevant to the times, and Christopher Buckley spares no one in this novel. The main object of Buckley's sharp wit is indeed religious piety and hypocrisy (and how refreshing to see a writer mock a religion other than Christianity, they all deserve a few potshots now and then) but he also mocks the history that shaped the modern Middle East, the disastrous efforts of the United States to intervene in Middle Eastern affairs, and the CIA, just to name a few.
The plot is a little hackneyed and too convenient in places, but Buckley's sharp dialogue and dry humor acts as nice ballast to some of the more mundane aspects of the text. Buckley's endemic weakness for ending his novels also rears its ugly head in this book, but I have come to accept that aspect of his writing.
The novel is a mix between action story (here Buckley is out of his element) religious satire (one of the text's strongest assets) and clarion call for gender equality (here Buckley makes every male character look dumb, sneaky, or gung ho). Although the mix is eclectic, the concoction Buckley comes up with works, and as an entertainment this novel is superb. It also has the pang of recognition that all good satire should have. Considering its subject matter, I wish more people were writing about it.
This novel is not a waste of time, and a quick and engaging read. It deserves your attention.
INwhite
There hasn't been much of anything to laugh at in the Middle East since Saddam Hussein's propaganda minister was proclaiming the defeat of the Allied invaders while Allied tanks were rolling down the streets outside his Baghdad television studio. Yet somehow, in Florence of Arabia ("FofA") Christopher Buckley manages to produce an overall funny and on occasion hilarious comedy about the political conflicts in the Middle East.

Buckley does not shy away from anyone. Some of the funniest scenes in FofA concern the "Waldorf Group", a thinly-veiled reference to the Carlyle Group, and how it uses its high-level connections, inside information and control to profit obscenely from government dealings. Other targets of Buckley's wit include the United States and French governments and bureaucracies, the corrupt hereditary rulers of the Middle East, and the cultural differences between the West and the Middle East.

My main criticism of FofA is that, at times, Buckley departs from satire and includes scenes more typical of a thriller. There is a long car chase sequence that would be more appropriate in one of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels. The characters are a bit stereotyped, especially CIA/military operative Bobby Thibodeaux.

I've read all of Buckley's novels, and have enjoyed them all to varying degrees. In my opinion, his all-time best remain "Thank You for Smoking", which lampoons the tobacco industry, Washington lobbyists and the public relations profession; "God is My Broker", which takes on Wall Street and the church; and "No Way to Treat a First Lady", which recounts the highlights of the Clinton years. Each of these other books has much richer source material to draw upon, and hence is more hilarious than "Florence of Arabia".

I eagerly look forward to Buckley's next effort, and wonder what he will choose as his subject (professional sports? the media? global warming?). As did Mark Twain, Christopher Buckley performs an admirable service to our nation by pointing out our hypocrisies and keeping us laughing at ourselves.
Balhala
Christopher Buckley is a great satirist and this is one of his better efforts. Interestingly, he again uses a female protagonist. The oil emirates, the French, and diplomacy generally are his targets.

Of course, this is not great literature, but it was a fun and easy read which left me with a smile on my face. Thank you Mr. Buckley
Wooden Purple Romeo
Not what I expected. I expected something more comedic/satiric but this was a great story told in a humorous, quirky writing style that kept it interesting. A quick read but there was actually a credible, jarring story here. I look forward to reading more from Buckley.
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