What are the best satirical books?

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    #1Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 

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    Richard Simpson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "It may not come to mind immediately since it's a book on social and political commentary but it is written in a very witty and satirical manner. You can't go wrong with this Orwell classic probably second only to 1984 as far as popularity."
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    1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell that tells the story of Winston Smith, who lives under the rule of the tyrannical government ruled by the omnipresent Big Brother. It is a bleak portrayal of how society might become in the future.

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    Keith Wilson
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "What a pretty extraordinary and mesmerizing book. It reminded me of how much the government wants to control us. This novel brought to light some of the events that are going on in present day time due to a government that is always scheming. "
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    Slaughterhouse-Five is a science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut that tells the story of the time-traveling American soldier Billy Pilgrim, who became devoutly anti-war after witnessing the bombing of Dresden.

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    David Hoffman
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Slaughterhouse-Five is the best satirical books"
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    #4Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a utopian and dystopian fiction novel published in 1932. This book follows Bernard Marx living a perfect life in a scientifically engineered society until he visited one of the remaining old reservoirs.


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    Shreya Singhal
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This book is really interesting, but it took me a lot of time to finish it, even though it's a short one. I must say that what I liked the most of this book is the description of the setting they live in and basically the beginning when the way the world works is explained, the way it is described and the reasons the author gives for it to be that way make sense. Aside of that I truly disliked the characters and the main story plot with the savage thing. When Lenina and Bernard go to the savage reservation the books becomes kinda boring. I want to think that the author made the characters unlikeable on purpose, because they have a very different way of thinking and basically everything that today is normal to them is stupid and senseless... But even though John is the only one that one can relate to, to me he was still unlikeable. I would have liked to know what happened with Bernard and his friend, whose name I forgot, and the life in the island or how things work in the islands, but nope, instead of that everything ends up focusing on Mr. Savage, although Bernard was the main character at the beginning."
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    #5Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies is classic fiction written by William Golding published first in 1954 which is about a group of English schoolboys who survived a plane crash and got stranded on an uninhabited island.


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    Kyle Phillips
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Reading this book reminded me of the book ' Animal Farm'. Both the book satirically tells what happens when people in power are unchecked. It tells us that people, at there core, are basically savages who are living under the cloak of civility for the fear of law and order. This book is funny and true at the same time."
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    Candide is a satirical novel by Voltaire. It provides social criticism by telling the story of Candide, who delivers a blow against optimism in the face of life's hardships as he struggles to reunite with the love of his life.

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    Emma Richards
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I identify totally with Candide. I love the satire."
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    #7A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange is a standalone 1963 classic science fiction book written by Anthony Burgess which centers on 15-year-old Alex McDowell who spread violence, but then he came back in the reality and was rejected by his parents. 


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    Shreyas Rodrigues
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book is a timeless classic. Unlike many classics of an earlier age which tend to have been more traditional and mellow in message, A Clockwork Orange have a very satirical, slightly cynical message that is poignant and elicits much introspection on the reader's part. Highly recommended."
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    #8The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel by Mark Twain. Published in 1884, it tells the story of a naughty boy settled in the Mississippi Valley. Full of humor it's also considered a deep and complex work.

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    Lori Ramos
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I love all of Mark Twains' works. There is a moral lesson to this about the evilness of slavery. Jim, a runaway slave is trying to find freedom and he runs into Huck Finn, who is also running away, but from home. Not going to spoil it for those who haven't read it, but it is a classic for a reason and very worth your time. Highly recommend. "
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    #9Breakfast of Champions

    Breakfast of Champions
    Breakfast of Champions is a novel by the acclaimed author, Kurt Vonnegut. It tells the story of Dwayne Hoover, whose mental illness lead him to believe Kilgore Trout's science fiction writings to be the truth.

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    Eugene Day
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I picked this book up one day on a whim and I'm very happy I did so. The satire presented here is in top form and I've been very amused every time I pick this book up to read a bit of it. The themes explored here are always relevant and engaging in their purpose and pursuit of truth among the fiction."
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    #10Don Quixote

    Don Quixote
    Don Quixote by the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes is considered the first modern novel. It was published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615. It is about a rich man who went crazy after reading chivalry tales and traveled around the world. 

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    Carol Pena
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This is one of the all time classics. I enjoyed reading it again."
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    #11The Canterbury Tales

    The Canterbury Tales

    The Canterbury Tales is a classical literature novel written by Geoffrey Chaucer and translated by Nevill Coghill. With over 500 pages, this book is published in 2003 by Penguin Classics.


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    Cheryl Bryant
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I understand the value of this particular book but I personally wouldn't call it one of the best satirical books. Even with translation, it's difficult to understand and wordy. "
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    #12Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy

    Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy
    Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy is a Humor filled Asian Literature Fiction written by Pawan Mishra. It was published November 4, 2014 by Lune Sparks LLC.

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    Frances Adams
    Written on May 10, 2018
    ""Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy" was phenomonal and reminds us that we shouldn't take things so seriously. This book was entertaining from cover to cover. It's a great read for a road trip and is one of the best satirical books that I've read."
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    #13The Robber Bride

    The Robber Bride
    The Robber Bride is a novel by Booker Prize-winning author, Margaret Atwood. It tells the story of three women, Chariz, Tony, and Roz, and their individual relationships with Zenia, who embodies the archetypal femme fatale.


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    Marilyn Reid
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The book jumps around a lot. I like Atwood and have read many of the book written by her, but for some reason this book was not really one I can say I enjoyed. It was ok and I did finish it. Probably would no read it again though."


Best What are the best satirical books
1Animal FarmBooks 36 Paid
21984Books 31 Paid
3Slaughterhouse-FiveBooks 31 Paid
4Brave New WorldBooks 27 Paid
5Lord of the FliesBooks 26 Paid
6CandideBooks 24 Paid
7A Clockwork OrangeBooks 24 Paid
8The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnBooks 21 Free
9Breakfast of ChampionsBooks 19 Paid
10Don QuixoteBooks 17 Paid

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