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He's a grand guy, that Guy Grand - billionaire by birth, entrepreneur by avocation, and thoroughly unpredictable. He "keeps his hand in", buying into and revolutionizing industries ranging from championship boxing to African safaris. Is he a crackpot, or an eccentric, or perhaps a visionary with a goal of social redemption?

Grand's greatest project, his tour de force, the cruise ship Magic Christian, sets sail on Easter Sunday, fully renovated into the most luxurious vessel ever to sail the seas. What's on board to regale the 400 carefully selected passengers? The Juilliard String Quartet...the Old Vic Company...a gorilla...gypsies...a gigantic bearded woman. It will cost Grand a pretty penny to get clear this time....

©2009 Terry Southern; (P)2009 Phoenix

Critic Reviews

"This is at once the most profoundly satiric and wildly comic account of our life and times in years." (Nelson Algren, The Nation)
"Terry Southern is the most profoundly witty writer of our generation." (Gore Vidal)
"Terry Southern writes a mean, coolly deliberate, and murderous prose." (Norman Mailer)

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  • North Kitsap County, Washington, USA
  • 04-01-14

Poor narration killed it for me.

This is a great novel! I was really happy to find it on audible.
Unfortunately the reading and recording are done so poorly I can't recommend it.