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Molvania: A Land Untouched by Modern Dentistry (Jetlag Travel Guide) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

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2 Nov 2009 Jetlag Travel Guide
The funniest book about travel you will ever read: atravel guide to the fictional European republic Molvania, birthplace of the polka and whooping cough. Australian authors.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant Books; illustrated edition edition (2 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740661109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740661102
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 435,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Brilliantly original and very, very funny.’ -- Bill Bryson

'Skilfully mimicking the everything-is-brilliant tone of government tourist boards, Molvania delivers a deliciously wicked kick in the shins.' -- Nigel Tisdall, Daily Telegraph

‘Following on from the Czech Republic, Molvania could be the next big hit on the backpacking trail.’ -- Book of the Month, Front Magazine

‘This book took me straight back to my holiday in Molvania: I intend to sue.’ -- Ben Schott --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It actually hurts to read this book 5 April 2004
By A Customer
Cynical, unreconstructed, venomous and decidedly un-PC. And that's just me. Having endured years of, admittedly enjoyable, Lonely Planet and Rough Guide- guided travel, the jetlag series has come at exactly the right time for me and anyone else vaguely embarassed about how seriously they take Tony Wheeler and his imitators.
Whilst other forthcoming books in the series include Surviving Moustachistan, and Getting Round the Tofu islands, Molvania is the first and is hilariously funny.
Open this book on any page and you'll find invaluable travel tips for the most adventurous traveller - from avoiding the colonic irrigation inducing bidets - to the frank apologies about errors in previous editions:Hotel Jakvekz was mistakenly decsribed as appealing. It is infact 'appalling'. The photos are fantastic as well.
Buy it. Just don't go there.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it. Now....Why haven't you bought it yet? 3 May 2004
This was in the "Bestselling Non-fiction" section of a book shop - I still wonder whether the staff put it there because they didn't get the joke, or because they did. Once you've read even the inside cover of this book, the parody becomes plainly (and wonderfully) obvious.
Molvania is a land where the trams manage to run (for certain values of 'run') on gas, where the encroaching McDonalds' products must by law contain 12% local cabbage (don't ask about the milkshakes), and where the local language carries a health warning in case of laryngeal damage.
A wonderful book, with several more like it planned - they should be worth waiting for.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 cheers for Molvania 20 Sep 2005
By A Customer
As a parody of a travel book, it works very well, although the joke tends to wear a bit thin the further you get into the book. It would have had a stronger foundation and been funnier if the authors had concentrated more on the oddities of a life in post-communist Eastern Europe. As it was, some of the inconsistencies and inaccuracies to do with the real world were simply irritating. This book made me laugh out loud, but Ray Bradbury's Why Come to Slaka?, a parody of communist-era travel books, made me cry with laughter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud stuff 3 Nov 2011
Warning: Don't read this book in the company of others! You will laugh out loud, belly laughs, and not be able to stop, which will be incredibly annoying to others around you. Very wittily written, especially if you have previously travelled to any Eastern European country, then you can identify with everything. Brilliantly funny
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tip o� the hat to Malcolm Bradbury ...? 12 May 2004
First of all, it cannot be denied that MOLVANĪA, etc., is a very funny read, and fully deserves the four stars I happily award it! It is a tongue-in-cheek 'travel guide' to a fictitious East European country where things that hyper-consumers such as ourselves take for granted only 'might' work the day we are there, and then only 'might' as the result of a bribe - sorry, following a small gratuity. However, I withhold a fifth star as I have One Small Gripe. And whilst aware that it is Bad Form to plug another product during this review ... I feel it is warranted.
For after dismantling the (excessive) packaging the book came in and casually paging through it ... I was suddenly reminded why it seemed a very familiar style and format. The book might not be a direct copy of, but was certainly heavily influenced by Malcolm Bradbury's WHY COME TO SLAKA? (Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd., 1986/Arena - and also available from Amazon). This was itself more or less a 'travel supplement' to his satirical novel RATES OF EXCHANGE, which Channel 4 very neatly turned into two satirical comedy dramas on the financial workings of the then-EEC in Brussels as THE GRAVY TRAIN and THE GRAVY TRAIN GOES EAST with the marvellous Ian Richardson (almost criminally, Channel 4 has never repeated these). I mean, exporting plums to Bulgaria ...?!!
WHY COME TO SLAKA? - A Guidebook And A Phrasebook Translated into English by Dr. F. Plitplov - is a tongue-in-cheek 'travel guide' to a fictitious East European country where things that hyper-consumers such as ourselves take for granted only 'might' work the day we are there, and then only 'might' as the result of a bribe - sorry, following a small gratuity.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing but limited appeal 30 Jun 2004
By James Bury TOP 1000 REVIEWER
There's plenty of clever visual and written humour in this book, and if someone gave you this you'd be sure to have a few laughs as you dip into the contents.
However, the humour is entirely based around the single theme of a spoof travel guide, and as such you grasp the concept pretty quickly and the humour then becomes a bit predictable.
I suspect this will appeal most to those who have travelled a great deal and/or have read a lot of travel guides. This book sends up the genre superbly and would rate 4+ stars to the right audience. However, if you're just out for a bit of general humour then this may not have long-lasting appeal, and is likely to be consigned to the bookshelf pretty quickly.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overwhelmingly hilarious 3 Jun 2005
Molvania is one of the most hilarious books that I have read. So if you laugh and gasp over it, then I don't think you have a fair sense of humor. True it is a one-joke parody. But if you find it offensive, think it over. The book isn't really about what it says, but actually it is about the way things are presented. It is just one hilarious and brilliant parody of a travel guide. Put yourself under a great deal of self-restraint when reading this book in public because your chuckles and guffaws might cause people to call an ambulance for you to be ferried away to a madhouse. The book is a sure relief from sagging spirits. Other hilarious books are: THE USURPER AND OTHER STORIES, SENSE AND NONSENSIBILITY
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny good read
Ideal holiday read. The book is cleverly funny and sarcastic, the best one in the series in MHO is "Thong On" .
Published 12 months ago by L. Salmon
4.0 out of 5 stars Molvania Land of My Dreams
This sideways looks at a surreal former eastern block country had me in fits of giggles.

I bought a copy for my much travelled friend and her response fantastic. Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2011 by Sail-Mutt
2.0 out of 5 stars one-trick pony
I bought this book partly because I loved the idea, partly because of the reviews in Amazon. In retrospect, I think that was a mistake. Read more
Published on 19 April 2011 by Jaime Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic...
This book was funny from cover to cover.
I was sad it didn't mention Zlad though :(
Published on 21 Oct 2010 by AC
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking off guide books
This is a brilliant satire of those thousands of guides that are a "must-read" for today's traveller. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll never read Lonely Planet without a grin again (I mean, if you...
This is the first of Jetlag parody travel guides. It's set in a fictious country in Eastern Europe - the obvious prototype is Hungary, but it contains numerous reminiscences of... Read more
Published on 17 July 2010 by Printul Noptilor
4.0 out of 5 stars A good laugh
It's good stuff, it's creative and amusing. Great travel reading. Who could miss entrail soup at Nenja Olgja's?
Published on 22 Jan 2010 by A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually, this is a piece of sophisticated humour
The originality and ingenuity is of a high level. This book can bring you to a roar with laughter.
Published on 19 Sep 2009 by G. J. Vandersluis
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud
First picked up this book whilst in the waiting room of my dentist and boy did it take away the pain! Finally tracked down a 2nd hand copy on Amazon and I can't put it down. Read more
Published on 13 July 2009 by P. Saville
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Folly
Great fun, if a little samey as you work through it. I love to travel and I love Europe, but this still managed to make me laugh out loud.. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2009 by Mr. G. M. Speirs
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