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The Unexpurgated Code: A Complete Manual of Survival and Manners Paperback – 25 Nov 1976


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (25 Nov. 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140042822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140042825
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 14.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rules we should all strive to live by

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dimwits on 2 Nov. 2009
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First published in the mid-seventies, this is both of its time and timeless. A sardonic view of the English class system by a Dublin-educated American, it takes the tone of the self-help manuals beloved of the first half of the 20th century and has vicious fun with the earnest instruction dispensed therein. Advising the reader on how to deal with such situations as public flatulence, "Inducing Folk to Eat Cheap When You Have Invited Them to Dine" and "Being Excluded From Who's Who", it's the natural predecessor to, for instance, Guy Browning's erstwhile "How To.." column, collected in the book "Never Hit A Jellyfish With A Spade". If you liked that, you might find this to your taste.
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Prompt delivery. Acceptable condition. Great price. Couldn't ask for more.
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can't see why it is not better known.
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Donleavy Gave Us the Answers 28 Dec. 2011
By StillReadingBob - Published on Amazon.com
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Most people who know of J.P. Donleavy automatically think of "The Ginger Man", we are thankful that Donleavy has been very prolific and given the world so many great books to read and think about,

Although "The Unexpurgated Code" is out of print (I don't know why?), the humor and satire remain outstanding. I first read the book when I was a young man living in Germany. I tried to follow the author's instructions, but that got me in a lot of trouble. Now I consider those adventures as part of the best times in my life. The book stands the test of time and is still informative and funny today.

Since it has been forty-some years since I originally read the book and I lost my original copy somewhere between four continents and all that time, I was excited to see it listed on Amazon. "The Unexpurgated Code" is being sold by private book owners, was expensive in comparison to it's original price, but worth every penny/dollar. Even if you have no aspirations to rising in society, you will still appreciate Donleavy's outlook on life and hopefully his wry humor.

If you enjoy Donleavy's stories, his humor so seriously presented here, is a "must have". Acquire it before it disappears altogether.

I glad to see it has been added to the Kindle archive.
hilarious, extraordinary wit and covers topics in a pre-politically correct fashion that willl never be available again 23 Feb. 2014
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I bought 3 copies. 1 for me and 2 more to give to friends of discriminating humor that would laugh as much as me. now all I have to do is find those friends who are worthy as this book is a closely guarded jewel now
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