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Things Bogans Like: Tribal tatts to reality tv: how to recognise the twenty-first century bogan Paperback – 20 Jan 2011

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'sadly recognisable, clever and very, very funny' [SUN HERALD]

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Based on the popular website;, THINGS BOGANS LIKE is a revolutionary manifesto that lifts the lid on the secret sect of 'the bogan

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Coffee table book 29 Jan. 2011
By Tez Miller - Published on
Format: Paperback
Buying this book online, it arrived unexpectedly wrapped in a TWILIGHT T-shirt. If you don't understand the link between bogans and TWILIGHT, read on ;-)

I suffer from culture-cringe, so taking the mick out of bogans is perfectly fine; I do it often. So after encountering Things Bogans Like, I immediately subscribed and have been following it ever since. And because most, if not all, of the book's contents were originally published on the website, reading them later here in print isn't as fresh. There's a lot of repetition for those of you with short attention spans, which can be a drag for the more informed amateur boganologist.

But some content is still hilarious in its second viewing. The photos spot-on depict the bogan in its natural environment, partaking in its favourite activities. There's even a hint to make the concept of boat people more attractive (pages 166-168): "If the illegal fishing boats [...] actually were full of hot Asian chicks [...], hordes of bogans would be strapping long range fuel tanks and floral bouquets onto their jet skis, and trying to intercept the vessels themselves."

But the real gold lies in the section on vampires (pages 252-254). "[...] the femme-bogue becomes so engorged by the notion of abstinence that she is likely to proceed post-haste to the local glassing barn to gyrate wildly against anyone not smelling strongly of garlic. This demonstrates the dizzying power that sexual innuendo and metaphor have over the bogan's copulatory glands. Unfortunately, the bogan's inability to actually understand metaphor resulted in TRUE BLOOD."

This tome works best as a coffee table book, or joke gift to confuse your foreign friends. They may not recogise the names of pseudo-celebrities mentioned within, but the context should explain much.
Harsh but fair - Bogans are prolific in Australia 4 Jan. 2012
By If you don't love it - leave it - Published on
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There is little wonder the authors have used pseudonyms as their satire is biting... but all too accurate. Whilst 'Bogan' is an Australian term it has relevance to all Western countries (and with the millions of cashed Chinese, applicable there too). This book is hilarous, and if you are honest with yourself you will recognise some traits in yourself (if you do not then you are a full-on bogan, as they have no insight) But, some are more bogan than others! The book is a caustic insight into Australian culture (or lack of it), our despicable politicians and media, consumerism, racism, and our declining education system. It also explains why all Bogans have tattoos! A great present, especially for friends or relatives who are truly Bogan.
So true. 13 May 2014
By Wac - Published on
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This book is a wonderful guide for the non-bogan in assisting understanding of what makes a bogan tick.It also is a wonderful guideline for non-bogans, so that they may avoid the places and interests that so engulf the bogan to the maxtreme. An incredibly funny, and downright scary, book.
Informative guide to life in Oz 13 Feb. 2014
By Bookywooky - Published on
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Very interesting book to help one identify any bogan friends or even the horror are you one? Good for Australians to read.
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One side of Bogans 12 Dec. 2010
By Grantus - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book has some amusing and some funny parts for an Australian audience. Much of the commentary is searingly funny as you recognise the stereotypes depicted. But it falls down where some of the contributions carry undercurrents of bitterness and anger. It's as if the authors (whoever they are) are resentful of the bogans being allowed any enjoyment from life - however tasteless it may be at times. The said bogans are as described in all their appalling glory, and if there hadn't been those parts where the authors descended into angry polemics, it might have been a classic. Social critique notwithstanding, the phrase "live and let live" springs to mind.
Of particular note is the absence of criticism of the bogan-left in society. That is, those who tribally read latte-left political newsletters like "The Sydney Morning Herald" and its Bogan King, (Rex Bogannus) Peter Fitzsimons, and who drone on endlessly about their chosen religion "cloymate-change" and "the envoyyronnmnt".
In other words, it's judgemental, selective and exclusive. No-one, the authors included, wants to acknowledge their inner bogan.
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