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5.0 out of 5 stars Audaciously brilliant genius! Do not hesitate to buy and read..., 9 Dec. 2009
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This review is from: The Audacity Of Hype: Bewilderment, sleaze and other tales of the 21st century (Paperback)
Whether you are already a fan of Armando's stunning TV portfolio - The Day Today, Brass Eye, Time Trumpet, The Thick of It - or coming to him anew, you should get a real kick out of this collection of his columns from the Daily Telegraph and Observer. I had missed them completely, so this supercolumnpendium was a great read (my pathetic attempt at an Iannucci-ism).

With consummate skill, joy and despair, he brilliantly satirises the everyday absurdities of modern life. From 'and' being declared the most important syllable of the 20th century to the popularity of reality TV shows, the manipulation of fact and increasingly language by the modern politician, and the war in Irag, Armando Iannucci rages at the modern world, frequently straddling the ever greying border between fact and fiction, leaving you bemused, confused and bent double with laughter. His pleasure in the creation of new and unusual insults is a joy to share.

Make sure you update your vocabulary with his dictionary of modern usage, for example, 'nanopology': a newspaper retraction less than one-sixteenth the size of the original story.

Excellent.
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