- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (1 April 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1843542323
- ISBN-13: 978-1843542322
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Molvania: A Land Untouched by Modern Dentistry (Jetlag Travel Guide) Paperback – 1 Apr 2004
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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
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The jetlag travel guide to molvania is written by Australia's most successful satirical team.Their work has included internationally successful feature films and TV shows.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Wonderful descriptions of the Wildlife and the "must sees"
Highly recommended and I hope that they bring out "Sailing the Sypholles Straits" soon as it will probably be more fun than Imray Pilot Guides
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quite simply, the funniest book you will ever read. Totally non pc.. Love it!!!Published 3 months ago by Steve Flack
Ideal holiday read. The book is cleverly funny and sarcastic, the best one in the series in MHO is "Thong On" .Published on 28 Jun. 2013 by L. Salmon
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. Read morePublished on 3 Nov. 2011 by Mrs. S. A. Dunning
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