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on 24 November 2011
Ambrose Bierce, who mysteriously disappeared during a reported expedition to link up with Pancho Villa, left the world two great gifts: his beautiful short story "An Incident at Owl Creek Bridge" and "The Devil's Dictionary", this little volume of his definition of words and terms that reveal to the reader the full thrust of Bierce's clear-eyed vision of all that was wrong in the US and all that ought to be made right.

"The Devil's Dictionary" should be, if not at every man's bedside, then at least have pride of place on that little shelf beside his w.c. where inspirational works are left for the greater edification of he who there takes his restful ease.
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on 3 January 2014
This was a gift for a friend - I have the exact same edition, and this way I can refer to the exact page if I want to point something up. The Devil's Dictionary is a unique book - not simply 'humour', it is wise and pointed as well as funny. How does anybody live without it?
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on 11 April 2013
I am a long time admirer of Ambrose Bierce and this book is a must read for any middle aged (or aspiring) cynic. Well worth reading. Bierce gives a rollicking account of what people really mean when they say things, that is every bit as valid in modern society as it was when written!
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on 10 October 2014
Dry, witty, sour. Full of the kind of quotes you want for your after-dinner speech. Some less funny than others, but worth it nonetheless.
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on 6 August 2015
...a serious thought provoker.
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on 4 August 2013
I'd always wanted to read Ambrose Bierce's work having heard excerpts from it in the past. It doesn't disappoint although some of his definitions are now somewhat dated and refer to events which we do not now recognise.
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on 7 January 2016
Amusing read, worth the effort.........
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on 27 July 2011
I downloaded this onto my kindle which promptly malfunctioned. I was unable to delete the book from my device until after some time and with helpful support from Kindle; following which, the device worked properly again.
I don't know whether the corruption was inadvertent or a deliberate virus but advise you to beware!
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on 30 January 2015
Great book great bargain
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on 31 August 2014
Hilarious. Beautifully illustrated edition.
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