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Wilf Day
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posted 17 October 2004 10:53 AM      Profile for Wilf Day     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Has anyone read Florence of Arabia, a novel by Christopher Buckley?

It sounds hilarious:

quote:
To call Buckley irreverent doesn't do justice to reverence . . the Royal Kingdom of Wasabia is a vast and oil-rich desert land ruled by a vast and oil-rich royal family. . . Of course this is a wholly fictional land, too absurd to resemble any in the real family of nations.

Florence Farfaletti, the scrappy, wisecracking leading gal of this tale, is a restless Foreign Service officer and angry ex-wife of a Wasabi. Beholding the umpteenth instance of violence being done to womenfolk there, Florence gets a cockamamie idea. She cooks up an ingenious plan to orchestrate the soft overthrow of the system -- the veil, the stoning, the works -- and liberate the women of Wasabia and beyond.

"Senators pounded their podia, demanding answers. The president declared that he, too, wanted answers. The CIA said that although it had no official comment, it, too, perhaps even more than the president and the senators, wanted answers. The secretary of state said that there might in fact be no answers, but if there were, he certainly would be interested in hearing them. The secretary general of the United Nations said that he was reasonably certain answers existed, but first the right questions must be asked, and then they would have to be translated, and this would take time."



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Rand McNally
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posted 17 October 2004 11:34 AM      Profile for Rand McNally     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Atlantic has been running segments of it for the last month or two. Quite fun.

[ 17 October 2004: Message edited by: Rand McNally ]


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skdadl
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posted 17 October 2004 01:26 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Am I right in remembering that the Buckleys, like the Bushes, also made their fortune in oil?

Maybe just in Texas, not in Saudi Arabia, like the Bushes -- or maybe in both? Does anyone know?


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Michelle
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posted 17 October 2004 01:29 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
No kidding. It doesn't sound hilarious to me. It sounds chavanist and hypocritical.
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rasmus
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posted 17 October 2004 03:05 PM      Profile for rasmus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ew. Yuck.
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