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Christopher Buckley (1) (1952–)

Autor(a) de Thank You for Smoking

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About the Author

Christopher Buckley was born December 24, 1952. He is an American political satirist and the author of novels including God Is My Broker, Thank You for Smoking, Little Green Men, The White House Mess, No Way to Treat a First Lady, Wet Work, Florence of Arabia, Boomsday, Supreme Courtship, and, most mostrar mais recently, Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir. He is the son of William F. Buckley Jr. and Patricia Buckley. Buckley, like his father, graduated from Yale University, as a member of Skull and Bones. He became managing editor of Esquire Magazine and later worked as the chief speechwriter for Vice President George H. W. Bush. This experience led to his novel The White House Mess, a satire on White House office politics and political memoirs. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Christopher Taylor Buckley, son of William F. Buckley (credit: Larry D. Moore, Texas Book Festival, Austin, TX, Nov. 1, 2008)

Obras de Christopher Buckley

Thank You for Smoking (1994) 1,944 cópias
Boomsday (2007) 1,282 cópias
Little Green Men (1999) 818 cópias
Supreme Courtship (2008) 776 cópias
No Way to Treat a First Lady (2002) 637 cópias
Florence of Arabia (2004) 579 cópias
Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir (2009) 556 cópias
The Relic Master (2015) 537 cópias
The White House Mess (1986) 383 cópias
They Eat Puppies, Don't They? (2012) 284 cópias
Wry Martinis (1997) 276 cópias
Make Russia Great Again (2020) 166 cópias
The Judge Hunter (2018) 146 cópias
Wet Work (1990) 133 cópias
But Enough About You: Essays (2014) 99 cópias
Has Anyone Seen My Toes? (2022) 57 cópias
Campion: A Play in Two Acts (1990) 21 cópias
Cynara [short fiction] (2009) 7 cópias
We Have a Pope! 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Catch-22 (1961) — Introdução, algumas edições40,249 cópias
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2004 (2004) — Contribuinte — 745 cópias
The Best American Travel Writing 2011 (2010) — Contribuinte — 155 cópias
The New Yorker Book of Political Cartoons (2000) — Introdução — 59 cópias
The New Yorker Book of Money Cartoons (1999) — Introdução — 39 cópias
Backward and Upward: The New Conservative Writing (1996) — Contribuinte — 25 cópias
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Contribuinte — 21 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
New York, New York, USA
Locais de residência
Washington, D.C., USA
New York City, New York, USA
Portsmouth Abbey School
Yale College (1975)
Buckley, William F., Jr. (father)
Buckley, Patricia (mother)
Skull and Bones
The New Yorker
The Washington Post
The Wall Street Journal (mostrar todas 11)
The New Republic
Vanity Fair
The New York Times
Merchant Marines
Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence (2002)
Thurber Prize for American Humor (2004)
Pequena biografia
Сын Уильяма Бакли и его жены Патрисии. Закончил Портсмутскую церковную школу (Portsmouth Abbey School в г. Портсмут, Род-Айленд), затем Йельский университет, где вступил в тайное общество «Череп и кости». Был руководящим редактором журнала «Esquire». Работал главным спичрайтером вице-президента Джорджа Буша-старшего. Опыт работы в этой должности помог ему написать роман «Суматоха в Белом доме», который является сатирой на политику аппарата Белого дома и политические мемуары. В другом его сатирическом романе, «Здесь курят», который получил значительную известность, главным героем является табачный лоббист Ник Нейлор, пропагандирующий курение. По мотивам романа снят одноимённый фильм, вышедший в 2006 году.

[from No Way to Treat a First Lady, About the Author]
Christopher Buckley is the author of eight previous books, including Thank You for Smoking and Little Green Men. That would make this his, what, ninth? He is editor of Forbes FYI magazine and has contributed more than fifty "Shouts and Murmurs" to The New Yorker. He is also credited with bringing about lasting peace in the Middle East and with alerting NASA to significant problems with its Space Shuttle Automatic Re-entry Guidance System (SSARGS), thereby sparing several square blocks of Raleigh, North Carolina, a very unpleasant surprise. He is regular contributor to Martha Stewart's Inside Trading magazine and informally advised the government of Argentina on debt rescheduling. He is the 2002 recipient of the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence but has yet to actually receive it. He lives in Washington, D. C., with his saintly and long-suffering wife, Lucy, two children, and faithful Hound Jake.



As a lobbyist, the sharp satire of Christopher Buckley's Thank You For Smoking resonated perfectly for me. Many of you will have seen the (very good) movie version, and it's one of those movies that I actually like so much that I was worried about reading the book! It turns out they're very similar, telling the story of lead tobacco spokesman Nick Naylor and his constant fight to defend the industry. Naylor appears on Larry King, on Oprah, before Congress, and battles for his job while his boss tries to replace him with his pretty young protegee.

While the movie gets a lot of mileage out of the divorced Nick's young son, he's very much a background character in the book. Instead, the focus is on Nick's quest to make smoking cool again by getting the movie studios to put it on screen, and a bizarre kidnapping in which Nick is abducted and covered in nicotine patches. When he's not busy flying to Hollywood and being abducted, Nick is having two different flings (one with his corporate rival, one with a reporter) and hanging out with his closest (read: only) friends, the lobbyists for the alcohol industry and the firearm industry, who are constantly squabbling about whose product kills more people.

Satire, like most comedy, can be very tricky to nail with the right tone, and I'd read a Buckley book a couple years ago that I didn't think quite landed. But I always believe in giving an author I was unimpressed with a second chance, because everyone has some variance in the quality of their output and some books you just don't read at the right time. Happily, I found this one excellent. Even though this book was written in the early 90s, there haven't been enough significant changes in the political process or corporate communications that the humor has lost its relevance or edge.

On the flip side, it is a satire, so character development (usually big for me as a reader) was pretty minimal and the plot was of course exaggerated. If smoking/tobacco is something you take seriously, this book will likely be more irritating than amusing. But if you've seen and liked the movie, or you work in corporate communications/government relations, there's a lot to enjoy here.
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ghneumann | outras 39 resenhas | Jun 14, 2024 |
For all of the majesty and mystery and beauty of Catholicism there's a dark side to it, too. The Inquisitions. The long succession of shady popes in the Middle Ages. And the practice of selling indulgences, which was part of pushing Martin Luther over the edge enough to nail his 95 theses to the door of the church and kicked off the development of Protestantism. It is in those tumultuous times, literally right before immediately after Luther's action, where Christopher Buckley sets his The Relic Master. Indeed, Buckley places his protagonist, Dismis in the church where it happens as it happens. But this is not another The Name of the Rose, full of heady theological musings. It mines some similar territory about the nature of the Church, but it's at heart a comedy.

Dismis manages to find himself in that fateful church at that fateful time because he is a relic hunter: he scours fairs where bits of bodies and artifacts whose owners claim that they're connected to the saints are for sale to the highest bidder. Many, many of them are obvious fakery, but for the ones that seem to have some shred of authenticity, Dismas buys them for his patrons. Those patrons then use the relics to raise money for the church. Or more like "for the church", as at least some of that funding gets diverted into the coffers of the church leaders themselves. This was a time when poverty as a godly virtue wasn't really a thing.

When Dismas finally decides it's time to get his life savings back from the banker he's been storing it with and retire, it's just in time to find out that banker has been arrested and put on trial for stealing his clients' money. Desperate, he and his good friend, the painter Albrecht Durer, conspire to forge perhaps the most famous relic in the world: the burial shroud of Jesus Christ. Dismas had long thought the shroud of Turin (known then as the shroud of Chambery because it lived in Chambery) was a fake, so he pretends to discover a new one, purporting to believe it is genuine. But the forgery is quickly discovered and Dismas' penance for his attempt to deceive is set: he has to go steal (or rather, relocate) the shroud of Chambery.

Accompanied by Durer, a handful of mercenary knights meant to keep him in line, and eventually Magda, a beautiful young woman they save from being tried as a witch, Dismas sets out for Chambery without much hope, or even a plan. From there there's a predictable romance and assorted hi-jinks, with lots of witty reparte and another set of potential thieves after the shroud to contend with. It's not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but for me, it didn't have that spark that I need to be charmed by a comedy. Despite being humorous, I wouldn't call it an easy read: the plot is very twisty and the large cast of characters can be hard to keep track of. It requires enough concentration that it's not an easy plane/vacation read, but it's too light to be Serious Literature. It's an awkward in-betweeny space and it didn't quite work for me.
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ghneumann | outras 32 resenhas | Jun 14, 2024 |
4.5 stars. Excellent read.
Abcdarian | outras 32 resenhas | May 18, 2024 |
Enjoyed . Humorous bits, real life historical characters and events an easy to follow plot, it not simplistic. Needs more parrot and the ending troubled me a bit
cspiwak | outras 5 resenhas | Mar 6, 2024 |



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