“Mr. Southern is wonderfully prodigal of comic ideas. . . . An enormously funny and satisfying satire, done with a great thrifty distinction.” The Spectator
The Magic Christian
978-0-8021-3465-3 • $14.95 • Paperback • July 1996
One of the funniest, cruelest, and most savagely revealing books about American life ever written, The Magic Christian has been called Terry Southern’s masterpiece.
Guy Grand is an eccentric billionairethe last of the big spendersdetermined to create disorder in the material world and willing to spare no expense to do it. Leading a life full of practical jokes and madcap schemes, his ultimate goal is to prove his theory that there is nothing so degrading or so distasteful that someone won’t do it for money. In Guy Grand’s world, everyone has a price, and he is all too willing to pay it.
A satire of America’s obsession with bigness, toughness, money, TV, guns, and sex, The Magic Christian is a hilarious and wickedly original novel from a true comic genius.