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Hutchinson, 2006 - Imitation in literature - 103 pages
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"pistache, pis-tash n a friendly spoof or parody of another's work. Deriv uncertain. Possibly a cross between pastiche and p**stake. No good writer is beyond parody; that is his tragedy. Few of the bad ones are, either; and that is theirs. From James Joyce's best man's speech to Thomas Hardy's football report, Samuel Beckett's monologue for Ronnie Corbett and John Updike's cookery book - the work of the great and the not-so-great is here sent up with little hope of coming down. Most of these pieces began their life on Radio Four's The Write Stuff, but have been retooled for the printed page. Others, such as Martin Amis's first day at Hogwarts, have been written specially for this book. Philip Larkin's Lines in Celebration of the Queen Mother's 115th Birthday, first banned, then cut by the BBC, appears in its entirety for the first time. This is not a book for the faint-hearted or the deferential. It is a book for the bedside table of someone you would like to sleep with."

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User Review  - soradsauce - LibraryThing

Hilarious. Absolutely worth the hour or two it took me to read through it all, then I had to find people to read my favourites to. Incredibly spot on prose imitations. Loved the Chaucer poem about Geri Halliwell. Read full review

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User Review  - poonamsharma - LibraryThing

It is spoof of another's work. None of the spoof is more than 2 pages long. Few ecamples, Martin Amis sends his lad to Hogwarts, Jane Austen steps out with American Psycho or Dan Brown visits the cash ... Read full review


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Sebastian Faulks's seven previous novels include Birdsong (1993), The Girl at the Lion d'Or (1989), Charlotte Gray (1998), On Green Dolphin Street (2001) and Human Traces (2005). He is also the author of a biographical study, The Fatal Englishman (1996). He lives in London, is married and has two sons and a daughter.

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