THE SANITY INSPECTOR by Alan Coren

THE SANITY INSPECTOR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Catholic jokes, Jewish jokes, xenophobic jokes, feminist jokes. . . . Hohoho. Coren's a Punch columnist, so anything goes, any kind of stiff-upper-lip silliness from the folklore of pollution to enforced sex education for sub-teens--even a gorilla disguised as a British aristocrat. There are a few literary parodies that are fleetingly amusing--an ad man rewrites Madame Bovary with commercial plugs; a detective farce features an overweening Boy Scout; Dostoevsky, Shakespeare and Hemingway are recast as children's authors. Maybe the column on Christmas would be funny to a suicidal householder at Yuletide; maybe the same chap would be amused by the gardening yoks in the spring; and the spoof on vacation souvenirs might have its season. But the dialogue between two university-educated Woolworth gifts is never any better than forced.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1975
Publisher: St. Martin's