Richard Condon Summary

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Critical Essay by Herbert Gold Richard Condon has tireless wit (though sometimes it fatigues the reader) and must enjoy what he is doing without necessarily believing it. And what he does can be fun&#... Read more
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Critical Essay by William Cole Condon is a romper, and [Bandicoot] is one of his wilder and funnier romps. The plot? Forget it! The story concerns a gambling-mad ex-British naval captain, Japanese ind... Read more
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Critical Essay by Rick Davis Satire is always difficult to write and often is difficult to understand. We have read the works of many authors who have failed in their attempts; not Condon. He's... Read more
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Critical Essay by Anthony R. Cannella [Bandicott] has some very funny redeeming qualities: Yvonne Bonnette, the hero's mistress, has the body of "a ripened Nereid every square inch of wh... Read more
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In the following interview, Baker presents Condon's comments on his writing career, including highlights from his personal life. Richard Condon, who has been writing novels for 26 years—... Read more
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In her review of Emperor of America below, Conroy questions Condon on a variety of topics, including his politics, his writings, and his future plans. Each time Chay would make a plan to slip into Ne... Read more
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In the following review. Heard profiles the central characters in The Final Addiction, concluding that Condon "keeps things running nicely." As fans of The Manchurian Candidate will reca... Read more
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In the review below, Mitgang discusses the targets of Condon's satire in The Final Addiction. There's nobody else quite like Richard Condon writing satirical novels today. The singular C... Read more
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Below, the critic briefly summarizes the major themes of The Venerable Bead. Galloping satire whose hairpin turns can be followed only by God (the Bible) and Condon (The Manchurian Candidate, etc. etc... Read more
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In the review below, Cantor analyzes the plot of The Venerable Bead. Even in the more than 10,000 words The Washington Post has provided for me to review Richard Condon's new novel, The Venerab... Read more
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In the following excerpt, Mitgang lauds Condon's mockery of the politically powerful in The Venerable Bead. The heroine of Richard Condon's 25th novel—his deadliest satire on the ... Read more
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Below, Westlake calls The Venerable Bead "a lot of fun, loose-jointed, manic, over the top from first word to last." Richard Condon has always been way out there on the cutting edge betw... Read more
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In the review below, Queenan finds Prizzi's Money "riotously funny," emphasizing Condon's "acid prose." Measles rarely plays a pivotal role in books about the... Read more
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In the following excerpt, Petrakos gives a brief, favorable review of Prizzi's Money. Malice, greed, violent death, betrayal, conspiracy—only Richard Condon can write about such matters ... Read more
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In the following review, Skow comments on the characters of Prizzi's Family. "Prequel" is one of those smarmy coinages, like "brunch," that make a self-respecting us... Read more
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In the review below, Inagaki claims that Prizzi's Money is "enjoyable reading." George Asbury, a billionaire businessman who has served as "advisor to presidents", i... Read more
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In the following obituary, Gussow reviews Condon's literary career and life. Richard Condon, the fiendishly inventive novelist and political satirist who wrote The Manchurian Candidate, Winter ... Read more
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Below, McCarry reminisces about Condon's most significant novels and his contribution to the genre. Richard Condon, who died yesterday in Dallas, the city of cities in the world atlas of conspi... Read more
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In the obituary below, Oliver presents a summary of Condon's life and career. Richard Condon, best-selling author of about two dozen novels—including The Manchurian Candidate and Prizzi&... Read more
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In the essay below, Neill reviews Condon's life and literary accomplishments. Like Don Corrado Prizzi, Richard Condon believes in family. For the Don—venomous and ancient, the spider at ... Read more
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In the following essay, Mann relates the difficulties of transforming Condon's novels into screenplays Because his novel Prizzi's Honor was such a success, both as a book and a movie, Ri... Read more
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In the following excerpt, Champlin finds Condon's "gift for the preposterous undiminished" in Prizzi's Glory. After Prizzi's Honor and a prequel, Prizzi's Fam... Read more
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In the review below, Patrick praises Condon's characterization in Prizzi's Glory. The final volume in the Prizzi trilogy, Prizzi's Glory, opens in 1985 with the family doing busin... Read more