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am 19. Dezember 1999
Do not be fooled by the title -- the only relationship this piece of rubbish shares with Bierce's gem is the title the and the appropriaion of Bierce's epigrams in a pathetic attempt to bolster Chaz Bufe's self-pronounced wit. Bufe apparently sees himself as a latter-day Diderot or Voltaire, exposing the "hypocrisy" of tradition and religion in the form of a dictionary, but this was done (well) almost 250 years ago. This poor excuse for satire is nothing but a venue for Bufe to advance his leftist, antireligious, crypto-socialist adgenda. In the name of "enlightenment," Bufe advances the tired ideas of civil freedom and subjective morality without contributing any new insight or humor, which was presumably his intent. Sycophantic and braindead high-school students, absorbing the sewage of popular culture, could probably come up with more humorous and insightful definitions than Bufe has. As an earlier reviewer stated, it makes one wish for the real Bierce, who had the guts to spread his criticism evenly, and did not disguise any adgenda.
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am 16. Juli 1997
_The Devil's Dictionary_ has long been one of my
favorite books of all time. Ambrose Bierce's
satirical definitions are elegant jewels of sardonic wit, hard and sparkling as diamonds.
The publisher of this book has had the inspired notion of showcasing Bierce's wit by displaying it side by side with the work of a truly moronic and talentless imitator, one "Chaz Bufe" (a name Bierce himself might have invented for one of the "poets" whose works grace certain definitions in his own classic work). Bierce's diamonds of wit glow all the more brightly in contrast with the rank and malodorous cow pie that is "The American Heretic's Dictionary."
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am 19. August 1997
'the american heretic's dictionary' is a poor imitation of bierce's classic 'the devil's dictionary'. bierce's insight and wit is a two-edged sword striking the foibles of anyone and everyone. 'heretic's dictionary' is a narrow-minded and biased attempt to capitalize on this work by throwing together some cheap-shots at those who disagree with the author's point of view. true, some of the shots are valid, but many are not really and too many are simply petty and vindictive. if you want true insight and satirical comment (still valid after a century), buy the 'devil's dictionary', not this piece of trash
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am 3. Juni 1997
It would be fitting if I could somehow link my name, as a book reviewer, to, say, Edgar Allen Poe, and credit this review to him. Mr. Bufe has created a similar ruse, using the name and reputation of a great American wit to sell his personal hateful, condescending, bitter spite as clever social commentary. There is no wit about Bufe, and his commentary rarely reaches the intellectual level of the Dixie Carter character's rants in the television show "Designing Women." Where was the editor for this project? Probably the worst thing, overall, this reviewer has read
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