Culture The Best Satirical Novels  

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List Rules Only satirical novels. No short stories or essays.

List of the best satirical novels from various authors, such as Joseph Heller, Evelyn Waugh and Mark Twain, on various topics that are written to ridicule a popular point of view in order to have readers change their opinion about it. Some authors show up a few times on the list for their satirical writings so be sure that you are voting for your favorite satire book and not just the author behind the work.

Books such as Catch-22, Animal Farm and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are on this list because the authors present their own opinions on the subjects and usually give their solutions on how the issues can be resolved. Topics that are usually covered in satirical novels are politics, economy, religion and other forms of power in a society. A lot of these topics are the most pressing in a society and the topics can be considered taboo.

The list asks the question, "What is the best satirical novel?" with novels to vote on to get your favorite book to the top of the list. If what you think is the best satirical novel is not listed, then there is an option to add the novel to the list to be voted on by others.
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178 34
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Joseph Heller

2
209 50
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
George Orwell

3
129 30
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Satirical Novels

4
123 30
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Aldous Huxley

5
110 25
Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Jonathan Swift

6
117 31
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Kurt Vonnegut

7
114 32
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Satirical Novels

8
87 26
Cat's Cradle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Kurt Vonnegut

9
80 22
Candide, ou l'Optimisme is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Voltaire

10
60 11
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Miguel de Cervantes

11
84 30
A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Anthony Burgess

12
65 22
The importance of being Earnes... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Satirical Novels

13
50 15
Breakfast of Champions is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Brian McGovern added Kurt Vonnegut

14
41 11
The Screwtape Letters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
C. S. Lewis

15
39 14
A Connecticut Yankee in King A... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Satirical Novels

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40 18
The Sirens of Titan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
phronze added Kurt Vonnegut

17
40 19
A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
John Kennedy Toole

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34 16
Good Omens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
s_kate-kitty-van-a added Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett

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36 18
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Satirical Novels

20
47 29
Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Chuck Palahniuk

21
34 18
Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
David Foster Wallace

22
30 17
Thank You for Smoking is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Christopher Buckley

23
43 29
American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Bret Easton Ellis

24
45 32
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
Jane Austen

25
16 8
Hogfather is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Satirical Novels
s_kate-kitty-van-a added Terry Pratchett