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Magic Mobile by Michael Frayn

Magic Mobile

Michael Frayn

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2 reviews

Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 28 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9780571355006

Anything but analogue, Magic Mobile is the latest offering of comic genius from Michael Frayn, the author of Matchbox Theatre and Pocket Playhouse. 'Michael Frayn is the most philosophical comic writer - and the most comic philosophical writer - of our time.' Daily Mail

3 stars out of 5
1 Jun 2020

"Magic Mobile is tickling, not waspish, with a high gag-to-smile ratio,"

Overall, though, Magic Mobile is tickling, not waspish, with a high gag-to-smile ratio, and even the odd guffaw; Frayn’s winning way with a punchline made me instantly regret the smidgen of impatience that crept in whenever things threatened to get just a bit too wacky. Witness ‘Pharmachristenin’, in which drug company executives spitball new product names (‘Droopidickulin! Spottibottinol! Pixipoxipil!’), to the growing irritation of the chair, who snaps: ‘That’s it! Session suspended! And don’t come back, any of you, until you’ve taken your antisniggerin.’

Reviews

5 stars out of 5
28 Apr 2020

"...surely the first great toilet book of the decade: a collection of 35 sketches, none of them very long, most of them tremendously inventive and enjoyable"

Frayn is 86. He hasn’t written a play since Afterlifein 2008 or a novel since the farcical Skios in 2012. He has long declared himself more or less retired. So this, like his 2014 collection Matchbox Theatre, is a kind of genius frolic rather than a big work. It fits into his lifelong fascination with communication, technology, language and the human fools struggling to keep up with all of the above. The result is surely the first great toilet book of the decade: a collection of 35 sketches, none of them very long, most of them tremendously inventive and enjoyable.