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Barbara’s book, ‘The Irony Effect’ offers a compelling case for understanding Irony and its many nuances.


What is Irony?

What is a ‘Sense of Irony,’ and do you need one?

Is a ‘Sense of Humor’ the same as a ‘Sense of Irony’?

Where’s the Irony in your life?


Find the answers to these questions while enjoying a fast, fun, and interesting read, and find out if you have a ‘Sense of Irony.’


The Irony Effect is concise, easy to read and includes a few classic short stories by several of the greatest authors of Irony in history: Guy De Maupassant, O.Henry, Jonathan Swift, and Mark Twain.


Open the book and start reading to find your ‘Sense of Irony’; your ‘Sense of Humor’ will thank you for it.


'The IRONY Effect'
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"There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”
—Søren Kierkegaard


"Irony is that little grain of salt that alone renders the dish palatable."
—Goethe

"He saw that it was an ironical thing for him to be running thus toward that which he had been at such pains to avoid."
—Stephen Crane

"Irony is a gift of the gods, the most subtle of all the modes of speech. It is an armour and a weapon; it is a philosophy and a perpetual entertainment; it is food for the hungry of wit and drink to those thirsting for laughter.”
—Somerset Maugham

"The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be."
—Socrates

"This life is ironic, for it takes pain to discover pleasure; it takes sadness to know happiness; it takes war to value peace; and it takes hatred to treasure love."
— Emmanuel Aghado

"Irony is a treacherous servant; unless it's very carefully watched over, it has a tendency to expose the foolishness of its apparent master."
—Mark O'Connell

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