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Helene’s face is white as bone, her mind, like mine, unable to take in the travesty occurring in front of our eyes.
Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  an offensive misrepresentation of what should be expected
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travesty travesties travestied
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  • Helene’s face is white as bone, her mind, like mine, unable to take in the travesty occurring in front of our eyes.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • The nurse placed in my hand a shiny blade, and I realized then that it was a travesty and I was not a surgeon, that I had never cut into living flesh.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Archery was an even bigger travesty.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • By far the greatest travesty was the public library established on the island by a concerned group of citizens who thought it deplorable that the island did not have a library of its own.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • In a large measure, however, his fertile and inventive ideas were successsful enough that it may be said that Hoss—in consummate travesty of the way that Koch and Ehrlich and Roentgen and others altered the face of medical science during the great German efflorescence of the last half of the previous century—worked upon the entire concept of mass murder a lasting metamorphosis.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Surely such a travesty has never occurred.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • the snake, on the other hand, was curled up on the rotting hearth rug, like some horrible travesty of a pet dog.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Was putting up a memorial for him a tragedy or a travesty?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Something very wrong when it’s the twenty-first century and this type of elitist travesty is still being perpetuated.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • No possible way for this latest travesty to end up in the press.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot

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  • I am a travesty, in bad make-up and someone else’s clothes, used glitz.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • He was the central clown in an unconscious travesty of that famous oil painting, ’The Spirit of ’76.’
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • It even prevailed over the miserable travesty of the song of David which the singer had selected from a volume of similar effusions, and caused the sense to be forgotten in the insinuating harmony of the sounds.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Cyrus unlaced the leather sheath that held it on his stump and stood the travesty-on-flesh beside his chair.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • We are not in a beargarden nor at an Oxford rag nor is this a travesty of justice.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He withdrew after a short travesty of a French bow; Abe pulled himself to his feet with the deliberation of a locomotive.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Also, in pursuit of the same cause he fired off a cannonade of letters to such organizations as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Kansas State Bar Association-letters attacking his trial as a "travesty of due process," and urging the recipients to aid him in his quest for a new trial.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • The bitter mocking quality of her voice intensified, a travesty of a child’s normal speech.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • How to explain this travesty of accuracy?
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • They came directly home, sobered by the travesty in which they had participated.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • There is a kind of travesty of humanity over there.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Even a sceptic, who can see nothing but a travesty of bitter truth in anything holy or emotional, would have been melted to the heart had he seen that little group of loving and devoted friends kneeling round that stricken and sorrowing lady; or heard the tender passion of her husband’s voice, as in tones so broken and emotional that often he had to pause, he read the simple and beautiful service from the Burial of the Dead.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • He is much more accomplished at Occlumency than poor Morfin Gaunt, and I would be astonished if he has not carried an antidote to Veritaserum with him ever since I coerced him into giving me this travesty of a recollection.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • It was revolting to hear his mother travestied into Esmiss Esmoor, a Hindu goddess.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • If he were executed for this alleged crime it would be a travesty on justice.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • That I remain here despite these travesties of the culinary art, I trust you will recognize as a measure of my true devotion to the cause of science.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • That word quoted from Mrs. Cadwallader seemed like a mocking travesty wrought in the dark by an impish finger.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Liddy, elevating her feelings to the occasion from a sense of grandeur, floated off behind Bathsheba with a milder dignity not entirely free from travesty, and the door was closed.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • …order that it might destroy the divine order and turn our land, the stronghold of God’s will upon Earth, into a lewd chaos like the Fringes; trying to make it a place without the law, like the lands in the South that Uncle Axel had spoken of, where the plants and the animals and the almost-human beings, too, brought forth travesties; where true stock had given place to unnameable creatures, abominable growths flourished, and the spirits of evil mocked the Lord with obscene fantasies.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Many had grabbed the lighted candles from the mess tables, and we moved by the candlelight toward the mansion where the General, an inhuman figure to most of us, a man we thought of as immune from the travesties of history, sat with his wife and the now eternal absence of a son who had died in Asia.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • What a travesty! A travesty on Nature!
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • You forced me into this travesty of a wedding, my lord, and I shall not soon forget it.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • "What a travesty," Nix sighed, shaking his head.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • This travesty must not stand!
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • Witnesses parade in, there is the travesty of a trial, and Ercole meets his end in a refreshingly simple mass stabbing.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Lord Bolton had accoutred him as a knight, preferring to ignore the missing hand that made such warlike garb a travesty.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • To see a woman made for him and for motherhood to his children juggled away in this tragic travesty—it was a thing to rub one’s eyes over, a nightmare, an illusion, a hoax.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • No pikes, too few bowmen, a bare handful of knights, the ill-armed and unarmored, commanded by an unthinking brute who led with his rage …. how could his father expect this travesty of a battle to hold his left: He had no time to think about it.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • I saw Grandma’s satire in him, across the plaited white bread and the sprigged fish and candles—yes, the old woman’s hardness of invention and travestying savagery, even certain Russian screams.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • "I have to think it’s a travesty.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • What a travesty! A travesty on Nature!
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • I cannot go on with this travesty.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • I cannot go on with this travesty.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • That these man-like creatures were in truth only bestial monsters, mere grotesque travesties of men, filled me with a vague uncertainty of their possibilities which was far worse than any definite fear.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • What a travesty! A travesty on Nature!
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • What a travesty! A travesty on Nature!
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Illness and debilitation would account for this state, of course—especially during the unspeakable months at Birkenau—but she was certain it was also psychological: the pervasive smell and presence of death caused any generative urge to seem literally obscene, a travesty, and thus—as in the depths of illness—to remain at so low an ebb as to be virtually snuffed out.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • What was this instrument—ticking away here in the great Sahara—but a travesty upon the possible!
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  Pellucidar
  • There is a kind of travesty of humanity over there.
    Wells, H.G.  --  The Island of Doctor Moreau
  • James; and the serio- comic ceremonials and mock parade which attended that singular travesty of monarchal style.
    Irving, Washington  --  Astoria or Anecdotes  of an enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains
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