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The Big Book of Hell Paperback – October 31, 1990

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Matt Groening is probably best-known as the creator of the television show The Simpsons, but many of his fans prefer his older and even more cynical Life in Hell comics. The Big Book of Hell is an impressive collection of a decade's worth of his best work.

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YA-- Groening has compiled his best work from the "Life in Hell" strip. The book has everything from the birth and evolution of his best-known characters such as Bongo and Binky to a prototype of Bart Simpson. A hilarious, insightful view of life in and out of Hell.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon; 1 edition (October 31, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679727590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679727590
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 0.6 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
I must say, Big Book of Hell is 10 times better than Huge Book of Hell. Funnier, less preachy, bigger, and just plain better. It's honest, and extremely observant of the little stupid things we do every day. Matt's detailed descriptions of school and work are so true, I wish I would have written them. Bongo's anti-school agenda is so funny and true. The strips with the eyes and Bongo strapped in a chair are among my favorites. Another thing Big Book has that Huge Book doesn't, is that it is TOUCHING! Witness the 8 Steps of Handling a Divorce (or something to that nature). I almost cried when I read it. In some ways, its more personal than Huge Book, other times, more universal. Which is why Greoning's work (and the Simpsons) are so brilliant: touching, personal yet universal, bitter yet hilarious, observant without being fake. Big Book also has TREMENDOUS re-read value. I highly suggest anyone looking for a laugh or some delicious insight to purchase Big Book of Hell.
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If you like The Simpsons, you'll love this book. It is packedwith 169 pages of the brutal and sometimes comic honesty that madeGroening who he is today. It covers all the main aspects of life - work, school, love, and childhood; told through the antics of surprisingly amusing rabbits who bear a striking resemblance to the Simpsons.
Some readers may be turned by these aspects that make it so appealing to the rest of us. Face it - Groening doesn't exactly hesitate to be excruciatingly honest, as you can see in his discussion of saran wrap vs. party balloons as contraceptives. But it's all in good humor and, let's face it, more people have been there than we like to admit.
If I haven't completely suaded you from this book, give it a shot. Sit back, get comfortable, and be willing to laugh in spite of yourself. I give it a five.
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By A Customer on October 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
I've been a huge fan of the Simpsons since they first aired, and recently I decided to check out Matt Groening's other works. I bought this book used and it was worth every penny. The comics here are unlike any other. I particularly enjoy them because they are totally irreverent, yet honest about the state of American society today. Many of the 'School is Hell' series appear in this collection. They are my favorites--they get me through long nights of studying. It makes me wish there was a 'Life in Hell' TV series to go along with the Simpsons.
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Please understand that I am writing what I think about this book.
I liked Life in Hell back when I was in college reading the University newspaper. I thought it very funny. However, now I find, 25 years later the subject matter and topics discussed and the way they are discussed extremely depressing and cynical. I find that The Far Side has held up much better than this comic has.
I read it through in one night and now wish I had not bought it but cannot bring myself to throw it away yet.
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Matt Groenings' mind worked in strange ways, but he captured the essence and complexities of Human behavior! From Birth to Death we experience many, many, life changing, and thought changing events which influence our lives! This book is not a "Fast Read" type of "Comic" book, but a reflection of the Human condition! Great Reading!
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It's one thing to say that life is hell and sit back and sulk. It's another thing to turn it into hysterical, scathing humor. Matt Groening's "... is Hell" series is by far the darkest and funniest exploration into our modern life. If Mark Twain were a cartoonist, this is what he would have produced. Compare these cartoons to those animated yellow people (Bart, Homer, et al.), and The Simpsons are no longer a dysfunctional family.
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By A Customer on December 6, 1996
Format: Paperback
It provides a comical and hilarious story of the Simpsons that
uses a combination of everyday life and some paradoxical
events.It's definitely a must for those seeking the excitement
and fun of the Simpsons.Great humour effects that can erase your
worries.The laughter book of the century!!!
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By A Customer on September 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
This belongs on your bookshelf next to Kafka and it is one of the funniest things you'll ever read. The Simpsons is tame compared to this stuff.
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