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Initial post: Oct 11, 2009 9:38:11 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 11, 2009 9:53:22 PM PDT
KARN says:
I was reading the thread about the funniest books but what ones are relatively clean. I'd rather read books without crudeness, sex, and bad language. Is PG Wodehouse clean?

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 4:06:04 AM PDT
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Abateman says:
Squeaky clean* ... You are also safe reading "Mapp and Lucia" by E. F. Benson and "Scoop" by Evelyn Waugh. "Scoop" is thought by many to be the funniest book ever written in the English language. It certainly gets my vote.

* To me "Leave it to Psmith" is the funniest of Wodehouse.

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 9:41:06 AM PDT
Cathytg says:
Wodehouse is indeed squeaky-clean. I think you would also like Our Hearts Were Young and Gay, by Emily Kimborough and Cornelia Otis Skinner (I think I got their names right), about their adventures in Europe as teenagers.

How to Eat Like a Child by Delia Ephron is very, very funny, and meets your criteria -- her follow up, about teenagers, is also very funny but has sexual content.

You might try James Thurber and Robert Benchley -- they're both hilarious!

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 3:38:30 PM PDT
Nancy Mayer says:
Don't leave out Nora Ephron's "I feel Bad About My Neck."

Posted on Oct 13, 2009 2:06:51 PM PDT
CJ says:
PG Wodehouse is certainly clean, and "Right Ho, Jeeves" is the funniest book I've ever read.

Sherlock Holmes and the Underpants Of Death

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2009 5:35:00 PM PDT
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I must also suggest "Love In a Cold Climate" by Nancy Mitford. Like the Mapp and Lucia books, it's very arch, and certain aspects of life you may find a bit "unclean" are alluded to, but always with aplomb. It's a riotously funny book with occasional deep moments of tenderness/loss and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Posted on Oct 14, 2009 5:47:56 PM PDT
Charles Webb says:
Candide by Voltare

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 10:58:54 AM PDT
Erika says:
Jay Leno's "Leading with My Chin" is wonderful! It's the story of his life peppered with heartwarming, funny stories about him and his family. There are a few salty tales as he encounters a few seedy people along his long, twisty path to comedic success, but that isn't the focus of the book. This book is so enjoyable because Jay Leno's stories are highly relatable.

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 12:39:06 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 15, 2009 7:12:17 PM PDT
HardyBoy64 says:
For fiction....I thought "Cold Sassy Tree" was tender and very funny. The little boy protagonist pops his aunt's inflated bra at her wedding ceremony, but only on one side! HA HA. His aunt needs a few mice for props for the school play (she's the director) and the kid puts 12 big rats in the box and so the audience clears the playhouse in pure pandimonium. Funny book!

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Posted on Dec 6, 2009 12:19:05 PM PST
szj says:
Depending on your age and where you live (US?) you might enjoy THE FAKE BIRTHDAY. It is definitely G rated but has enough LOL moments and adolescent trials and tribulations to keep you intrigued till the end.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 1:37:59 PM PST
E. Griesbach says:
"Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett is very funny, and what I would call "relatively clean" but not quite "squeaky clean." There's one non-explicit sex scene (mostly "off-camera") and some scattered bad language. It does take an irreverent view of religion, though, so I'm not sure if that would offend you.

I'd give Douglas Adams similar ratings: most of the humor comes from elsewhere, but there's some non-explicit sex, occasional profanity, and some drinking.

The "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series is both very funny and very clean.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 1:45:44 PM PST
E. Griesbach says:
Oh, I forgot "Northanger Abbey" by Jane Austen! Clean as a whistle and completely hilarious. (It works better if you're familiar with Anne Radcliffe and Frances Burney, the authors she's satirizing, but this is not strictly necessary.)

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 1:47:03 PM PST
K. Pattie says:
Clyde Edgerton's Raney and Walking Across Egypt are both very good. The Miss Julia series is also very good.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2009 1:53:09 PM PST
E. Griesbach says:
Um...I'm not saying "Candide" isn't thought-provoking and worth reading, but I've always understood that it was quite dirty.

(No, I haven't read it yet, but the summary on Wikipedia seems to support me on this.)

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 2:23:20 PM PST
Anything by Terry Pratchett. His YA books, like the Tiffany Aching series, are wonderfully funny, wise and quite G rated.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 9:34:30 PM PST
Joseph Perry says:
Any book by Ellen Degeneres. She's hilarious, without being vulgar at all. I think there may be one cuss word in each of her books...And they are F-U-N-N-Y!!!

Posted on Dec 12, 2009 7:26:51 PM PST
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D. J. Foley says:
The works of Richard Armour are terrificly light-hearted introductions to the subjects they skewer, and always clean and above-board (although there is a bit of sly humor) see:
1953 It All Started With Columbus
1955 It All Started With Europa
1956 It All Started With Eve
1957 Twisted Tales From Shakespeare
1958 It All Started With Marx
1960 The Classics Reclassified
1964 American Lit Relit
1966 It All Started With Hippocrates
1967 It All Started With Stones And Clubs
1969 English Lit Relit
1976 It All Would Have Startled Columbus
1976 The Happy Bookers
1977 It All Started With Nudes
He's also a dab poet as you'll see in:
1954 Light Armour
1982 Richard Armour's Punctured Poems

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2009 2:19:57 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 14, 2009 2:07:08 PM PST
A Girl Named Zippy. there is a sequel to this one as well. My whole family ages 11-43 love these books!

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 6:30:29 AM PST
I second Candide (Dover Thrift Editions) by Voltaire. Also A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 11:05:11 AM PST
Joanne Long says:
"The Guinea Pig Diaries." by A.J. Jacobs, a nonfiction book published recently, is quite funny. The same author wrote "The Year of Living Biblically" and "The Know-it-All."

And the novels I cite below are written without bad language, as I recall. They have a bit of sex, mostly off-screen, in them:

"The Brontë Project [A Novel of Passion, Desire, and Good PR]"
by Jennifer Vandever

"Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing," by Melissa Bank.

"Bridget Jones" and "Bridget Jones the Edge of Reason," by Helen Fielding

"Welcome to My Planet *where English is sometimes spoken," by Shannon Olson.
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