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The Huge Book of Hell Paperback – May 1, 1997

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Matt Groening said that the measure of successful social criticism is "if you can delight half your audience and really annoy the hell out of the other half." Groening's tenth Life in Hell book, The Huge Book of Hell, works in much this way. Having evolved from a cynical, bitter outlook on life, Life in Hell now offers what is most likely the sharpest, most subversive social criticism available in comic strips. (Only Groening seems to be able to write things like "I have a constant craving for Jack Daniels" or "I'm going to tell God to stab you.") And, as such, it sometimes hits, it sometimes misses. What remains consistent is the quality of the insight, whether it be on the creative process, life's little burdens, family life, or the trials of love.

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"America's sharpest cartoon strip" Observer "Hilarious, wise and subversive" Newsday "No other cartoonist these days is more fatalistic - or funnier" Booklist "The jokes hit too close to home" LA Times "Groening's wit is double-edged, cutting ferociously from hilarity to painful, recognizable truth" Saturday Review "Funniest, most sneakily radical strip in the country" Village Voice --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140263101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140263107
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.5 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Scott A. Butki on October 18, 1997
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Before there was "The Simpsons," there was "Life in Hell," a dark comic strip drawn by Matt Groening. As Groening has become famous for the great television series he created, he has continued drawing this weird but hilarious strip. There are several "Life in Hell" books with names like "School is Hell" and "Childhood is Hell." I recommend reading "Work is Hell" when you are frustrated with your job and checking out "Love Is Hell" when love just ain't coming your way and you want to feel better about that. The books are much darker and more philosophical than "The Simpsons." The drawings are raw and crude. The humor can be quite self- deprecating. For example, Groening draws most of his characters as bunnies only to have some characters ask if they are drawn that way because of the cartoonist's artistic limitations. But the writing more than makes up for the weak drawing. His new book, "The Huge Book of Hell," for example, has suggested magazine covers: "'Annoying Performance Artist magazine', not to be confused with Annoying Street Lunatic magazine." The imaginary publication features such articles as "The gentle art of scab-pulling and "Is it OK to yell 'I'm on fire' in a crowded theater?" Gross? Sure. Silly? Well, sometimes. High-brow? Maybe. And there is even a special book within the book. Yes, just like Oprah's book discussion group, Groening provides "A reading group guide to 'The Huge Book of Hell.'" The guide includes such discussion questions as: "How would you characterize the cartoonist's own attitude towards society? Does it change as the book progresses? Will it ever? Why does the cartoonist refuse to change? Have you read any of his other books?Read more ›
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I got this for my husband for a birthday present - he's a huge Simpsons fan. This book went over great - he sat and leafed through it for quite a while. Definitely a great purchase and not something you can find just anywhere.
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I remember driving from LaCanada California to one of the beach areas like Santa Monica or Redondo beach, CA to get a free copy of the Los Angeles Reader. Even though the paper was full of ads for upcoming small bands concerts and upscale restaurants I only wanted to read the newest Groening comics about Binky, Ernie K. Pook and Akbar and Jeff. And this began in the Early to mid 1980's!
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By A Customer on May 15, 2001
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Matt Groening, the creator of one my favorite shows the simpsons, draws a little cartoon called Life In Hell. A strip that goes through lifes little moments like, Sex, Love, School, Hate, Death, Religion and Rabbits, whose conclusion is that we are all ... If you enjoy the simpsons at all, you will love this comic strip. Just open it up and start laughing I gaurentee that this will be funnier than Garfield or Charlie Brown could ever be.
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Matt Groening, both in his Life In Hell series and the Simpsons TV show, has shown a keen eye for social satire. I constantly find elements of my own personality in his work. This book will keep you laughing cover-to-cover. Will and Abe's sibling rivalry is just hilarious. Akbar and Jef's relationship (romance?) reminds you that yours is not too bad. Binky and Bongo are constantly submitted to humiliation in a way that many of us can relate to. For some of us, Life In Hell is the story of our lives.
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If you like The Simpsons, then you've gotta buy this book and learn about Hell. It's Groening unconstrained. Just like his TV show, Life in Hell is a bunch of poorly drawn characters on the surface and incredibly deep humor on the inside....10 stars!
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I sent this as a gift to my adult son. He has enjoyed it immensely. He is a great fan of Matt Groening. Book arrived quickly and in great condition.
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After watching The Simpsons Anniversary Special in 3D on Ice, I wanted to revisit some of Groening's earlier works. The Big Book was sold out, so I went with this one, and I am not disappointed. There's a lot of funny, high quality strips in here. If anything, it makes me wish the Simpsons still had the edge Groening's series here. But if you're looking for a book full of self-referential, self-deprecating comic strips filled with bunnies, this is your book.
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