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Isaac Asimov's Treasury of Humor Paperback – February 4, 1991
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but also HOW to tell the jokes, with examples and samples.
Isaac Asimov does it again.
For everyone who loves telling jokes, this is THE book to get.
You can get as much or as little out of this book as you want. I read it about two years ago and don't remember a single joke. Nor did it turn me into an any less abysmal joke teller; but that isn't what I was trying to get out of it. I was only looking for several hours of light reading with some laughs thrown in, and that is exactly what I got. Anyone looking to dig deeper into the book can learn how to be the life of any party. And if you so desire, you can even approach this book from an academic (or armchair academic) perspective and learn about the philosophy of humor itself.
What is humor? Why are things funny? If you want to know you can start your investigation into those questions with this book. Or if you just want some good laughs that aren't dumbed down for the sitcom crowd, you will find those here too.
But this is more than a book of jokes. He goes into detail about how to tell jokes to best effect, and exactly what construction makes different types of jokes funny. That makes the book valuable to a writer. I first ran across this book in my High School library. Asimov was considered a "save" author insofar as content suitable for youngsters. That was almost completely true, yet there are a few jokes in this book that it wouldhave shocked the High School Librarian to find in there. LOL
As an avid reader, I also struggle with social interactions. Asimov to the rescue - besides being fun to read, these jokes have also really helped me relax around others. It's surprising how helpful it is to have a few jokes on hand.
This is a classic, and a great read. You should get it.
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But the content's well-missed.
Think of this as Isaac Asimov's humorous way of thinking circa 1960-1970.Read more