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The Penguin Book of Limericks Paperback – January 6, 1987

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Eight hundred limericks are gathered here, and most of them will reduce the average reader to helpless, roll-on-the-floor laughter. A few are the work of literary greats (Twain, Kipling, Auden), but most were written by that poet of the people, Anon. Nothing is sacred in this collection, and the ratio of decent verse to indecent is about what one might expect. Or, as one of the limericks says, "God's plan made a hopeful beginning,/ But Man spoilt his chances by sinning;/ We trust that the story/ Will end in great glory,/ But at present the other side's winning." For public and academic libraries. David Kirby, English Dept., Florida State Univ., Tallahassee
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 1st edition (1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140076697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140076691
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
What is nice about this book is that it is not embarassed to include bawdy limericks among the others but never for bawdiness's sake alone. Bawdiness is NOT a prerequisite of a good limerick. Cleverness IS - and this book has collected a large number of entertaining and clever 5-liners, all with glorious punch lines. I was also pleased to be introduced by the book to a number of variations of the limerick form, such as the double limerick and the limeraiku, a combination of the limerick and the haiku forms.
Great stuff - highly recommended!
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Format: Hardcover
This is probably the funniest book of limericks that I have read since 'Hillimericks' by Simon R. Gladdish. It is fairly difficult to find a clean one but how about this:-

'There's a wonderful family called Stein:
There's Gert and there's Ep and there's Ein.
Gert's poems are bunk,
Ep's statues are junk,
And no one can understand Ein.'
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If you need a laugh,just open this book anywhere and start reading. Warning--NOT for the prudish folks; it's definitely bawdy humor but,given that, you will soon be smiling.
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This Penguin Book of Limericks has 800+ examples of that poetic form, far more than, say, Bennett Cerf's slender volume.
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By Zoe L. on August 27, 2014
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It seemed a little juvenile for the person I had bought it for.
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