- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (July 14, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455534536
- ISBN-13: 978-1455534531
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (285 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I recently humiliated myself in the prestigious Pump Room restaurant by laughing out loud, to the point of tears, while reading The Stench of Honolulu. Jack Handey is the funniest writer in America. And his funny is a very particular, sublime, kind of funny-it builds and builds and is related to his supreme control of language. It is witty, minimal, subversive and also strangely sweet. Read this book, and you will feel better, period."
--George Saunders, New York Times bestselling author of Tenth of December, to the New York Post.
"A clever, absurd and fantastical adventure that could only have sprung from the hilarious-slash-lunatic mind of Jack Handey."
"This book is a joy. I laughed out loud on every page. Jack Handey is hilarious, brilliant, and original--a law unto himself."
--Ian Frazier, author of Travels in Siberia
"I don't remember Honolulu being remotely this disgusting."
"A well-oiled laugh-machine. A prose cartoon...a book that glimmers like an oasis of funny in the desert of snark that surrounds us"
"The best comedic novel in years. Handey is a master. Fans will be quoting lines from this book for a long time. "
"If laughter produces endorphins and endorphins promote good health, this book could cure disease"
"Surreal and the whimsical, airtight quips with dark underpinnings that betray a fascination with language and a mastery of pacing."
"It's hilarious. Think Ignatius C. Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces if he believed himself to be Indiana Jones, but filtered through Handey's unique voice."
"[Handey] has waded into a genre that might seem unsuited to him, broken all the rules, and emerged with a radical reinvention of the form"
"The jokes are layered like a wedding cake of absurdity. . .The Handey-verse is a wacky relief from our dreary world of twerking singers and school shooters."
About the Author
Jack Handey's bestselling books include the Deep Thoughts series, What I'd Say to the Martians and Other Veiled Threats, and Fuzzy Memories. Jack's writing for Saturday Night Live is known worldwide. He has won two Emmy Awards and a Writers Guild of America Award, and his humor has been published in The New Yorker, Playboy, and National Lampoon. Jack's quotations recently appeared in his own line of American Greetings cards.
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But regardless of the above (I sort of fall into some of those categories); this book is crude, distasteful, dry-humor’ish, and childish....but oh, so damn funny. I loved it. Line after line, I was laughing out loud. Some of the times even reading out loud to my girlfriend some of the funny one-liners; much to her chagrin;…oh well. Reads super fast. The only thing that slowed me down was trying to re-insert my ribs back into my tickle-cage after laughing so hard.
Fun, silly, witty, and a good easy read. Funny as hell. Laugh-out-loud and very non-PC and zany. Give it a try; your laugh buds will thank me and Mr. Handey later.
Basically, the book is a stream of comments and conversations between main character Don and his friend Mr. Slurps decide to take a free trip to Hawaii. And their entire experience are their observations of two friends on a trip that encounter a slew of unusual but interesting observations that any person would talk about in a place that they seldom or never have visited before; jokes and banter of the utmost unpredictability and uncensored. From bizarre encounters in an exotic land, a bit of romance and action and adventure, of over 50 different scenes; and if one over thinks of what each compare to, possibly close to a “Fantasy Island” episode without Mr. Roarke but with a heavy dose of humor. The approach that Handey writes reminds this reader of stories that may have appeared in MAD books or magazine articles or even National Lampoon, an amorous amount of humor that after reading the book, one will wonder where did the time go.
The Stench may be the perfect book to take on a road trip or a simply to pass the time away for as little than a day.
"Doctor Ponzari was clearly evil, but when I saw him playing catch with his son, I thought, What a spaz."
"If you put your shoes on the wrong feet and walk around, eventually you will split in half."
"I had dreams of starting a big family. Every night the children would gather in the parlor and play their musical instruments. Then I would announce who was the best and who was the worst."
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FACT: His Deep Thoughts were groundbreaking and continue to be wonderously funny and enjoyable.
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