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The funniest book I ever read


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Posted on Jun 17, 2012, 5:23:52 PM PDT
donnie says:
a confederacy of dunces, john kennedy toole

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2012, 8:07:56 PM PDT
shiner says:
cherie priest blood shot and hellbent

Posted on Jun 18, 2012, 8:48:56 AM PDT
how about the academic satires of david Lodge, Small World and Changing Places?
Also Moo..

Posted on Jun 18, 2012, 9:02:15 AM PDT
Addy Saylor says:
Texasville - Larry McMurtry
Riveting but true Texan and we are funny.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012, 9:06:13 AM PDT
I loved Pest Control

Posted on Jun 18, 2012, 3:53:52 PM PDT
Roughing It by Mark Twain is the funniest book I've ever read. It surprises me how hilarious this book is--you'd think that a book written in the old days would not be that funny but this is. Or you can read The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain which pulls out stories from Roughing It and other books--a lot of them are laugh out-loud funny. If you haven't read them--read them.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012, 5:06:03 PM PDT
PJL says:
I Hate Myself and Want to Die: The 52 Most Depressing Songs You've Ever Heard by Tom Reynolds is absolutely hilarious.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012, 9:14:06 AM PDT
K. J. Hart says:
The Most of S.J. Perelman
The Stray Lamb by Thorne Smith

Posted on Jun 19, 2012, 10:11:50 AM PDT
Ride a Cockhorse by Raymond Kennedy

Ride a Cockhorse (New York Review Books Classics)

Posted on Jun 19, 2012, 1:01:06 PM PDT
Ray says:
Fiction: Got to be Wilt by Tom Sharp, read many times, a little dated now but so funny.
Non-Fiction: Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson (and most of his other books)

Ray Kingfisher (Matchbox Memories, Tales of Loss and Guilt)

Posted on Jun 20, 2012, 11:56:51 AM PDT
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Posted on Jul 18, 2012, 6:51:37 PM PDT
The2ndLJY says:
Both of the "Bridget Jones" books were laugh-out-loud hilarious!! I particularly enjoyed Bridget Jones's interview with the actor Colin Firth in the 2nd book and laughed hysterically when she ended the interview by man-handling him!

Posted on Jul 20, 2012, 9:22:38 AM PDT
debraSamica says:
"A Confederacy of Dunces" ~ great FUN book!
David Sedaris and Woody Allen are awesome too!

Posted on Jul 20, 2012, 3:47:59 PM PDT
Roughing It by Mark Twain
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Pym by Mat Johnson
Straight Man by Richard Russo

Posted on Jul 20, 2012, 6:21:18 PM PDT
J. King says:
David Sedaris is HILARIOUS!

Posted on Jul 21, 2012, 3:59:05 AM PDT
siddhi-ra says:
sydra says: the funniest books i've ever read--no prob..theat would be, "brain droppings" by george carlin

Posted on Jul 21, 2012, 10:38:24 AM PDT
Luvsunshine says:
Catch-22

I also love David Sedaris

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012, 12:32:13 PM PDT
Many seem to like his sense of humor, yet I can't even crack a smile.

I'd love for you to excerpt one or two paragraphs from one of his books and post it here.

Maybe I haven't read far enough into his works but of those I have I can't for the life of me figure out why he is funny.

No disrespect, but if you find "Without Feathers", by Woody Allen hilarious, or "The World...Garp", or "Parliament of Whores", just so,
I'd like to know.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012, 12:33:26 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 21, 2012, 12:36:44 PM PDT
P.J O'Rourke- Parliament of Whores, Holidays in Hell, Republican Party Reptile.....

Posted on Jul 21, 2012, 2:59:54 PM PDT
Erma Bombeck

Posted on Jul 21, 2012, 6:43:28 PM PDT
suepur911 says:
some of my favorite funny books: the secret diary of adrian mole, age 13 3/4, the hitch hikers trilogy by douglas adams, the bridget jones' diary books. somehow british books seem funnier to me. 'a walk in the woods' by bill bryson.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012, 3:59:51 AM PDT
Lecie says:
Yes, Confederacy os my all-time fave!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2012, 4:47:09 AM PDT
I tried thrice to get a laugh out of it about 10 years ago and could not.

Would very much appreciate if you could either direct me to a funny episode in the book or paste an excerpt here.

Maybe I was just obtuse at the time, but I tried again yesterday and can't find it funny. So many have recommended it to me, again, that I feel like I'm missing something, even those who find Bill Bryson's books a hoot, which I do too.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012, 9:05:50 PM PDT
Larry Kelley says:
Oh my, no one listed any of my favorites. Almost any historical novel by Julie Garwood will make you laugh, and they are fast moving, well written, interesting. "For The Roses" has some hysterical parts. "No Time For Sergeants" made me laugh so hard I cried-years ago. The last books I read that had me rolling on the floor were written by romance writer Jill Barnett. One was "Dreaming" and I can't remember the other. I heard my brother laughing and gasping for air in another bedroom--he would stop and then start again-so I went in and asked him what was so funny. He could barely talk so just pointed to the book he was reading--I tried to grab it out of his hand but he held on tight so I had to wait until the next day to get it. We are both over 50 years old, read sci-fi, thrillers, etc. I have a BA in Eng. Lit. etc. and if you do not try some of the romance writers--like Nora Roberts, Jill Barnett, Julie Garwood, and others--you are missing some really excellent writing.
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