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what are the funniest books ever?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Catch-22, Confederacy of Dunces, and this are my top 3

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    My big three: Wodehouse, Swartzwelder, and Norm's book.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Norm's book
      I liked it, but expected a tad more, given its reputation
      maybe it was due to having heard a lot of its material being told by him on his show and his standup routine before

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I can see where you are coming, his book is a bit like a compendium of his greatest works, but I still love how he trashes Adam the whole way through.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Don Quixote, Tristram Shandy and Tom Jones, though Heller and Toole were good too.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      does the comedy in these old works actually ring true today?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Not one of them but I read Roughing It by Twain and that holds up as funny

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        tom jones is more of a pleasant comfy read. its more like two books in one: a picaresque adventure story and essay relating to theater; which I think his opinions on theater can still be adapted for cinema. not totally hilariously but its a fun read.

        Tristram shandy is a proto post modernist book. if you like mason and Dixon and sot weed factor, I think you'll enjoy this book, it has a more earthy tone for its humor

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    damon runyon

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I'd put The Poor Mouth pretty far up there, but I suspect you need to be at least vaguely familiar with Irish History and culture to get the humour.

    The Flashman series is also good for a few laughs.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Hichhiker's Guide to the Galaxy had me dying when I was 14

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I read it as an adult, and it was too reddit for my taste
      felt like a scrapped Futurama script

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah, it's really unfortunate how the original works that ended up molding every tumblrina and reddit sweatlord's sense of humor get dragged down by that legacy.
        I still really enjoy the series, but I get turning your nose up at it for that reason.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I remember our school had a field trip to a renaissance faire. walking though it, I passed this kid; wearing German flecktarn, those thin rectangle glasses, and he was carrying this thick volume that contain all books in the series. he was just walking around with passing by knights and people with pointy ears

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The Bible

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      There is some truth to this; the Bible certainly gives a man a sense of humor better than any other 'book' I know. Maybe the pure can see the humor in its stories better than I can, too.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    http://hca.gilead.org.il/li_claus.html
    Not my favorite translation but this is up there.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Yes but not this translation

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Which one is better?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Guerney is the best. I own Maguire, that one's good too

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Moby Dick is surprisingly hilarious

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Parts (admittedly not all of the book) of Suttree were very funny. Harrogate was a great comic character

      theres a lot of black comedy in blood meridian if you could view it as that. i was amused by when the boy was talking about the weather and the judge accused the preacher

      I think the point is to find books that are actually comedic stories, not just books that have a sense of humor or some funny moments in them. many books have that.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        this, thank you
        there is a lot of comedic production in most media, but not so much in literature
        most stuff you'd find categorised as comedic books is written by comedians, who aren't always the best prose writers, and most of them are biographies

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Parts (admittedly not all of the book) of Suttree were very funny. Harrogate was a great comic character

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      theres a lot of black comedy in blood meridian if you could view it as that. i was amused by when the boy was talking about the weather and the judge accused the preacher

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      "Combination grocer and prostitutehouse"

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I like Mathematics made difficult, by linderholm. It's the best of its kind.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Wilt.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I can't believe no one has mentioned Gulliver's Travels yet. That shit is hilarious

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >what are the funniest books ever?
    Greek tragedies.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Euripides' Bacchae was kinda funny I guess, I dunno about the other ones. Not a greek but Lucian's True History actually holds up as quite funny to this day.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        You should read this.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        https://i.imgur.com/rRSObdB.jpeg

        You should read this.

        Alcestis is one of the strangest things I’ve ever read. I don’t know what to make of it

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Ass Goblins of Auschwitz

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The Good Soldier Svejk
    the author of catch-22 was inspired by it

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    A Horse's Head by Evan Hunter (1967).

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

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