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Books that make you laugh out loud

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I was trying to think of some such books after a reader of the Guide to Gourmet Shaving said that he was laughing out loud at some parts of the Guide—I assume (and hope) it was the chapter “What to Expect.”

At any rate, I had trouble thinking of books that produce audible laughter in the reader. An occasional passage in the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian. A collection of Dave Barry’s columns will produce some laughs, but that’s cheating, I think. I’m trying to think of books that were conceived and written as books.

One that did come to mind: A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole. This one works particularly well if you’re reading it aloud to someone else, as on a car trip. Somehow the reading aloud highlights the comedy.

Can you think of others?

Written by Leisureguy

1 September 2007 at 7:57 am

Posted in Books

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  1. the wife

    1 September 2007 at 10:45 am

  2. Linda McConnell

    1 September 2007 at 11:24 pm

  3. The Areas of my Expertise by John Hodgman.

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    Linda McConnell

    1 September 2007 at 11:25 pm


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