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What’s The Funniest Novel You’ve Ever Read?

As I’m reading through the early chapters of White Teeth, I’m reminded of how much fun it is to read a well-written, humorous novel. This one is pretty amazing.

Looking back on the first 80 novels, there hasn’t been too many books that would fit into that category, so this is a nice change of pace.

I thought The Sot Weed Factor was pretty funny. But if I had to pick the funniest novel I’ve ever read, I’d have to go with Catch 22. Such a great book. I’ve currently ranked it 7th out of the first 80 novels, and for good reason.

Joseph Heller’s witty, satirical style is right in my wheelhouse. Plus, the ways in which he pokes fun at governmental bureaucracy makes the novel even funnier.

So that’s my take on today’s question.

But now I ask you: What is the funniest novel you’ve ever read?

And if you haven’t read one in a while, pick up a copy of White Teeth and read along with me!

 

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  1. seekinglostwisdom #

    hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy

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    June 15, 2015
  2. The Martian – I found the main character really funny

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    June 15, 2015
  3. Either The Good Soldier Svejk (which greatly influenced Heller and C22, by the way) or Joshua Ferris’ Then We Came to the End.

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    June 15, 2015
  4. I agree with Catch-22. It’s one of my all-time favorite novels!

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    June 15, 2015
  5. Hitchhiker’s Guide, and Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series can be pretty hilarious, too.

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    June 15, 2015
  6. Catch 22 is great, but on re-reading I’ve been struck by how black the humour is. It really embodies the whole ‘laugh because otherwise you’ll cry’ thing

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    June 15, 2015
  7. Budding prospects by TC Boyle and The Financial Lives of the Poets come to mind as earthly faves. catch 22 is in a universe by itself

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    June 15, 2015
  8. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, a 2013 bestseller, just hilarious.

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    June 15, 2015
  9. Funniest book was Terry Southern’s 1958 “Candy,” later a film with Marlon Brando and, believe it or not, Ringo Starr (a forgettable film but a hilarious book).

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    June 15, 2015
  10. Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series! Yeah! 😀

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    June 15, 2015
  11. Suzi Godwin #

    Cold Comfort Farm

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    June 15, 2015
    • Ruth Fox #

      Me too! One of my favourite books. Also ‘Emotionally Wierd’ by Kate Atkinson

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      June 15, 2015
  12. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I read it when I was about 17, 18 years old, in one sitting, late at night in the kitchen of my parent’s house. No book has ever made me laugh out loud so many times. (The Hitchiker’s Guide series is great too. I particularly love The Restaurant at the End pf the Universe.)

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    June 15, 2015
  13. Two books I found extremely funny are Dan Jenkins “Semi-Tough”, a novel about pro football and “The Cigarette Girl” by Carol Wolper. The second is about Hollywood and movie making.

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    June 15, 2015
  14. Catch 22 is certainly a funny one. But A Confederacy of Dunces is hilariously. As is almost any Vonnegut novel: Breakfast of Champions to name one. Also funny is love in the Time of Cholera.

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    June 15, 2015
    • Actually, I forgot Naked Lunch, which is insanely funny as well…

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      June 15, 2015
    • A Confederacy of Dunces had me snorting on the metro. A brilliant book!

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      June 15, 2015
  15. Reblogged this on oshriradhekrishnabole.

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    June 15, 2015
  16. Most recently, it has to be Watching the English by Kate Fox- she picks apart all British behaviours in the most hilarious way. It’s definitely worth a read!

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    June 15, 2015
  17. A Confederacy of Dunces made me laugh out loud. I also think the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum novels are extremely funny.

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    June 15, 2015
  18. Confederacy of Dunces, and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy are among my top picks. Also One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

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    June 15, 2015
  19. Susan #

    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, followed closely by Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore.

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    June 15, 2015
  20. Late Show Fun Facts by David Letterman … Most of this book was read to me by a young man of 15 years old. I had to ask him several times to stop. . . so that I could catch my breath ;D … really

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    June 15, 2015
  21. The best part was . . . he really made me believe things like ” Sheep ranchers counting the number of animals in their herd often doze off “

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    June 15, 2015
  22. or how about ” The first telephone number was 3 “

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    June 15, 2015
  23. or . . . ” The original slogan for M&M’S candies was “Melts in your mouth, not in your pants “

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    June 15, 2015
  24. All on the same page #122

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    June 15, 2015
  25. Confederacy of Dunces for sure. There are more contemporary novels that also made me laugh out loud, but who knows if they’ll stand the test of time? CofD is just as hilarious every time I read it or think about it.

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    June 15, 2015
  26. This makes me happy because Catch-22 is on my TBR for this month, and I wasn’t sure what I was in for.

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    June 15, 2015
  27. Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut

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    June 15, 2015
  28. Straight Man by Richard Russo. Especially if you live in the world of academia.

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    June 15, 2015
  29. The entire Discworld series

    Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

    Catch-22

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  30. The funniest novel I ever read is without a doubt Christopher Moore’s The Serpent of Venice. It’s a parody of Poe and Shakespeare (it’s also a sequel… although I didn’t realize that at the time), and really just makes you laugh a ton.

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    June 15, 2015
  31. ” Before the invention of the touch-tone phone, 900 Americans died each year in rotary-dialing accidents…” page #22

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    June 15, 2015
    • ” The book most frequently stolen from public libraries: the autobiography of Fran Tarkenton ” … ” also from page #22

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      June 15, 2015
  32. A Confederacy of Dunces

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    June 15, 2015
  33. The Water Method Man by John Irving is one long howl. Also Lamb, Fool and The Serpent of Venice all by Christopher Moore. The Irving is harder to find but well worth it.

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    • I remember Son of A Circus being highly comical as well. The Indian waiter who disapproved of everything, even eating…

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      June 15, 2015
  34. Marie #

    What a carve up by Jonathan Coe is brilliant and Armadillo by William Boyd also made me laugh.

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    June 15, 2015
  35. Christopher Moore’s Shakespeare rewrites get me laughing, as do Tom Robbins and Kurt Vonnegut.

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    June 15, 2015
  36. It will be a controversial choice, but, what about Lolita? I will go fot that one, and Pnin.

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    June 15, 2015
  37. Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but since that has already received a lot of nominations, I’ll add The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It’s been a while now, and I don’t even remember what it was, but I was reading it on a plane, and was laughing out loud…couldn’t stop, felt rather silly.

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    June 15, 2015
  38. Huckleberry Finn

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    June 15, 2015
  39. When Mama Makes Up Her Mind, Bailey White

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    June 15, 2015
  40. Also, The Sweet Potato Queens’ Book of Love

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  41. My fiction vote goes to A Confederacy of Dunces. My nonfiction votes go to Bossypants and anything by David Sedaris. Whether dark or light humour, I love being able to laugh when I read a great book.

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    • I laughed so hard at Bossypants I had people around me looking to see what I was reading. (I was reading on a plane.)

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      • I read it at home so was mostly laughing to my room, but last year I listened to it during a road trip and am pretty sure everyone in the state of Virginia thinks I am absolutely nuts 🙂

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  42. Reblogged this on Divorce Direction and commented:
    Good diversions can be a life saver while working through divorce.

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    June 16, 2015
  43. Looking forward to reading Catch 22 this summer! Well, mine is The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen.

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    June 17, 2015
  44. I’ve just finished reading the funniest book I’ve ever read – Here’s a heads-up as I was given it to review before publication and it has blown me away and I expect to see it picking up awards when it comes out later this summer. It’s by an Irish writer – Paul Murray (he wrote “Skippy Dies” and it’s called “The Mark And The Void”. It’s about finance and the Irish economy, which doesn’t sound funny at all but it really is. This is so hot off the press I haven’t got round to doing my review for it yet (hopefully it will appear over the weekend) but you asked the question and I just felt like I had to answer!!

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    June 17, 2015
  45. Funny one I’ve read recently is Breaking Even by C.M Owens. The two leads are trying to out prank each other and they just get funnier and funnier the more you read.

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    June 17, 2015
  46. Ok, some of you may not agree with me (because it has such a dark background) but I found The Picture of Dorian Gray quite hilarious. I mean, Oscar Wilde has such a way with words that makes this book really funny! Another book that’s just plain funny is The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole – Sue Townsend. It’s more of a light reading, but nonetheless great!

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    July 15, 2015

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