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Funniest novel you have ever read?

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I don't know about the funniest ever, but the most recent (though it was written in 1992) was Shampoo Planet, by Douglas Coupland, a great satire of millennials' habits of thought and speech. It was literally LOL on every page for me. Recommended by my daughter, born in 1984.

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On 10/14/2011 at 2:02 PM, Frobby said:

I started to make the thread title "funniest book you have ever read?" but decided to limit this to novels only, for now. Here are some of my favorites, and they include some books that didn't go 100% for humor but contain parts that are hysterical:

The World According to Garp, by John Irving

The Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe

Empire Falls, by Richard Russo

The Great American Novel, by Phillip Roth

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

In each of these cases, I have read multiple books by each author, and they are are very gifted at humor and satire when they bend that way.

The bolded ones I thought were very funny.  Didn't realize Bonfire of the Vanities was supposed to be funny.  

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On 10/19/2011 at 1:41 PM, Nigel Tufnel said:

There's also Nick Hornby. About a Boy and High Fidelity are both really funny (and Fever Pitch, too, but it's nonfiction).

Yeah those books are great.  

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On 10/25/2011 at 11:53 PM, scOtt said:

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

That book just made me stressed because  he couldn't get his act together.  I still need to read his book on the hell's angels. 

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1 hour ago, atomic said:

The bolded ones I thought were very funny.  Didn't realize Bonfire of the Vanities was supposed to be funny.  

It’s both funny in parts and serious in other parts, like many of Tom Wolfe’s books.   

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3 hours ago, atomic said:

That book just made me stressed because  he couldn't get his act together.  I still need to read his book on the hell's angels. 

I read that YEARS ago. Don't remember much about it. My early teen years.

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