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    Books that made you laugh . . .

    Seeing that we have 'Books that made you change the way you view the world' (http://www.online-literature.com/for...ead.php?t=4372) and 'Books that made you cry' (http://www.online-literature.com/for...ead.php?t=2565), out of curiosity, I thought to begin this thread.
    What books have you read that made you laugh?

    A few of mine that come to mind:
    The Liar by Stephen Fry,
    All's Well That Ends Well, Comedy Of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, and Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare,
    The Broken Jug by Heinrich von Kleist,
    Many various short stories and poetry by O. Henry, Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, Edgar Allan Poe, and Guy de Maupassant,
    The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer,
    The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio.

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    Great idea, Mono!

    Strange to say, one of the only books to actually make me laugh out loud - though there have been a few - was Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I laughed so loudly at the gypsy part that the leaves almost started falling off the roof!

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    Jane Eyre made me laugh multiple times; here's one of my favorite lines from early on: "Little girl, here is a book entitled the 'Child's Guide'; read it with prayer, especially that part containing 'an account of the awfully sudden death of Martha G____, a naughty girl addicted to falsehood and deceit.'"
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    Catch-22 can always make me laugh.

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    A Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It's so cleverly written. Takingthe mick out of everything. One of the only books to make me laugh out loud!
    Books are the carriers of civillisation- Henri "Papillon" Charriere

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    Blott on The Landscape and also The Throwback both by Tom Sharpe. The Throwback is really rude but hilarious - well I think so anyway.

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    Slaughterhouse Five.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wendigo_49
    Catch-22 can always make me laugh.

    Second that.........


    "there are people in the world so hungry that God can not appear to them except in the form of bread"

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    While his books may not be considered 'literary,' anything by David Sedaris sets me to howling:

    Me Talk Pretty One Day

    Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

    to name a few...

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    There's Jewish writer- Sholom Aleykhem- I can be wrong with English spelling . I laughed a lot and loudly at the end of his short story "My first love story". The story is very funny in general, but most funny part is end.
    mono, I agree with you about William Shakespeare, Mark Twain and O. Henry. But I don't remember any funny story of Guy de Maupassant. I found them miserable, heart-braking.

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    Catcher In The Rye
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    I love books that make me laugh! here comes a few:

    Nick Hornby: How to be good, About a boy (etc)
    Tony Parsons: Man and Boy, Man and Wife
    JK Rowling: Harry Potter
    Eoin Colfer: Artemis Fowl

    oh, and most of all: Frank McCourt: Angela's ashes

    and ofcourse Cather in the rye, like Razeus says

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    'The importance of being Ernest' by Oscar Wilde.

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