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    I thought that Don Quixote Book I my Cervantes was hilarious, soda shootin' out the nostrils funny.

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    I thought "The Importance of being earnest" was really funny. My favourites, though, are by Idilko von Kürthy. Alas, I think there aren't any translation of her books, yet.
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    Talking

    If you want to laugh so hard you loose your breath...

    Dave Barry

    Pat McManus

    Douglas Adams (especially his Dictionary Deeper Meaning of Liff written with John Lloyd

    Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary

    Lewis Grizzard (Some get a little too earthy for my taste, but the man's killingly funny)

    Robert Fulghum (He's a modern philosopher with a wicked wit and an hilarious outlook on life.)
    Some of us laugh
    Some of us cry
    Some of us smoke
    Some of us lie
    But it's all just the way
    that we cope with our lives...

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    Don quixote ,
    Hocus Pocus by Vonnegut.
    Slaughter house 5
    breakfast of champions

    ham on rye and post office by bukowski

    the things they carried

    huckleberry finn
    All across the telegraph
    His name it did resound,
    But no charge held against him
    Could they prove.
    And there was no man around
    Who could track or chain him down,
    He was never known
    To make a foolish move.

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    Anything by P G Wodehouse makes me laugh, especially the Jeeves and Wooster books. In fact I am reading Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves at the moment and it's wonderful,Light as a soufflé but witty and entertaining. If you haven't read him I strongly recommend him to you. If everyone read Wodehouse there would be no depression in the world!
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    maybe i'm just way too happy in general, but i don't think i've ever read a book that didn't make me laugh, although some made me laugh more than the others.

    the latest book that i remember laughing at more than ten times is nick hornby's a long way down.

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    Some people I know mentioned this book as a very funny one also..However, haven't got the chance to read it...

    Quote Originally Posted by Themis
    I thought "The Importance of being earnest" was really funny.


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    Quote Originally Posted by underground
    maybe i'm just way too happy in general, but i don't think i've ever read a book that didn't make me laugh, although some made me laugh more than the others.
    That's pretty much the same for me too ... Right now I'm reading this book called The Year My Life Went Down the Loo- by Katie Maxwell. It's hilarious

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    Maybe you are, because I can not imagine someone's laughing when s/he read books like Crime and Punishment..

    Perhaps.. ironic laughs?!

    Quote Originally Posted by underground
    maybe i'm just way too happy in general, but i don't think i've ever read a book that didn't make me laugh, although some made me laugh more than the others.


    "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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    I don't know whether this entirely counts as it isn't really fiction but a book that I can't stop laughing at is 'The World according to Jeremy Clarkson.' obviously by Jeremy Clarkson.

    I love his TV show 'Top Gear' despite not knowing anything about cars, because it is really funny and the book is just as good.

    It's filled with loads of small chapters with his opinion on everything from health and safety laws to the European Union and is a great read!

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    "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving: very deftly written, Owen and his best friend are very comical yet heart-breaking characters. Very good read!
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    Books that make you laugh

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    The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov was v.funny, in a clever way
    Hard Times by Charles Dickens was v. funny in certain places, particularly when "facts" are mentioned e/g: "In this life we want nothing but Facts, sir: nothing but Facts" and "ready to have imperial gallons of Facts poured into them.." Reminds me of an awful French teacher I used to have lol
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    Most of the books I would mention have already been listed, A Confederacy of Dunces, Master and Margarita and I would add Bulgakov's short story, Heart of a Dog, if simply for the dog's 'human' name, Polygraph Polygraphovich and the greatest thing is when someone gets his name wrong and calls him Telegraph Telegraphovich. People have already mentioned Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams and I would like to add a shout out to Adams' The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul, the scene with a naked Thor with floorboard glued to his back is absolutely priceless and to add to the Pratchett thing, Good Omens, the book he wrote with Neil Gaiman is the funniest story about the apocalypse ever written. Everything is Illuminated had some truly hilarious moments and Infinite Jest also had moments of comic genius.

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    Hmm, I think I'm the first to post this but I find many passages of Hemingway quite funny and I laugh out loud quite frequently throughout many of his novels. Particularly in 'A Farewell to Arms' mostly during the first bit of the book some of the conversations just made me laugh out loud.
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