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What's the funniest book you've ever read /lit/? Mines a toss-up between Catch 22 and A Confederacy of Dunces.
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>>7661885

The Onion: Our Dumb Century. No memeing.
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>>7661885
Your diary Tbh.
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>>7661919
Played out joke
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>>7661885
Tina Fey's autobiography
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>>7661885
Starfish
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>>7661885
The Recognitions.
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>>7661885

Don't tell mum I work on the rigs, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whore house.
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Some parts of War and Peace are hilarious.
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Blood Meridian, greatest comedy book I read, this year
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Gravity's Rainbow tbhfam
>Slothrop climbs into a toilet, narrowly avoiding being raped by Malcolm X
>The most beautiful scat erotica you will ever read
>Rocket limericks
>Slothrop hits Marvy with a cream pie from a hot air balloon
>Romping through the Zone in a pig costume
>You never did the Kenosha Kid
>So much more I can't remember, this book is long as fuck
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I can't get into Catch-22. It might be the third most boring book that I've ever read after Ethan Frome and The Scarlet Letter. It feels like being a kid and being forced to watch a really awful episode of M*A*S*H because your grandpa has the remote and he decides what you get to watch, but you just want to watch some fucking Blue's Clues.

>Doc Daneeka had AIDS. He could tell his AIDS to go away and it would, but he didn't. Yossarian didn't want to fly but he had to fly. His best friend was Major Major, and his worst enemy was Private Private. Private Private once fought with Bubba. Bubba didn't like no Nazis. Joe Blow didn't like no Nazis. Joe Blow married a hooker. This same hooker once gave Dixie Normous a handjob.

>Now let me name about 600 more characters even though this is only the first 10 pages. By the way, war is bad.
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>>7662373
You, never. Did the Kenosha kid?
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>>7662542
Holy shit this.
Also
>haha everyone is crazy
>le Kafkaesque catch
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>>7661958

Are you by any chance a member of reddit.com?
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>>7662542
>>7662565
Pleb af desu
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>>7661885
Saki, Wodehouse, Don Quixote. Sometimes Shakespeare is funny. Not sure I ever have read any lit that made me laugh out loud, maybe a chuckle or two reading Moby Dick or something, but Melville is a funny guy.
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The Third Policeman made me laugh a whole lot
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>>7661885
Don Quixote and Oblomov are a tie.
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>>7661885
>Dickens!
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>>7661885

American Psycho, no contest. I can't get over the mistaken identities. I always crack up so much.
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>>7662193
When Suttree's Mom visited him in jail i cried desu
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>>7661885
>A Confederacy of Dunces
10/10 funny book
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>>7661885
I'll bee the one to say it, I liked the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy.
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>>7662362
the kid's rape was pretty fucking hilarious tbhfam
>>7662193
I'm reading this atm and aside from the watermelon fucking it seems super depressing. All the characters are living terrible lives with no escape in sight, and all they do to remedy it is get drunk. But I'm only 100 pages in anyway.
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Dead Souls and short stories by Gogol

Also this >>7662780. That scene when Stubbs tells the cook to talk to the sharks is very funny.
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Probably the first half of Either/Or.
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>>7661885
Well I didn't laugh reading Atlas Shrugged, but the film adaptation had me in stitches when part 2 had every single character change actor because the 1st movie was such a bomb
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>>7662830
Keep going on Suttree. Very good book.
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>>7661885
Journey to the end of the night.
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Shakespeare's comedies make me laugh out loud
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>>7661885
First part of Metamorphosis.
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>>7661907
Ha, I had this, was bretty good.
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>>7662193
Least funny book ever
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Apathy and Other Small Victories
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The Bible
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>>7664041
I woke up as a bug lmao xD
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I've almost finished Butterfly in the Typewriter, which is the latest and most well-researched of the JK Toole biographies. It's amazing how close the book was to remaining forever obscure. His mother sent it to at least a dozen publishing houses who all rejected it without commentary. She then sent it to small regional presses who all rejected it. Even Walker Percy took two years to find someone willing to give it a chance, and it took six months for them (a university press in Louisiana) to go through with it.
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Mikhail Bulgakov is all you need.
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The Disaster Artist
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>>7662789
Agreed, the Dalkey Archive too. I really need to pick up At Swim Two Birds, it's supposed to be his best.
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>>7661885
The Good Soldier Svejk is pretty funny.
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i thought this was pretty funny
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I know that you don't have idea about this book, but it is fucking great
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>>7665066
But i have, i own the punto de lectura collection.
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>>7661885

catch-22 should be one of the funniest books i've read by american authors
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>>7665066
Cortázar is bae
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>>7665066
I've read Blow-Up and Other Stories. Would I enjoy this?
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no doubt
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When I was in high school a teacher read us "The Cask of Amontillado" by Poe in its entirety, and I was cracking up the whole time. It must have been his performance because I'd read it before and, like most people, hadn't seen any humor in it. But looking back it's still the single funniest lit piece I can think of.
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Honestly, Lolita. Or Infinite Jest. Or Flight Club. T b h f a m.
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The Diary of Anne Frank

OR Night by Elie Wiesel
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>>7665547
My favorite scene in Lolita was when Humbert kept shooting and wrestling with the pornographer was fucking priceless. Best example of the pre-postmodern unreliable narrator.
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>>7665561
>Best example of the pre-postmodern unreliable narrator.

I already know for a fact that you are a very punchable human being.
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>>7665571
I understand how that came across, but it's hard to communicate a lot of techniques that post-modern authors take advantage of without using retarded ironic yet unironic terms. But in my honest opinion, the unreliable narrator seems much more useful to a post-modern work. But anyway, what I mean is that there are some works that seem written ahead of their time, like Lolita.
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>>7665596

I was being a faggot sorry m8.

You seem like a cool dude, I'd hang out with you and discuss /lit/
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>>7662373
>So as the mustache waxes, Slothrop waxes the mustache
>mfw
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Infinite Jest
Dunces
GR
Breakfast of Champions
Hitchhiker's guide
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>>7665623
>>7665547
It's sucks because DFW always talked about being confused as to why people found the book funny.

Then again, look at Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury openly dismissed the interpretation of criticism and censorship, that the book was about TV destroying literature. Lol, the faggot should have spent less time talking about minorities then. On the other hand, with the accidental emphasis on censorship and minorities, 451 became my Mein Kampf, .tbhfam.
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>>7665630

Hal talking to his psychiatrist about the suicide"something smells delicious!";
Everything Pemulis does (like the blackmail attempt after walking in on Avril acting out her bizarre cheerleader/quarterback fetish she had for Orin);
the fight breaking out over Eschaton;
the frat party the night before the shooting outside Ennet house
the movie titles (and the inherent 'comedic timing' of many of the footnotes);
every scene involving the president;
the scene about men switching the statue of liberty's torch with a hamburger

DFlmaoW
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>>7662362
legitimately geeked at

"Kill me then you red nigger"

or whatever homeboy says when the indians revolt on the cats
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>>7665203
Yes.
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>>7662542
>not liking the greatest show ever made
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>>7661885
Confederacy of Dunces, or, perhaps, if I should bring up something else: Creation by Gore Vidal.
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>>7662373
>that bit about Tchitcherine and the New Turkish Alphabet
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>>7662373
Just read it recently and I barely remember any of this.
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>>7664835
Fuck, this book was hilarious. If you know Tommy Wiseau and have no issue subvocalizing in his voice, every page is a true work of art
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Side Effects from Woody Allen is surprisingly funny.
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Ulysses can be hilarious
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>>7661885
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>>7666831
>liking the most boring show ever made

I bet you also enjoy Gilligan's Island and would get excited whenever Nickelodeon ended and boring-ass Nick-at-Nite came on.
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>>7665561
>spoiler
It's been years since I read it, and I can barely remember what you're referring to. Could you elaborate?
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Incompetence by Rob Grant made me laugh out loud more than once.
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Kafka's Investigations of a Dog is the funniest shit in the world to me, book or not
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>>7663014
this is simultaneously amusing and painful
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>>7667943
I think he's talking about the end
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>>7667943
When he finds the guy who drove the red car and "rescued" Lolita. He shoots the guy a few times and then he starts playing the fucking piano. Then even after he's supposedly dead for sure, he starts after Humbert and then falls down the stairs. His house guests are just standing there drinking and laughing going like "Hey, you okay?"
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>>7662373
Bartholomew the Light Bulb's revolt
>or something like that..
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The holy bible. I love the plottwist where he did not really die
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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff

It was actually not a complete slam on Christianity, and was entertaining bullshit. I chuckled.
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My One Rep Maxes - by OP
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>>7668068
Byron the Bulb. Clearly, you never did the Kenosha Kid.
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>>7668102
Close enough, homeboi

You? Never did.

-The Kenosha Kid
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