Do you often laugh over books? I mean a real belly-laugh, with tears in your eyes?
Humour is a very individual thing. A friend recently lent me a book which he told me he’d nearly died laughing over. For me the book failed to even raise a smile. Another friend adores Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim and says it never fails to make her laugh out loud. I quite like it, but have never laughed over it. I do laugh over E.F. Benson’s fabulous novel Secret Lives, Bill Bryson can usually have me chuckling happily, and some of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels have made me literally ache with laughter (these books are not worthy literature – in fact, they are rather foolish books, but they do make me laugh).
The scene in the maze at Hampton Court in Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat is a wonderful piece of comic writing, P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves novels and Richmal Crompton’s Just William books can always raise a smile or laugh, and my Dad tells me he laughed heartily through Cervantes’ Don Quixote.
Other very funny books include the Flashman novels by George MacDonald Fraser and Tom Sharpe’s Wilt. There must be something wrong with anyone who cannot laugh at Mr Collins in Pride and Prejudice and the Bridget Jones books also make me laugh.
“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine”, was Lord Byron’s advice, while Dostoyevsky thought that laughter was the most reliable gauge to a man’s character. Do let me know what books you find funny. Share the laughter around with some literary recommendations for surely we all, like Elizabeth Bennet, “dearly love to laugh”.
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
The World of Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
Just William by Richmal Crompton
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser
Wilt by Tom Sharpe
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
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