Funniest Books: My Top Ten

The top ten listng continues with the top ten funniest books I have ever read.

  1. English as She is Spoke by Jose de Fonseca and Pedro Carolino
    • I promise not to annotate this entire list but this book needs some explaining. This was written as a phrase book for Portuguese speakers learning English. The problem is it was written by authors whose knowledge of English was rudimentary at best. It is quite simply the funniest book I have ever read in my life.  Find a copy, open to any page, and laugh.  To quote Mark Twain: “Nobody can add to the absurdity of this book, nobody can imitate it successfully, nobody can hope to produce its fellow; it is perfect.”
  2. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
  3. Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  4. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  5. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  6. 1066 and All That by W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman
  7. Wake Up, Sir by Jonathan Ames
  8. Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith
  9. Any of P.G. Wodehouse’s Blandings Castle or Jeeves and Wooster books
  10. The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sara Vowell

And there it is, yet another list. Have fun and comment on your favorite funny books.

3 Responses to “Funniest Books: My Top Ten”

  1. My Favourite has to be Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

  2. I’m a huge evangelist for _Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal_ by Christopher Moore. Not for the ultra pious, though.

  3. David T. Says:

    I agree with the first comment. There is nothing funnier than the whole _Hitchiker’s Guide_ series. How could you leave those off?

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