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Love Is Hell (Life in Hell #1)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  1,632 ratings  ·  34 reviews
It's the 10th Anniversary Edition of Love Is Hell! A book that's been in the making for a solid decade! This medium-sized guide is now available to the public with extra bonus fun-pages never-before-included in previous volumes of the same name! Slightly less scrawny than the original Love Is Hell, this behemoth-style handbook is jam-packed with all the info YOU need to ke ...more
Paperback, 56 pages
Published March 12th 1986 by Pantheon (first published 1982)
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Jan 03, 2010 Rob rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, comix
The sister gave me Love Is Hell many years ago, after I broke up with my first girlfriend. It was the best present in the world: not only did it keep me laughing continuously for about a month, it gave me the perspective I needed to recover from the trauma. The 10th Anniversary Edition contains some hilarious material not in the original (which I duly re-gifted, years later, to a poor soul who needed it much more than I did), including the best single page in the book, "Akbar & Jeff's Sea Vi ...more
This book is filled with classic Matt Groening wit and sarcasm. Not that I really know what "classic Matt Groening" means, since I couldn't even wipe myself when this book was published. But it makes me laugh the way The Simpsons did when I was 10, so that's close, right?
The best of the "Life in Hell" strip. This book showcases Groening at his absolute funniest. You might even learn a lil' something. "Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come."
This collection of strips is a masterpiece. Matt Groening used to be much more edgy, biting, spiteful, and dead-on. Of course, that's not for everyone. A fabulous book to give someone who's just gone through an annoying break-up.
My new goal is to get all of the old Life in Hell books from Amazon Marketplace. Life in Hell holds a special place in my heart. On frequent visits to my aunt's house, I would go upstairs and goof off in my cousins' bedrooms because they had all moved out but left a lot of their junk there. My cousin Jenny was a big Life in Hell fan (my parents would get her a Life in Hell calender every single year for Christmas until we couldn't find them anymore). Even though my parents were pretty liberal, e ...more
Reader beware. I think this one may have shaped me in the way that you sometimes shape cheapo silly puddy thinking it is a temporary shape but then it drops off your dresser and is found months later covered in dust and still shaped inexpertly and embarrassingly set. Love this book to pieces but blame it eternally for my being romantically awkwardly and inexpertly set.
João Moura
Ora aqui está um livro ideal para o Dia dos Namorados que aí vem...ou então, e falando mais a sério, para quem acabou de passar por um processo complicado de fim de relação...Provavelmente o amor nunca foi tão satirizado como neste livro de banda desenhada(infelizmente a preto e branco) nem tão hilariante...também da mente de Matt Groening, criador dos Simpsons, não se esperava outra coisa...Os traços lembram as personagens da série, mas aqui tratam-se de coelhos (que outro animal escolher para ...more
Very sardonic...but had me laughing like crazy.
April Hamilton
Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, got his start with a funny and smart cartoon strip entitled Life In Hell that featured rabbits in the starring roles. This is a collection of the cartoons from the strip that center on love and relationships. There's a surprising amount of insight and pathos in these hilarious strips.
Haven't read this since I was in college in the late 80's. I remember loving it then, but it has definitely lost it's luster in the last 25 years. "Love Is Hell" is definitely worth revisiting, but I think the rest can be skipped..... unless you just want to see the early workings of the mind that brought us "The Simpsons."
Excepting the thematically divorced part with children, this is a lovely, if a bit predictable, collection of (would-be) insights in love. But Groening's vocabulary inspires such mirth.

Your Guide to Modern Love!!! <3
Eileen Reeger
Dec 22, 2009 Eileen Reeger rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Georgia and Jess
Written by author of The Simpsons long before it was created. Much, funnier and raunchier and a must read for anyone that's survived (or trying to) a rotten painful break up!
The public library had these four books and I read them sometime in high school. I wound up buying them from the library later when they were getting rid of them.
Sep 03, 2007 Vanessa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone with a sense of humor
Some funny, funny stuff in here that has withstood the test of time. Read it and spot your friends, your family, your lover, yourself - and laugh!
'Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.'
we all shiver in the looming shadow of MG. why bother writing any more books? after a work like this, what is left to say?
Auntie J
Better known for "The Simpsons", this is from the lesser known "Life is Hell" series, which originated as a comic strip.
Is this an example of "laugh 'til it hurts" or "it'll hurt until you laugh"?? Either way, great morbid fun.
A must read for anyone in, around, on, under, over or involved in a relationship of any kind!!
Dec 11, 2008 Beatlesfan685 marked it as to-read
would like to read. supposed to be good and it's by the creator of the simpsons, matt groening
Adalee Chaffee
SO FUNNY !!!!!!!!!! Any book that makes me LOL more than a couple times is worthy of my 5 stars.
Mark Dickson
The classic, for me. Still relevant as I watch my kids go through their relationships.
I owned this back in college way before "The Simpsons" were on the map.
One of my guides to life when I was in high school. Love pre-simpsons MG.
Every person should read this. Especially those cynical about love.
this is sooooo funny! and aren't "relationships" fun?!?
Bangbay Siboliban
One of my favorite books when I was nine years old.
Classic Groening. It feeds my malicious frivolity.
I was amused by this and quite enjoyed it.
Mar 27, 2010 Homosapiens rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ppl who like sarcastic humour
So funny and sarcastic. The way I like Cartoons.
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Matthew Abram Groening is an American cartoonist, television producer and writer from Portland, Oregon.

Groening is best known as the creator of The Simpsons. He is also the creator of Futurama and the author of the weekly comic strip Life in Hell. Groening distributed Life in Hell in the book corner of Licorice Pizza, a record store in which he worked.

He made his first professional cartoon sale
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