Funniest Novels of All Time
Humor isn't just what you see on YouTube or SNL. In fact, some of the funniest books stand the test of time for decades --or even centuries.
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689 books · 945 voters · list created May 23rd, 2010 by Kelly (votes) .
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message 1: by Nathan (last edited May 23, 2010 11:53AM) (new)

Nathan Technically, Innocents Abroad is not really a novel. I had Twain's Letters From The Earth, Roughing It and A Pen Warmed Up In Hell on my list, then I realized this was a list for novels. :D


message 2: by Kelly (last edited Aug 09, 2012 07:35AM) (new)

Kelly It's a novel, more so than some of the others. The main narrator is extremely Twain-like, no doubt, but fictionalized. Same with the Jerome K. Jerome books -- autobiographical, but presented as fiction.

I think if you can make a case for it, no harm in it being here!

Thanks for removing the more blatantly non-fic ones, though.


message 3: by Nathan (new)

Nathan It really is a non-fiction travel narrative though. Just saying. By all means keep it on, it's a great read.


message 4: by Nathan (new)

Nathan I love that Three Men In A Boat is public domain and free to download or read online. I'm re-reading it now, it's been over 20 years since I last read it.


message 5: by Kelly (new)

Kelly That's how I discovered it. My sister made me read the "Harris sings a comic song" section --still my favorite.


message 6: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Just added Moby Dick. The humor in it is underrated. I laughed out loud several times, starting in the beginning when Ishmael says he has to go to sea, and his only other choice is to walk around town knocking people's hat's off.


message 7: by Kylee (new)

Kylee How can moby-dick possibly be funny? I only read the first five chapters before getting so bored that I fell asleep


message 8: by Foxontherun (new)

Foxontherun Three Men in a Boat is such a funny, wonderful novel. I'm so glad its public domain now so more people are reading it!


message 9: by Louise (new)

Louise Does anyone else like the books by Robert Rankin and Tim Dorsey? Their books belong here too.


message 10: by Louise (new)

Louise Oops, I just Robert Rankin at number 101.


message 11: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Could some kind editor remove the non-fic from this list? (David Sedaris, Sh*t my Dad Says, etc.)


message 12: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I removed a bunch of nonfiction and non-novels but I'm sure there's more on there.


message 13: by Miche (new)

Miche How come Pop.1280 by Jim Thompson isn't here?


message 14: by Booklovinglady (last edited Feb 04, 2015 12:06AM) (new)

Booklovinglady I know I'm being repetitive when I mention my favourite Georgette Heyer books, but I can't help it... They are so funny... :-) Most of her books are, but the four I've voted for are my favourites.

Most erotica can make me grin, or sometimes even laugh, as I can't possibly take it seriously :-) A Dangerous Lady really is a fun read, for instance.

And I've added Tegenvoeters, een reis door Australië (In a Sunburned Country) 'cause that made me laugh too.


message 15: by Liam (new)

Liam Glad to see Cat's Cradle in top 10, I laughed at every chapter and there was a heckuva lot of them


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