Thursday, 30 July 2009

Booking Through Thursday - Recent Funny

Q: What’s the funniest book you’ve read recently?

A: I haven't read any laugh out loud books recently although The Believers by Zoe Heller was quite witty and I remember Kate Atkinson's One Good Turn having amusing characters - a sort of comic mystery story. One of the few books that has made me laugh out loud was How to be Good by Nick Hornby - I read it while on a visit to New York and giggled so much at one bit that the lady on the train asked me what I was reading!

Oh and actually I just remembered that The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins really did make me laugh because of the hilariously over the top characters and the way that on of the leading characters, Marian Halcombe makes sweeping statements about how useless women are despite her being quite fabulous.


Anonymous said...

Is Hornby actually that good as I have always sort of dismissed him since that awful About A Boy movie which is probably very wrong of me. I feel the same about Tony Parsons.

gautami tripathy said...

I can think of Catch 22 but I read that long time back. Lately, not much!

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Susan B. Evans said...

I read About a Boy and didn't really care for it, but I've heard that High Fidelity is the book to read if you want to read Hornby. Here is my response.

anthonynorth said...

Often it is the reader who decides what's funny, rather than the author.

You'll find mine here

Anonymous said...

I read Heller's 'Notes on a Scandal' and I laughed out loud heaps of times too - something I didn't anticipate. She's a very snide and witty writer.