Laugh-out-loud funny classic lit?
May 8, 2006 9:03 PM Subscribe
Any suggestions for classic literature that offers the hope of belly laughs? I'm looking for laugh-out-loud funny classic fiction, preferably pre-1900. Kind of like this question
, but with books instead of movies.
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I've been on a classic lit kick lately, and after finishing (and enjoying) a fairly serious, gritty and occasionally dryly funny series of Chekhov short stories I'm in the mood for something lighter. If it helps, I like a lot of modern comic fiction (Terry Pratchett, George Saunders, McSweeney's folks, e.g.), and love when Shakespeare gets madcap. I also laugh out loud at Patrick O'Brian's comedy of manners stuff in the Aubrey/Matin books, but for some reason I'm skeptical when friends use that to recommend Jane Austen for laughs. Open to Greek/Roman stuff, too, as long as it doesn't require a knowledge of G/R history (which I don't have) to get the jokes.