Thank you as always Blue Bookcase for the opportunity to ramble about the literary. This week's topic:
Can literature be funny? What is your favorite humorous literary book?
But, of course, literature can be funny. Satire is one of my favorite genres, and then there is of course slapstick, bawdy, laugh out loud funny literature that isn't satire.
The book I am choosing is one that I think everyone should read, although not many people do:
Lawrence Sterne's Tristram Shandy
There are lots of reasons to read this tome if you are a lover of the literary. For one, if you think that postmodern literature begins and ends with David Foster Wallace, here would be some evidence to the contrary. This book is hugely influential (especially throughout the British canon) and seldom read.
It is also funny. It isn't a satire and it isn't laugh out loud funny, but it uses humor and it is playful. It has some very Dickensian characters (of course, before Dickensian was a term). There is also a lot of great (Nabokovian before Nabokov?) language play if you are into that sort of thing.
Anyway, it must be funny because the Monty Python guys made a movie based on it, right?
Here's the trailer: