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  •  Well, first of all, (3+ / 0-)
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    SteelerGrrl, Monsieur Georges, Brecht

    P.G. Wodehouse wrote around 100 of the funniest books. And then there is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Just to say.

    I agree with everything you say about Tristram. It was many years ago, but I remember vividly the physical shock I got when I turned to the blacked out pages and realized what a stunning, modern joke they were. I was already digging it, but that stopped me, and I sat there with my chin in my lap, marveling.

    To your quiz: I would have named a daughter Clarity. At the moment, I can't leave the goddam Angry Birds alone.

    And yes to the most original novel, though not necessarily the best. I'll nominate Naked Lunch, which is structured like an onion. Although if I'm right about Billy Pilgrim being schizophrenic for the length of it, I'll put Slaughterhouse Five on the list. Not for the crazy character, but for making his delusional state so accessible that people mistake the thing for science fiction. I mean, Tralfamador? An obviously made up word. Zoo'd with a willing porn star? That's male delusion, not interplanetary adventure.

    Anyway, great subject, good story. Thank you.

    To My Colonoscopist

    I think that I shall never see
    so far up you as you up me.

    by shieldvulf on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 05:23:20 PM PST

    •  Tralfamador is also in Vonnegut's (2+ / 0-)
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      The Sirens of Titan, if I recall correctly.  If Vonnegut didn't mean for Slaughterhouse Five to be science fiction, then it's a sudden break from his previous books.

    •  Well, yes, P.G. Wodehouse is amazing (1+ / 0-)
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      I was reading some last year and realizing just how smart he was, to pull off so much in (mostly) just a few styles, without ever getting boring. He's so sharp.

      Fear and Loathing too, easily the funniest of the five or so Hunter S. Thompsons I've read. I like the other Fear and Loathing too. But Vegas just rips your mind apart, and keeps you laughing. Savage wit.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 03:30:05 PM PST

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