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Post by Availle » January 1st, 2019, 3:07 pm

Happy New Year LibriVoxers! :clap:

The staff has picked for January, thanks for your many suggestions! I hope that one of your new year's resolutions is to make many more suggestions in this thread! :wink: Anyway, please have a look at this page for the current list. You can also check out our wiki page (in a few days, when I set it up) for a plain vanilla list that contains all the staff picks for this year plus the readers!

After all these very heavy and serious books in this list (in particular the last one), what about something more light and fluffy:

HUMOUR

I am happy about all suggestions concerning books with a funny theme, side-splitting plays, even dirty humour... you get it :wink:

Especially welcome are suggestions of plays and poetry.

All languages welcome!

Thanks for your help! :D
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Post by Lynnet » January 1st, 2019, 4:02 pm

How about we get the ball rolling with Pomander Walk? It was originally a play, but here is in novel form. There’s plenty of farce, with daughters hiding from mothers, who are carrying on illicit “intrigues” with their neighbors, who may turn out to be someone completely different... with hiding behind lampposts and sneaking around in plain sight. Of course, it all comes to a climax at a tea party...

https://librivox.org/pomander-walk-by-louis-napoleon-parker/
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Post by Foon » January 2nd, 2019, 11:37 am

As a poetry suggestion, how about Humorous Poems by Ignatius Brennan? We completed this last year, and the poems all poke fun at people, society, and his surroundings.

https://librivox.org/humorous-poems-by-ignatius-brennan/
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Post by Carolin » January 2nd, 2019, 2:39 pm

Carolin

Please help us finish Zofloya, a gothic tale of horror, love, and intrigue, in which the devil himself pulls the strings...

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Post by mightyfelix » January 2nd, 2019, 4:03 pm

There are quite a few humorous plays, too. The first two that come to mind are by the same author, Charles S. Brooks:

https://librivox.org/at-the-sign-of-the-greedy-pig-by-charles-s-brooks/
https://librivox.org/wappin-wharf-a-frightful-comedy-of-pirates-by-charles-s-brooks/

I'm hard put to decide which is the funnier of the two, really. They're both excellent. Greedy Pig is probably more purely farce. Then there is also Rollo's Wild Oat, about a man who decides to stage a "modern" production of Hamlet so that he can play the lead role:

https://librivox.org/rollos-wild-oat-by-clare-kummer/

The Physician in Spite of Himself is about a man who is taken for a doctor and must pretend to cure someone who's pretending to be ill:

https://librivox.org/the-physician-in-spite-of-himself-by-moliere/

I wish I could think of some funny stories or novels. Humorous plays are easy!

EDIT: Oh, actually, Chesterton is quite funny! I haven't read all of his, but I very much liked The Napoleon of Notting Hill!

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Post by Availle » January 2nd, 2019, 6:25 pm

Thank you all!

The "frightful comedy of pirates" sounds especially intriguing! :lol:
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Post by schrm » January 2nd, 2019, 9:35 pm

may i suggest children (or young adult and adult) literature?

english:
It's Your Fairy Tale, You Know
https://librivox.org/its-your-fairy-tale-you-know-by-elizabeth-rhodes-jackson/

german:
Bildergeschichten
some claim, comic style was invented by him (regardless if you see his stories as humor or horror)
https://librivox.org/bildergeschichten-von-wilhelm-busch/

also there is rather new in our catalogue Norwegische Volksmährchen
these fairytales are rather strange, are sort of driven by dry humor (at least, for adults they are).
and - totally unknown to germans - scandinavian aschenbrödel is male.
https://librivox.org/norwegische-volksmaehrchen-by-peter-christen-asbjornsen/
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deutsch
wunderwelten viewtopic.php?f=60&t=70793
sammlung kurzer prosa viewtopic.php?f=60&t=71431

english
violet viewtopic.php?f=2&t=70567

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