emcmullin at kl.com
Fri Jul 28 10:26:02 EDT 2000
lpuszcz at uoft02.utoledo.edu wrote:
> I've been forcing myself through 17th century Spanish lit all month and I
> could really use a good laugh. I know humor is very subjective, but does
> anyone have any suggestions for a few good books (any genre0 that you
> think are really funny?
I just finished having a festival of Judith Merkle Riley books. The one
I've only just completed (again) is The Oracle Glass. It is inexpressably
hilarious. The only potential drawback is the setting: Paris in the 1670's
- this might be too close to your work! On the other hand, it might be even
more fun for you. A girl is raised to hold reason and scientific method as
the highest ideals - and then falls in with fortune tellers and witches (of
the Left-Hand Path variety) because she has this unaccountable, unscientific
gift for reading images in water. Oh, I can't tell you how funny and sharp
this book is.
Before that I read Vision of Light and In Pursuit of the Green Lion - those
are set in 14th century England and follow wonderfully fun characters - a
wrathy knight, his scholarly contentious younger son, a village girl turned
practical mystic, an entrepreneurial alchemist, a couple of ghosts with
opinions on everything, and an incredibly repellant Comte with extremely bad
taste in poetry. SO good!
And before that! I read The Serpent Garden, same author - re: a woman
miniaturist in the England of Henry VIII - I can't even find words for that
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