The Best American Humorous Short Stories
All of the stories were at least mildly entertaining, although not all were funny. I particularly enjoyed "Titbottom's Spectacles," a melancholy fantasy by George William Curtis, who It's hard to rate these, because the quality of the tales varies considerably. Jan 17, Prity Malhotra rated it did not like it. I didnt even chuckled once while reading this Childish, Bland Boring short stories. They are not even minutely funny.
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They resembled to me like stories that toddlers read in kindergarden. Minus stars for this Book!! Apr 03, Scott Harris rated it really liked it. This brief collection of 19 short stories is an interesting collection from the late 19th and early 20th century, featuring great authors and some of their more interesting brief works. There are familiar pieces from Henry, Bierce and others as well as some lesser know pieces from authors like Poe. Those who enjoy the tongue in cheek, ironic and observant will enjoy these playful and sometimes biting pieces.
Aug 29, Debbie Davies rated it really liked it. In spite of the fact that my sense of humor and irony didn't always appreciate all the short stories in this collection, I still enjoyed reading them. Most of these stories were truly enjoyable and while I was unfamiliar with a few of these authors, I was happy to sample their literary offerings. I would recommend this collection to anyone who is looking for a taste of early nineteenth century short stories with a side of giggles. Jan 03, Kareen rated it liked it. Enjoyed reading this at my leisure. The stories are dated, yes.
But the writing and the language used in those days are a refreshing and terrific break from the vapid and curt writing I encounter so much these days! These short stories were pretty funny. Read it on an iPod Touch and with small screen it wasn't easy to look up, as writing this, the dates of the various stories.
But I think most written in s and early s. Great read on small screen. Price is right too. This book gave me an appreciation for humor that does not have to be slap stick or shocking as most modern day humor is presented. These stories found humor in more subtle ways that required a true skill on the part of the author.
I enjoyed reading this collection. Jul 06, Baa rated it liked it. Very old american short stories Jul 18, Shaheenbaloch Baloch rated it it was amazing. Read on my iPhone when I needed a distraction. It provided a unique insight into 19th Century America. The last story left me a little puzzled but I think that was the point. Jul 29, Shruthi Warrier rated it liked it. A collection of 18 short stories, I did like some of them, while can't say much about the rest. Also, I didn't find a couple of stories lacked even a dash of humour.
Yet, the others made up for it. Jun 30, Ken rated it it was ok. Although they might have been humorous in their day, I found view that were to my liking. Badly titled or the editor needs to look up the definition of humorous. Very few of the short stories fit the category and most were not even good. Very entertaining I enjoyed each of the short stories making easy to pick up and lay down for summer reading Will look for more of this type book. May 19, Xysuthros rated it really liked it. Anyone who doesn't love this book must be a rum-soaked beezaboor!
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This is a free Gutenberg Press digital Kindle format download. The stories are by the likes of Poe, Twain, Harte, etc. The writing is old-fashioned and the humor is in the situations. Many are written in strong southern dialect. It is considered to be an eleven-hour read, but in addition to the seventeen short stories, there are many frontal pages and pages at the end with free-use information. Mixed bag Here lies a collection of short humorous stories.
However I want to caution you on something: This anthology is so diverse in style that you probably will not find all the stories funny or amusing. I have a feeling that a few will make you laugh, some will make you smile, some may even disappoint you. However at such a good price, it just may be worth your time. A few of the stories are real gems, others just OK, but there is one, "Gideon," which could only have been written by a disturbed and crazy individual; and I'm guessing Mr. Jessup who compiled this selection was also a disturbed and crazy person for thinking this story was at all humorous.
This collection of stories by American authors isn't comedic or humorous, but still highly enjoyable. Nov 14, Kristen rated it liked it. It's difficult to rate a collection of stories. Others, such as "A Call," I'd give 4 to.
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