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The Penguin Book of Limericks Hardcover – 27 Feb 1992

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Godfrey Cave Associates Ltd; New edition edition (27 Feb. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854710850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854710857
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.9 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The limerick is furtive and mean; You must keep her in close quarantine, Or she sneaks to the slums And promptly becomes Disorderly, drunk and obscene. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angel Silver on 8 July 2007
Format: Paperback
A connoisseur's collection of limericks, old favourites and new gems, compiled by E.0.Parrott.
Gathers a variety of tongue twisters and humorous poems about history, religion, politics, mathematics, psychology, and sex."

GUARDIAN: "Wit, sharp comment, mood music, landscape, philosophy; all of these are in Mr Parrott's fine selection. Nor does it neglect the Double Limerick, the Limeraiku, the Reverse Limerick, Beheaded Limericks, though sportiness, naughtiness and all the traditional qualities are well and tastefully represented, in several shades of blue."

PUNCH: "He seems to have read not only every previous collection but also far-flung limerick competitions, as well as being the recipient of many an improper verse from proud authors."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elodie on 15 Jun. 2013
Format: Paperback
This is probably the funniest book of limericks that I have read since 'Hillimericks' by Simon R. Gladdish. It is fairly difficult to find a clean one but how about this:-

'There's a wonderful family called Stein:
There's Gert and there's Ep and there's Ein.
Gert's poems are bunk,
Ep's statues are junk,
And no one can understand Ein.'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By discriminating shopper on 15 Jun. 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read through this limerick book and throughout with laughter I shook. And all through the fun there is wisdom homespun: Recommended, line, sinker and hook!
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By mick on 4 Jun. 2015
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Very quick delivery hundreds of limericks. Would buy again
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
A collection of clever limericks 10 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What is nice about this book is that it is not embarassed to include bawdy limericks among the others but never for bawdiness's sake alone. Bawdiness is NOT a prerequisite of a good limerick. Cleverness IS - and this book has collected a large number of entertaining and clever 5-liners, all with glorious punch lines. I was also pleased to be introduced by the book to a number of variations of the limerick form, such as the double limerick and the limeraiku, a combination of the limerick and the haiku forms.
Great stuff - highly recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very Droll! 15 Jun. 2013
By Elodie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is probably the funniest book of limericks that I have read since 'Hillimericks' by Simon R. Gladdish. It is fairly difficult to find a clean one but how about this:-

'There's a wonderful family called Stein:
There's Gert and there's Ep and there's Ein.
Gert's poems are bunk,
Ep's statues are junk,
And no one can understand Ein.'
a surfeit of mirth 15 April 2014
By Rapunzel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you need a laugh,just open this book anywhere and start reading. Warning--NOT for the prudish folks; it's definitely bawdy humor but,given that, you will soon be smiling.
Nice Collection 7 May 2014
By Earle Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This Penguin Book of Limericks has 800+ examples of that poetic form, far more than, say, Bennett Cerf's slender volume.
One Star 27 Aug. 2014
By Zoe L. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It seemed a little juvenile for the person I had bought it for.
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