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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: GOTHAM BOOKS; Reprint edition (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592406750
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592406753
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"Punderful!"
-Ben Schott, author of "Schott's Original Miscellany"

"Anyone with an interest in language is going to find this book fascinating."
-David Crystal, author of "How Language Works"

"With his compelling narrative style, Pollack unearths hard evidence that the noble pun is much more than a literary step-child or linguistic anomaly. And as a practitioner of the art and artifice of wordplay himself, John naturally dedicates a bit of spice to peppering and assaulting us with a few subtle zingers of his zone."
-Gary Hallock, producer of the O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships

"In "The Pun Also Rises", John Pollack stirs the brain and tickles the funny bone with rewording insights into why the pun is dramatically rising in our culture, and illuminates with dazzling whiz and witdom how the pun has made us who we are today."
-Richard Lederer, International Punster of the Year and author of "Get Thee to a Punnery"

"A fun, cogent argument in favor of a dubious, often-damned art."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"The best books on language are the ones that encourage us to reexamine what we think we know, and "The Pun Also Rises" does exactly that."--"Boston Globe"

"He tells us, with a clarity unusual for the subject, how the mind works..."---P.J. O'Rourke, "The New York Times Book Review"

"Whether you are practicing punster, interested in language or just hungry to learn something on the beach this summer as you lie on the sand-which-is there (see what happens when you talk to this guy?), Pollack's book is fun and informative."--"Detroit Free Press"

"A compelling exegesis on what puns are and why they matter." The Los Angeles Times
"A fun, cogent argument in favor of a dubious, often-damned art." Kirkus Reviews
"He tells us, with a clarity unusual for the subject, how the mind works..." P.J. O'Rourke, The New York Times Book Review
"The best books on language are the ones that encourage us to reexamine what we think we know, and "The Pun Also Rises" does exactly that." Boston Globe
"Whether you are practicing punster, interested in language or just hungry to learn something on the beach this summer as you lie on the sand-which-is there (see what happens when you talk to this guy?), Pollack's book is fun and informative." Detroit Free Press"

About the Author

John Pollack, former presidential speechwriter, won the 1995 O. Henry World Championship Pun-Off. His previous books include Cork Boat and The World on a String: How to Become a Freelance Foreign Correspondent. He lives in New York City.


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An interesting and entertaining addition to my bookshelf. All you need to know about puns - a learned skill or simply a gift - entertaining, amusing an enlightening. Excellent.
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Excellent book for those who value the scope of the English language
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Very entertaining.good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous flight of fact and fun! 18 April 2011
By lisa - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not merely another fly-by-night volume listing a series of groaners, but the story of how puns came to be immersed in every plane of our lives - from classic literature to gourmet ice cream flavors. John Pollack pilots through a fast-paced lesson in the evolution of verbal communication, shooting down those nay-sayers who would claim that puns are the lowest form of humor. Lovers of language will cruise through this book with pleasure.

The author maneuvers skillfully through history, displaying his maverick skills with wordplay. A jester to the end, he leaves us with stingers at the turn of every page. Simultaneously a skilled professional in repartee and a scholar of the intricacies of language, John proves why he has earned the title of Top Pun.
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it 21 Mar. 2017
By J. Spurway - Published on Amazon.com
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A little humor
A little history
A little etymology
Just one point . I've been watching the History channel Ancient Aliens program and I have come to the conclusion that humans did not have a sense of humor or an imagination until sometime in the 1600s. I'm still working on the exact date though.
So any puns prior to the 1600s was the result of alien interaction with humans. This continues to be the reason so many humans don't find puns funny. And that's why aliens have turned to crop circles and probing humans.
3.0 out of 5 stars but it is way more textbook like then expected 7 April 2017
By DC - Published on Amazon.com
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If your a pun fan this is an interesting premise, but it is way more textbook like then expected. Not for light reading & lot more joyless then a book about puns should be. I got this as a gift for a pun lover & saw it in a box of books going to the Goodwill less then a week later. Disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! 12 May 2011
By Al R. Lemerande - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderful adventure through language and history. Fascinating hypotheses involving the true nature of word play, humor and the essences of such endeavors involving the shaping of not only language but the characters and character of those characters who use language. Order that seems necessary in language gives way to a healthy respect for a controlled type of disorder that is necessary for language, knowledge, creativity and imagination to grow in human societies. Though Pollack intelligently recognizes and acknowledges that puns are not the only tools towards such ends, he makes a very convincing case that puns and the ability to pun are indeed authentic devices in regards to fostering better thinking and likewise human creativity and invention, so important for human growth and scientific advancement over time. What's more is that he does this all in a highly readable and entertaining fashion. Unlike a typical scientific treatise, as this most certainly is, the bonus is that the subject matter are puns. So, interspersed with important and serious arguments are the subject of those arguments themselves that kept me smiling, sometimes laughing out loud.

I flew through this book that at times made me think deeply and at others, once again, made me laugh out loud. I highly recommend it to anyone who speaks. All the best, Al Lemerande Jr. M.D.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treat of a treatise! 23 Aug. 2013
By J. Revay - Published on Amazon.com
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I was expecting just another compilation of puns, but it turned out to be so much more. Not only did Mr. Pollack provide a fascinating history of punmanship, but he did it in a way that often left me laughing out loud. If you have any interest at all in puns, or are interested in the etymology of words and phrases, this book is a great read. Unless you're part of the stuffy nobility that thinks puns are unworthy of refined language.
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