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on 9 January 2011
This anthology of humour writing extracted from 'The New Yorker' is a collection of sketches, parodies, and poems and if it does not make you laugh, you are entitled to call yourself "a miserable old git" and go back to concentrating on scaring little old ladies! Work from some of the world's most talented and proven humorists from over a period of time, has been carefully selected and edited into this 'irresistibly funny gathering' by David Remnick and Henry Finder, Editor and Editorial Director respectively of The New Yorker.

Like another reviewer on this page, I agree that "humour is often diluted by concentration" and for maximum enjoyment and digestion of the wit on offer, it is best read in dribs and drabs otherwise the humour does not get fully taken in or appreciated. Accordingly I keep this book in the smallest most 'convenient' room in the house and read a few pages upon each unhurried visitation and have not yet finished it. However, from the amount that I have read it is quite evident that this is a unique collection and perhaps the most humorous and cleverly crafted anthology of this genre ever assembled. The list of contributors reads like the "A" list of world renowned humorists.

I hope that as a reviewer I am not to be compared with the theatre critic described in the book by E.B.White, the renowned columnist at The New Yorker who wrote the famous children's books 'Stuart Little' and 'Charlotte's Web', thus:-

The critic leaves at curtain fall
To find, in starting to review it,
He scarcely saw the play at all
For watching his reaction to it.
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