Nonsense Novels


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Leacock's work stands out as a high point of humor writing--a parody of all the silliest conventions of the adventure story, the ghost story, the detective story, the historical romance, the nautical reversal, the Caledonian feud, and more.

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Apr 2, 2010

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night...

This book is a send-up of various different literary genres: the detective story, the ghost story, the rags-to-riches story, etc. It?s very humorous and much better than the book I?d started before it, which deals with the supernatural, only not so amusingly.

I?ve read literary parodies before now. But those tend to deal with specific books and authors. Mr. Leacock decided to write books that parody style rather than target certain authors. It is a gentle poke at the inherent flaws that leave these genres open to ridicule. Nonsense? Yes. Foolishness. Perhaps not so much.

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