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Jokes, Quotes and Anecdotes ... an Anatomy of Wit (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Mick Harkin

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Présentation de l'éditeur

Are the Scots mean, the Germans organised, rude and overbearing, the Italians vain and self-preoccupied, the French romantic, the Japanese slaves to protocol and higher authority?

Do national stereotypes actually exist? How representative are they; how much can we generalise? Can we accept them? If so, are they merely over-exaggerated caricatures represented by very few or are they meaningful to any real degree?

The main quest of this book is to investigate how we see others and how they see us. For instance, how widely distributed is the stage-Irishman … that hard drinking, romantic, larger than life “Playboy of the Western World” who creates havoc in literature, on the stage and in the movies. How many “Wild Gingermen” were there? Was this an “Irishman abroad” phenomenon and have they all been exported? Where are the home-grown ones - the latter-day Brendan Behans – with their innate talent for creating disarray and controversy … and providing national entertainment. Is there a stage-Chinaman out there - a “Playboy of the Eastern World” - creating callisthenic chaos or whatever his stereotype drives him to?

The quest to solve this quandary, which engages the participation of the reader, involves an in-depth investigation of Irish, Scottish, Welsh, English, Russian and American humour, along with a more superficial probing into our Continental Cousins. The “Irish Joke” and its variants receive special attention.

In addition, we investigate the role of the joke in our lives: what it is and where it comes from. We provide a framework to probe the basic elements of the joke, and discuss issues such as the joke’s relationship with humour, what is a good joke and how to tell a joke. A brief history of the joke’s evolution is presented, highlighting the influence of the ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Renaissance and modern humour movements.

We also explore different types of witticisms associated with the various styles of speech that populate the English language and which accommodate diverse forms of inter-personal banter, such as irony, farce, absurdity, quips, epithets, epigrams, ripostes, repartee, puns, hyperbole …and many more expressions that are used to denote forms of humour and their impact in terms of cognitive, emotional and cultural experiences. Numerous examples, many of them celebrated(Churchill, Lady Astor, W C Fields, Wilde, Shaw, Coward …) illustrate the “set-pieces” listed above.
Joke etiquette is highlighted Controversial issues are discussed - censorship, impact, outrage and notoriety, the use of the f*ck word and blue comedy.

The final part of the book, A very mixed bag of jokes for almost all occasions, provides a collection of jokes for browsing. They have been grouped under headings such as Lawyers, Bankers and other Scumbags; Old Age and other Horrors; Marriage, Romance and other Sacrifices, and are included to debunk many of the elitist activities and professional nonsense to which the “little man” in our society has been subjected.

Mick Harkin
Apr 2013

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 545 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 295 pages
  • Editeur : Mick Harkin (19 mars 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00C0GORU6
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A book for all seasons 24 avril 2013
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I wanted a source of humour to cover all I do - MC at music evenings, speeches at club events, and providing well targeted jokes to the broad family for weddings and so forth. I tried a few in the past, but this guy has it all. A fantastic breadth of humor and topics (all good quality and no blue), plus its classified so I can get to what I want. No need to browse books and Internet for hours, I have it all on tap :)
Standup quality stuff !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A JOKE FOR ALL SEASONS AND IN BETWEEN TOO! 23 avril 2013
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For those who just want a laugh, this work provides hundreds.

And for the more philosophically inclined (i.e. those more severely bent over weighty tomes, desks or just trying to reach their shoe laces) there are, cheerfully sandwiched between relevant jokes, the well written discussions of what makes a joke, why jokes are funny, ethnic stereotypes, how to find your shoe laces and the like.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Witt and well-written 8 mars 2014
Par John Rowen - Publié sur
I am not as lucky to be as witty as the reviewer who is an MC and needed this book as a source for his public speaking. However, I have been reading Mick's book and it is wonderful.

Mick is a well-organized writer. His opening explains how humor works but in a way that moves well and flows, like those streams in the Wicklow Mountains.

At the same time, you can tell he loves to read, hear and tell a good joke because his joke selection is great and there is a twinkle in the eye in his writing. You can see this wit especially in the introductions to each of the nationality and subject sections of his book.

One of the other things to consider about this book is that its jokes are mostly good-natured. There is a lot of cruel humor around these days. But Mick is able to find great humor and sometimes pointed wit that is generally congenial.

If you like humor, this is a must buy.
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