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10 funny books that will make quarantine laugh heartily

Quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic is not a reason to feel sad or depressed. In order not to get bored at home, you can, for example, read something interesting. "Life hacker”Offers 10 books to cheer you up.

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Read, smile and be distracted from disturbing thoughts.

  1. “33 Best Humorous Stories,” by Jerome C. Jerome, O. Henry, and Others

Classic stories that not only cheer up, but also develop good taste, and also provide rich food for thought. The collection includes works by the best Russian and foreign “kings of laughter” of the XNUMXth – XNUMXth centuries. All stories are read in one breath and introduce us to situations that people around the world laughed at over a hundred years ago.

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  1. "12 chairs. Golden Calf ", Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov

This is the cult duogy of Ilf and Petrov about the adventures of the great schemer and cheerful Ostap Bender. It doesn't matter how many times you read these novels - they always give pleasure from meeting your favorite characters. Travel to the atmosphere of old Russia, watch the colorful characters and explore the details of the time, which literally permeate the works.

  1. The Real Sisters, Terry Pratchett

One of the brightest examples of humorous fantasy, which came from the pen of the recognized genius of this genre. The story of the three witches from the Flat World cycle is a rethinking of Shakespeare's Macbeth and talks about the coup d'état in the small kingdom, as well as the search for the true heir to the throne. Humor is evident in every line, and the book itself is ideal for weekends and relaxation.

  1. "Monday begins on Saturday", Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

The cult novel of the Strugatsky brothers, which is considered to be a masterpiece of Russian science fiction. The book plunges the reader into the adventures of the programmer Alexander Privalov, who found himself in the thick of incredible events. In this story, magic is adjacent to science, and time machines exist in parallel with the hut on chicken legs. And all this is saturated with caustic satire on the Soviet bureaucracy.

  1. “The adventures of the brave soldier Schweik”, Yaroslav Hasek

A great satirical novel full of sarcasm and irony - even though it describes the events of the First World War. Armed with his worldly experience and endless optimism, the inimitable protagonist goes to the front. However, the most dangerous thing is not the enemies on the other side, but the incompetence, corruption and drunkenness that a cheerful soldier faces at every turn.

  1. "Ivan Vasilievich", Mikhail Bulgakov

Many do not know, but Gaidai’s iconic comedy is actually an adaptation of Bulgakov’s no less cult play. And although its plot will be familiar to everyone who watched the film “Ivan Vasilyevich Changes the Profession” on television, this does not hinder to enjoy the sparkling humor and the magnificent style of the author. Moreover, there are still differences between the everyday life of the 1930s and 1970s.

  1. “I was born in the reeds ...”, Daniel Harms

A collection of poems and prose by Harms, written in the first person with his inherent sarcasticity and irony. The dramatic fate of the character of the book combines the writer’s childhood and youthful memories and his bizarre fantasy. All works are small in volume, so the collection can be read both from cover to cover, and in small portions.

  1. “The toast drinks to the bottom,” George Danelia

The memoirs of the director, beloved by more than one generation of viewers, in which he shares details and interesting stories from the filming of Mimino, Afoni and his other films. Danelia easily and with good humor writes about the inner cinema kitchen and the people involved in this process. And the book itself is a complement to beautiful paintings and allows you to see them from the other side.

  1. The Diary of a Grumpy Cat by Susie Jouff and Frederic Pouillet

An easy and positive book that describes the everyday life of a cat in the first person. She will definitely make you smile. The beautiful kitten Edgar found shelter in a kind family, and now his life is full of adventure, romance and philosophical reflection. In addition to the opportunity to laugh, the work gives an idea of ​​cat psychology, which will allow you to better understand your pets.

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  1. Legends of Nevsky Prospect, Mikhail Weller

A collection of St. Petersburg tales written in the best traditions of Ilf and Petrov. All stories are laid out in the living language of a born narrator, filled with irony and nostalgia for the past. The described cases are taken from urban legends, but so skillfully complemented by the author’s imagination that there is no doubt about their reality.

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