A gift? Yes-a gift for you. You're welcome.—from the introduction by Daniel Handler
Nonsense Novels sends up the silliest conventions of the ghost story, the detective story, the rags-to-riches story, the adventure story, the shipwreck story, and, of course, the story itself. Among other things. Here the close cultivation of cliché yields a bumper crop of absurdity and the utterly ludicrous turns up at every new twist of the tale.
This is a satirical masterpiece. Stephen Leacock was a genius.
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