30 Day Book Challenge: Day 18


And we are back with more of the 30 Day Book Challenge started by Chronicles of Radiya

Today’s question: What is a book that made you laugh?

9780143118251_custom-e9f68378925166b9a5dd84c06548d9e541caf736-s6-c30Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein.  This is a book I bought for my older brother for Christmas one year when I was just walking through Chapters. I skimmed the first few chapters and was laughing in the middle of the store like a crazy person. I knew he’d love it so I bought it right away and I never actually read it until a couple years later during the summer when we were at our grandparents cabin and it was lying out so I picked it up. It’s a philosophy book and it’s really interesting but also hilarious. Goodreads description is as follows:

The new book by the bestselling authors of Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar is a hilarious take on the philosophy, theology, and psychology of mortality and immortality. That is, Death. The authors pry open the coffin lid on this one, looking at the Big D and also its prequel, Life, and its sequel, the Hereafter. Philosophers such as Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Camus, and Sartre have been wrestling with the meaning of death for as long as they have been wrestling with the meaning of life. Fortunately, humorists have been keeping pace with the major thinkers by creating gags about dying. Death’s funny that way—it gets everybody’s attention.

Death has gotten a bad rap. It’s time to take a closer look at what the Deep Thinkers have to say on the subject, and there are no better guides than Cathcart and Klein.

You have to be interested in philosophy at least a little to find this book funny and engaging but you don’t have to know anything. It’s not like you need a working knowledge of historical philosophers and their theories, it’s written really well so you’re learning and it’s hilarious to boot. Highly, highly recommend.


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