An Englishman in love with Bucharest's blowsy charms
If short stories or essay compilations are allowed, let the short Jeeves and Woosters fight it out with Robert Benchley. If it has to be a novel: A Confederacy of Dunces. Matthew Coniam
I have not got far with Confederacy. If short stories are allowed it has to be this one. http://nbu.bg/webs/amb/british/6/greene/accident.htm
I have tried a score of times but I do not like Wodehouse much except for his non fiction which makes me laugh aloud.
Dead Souls. I love Waugh's novels deeply, but at his peak Gogol was in another league entirely
I looked at Dead Souls last night in the shop and reflected that aged 12 I thought Taras Bulba the best book of all time but never tried Dead Souls.
Love AN Wilson and think Noel Coward as an author is vastly under-rated but probably THE funniest belongs to Love in a Cold Climate. Jane Woolley
I couldn't like LIACC. I loved Coward when 13 but now not very much. AN Wilson is fun - not sure he will live. I like much more Angus Wilson's short stories. Barchester Towers is funny and Jane Austen much more so.
And Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy doesn't even make it on the list to compete? It's much more political satire than Gibbon and his wacky Romans ever were. Dan Teodor