I loved the jokes. They are timeless, carefully crafted and honed, and memorable. They are silly in the same way that Monty Python or Sid Caesar is silly.
This is a wild expedition of a story that somehow manages to hang together in a crazy logical way. The dialog is given in short bits, frequently with lists of things like "Warnings", "Inventions", "Ways I'm Going to Kill Don". There are lots of observations on life, like "What kind of world to we live in." The story is really very clever in its twists and turns. (I didn't know there were Japanese soldiers on Hawaii. Oh well. I guess if you can believe a SKELETON can shoot a machine gun...)
Handey is perfect as a narrator of his book. He has what I think might be a midwestern accent which totally matches the silliness of the main character. Arte Johnson who narrated A Confederacy of Dunces would I think have been able to handle this material too, but Handey is so goofy and charming.
There were very few flat spots in the story line. It was pretty funny all throughout, but frequently there are bits that are really hilarious.
I think this book deserves to be a classic of comedy writing. It's timeless. I want more Jack Handey! I want a detective mystery. And a ghost story, with SKELETONS.
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