The Stench of Honolulu

The Stench of Honolulu

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The legendary Deep Thoughts and New Yorker humorist Jack Handey is back with his very first novel-a hilarious, absurd, far-flung adventure tale.


Are you a fan of books in which famous tourist destinations are repurposed as unlivable hellholes for no particular reason? Read on!

Jack Handey's exotic tale is full of laugh-out-loud twists and unforgettable characters whose names escape me right now. A reliably unreliable narrator and his friend, who is some other guy, need to get out of town. They have a taste for adventure, so they pay a visit to a relic of bygone days-a travel agent-and discover an old treasure map. She might have been a witch, by the way. Our heroes soon embark on a quest for the Golden Monkey, which takes them into the mysterious and stinky foreign land of Honolulu. There, they meet untold dangers, confront strange natives, kill and eat Turtle People, kill some other things and people, eat another thing, and discover the ruins of ancient civilizations.

As our narrator says, "The ruins were impressive. But like so many civilizations, they forgot the rule that might have saved them: Don't let vines grow all over you."
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub.,|©2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781619693609
Characteristics: 224 pages ;,21 cm


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Jan 21, 2017

I've been a casual fan of Jack Handey ever since I first heard "Deep Thoughts with Jack Handey" on the radio way back in what seems like ancient times. (For reference, Deep Thoughts debuted in the mid-80's.) While reading The Stench of Honolulu it took me a few chapters to get reacquainted with Handey's particular brand of dry, dead-pan humor, but once there, I was cracking up at practically every other line.

My wife has an aunt who's zany and fun to be around, and while reading this book I realized her humor is very much Jack Handey-esque. At one point, I pictured it was she who wrote the book instead of Handey, and it helped me appreciate the both of them even more.

Mar 28, 2016

I'd very much like to find someone writing as pithily in a Romance Language. That'd help my French, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, or Portuguese reading and speaking skills, immediately.

Jun 09, 2015

Very silly and very funny. Reads like a lost Simpsons episode, starring Homer.

kellnerm Jan 08, 2014

from NYT; Saturday night live writer


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Jul 23, 2014

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"Humans are evolving into higher form and a lower form & at the same time. Confused? Then guess which one you are."

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