Re: "Humor" as used in the book?"

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Re: "Humor" as used in the book?"

Post by Ferdinand_otieno » 01 Jul 2019, 10:37

There are many instances in the book where the author uses humor in general. I particularly liked "Governor My Wife and I," how the author "logiced" his way out of committing suicide, the open and widespread use of familial titles like "Auntie Gertrude", "Daddy", and so many others.
Where in the book did you encounter humor, either in a descriptive scene or general sentence?

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Post by BrittaniDJ » 01 Jul 2019, 19:28

I found it kind of funny when little Frank was at the market looking at the crabs who tried and tried to get out of the baskets but could not, then he says that he is sure ants would have solved the problem. I found it such a funny comment. It absolutely makes sense, but just to even think that way, is not something I would have been able to come up with. I wonder what the difference is between ants and crabs. Are ants brains more developed? Or is it the team work? Or their ability to stick to surfaces they walk on?

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Post by Ferdinand_otieno » 02 Jul 2019, 00:20

BrittaniDJ wrote:
01 Jul 2019, 19:28
I found it kind of funny when little Frank was at the market looking at the crabs who tried and tried to get out of the baskets but could not, then he says that he is sure ants would have solved the problem. I found it such a funny comment. It absolutely makes sense, but just to even think that way, is not something I would have been able to come up with. I wonder what the difference is between ants and crabs. Are ants brains more developed? Or is it the team work? Or their ability to stick to surfaces they walk on?
Think he figured that for ants, the anthill must have been made going up meaning that ants would have used team workvto get out of the barrel. It was funny his mind quickly jumped to ants on seeing the crabs in the bucket.

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 02 Jul 2019, 09:22

Apart from feeling so terrible for him when he was thinking about committing suicide, I had to laugh when things kept getting in his way.
I also laughed at the comment about the crabs being inferior to ants.

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Post by Ferdinand_otieno » 02 Jul 2019, 10:23

Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
02 Jul 2019, 09:22
Apart from feeling so terrible for him when he was thinking about committing suicide, I had to laugh when things kept getting in his way.
I also laughed at the comment about the crabs being inferior to ants.
He used logic to go farther out to the sea, them logic and information on drowning scared him from that too and it was a funny contrast to the resolve he exhibited when he had arrived. As to the crabs, that was funny indeed. He saw struggling crabs and immediately summised ants would have solved the issue. It was a funny place for his mind to jump after seeing crabs.

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Post by Kibetious » 02 Jul 2019, 10:35

BrittaniDJ wrote:
01 Jul 2019, 19:28
I found it kind of funny when little Frank was at the market looking at the crabs who tried and tried to get out of the baskets but could not, then he says that he is sure ants would have solved the problem. I found it such a funny comment. It absolutely makes sense, but just to even think that way, is not something I would have been able to come up with. I wonder what the difference is between ants and crabs. Are ants brains more developed? Or is it the team work? Or their ability to stick to surfaces they walk on?
This is absolutely humorous. I wonder what might have evoked such a comment.
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Post by Ruba Abu Ali » 02 Jul 2019, 12:48

BrittaniDJ wrote:
01 Jul 2019, 19:28
I found it kind of funny when little Frank was at the market looking at the crabs who tried and tried to get out of the baskets but could not, then he says that he is sure ants would have solved the problem. I found it such a funny comment. It absolutely makes sense, but just to even think that way, is not something I would have been able to come up with. I wonder what the difference is between ants and crabs. Are ants brains more developed? Or is it the team work? Or their ability to stick to surfaces they walk on?
The brain is indeed a strange thing! It wouldn't have occurred to me to make such a humorous, albeit valid, comparison between crabs and ants.

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Post by KristyKhem » 02 Jul 2019, 20:40

I adored the childlike humor at the beginning of the book. I sympathized with the author when he wanted to drown himself in the sea because he was flogged; I could tell he was acting simply on his raw emotions and hurt feelings at that time. However, it was a little humorous the way he thought about drowning and went all the way to the jetty. Then he starting rethinking it in such an amusing way, asking himself what if he were attacked by crows before making it to the sea and wondering how long he'd take to drown.

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Post by Ferdinand_otieno » 03 Jul 2019, 00:03

KristyKhem wrote:
02 Jul 2019, 20:40
I adored the childlike humor at the beginning of the book. I sympathized with the author when he wanted to drown himself in the sea because he was flogged; I could tell he was acting simply on his raw emotions and hurt feelings at that time. However, it was a little humorous the way he thought about drowning and went all the way to the jetty. Then he starting rethinking it in such an amusing way, asking himself what if he were attacked by crows before making it to the sea and wondering how long he'd take to drown.
I had used the term Logic-ed to express the way he kept refining his initial plan to drawn. First he question whether he would go out to sea or get stuck in the mud, this led him to move out to the Jetty. Then he recalled how long it took to drown and this shocked him out of the entire enterprise. It not highlighted his intelligence but also his resilience.

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Post by Ferdinand_otieno » 03 Jul 2019, 06:13

Ruba Abu Ali wrote:
02 Jul 2019, 12:48
BrittaniDJ wrote:
01 Jul 2019, 19:28
I found it kind of funny when little Frank was at the market looking at the crabs who tried and tried to get out of the baskets but could not, then he says that he is sure ants would have solved the problem. I found it such a funny comment. It absolutely makes sense, but just to even think that way, is not something I would have been able to come up with. I wonder what the difference is between ants and crabs. Are ants brains more developed? Or is it the team work? Or their ability to stick to surfaces they walk on?
The brain is indeed a strange thing! It wouldn't have occurred to me to make such a humorous, albeit valid, comparison between crabs and ants.
The authors thought process saw crabs uncooperative in trying to climb out of the barrel and jumped to ants. It is a funny thought to jump to and to suggest ants mightier in that particular task just showed more of the author's unique humorous personality.

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Post by ChaosofaMadHatter » 05 Jul 2019, 18:31

BrittaniDJ wrote:
01 Jul 2019, 19:28
I found it kind of funny when little Frank was at the market looking at the crabs who tried and tried to get out of the baskets but could not, then he says that he is sure ants would have solved the problem. I found it such a funny comment. It absolutely makes sense, but just to even think that way, is not something I would have been able to come up with. I wonder what the difference is between ants and crabs. Are ants brains more developed? Or is it the team work? Or their ability to stick to surfaces they walk on?
This was definitely a moment where I had to bite back my laughter (was reading in the break room), just because both the randomness and the intuitiveness of the comment.

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Post by Nisha Ward » 05 Jul 2019, 19:55

I don't quite know how yo describe it but the author's style in general is quite humourous. Moments that should be serious in any other context, like his stories about his patients, tend to becoming amusing simply because he writes in such a personable, humourous way that you don't really notice until you're already smiling.
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Post by Ferdinand_otieno » 06 Jul 2019, 05:11

Nisha Ward wrote:
05 Jul 2019, 19:55
I don't quite know how yo describe it but the author's style in general is quite humourous. Moments that should be serious in any other context, like his stories about his patients, tend to becoming amusing simply because he writes in such a personable, humourous way that you don't really notice until you're already smiling.
His style is unique and it converted this book to one of my favorites. I was always amused at how his perspective would draw a smile from me.

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Post by Nisha Ward » 06 Jul 2019, 14:56

Ferdinand_otieno wrote:
06 Jul 2019, 05:11
Nisha Ward wrote:
05 Jul 2019, 19:55
I don't quite know how yo describe it but the author's style in general is quite humourous. Moments that should be serious in any other context, like his stories about his patients, tend to becoming amusing simply because he writes in such a personable, humourous way that you don't really notice until you're already smiling.
His style is unique and it converted this book to one of my favorites. I was always amused at how his perspective would draw a smile from me.
Not just that but he always manages to learn something from his experiences while finding the positive, adding to that distinct sense of humour that the book is imbued with. It's actually quite inspiring in that respect.
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Post by Ferdinand_otieno » 07 Jul 2019, 09:39

Nisha Ward wrote:
06 Jul 2019, 14:56
Ferdinand_otieno wrote:
06 Jul 2019, 05:11
Nisha Ward wrote:
05 Jul 2019, 19:55
I don't quite know how yo describe it but the author's style in general is quite humourous. Moments that should be serious in any other context, like his stories about his patients, tend to becoming amusing simply because he writes in such a personable, humourous way that you don't really notice until you're already smiling.
His style is unique and it converted this book to one of my favorites. I was always amused at how his perspective would draw a smile from me.
Not just that but he always manages to learn something from his experiences while finding the positive, adding to that distinct sense of humour that the book is imbued with. It's actually quite inspiring in that respect.
I understand what you're saying, to have faced the challenges he did, survive them and come out with a wicked sense of humor is truly inspiring.

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