The pun is commonly dismissed as the lowest form of wit, and punsters are often unpopular for their obsessive wordplay. But such attitudes are relatively recent developments. In The Pun Also Rises, John Pollack - a former World Pun Champion and presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton - explains why such wordplay is significant: It both revolutionized language and played a pivotal role in making the modern world possible.
Skillfully weaving together stories and evidence from history, brain science, pop culture, literature, anthropology, and humor, The Pun Also Rises is an authoritative yet playful exploration of a practice that is common, in one form or another, to virtually every language on earth. At once entertaining and educational, this engaging book answers fundamental questions: Just what is a pun, and why do people make them? How did punning impact the development of human language, and how did that drive creativity and progress? And why, after centuries of decline, does the pun still matter?
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I really enjoy puns and jokes of all sort, and this little book had a fun, pop exploration of the history of puns and their uses over time. Sometimes it overreached -- as when it tried to explain neurological processes that may or may not affect the punster's delivery or the audience's reception -- but for the most part it was a delightful little book.
Would you be willing to try another book from John Pollack? Why or why not?
Sure. I was specifically listening for the punnage, but if he took on a topic of similar note, I'd be interested.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Pete Larkin?
Yes. He was a good narrator.
Do you think The Pun Also Rises needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
I have no opinion.
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- Amazon Customer
fantastic! Anyone who enjoys some good word play.
The history of punning is delightful. A great way to enjoy that isn't to punishing on the eerie canal.