. Ever Wonder What Nero Did Before He Began Fiddling About In Rome, Or Wanted The Bare Facts About Lady Godiva Maybe You Ve Found The Story Of Lucrezia Borgia A Bitter Pill To Swallow, Or Wanted The Straight Skinny On Corpulent King Henry The Eighth, But You Haven T The Stomach For Stuffy History Books Now These And Twenty Two Of History S Most Famous Personages Are Brought Brilliantly To Life, In This Collection Of Unfailingly Accurate Yet Undeniably Hilarious Biographies You Ll Laugh While You Learn About The Very Real People Behind The Legendary Names, Including Why Montezuma Was So Vengeful, And Why Catherine Was So Great You Ll Even Finally Lay To Rest The Rumor That Charlemagne Was Called Chuck By His Friends . If I was a history teacher, this would be my textbook It s the kind of book that you can t read by yourself because all you want to do is read the funny parts out loud to people It is total comedy genius, plus it s a brilliant history book The best part of the whole book is the chapter on Hannibal, and about his journey over the Alps via elephant caravan, which is pretty much the most ridiculous way you could think of to cross the Alps, and how every time Hannibal wrote home to Carthage to send elephants, the people of Carthage would respond, did he think they were made of elephants and what had he done with the elephants they sent before That line made me CRY laughing the first time I read it. Will Cuppy wrote The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody on and off for 16 years At the time of his death suicide , it was still incomplete Ailing and suffering from depression, Cuppy committed suicide after he was facing eviction from his apartment Basically a journalist and book reviewer who wrote than 4000 book reviews in his 23 year career, his popularity reached its zenith when this book was published by sifting through than 15000 note cards, Cuppy s friend, Fred Feldkamp completed Decline and Fall , after one year of his passing his tragic end does remind one of John Kennedy Toole.I am not saying all this to make you feel melancholy, but if I did and I am sure I did , there is no better cure than to read this book The book is really hilarious, concise, and accurate a rare combination And Cuppy never opts for below the belt humor only lesser humorists do that.But in case you re still feeling a bit sad, here s some uplifting tidbit The reclusive bachelor whose best work got published posthumously which he never completed, and so must have concluded before dying that it never would , got an asteroid named after himself by the IAU, 15017 Cuppy in 2003 This still didn t lift the gloom, did it Well then you should go and read this book already.Rest in peace, Mr Cuppy. 3. . . . Mi sono ritrovata a leggere questo libro dopo uno speed date letterario s , esistono speed date letterari, sono bellissimi per me meno per quelli delle case editrici che mando regolarmente in crisi, tra l altro quel giorno non ascoltavo molto perch ero presa da morire dal Circolo Fililogico milanese perch sono anche una patita di Instagram senza gatti, n cibo, n selfie come ho fatto Comunque la storia vera che sembra non vera di alcuni noti personaggi storici in poche pagine.Will Cuppy fa ridere Non solo ne sa un sacco delle cose che scrive Tanto che riassumo da postfazione gli storici non ebbero nulla da ridire quando usc la raccolta perch la documentazione era davvero flawless, senza difetti Io di difetti ne trovo 2 nella narrazione 1 schema che un po si ripete 2 le note onnipresenti che sono una cosa che spezza il ritmo e che io aborro anche nelle tesi e nei saggi e in Carlo Emilio Gadda per , ammetto che lo spirito storico divulgativo dell opera di Cuppy necessita di note Alla fine vale 4 stelle, anche perch questo tizio mi ricorda in modo allarmante me, sotto certi aspetti Will, ti sarebbe piaciuto un sacco il circolo filologico, e anche Instagram, fidati.
William Jacob Will Cuppy was an American humorist and literary critic, known for his satirical books about nature and historical figures.
- 184 pages
- The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody: Great Figures of History Hilariously Humbled
- Will Cuppy
- 16 December 2017 Will Cuppy