Humorous or Funny Novels

Many readers have found these novels funny. Not every reader will find the same things funny, but I hope you’ll smile at something in these stories.

Novels with Humor

Oliver Twist | Charles Dickens

Oliver is an orphan who is sent to an “infant farm”, a workhouse, and then is apprenticed to an undertaker. Along the way he is underfed and bullied. He runs away to London and gets in with a crowd of child criminals led by Fagin, a filthy, selfish man who trains the children to steal.

Read “Oliver Twist”

The World According to Garp | John Irving

Jenny Fields is an independent nurse who wants a child but not a husband. She is impregnated by a brain damaged soldier and names the child T. S. Garp. Jenny becomes a feminist celebrity while Garp struggles with his writing, marriage, and children.

As I Lay Dying | William Faulkner

Addie, the matriarch of the Bundren family, is on her deathbed, while her oldest son Cash is building her coffin. She dies soon after. The family is going to respect her request to be buried in her family’s burial ground, so they prepare for the forty mile journey. Friends and neighbors are advising against this difficult trip, but the family goes anyway. It’s narrated by many different people who each give their perspective.

Read “As I Lay Dying”

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer | Mark Twain

Young Tom is a troublemaker and has an active imagination. Tom and his friend Huck are in the cemetery one night when they witness Injun Joe stab and kill a man.

Read “Tom Sawyer”

Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes

Influenced by books of chivalry, a man decides to become a knight. He finds a squire and sets out to fight injustice and uphold what’s right. His imagination runs wild as it fills in the gaps in his adventures and often leads him to make absurd decisions and misread situations.

Read “Don Quixote”