Comedy & Cava: 9 Funny Books About Spain

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Ah, Spain – a country known for its vibrant culture, passionate people, and a history that’s as rich as its famous paella. But amidst the flamenco dancing and bullfighting, there’s another side to Spain that often goes unnoticed: its ability to inspire some truly hilarious literature. From quirky travel memoirs to satirical novels, the land of siestas and fiestas has provided ample material for writers to showcase their comedic chops.

So, if you’re in need of a good laugh and a virtual trip to the sunny shores of Spain, look no further than this list of the funniest books about the country. These titles will have you chuckling, guffawing, and maybe even snorting (but hopefully not choking on your churros). So sit back, pour yourself a glass of sangria, and get ready to embark on a literary journey that’s sure to leave you in stitches.

Don Quixote 

Considered one of the greatest works of fiction ever written, “Don Quixote” is a timeless classic that follows the misadventures of a delusional Spanish nobleman who fancies himself a knight-errant. With his trusty sidekick Sancho Panza in tow, Don Quixote sets out on a series of comical quests, battling windmills and rescuing damsels in distress (or so he thinks). Cervantes’ masterpiece is a hilarious satire of chivalry and a witty commentary on the human condition that continues to resonate with readers centuries after its publication.

The Sunny Side 

In this satirical novel, an Englishman named Harry decides to leave behind his dreary life in London and move to a quaint village in Andalusia, Spain. What ensues is a series of hilarious cultural clashes as Harry tries to navigate the laid-back Spanish lifestyle and eccentric locals. Gill’s biting wit and keen observations about the differences between English and Spanish culture make for a side-splitting read that will have you laughing out loud.

Driving Over Lemons 

Former Genesis drummer Chris Stewart trades in his rock star lifestyle for a simpler existence in the remote mountains of Andalusia in this hilarious memoir-turned-novel. Stewart’s humorous accounts of his struggles to adapt to rural Spanish life – from dealing with uncooperative sheep to navigating the local bureaucracy – are both endearing and entertaining. This charming book will make you want to pack your bags and move to Spain (or at least visit for a good laugh).

The Wind from the Sun

In this comic novel, an American couple decides to leave their hectic lives behind and relocate to a sleepy village in Spain. But as they soon discover, life in rural Spain is anything but tranquil. From nosy neighbors to meddling in-laws, the couple’s misadventures as they try to adapt to the local culture will have you chuckling from start to finish. Boyd’s witty prose and colorful characters make this a must-read for anyone who’s ever dreamed of starting anew in a foreign land.

The Sun Also Rises 

This classic novel follows a group of American and British expatriates as they travel from Paris to Pamplona for the running of the bulls. Along the way, they engage in witty banter, drunken antics, and a fair amount of romantic entanglements. Hemingway’s dry humor and sharp dialogue provide a humorous yet poignant exploration of the Lost Generation in 1920s Spain. While not strictly a comedy, “The Sun Also Rises” is full of memorable one-liners and clever observations that will keep you entertained from cover to cover.

A Year in Marrakesh 

In this humorous travel memoir, Englishman Peter Mayne recounts his experiences living in Morocco for a year. While the book primarily focuses on Moroccan culture, Mayne also includes entertaining observations about Spanish tourists and their influence on the local culture. His witty anecdotes and self-deprecating humor make for a delightful read that will have you laughing out loud and appreciating the quirks of both Moroccan and Spanish cultures.

Sangría in the Sangrías

This lighthearted travelogue chronicles the misadventures of Alex Trenoweth, a British expat working as an English teacher in Madrid. From navigating the city’s wild nightlife to dealing with unruly students, Trenoweth’s experiences are both relatable and hilarious. Her witty observations about Spanish culture and the expat lifestyle will have you chuckling and nodding along in recognition.

The Almond Growers

When Michelle Gildric and her husband decide to move to a small village in Andalusia, Spain, they have no idea what they’re getting themselves into. In this humorous memoir, Gildric recounts their struggles to adapt to rural Spanish life, from dealing with bureaucratic red tape to navigating the local gossip mill. Her witty writing style and keen observations about the quirks of Spanish culture make for a highly entertaining read.

South from Granada

In the 1920s, British writer Gerald Brenan settled in a remote village in the Alpujarras region of Andalusia, and “South from Granada” is his memoir of that experience. Brenan’s encounters with eccentric villagers and his observations of rural Spanish life are both humorous and insightful. His dry wit and eloquent prose paint a vivid picture of a bygone era and a fascinating corner of Spain.

Conclusion

From fiction to non-fiction, these hilarious books about Spain prove that sometimes the best way to learn about a culture is through laughter.

So why not add a little humor to your reading list and pick up one of these funny books about Spain? You might just find yourself inspired to pack your bags and embark on your own Spanish misadventure.

And if not, at least you’ll have plenty of amusing anecdotes to share at your next dinner party. Just be sure to practice your Spanish accent and have a pitcher of sangria ready – salud!

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