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Further Foolishness

Stephen Leacock

Book Overview: 

Seventeen goofy stories and essays by Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock. "Professor Leacock has made more people laugh with the written word than any other living author. One may say he is one of the greatest jesters, the greatest humorist of the age." – A. P. Herbert

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .d the current from the wires lights the fuse?"

"Yes," said Halfoff.

The two brothers looked at Serge, for there was a meaning in his voice and a strange look upon his face.

"If the bomb is placed against the wall and if the fuse is lighted it would explode."

"Yes," said Halfoff despairingly, "but how? The fuse is instantaneous. Without the wires we cannot light it. It would be death."

Serge took the bomb in his hand. His face was pale.

"Let it be so!" he said. "I will give my life for hers."

He lifted the bomb in his hand. "I will go through the tunnel and hold the bomb against the wall and fire it," he said. "Halfoff, light me the candle in the flame. Be ready when the wall falls."

"No, no," said Halfoff, grasping Serge by the arm. "You must not die!"

"My brother," said. . . Read More

Community Reviews

2 stars. Leacock let me down with this book.

This particular collection didn't thrill me, I found it a bit dated and some of the attitudes rather less pleasant than some of his other work.

Stephen Leacock was enormously popular in the first half of the twentieth century. "Further Foolishness" was published in 1916 and, while some sections show their age and have lost their effectiveness, it still has the capacity to entertain a modern reader.

It is divided into four topical sections: