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The Genial Idiot

John Kendrick Bangs

Book Overview: 

John Kendrick Bangs once again takes us on a journey with the loveable, but somewhat self-opinionated and irritating Mr Idiot.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .He’s one point rather nice:
He’ll not remain lest you retain
And never gives advice.”

“The author of these valentines,” said the Doctor, “is to be spotted, the way I diagnose the case, by his desire that professional people should be constantly giving away their services. He objects to the Doctor’s bill and he slaps sarcastically at the Lawyer because he doesn’t give advice. That’s why I[36] suspect the Idiot. He’s a professional Idiot, and yet he gives his idiocy away.”

“When did I ever give myself away?” demanded the Idiot. “You are talking wildly, Doctor. The idea of your trying to drag me into this thing is preposterous. Suppose you show down your valentine and see if it is in my handwriting.”

“Mine is typewritten,” said the Doctor.

“So is mine,” said the Bibliomaniac.

“Mine, too,” s. . . Read More

Community Reviews

More pure genius.

Some cheeses stink so bad, you might enjoy them when no-one else is around but I certainly wouldn't expose my guests to it. This collection gets two stars and two "ha's". That is, cheesy as hell. I would call it decent on wit if that smell didn't keep showing up and spoiling things.