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This Giddy Globe

Oliver Herford

Book Overview: 

Insanely humorous account of the geography of the world.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .To be sure the Earth produces the Tobacco [Pg 26] Plant, and many other things that we classify among the needs of Man, including the “Friendly Cow”—

She walks among the flowers sweet
And chews and chews and chews,
And turns them into friendly meat,
And pleasant boots and shoes.

But the “Friendly Cow” may in her secret heart regard the classification as anything but friendly. For all we know, in the hidden scheme of Creation, the Cow may herself be the subject for ultimate evolution into the Perfect Being, and Man (to reverse Darwin), descending through the Ape to ever lower planes, only a discarded experiment.

And the Tobacco Plant? In the course of time there may be no Tobacco Plant.

Should the American People be again tempted to wage a World War for Freedom, they may find on their return that the Tobacco Plants have gone to join the Grape Vines of California!Read More

Community Reviews

In which I nearly spewed coffee on my digital reading device more than once. A proper recommendation for a book, that.

Oliver Herford could be a very amusing writer, but This Giddy Globe was not his finest hour. It's a mishmash of offhand comments, illustrations--some by Herford, some not--and here and there, doggerel poems. The humorist seems to have phoned this one in, perhaps literally.