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The Hohenzollerns in America

Stephen Leacock

Book Overview: 

More stories by Canadian Stephen Leacock. Some of these stories carry over characters introduced in Further Foolishness. Some stories are humourous; some are more thoughtful. It helps to be familiar with WWI-era European politics to catch much of the humour.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . lot of friends who are painters and they get all the way from sixty to seventy-five cents an hour. It seems so odd to think of them being paid by the hour. I don't think the court artists at home were paid like that. It will be very nice if Uncle William can mingle with Mr. Peters's artist friends. Mr. Peters asked if he might take me out some Sunday, and I said that I would ask Uncle William and Uncle Henry and Cousin Ferdinand and Cousin Willie and if they all consented to come I would go. I hope it was not a forward thing to do.

I forgot when I was talking of work to say that Uncle Henry got work the very second day that we were here. He works down at the docks where the ships are. I think he supervises the incoming and outgoing of the American navy. It is called being a stevedore, and no doubt his being an Admiral helped him to get it. He hopes to get a certificate presently to be a Barge Master, which will put him in charge of the canals. B. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Funny story about what happens when a clueless ( and possibly dementia -suffering) Kaiser Wilhelm gets thrown off the throne of Germany with just the clothes on his back and put on a steamship to America in 1919. Arriving a penniless immigrant (like so many of our ancestors), he has to convince the

I purchased an entire e-book collection of Stephen Leacock's books for a few dollars. I was surprised to see the number of books he had written. I began reading this book, more or less at random, and found that I was laughing ... a lot.
The book consists of a novella, which gives the volume its name,

Published just one year after WWI, Leacock pokes fun at it from every conceivable angle. The last third of the book are his usual short, humorous stories and articles. One that stuck out for me was "The Discovery Of America; Being Done Into Moving Pictures And Out Again" wherein Leacock deconstructs