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Idle Ideas in 1905

Jerome K. Jerome

Book Overview: 

Back in 1905 Jerome K. Jerome shared his thoughts on a variety of subjects, including "Should Women Be Beautiful?", "Should Soldiers Be Polite?" and "Is The American Husband Made Entirely Of Stained Glass?". Every subject is analyzed and commented on in the witty and satirical style we have grown to expect from the author.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . and won her during a period of idleness enforced by a sprained shoulder), or maybe she would have avoided Scotland. The idea they started with was that of a tour. The second day the man went out for a stroll by himself. At dinner-time he observed, with a far-away look in his eyes, that it seemed a pretty spot they had struck, and suggested their staying there another day. The next morning after breakfast he borrowed a club from the hotel porter, and remarked that he would take a walk while she finished doing her hair. He said it amused him, swinging a club while he walked. He returned in time for lunch and seemed moody all the afternoon. He said the air suited him, and urged that they should linger yet another day.

She was young and inexperienced, and thought, maybe, it was liver. She had heard much about liver from her father. The next morning he borrowed more clubs, and went out, this time before breakfast, returning to a late and not over sociable dinne. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was fun. Again, the more things change, the more they stay the same. This is a collection of what I would guess to be columns written by Jerome Jerome in the features section of a newspaper. Many are as applicable today as they were when originally written.

A nice book which, in every other case, I would have rated at least 4 stars, but Jerome Jerome has obviously spoiled his readers too much for him to publish a book which only has its occasional laugh-out-loud moments.

Although not the equal of his "Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow" (1886), one can still find sublime passages here and there that demonstrate the occasional genius of a wonderful observer and humorist. The passages are worth reading the rest.

Mildly entertaining.

What a delight!

This was a thoughtful and interesting read though perhaps not as good as some of Jerome's other idle thoughts.