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Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow

Jerome K. Jerome

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Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow is a collection of humorous essays by Jerome K. Jerome. It was the author’s second published book and helped establish him as a leading English humorist. The book consists of 14 independent articles arranged by themes.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ole capital would occasionally come down to "what in town the people call a bob," I would recklessly spend a penny of it, merely for the sake of having the change, all in coppers, to jingle. You don't feel nearly so hard up with eleven pence in your pocket as you do with a shilling. Had I been "La-di-da," that impecunious youth about whom we superior folk are so sarcastic, I would have changed my penny for two ha'pennies.

I can speak with authority on the subject of being hard up. I have been a provincial actor. If further evidence be required, which I do not think likely, I can add that I have been a "gentleman connected with the press." I have lived on 15 shilling a week. I have lived a week on 10, owing the other 5; and I have lived for a fortnight on a great-coat.

It is wonderful what an insight into domestic economy being really hard up gives one. If you want to find out the value of money, live on 15 shillings a week and see how much you can pu. . . Read More

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'We shall never be content until each man makes his own weather, and keeps it to himself.'

As I was reading this, I was sure that Jerome wrote this after Three Men in a Boat and that it was only published on the success of that hit; imagine my surprise when I learnt that, in fact, he wrote this befor

Articoli interessanti, a volte, ma per lo più noiosetti e pieni di moralismo spicciolo.
Un paio di articoli sono invece molto divertenti.
Un libro evitabile.

هذا الكتاب لن يرفع بقرة عن الارض
لكنه سيرسم بسمة علي وجهك بسمة ارتحلت عبر الزمن لوجهك  من القرن التاسع عشر

عن الخجل؛ عن الحب؛ عن الجو ؛ عن القطط و الكلاب يحكي جيروم بتلقائية و بسخرية شاعرية

Нямам доверие на книги, които се афишират като "мъдри", някакви ню ейдж тъпни, псевдодуховни книжки за личностно израстване. Но ако книга носи заглавие като "Празни мисли на един празен човек", ме печели моментално и предварително.

Толкова е мило да четеш размисли за живота на някой, който не се взим

مقالات أكثر من رائعة تتميز بأسلوب هزلي ساخر ، الكتاب يعد وجبة خفيفة لفصل بين الكتب الثقيلة ، ستندهش عندما تعلم أن الكتاب من عام 1889 ومازال يلمس الكثير من المواضيع التي نعاني منها نحن الآن ، الكتاب يتكون من 14 مقال في مجالات مختلفة مثل الكأبة ، الإفلاس ، الوقوع في الحب ، الكسل وغيرها ، أكثر ما أعجبن

Safest bet on the planet, as far as reading an essay collection goes. Just enough humour to keep you engaged, just enough philosophy to make you ponder and nod, and just enough imagery to thoroughly transport you into the charming realms of slow-paced old world existence - Jerome K Jerome is surely

This is one of the wittiest, most hilarious books I have read in quite a while. I was quite uncertain about picking up this book because the only humour or sarcasm that I really enjoy is written by Oscar Wilde. Previous experiences have taught me not to expect much LOL-inducing wittiness from other

“What readers ask nowadays in a book is that it should improve, instruct and elevate. This book wouldn't elevate a cow. I cannot conscientiously recommend it for any useful purposes whatever. All I can suggest is that when you get tired of reading "the best hundred books," you may take this for half

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