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Moonbeams from the Larger Lunacy

Stephen Leacock

Book Overview: 

Humorous, ironic, and sometimes cynical observations of life from Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The Shattered Health of Mr. Podge

"How are you, Podge?" I said, as I sat down in a leather armchair beside him.

I only meant "How-do-you-do?" but he rolled his big eyes sideways at me in his flabby face (it was easier than moving his face) and he answered:

"I'm not as well to-day as I was yesterday afternoon. Last week I was feeling pretty good part of the time, but yesterday about four o'clock the air turned humid, and I don't feel so well."

"Have a cigarette?" I said.

"No, thanks; I find they affect the bronchial toobes."

"Whose?" I asked.

"Mine," he answered.

"Oh, yes," I said, and I lighted one. "So you find the weather trying," I continued cheerfully.

"Yes, it's too humid. It's up to a saturation of sixty-six. I'm all right till it passes sixty-four. Yesterday afternoo. . . Read More

Community Reviews

a clever piece of turn-of-the-century CanLit featuring some incisive observations about Canada's place in WWI and pretty ruthless take down of the performativity of wealthy elderly people.

With a title like this one would expect something out-of-this world. Liftoff was not achieved. The humor seemed forced. Attempted humor about humor books in a book of forced humor, for example, was not funny. Then the trope was repeated.
Not recommended as a first exposure to Leacock.

This particular collection hasn't worn as well as some of his other writing.

Stephen Leacock was arguably, for a decade or so after the First World War, the most popular humorous writer in English. He is little known today, but his work is surprisingly relevant to modern readers. Some parts have aged beyond relevance, but then there are little spurts of brilliance which he w

Leacock, one of the top humorists of the early 20th Century yet virtually unknown today, is without question the inspiration behind, or at least the main contributor to, the humor of Monty Python, Stephen Fry & Hugh Laurie etc, etc. It was written that Mr. Leacock was the favorite of the likes of Gr