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Mr. Munchausen 

John Kendrick Bangs

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The author has discovered for us in this volume the present stopping place of that famous raconteur of dear comic memory, the late Hieronymous Carl Friederich, sometime Baron Munchausen, and he transmits to us some further adventures of this traveler and veracious relator of merry tales. There are about a dozen of these tales, and, judging by Mr. Bangs' recital of them, the Baron's adventures on this mundane sphere were no more exciting than those he has encountered since taking the ferry across the Styx. Mr. Bangs proves himself well worthy of the task of reintroducing this merry old wag to modern fun-lovers, and in selecting from the tales the Baron has related to him he has chosen with an eye to the humorous which is unfailing in its clearness and keenness of perception.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ot give with ease seven holes in every nine and beat him out.”

 “Seven?” said I, failing to see how the ex-Baron could be right.

“Seven,” said he complacently. “Seven on the first, and seven on the second nine; fourteen in all of the eighteen holes.”

“But,” I cried, “I do not see how that could be. With fourteen holes out of the eighteen given to your opponent even if you won all the rest you still would be ten down.”

“True, by ordinary methods of calculation,” returned the Baron, “but I got them back on a technicality, which I claim is a new and valuable discovery in the game. You see it is impossible to play more than one hole at a time, and I invariably proved to the Greens Committee that in taking fourteen holes at once my opponent violated the physical possibilities of the situation. In every case the point was accept. . . Read More

Community Reviews

It's many years since I read the original on which this book is based. Maybe distance lends enchantment, but I found this rather heavy going at times.

Baron Munchausen, the fictional German nobleman, is an iconic character who spins the tallest of the tall tales – if a giraffe is the tallest living animal, then Baron’s tales of ‘truth’ are the tallest in tall-tales – with such a natural flair. For this character, who was conceived by Rudolph Erich