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Jerome K. Jerome

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I was always an untidy child).  An old man enters—an old, bent, withered man—holding a lamp above his head, and I look at his face, and it is my own face.  And another enters, and he also is myself.  Then more and more, till the room is thronged with faces, and the stair-way beyond, and all the silent house.  Some of the faces are old and others young, and some are fair and smile at me, and many are foul and leer at me.  And every face is my own face, but no two of them are alike.

I do not know why the sight of myself should alarm me so, but I rush from the house in terror, and the faces follow me; and I run faster and faster, but I know that I shall never leave them behind me.

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As a rule one is the hero of one’s own dreams, but at times I have dreamt a dream entirely in the third person—a dream with the incidents of which I have had no connection whatever, except as an unseen and impotent spectator.  O. . . Read More

Community Reviews

My first encounter with this author, as a 1893 edition of this work passed into my hands one day, quite unexpectedly. It was a well loved book, a fact I surmised from the coffee cup ring on the cover. Amusing, I really had to laugh out loud at times, and oddly enough a useful item when you're try...more

It is already very well known the humor of Jerome K. Jerome, which eventually came to be a distinctive emblem of this writer. I really enjoyed it and I would look into the possibility of reading other books from this writer. Perhaps he would like to have more readers like me, that knows him and a...more

Collezione di storielle divertenti, raccontate tra amici durante incontri a base di Liquori, sigari, pipe, davanti a un camino acceso. Un libro scacciapensieri per chi sta prendendo troppo sul serio la propria vita e i suoi scorni.

The first book I've read by this author, had me laughing out loud in my grandparents' house. The author as a very distinct humor, perhaps which is easier understood by a childish mind than by a mature one.

Funny yet sad...
Simple yet complicated...
Old yet new...
A book that encloses in 2017 the same amount of truth and wisdom it contained when it was first published, in 1893.
An evergreen!

I won't say the book is among the funniest ever written because everyone else is already saying that. But beyond the witty humor, the Jerome actually delivers some pretty thoughtful and highly observant insights on human nature, society and relationships etc.

It's not just jokes, since it can get...more

I love books that can take serious subjects and light it down with humour and wit. This one did exactly that. Almost every phrase is quotable, almost every situation is the exaggerated version of something that either you experienced or knew someone who has. And the basic premise of having a good...more

seinfeld + sensibilitate.

It think reading this in English is sensible.
The puns and play-upon-words are quite difficult to convey, mainly because they rely so heavily on picturing the stereotypical affected gentleman. And some of them imply knowing what Cockney sounds like.
As regards the book itself, it's just a collecti...more

Scriitura/umorul lui Jerome K Jerome seamana foarte bine cu tutunurile englezesti de pipa : iti trebuie ceva experienta in ale literaturii umoristice, ceva deschidere spre glumele britanice, un strop de rafinament. Nu e genul de umor facil, la care te rupi de ras si uiti in cinci secunde poanta....more

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