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A. A. Milne

Book Overview: 

A collection of short stories by famed Winnie the Pooh author, A.A. Milne. This charmingly humorous work from Milne's earlier writing period was first published in Punch magazine.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Anxious matrons prowled round us.

"We don't know any of the judges," I whispered. "This isn't fair."[60]

The matrons conferred with the President. He cleared his throat. "The first prize," he said, "goes to——"

But I had swooned.

"Well," said Archie, "the Rabbits return to England with two cups won on the snowfields of Switzerland."

"Nobody need know," said Myra, "which winter-sport they were won at."

"Unless I have 'Ski-ing, First Prize' engraved on mine," I said, "as I had rather intended."

"Then I shall have 'Figure-Skating' on mine," said Dahlia.

"Two cups," reflected Archie, "and Thomas engaged to three charming girls. I think it has been worth it, you know."

[61]

A BAKER'S DOZEN

[63]

A TRAGEDY IN LITTLE

The great question of the day is, What will become of Sidney? Whenever I think of him now, the unbidden tear wells into my eye ... . . . Read More

Community Reviews

A collection of stories, some of them related. Chock-full of excellent British humor.

A hilarious conglomeration of short stories written by A.A. Milne. His sharp wit had me laughing out loud at times. There were a few odd ones thrown into the mix, but on the whole I enjoyed it.

I had higher hopes for this one. But still, it had a pleasant lightness about it. You wouldn't do too badly if you brought this to the beach.

A really amusing collection of early 20th century sketches from Punch. Some of them have not aged terribly well, but some were really funny, and I would have happily read an entire novel of some of these characters.

I knew that Milne was a playwright, but I didn't know he did essays as well. They're perhaps not up to the standard of Jerome K Jerome, but recognisably the same tone and style. I found them pleasant, and laughed out loud a few times.

I feel like some of these stories would work as silly plots for musicals. You know, the SHOUTY dialogue that happens between songs of that era.
Some of them were also reminiscent of old radio programs. Quite a strange collection, indeed!

Mixed bag - first two stories are really funny as are several more, others not so much.

So FUNNY! I'm loving it! There were some that I liked and some that I REALLY, REALLY liked! Definitely a super fun read!

I feel like I'm becoming friends with A.A. Milne and I'm being pulled into his polite British early 20th century world.

For awhile I was really obsessed with Milne's short adult fiction, and this is the book that started it all. I found it in the attic of a book store on Market St. in Corning, NY, and I've read it multiple times. Milne's humor and acuity into human nature shine in these vignettes, perhaps even mor...more

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