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Over the Plum Pudding

John Kendrick Bangs

Book Overview: 

Great Caesar’s ghost and shades of A Christmas Carol! Stories – some ghostly, some Christmas, some humorous, some all three -- twelve of them by a master story teller and humorist of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I suppose I've got to," he replied, ruefully gazing upon the ruined cushion. "That's what I get for being an idiot. I don't know—"

"It's what you get for pretending that you can't believe all that you can't see," put in the ghost, "which is a very grave error for a young man—or an old one, either, for that matter—to make."[Pg 49]

Parley sat down, and was silent for a moment.

PARLEY CONVERSING WITH THE INVISIBLE GHOST

"Well," he said at length, "granting that there are such things as ghosts, and that you are one, what the deuce do you come bothering me for? Just wanted to plague me, I suppose, and get me to smash my furniture."

"Not at all," retorted the ghost. "I didn't ask you to smash your furniture. On the contrary, I warned you that that was what you were going to do. You suggested smashing me, and I told you to go ahead."

Parley couldn't deny it, but he could not quite conceal his resentment.

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Community Reviews

"It is not my habit to have opinions, but..."

There is much that is clever and interesting in Bangs collection of loosely linked short stories, with a dabble of science fiction and pseudo-fable. He is a fun writer, and is not afraid to play with his more famous contemporaries and their reputation...more

This book had fun moments. Unfortunately it didn't have quite enough of them. I think the writer entertained himself pretty well, but after a while it felt like he was the only one laughing at his own jokes.

There's a smattering of casual, horrible racism. This was my Christmas audio read for 201...more

The stories are a lot of fun . The author made me laugh and smile for which I am grateful .