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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.


"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 reputations,

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