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Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellow

Jerome K. Jerome

Book Overview: 

A second volume of humorous essays on various subjects, following the success of Idle thoughts Of An Idle Fellow.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .That was the best thing I myself ever got out of egg-boxes—that picture of a deceitful son stealthily washing himself upon the floor behind the bed, trembling at every footstep lest it might be the "old boy" coming to the door.

One wonders whether the Ten Commandments are so all-sufficient as we good folk deem them—whether the eleventh is not worth the whole pack of them: "that ye love one another" with just a common-place, human, practical love. Could not the other ten be comfortably stowed away into a corner of that! One is inclined, in one's anarchic moments, to agree with Louis Stevenson, that to be amiable and cheerful is a good religion for a work-a-day world. We are so busy NOT killing, NOT stealing, NOT coveting our neighbour's wife, we have not time to be even just to one another for the little while we are together here. Need we be so cocksure that our present list of virtues and vices is the only possibly correct and complete one? Is the . . . Read More

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В общи линии, бих могъл да напиша същото ревю и за втората част от трилогията - британски хумор, философски разсъждения за живота, които понякога се отклоняват прекалено много и се губят тотално от първоначалната идея.

Ако "Празни мисли на един празен човек" ви е харесала, то тази е просто още от същ

This book gets surprisingly deep at times, enough to make me emotional, and it's always super relatable. There are also enough parts that are genuinely funny, but do expect more serious contemplations in this one. I underlined so many quotes that I really can't all put them in here, but here as some

A difficult book to read. The author tries to replicate the pacing and humour of his other books, especially "Three Men in a Boat" and is generally unsuccessful. He tries hard and parts of the book flow well, and are very humorous, but overall I could only digest the book in very small pieces. I wou



From the topic to dressing up to fashionable Byronic gloom and melancholy, to uncertainty about self, author wanders.


The author seems to write down the title ironically, and fight angels, fair

Like a lot of the author's works, this was a rollercoaster ride from beginning to finish, from serious contemplation to comedy to tragedy and back to comedy until the closing black thoughts....amazingly over the top and pedantic at times, and positively Woosterian in others. Love it.

2.49 stars from this reader, as this collection contained a few more misses than hits. As is typical for this author, there were quite a few laugh-out-loud bits, but unfortunately the majority of the content was not-as-much. Not a bad read, overall, but there are more consistently humorous works by

I really enjoy Jerome's writing. I did not enjoy this one as much as Three Men in a Boat but it was still a pleasure to read.

I'm in love. I mean, I was before, anyway, after reading "Three Men in a Boat". Then "Idle Thoughts of an Idle Gentlemen" really cemented my adoration of this man. "Second Thoughts" is just icing on an increasingly potent, mature and tasty cake. These "Thoughts" titles have not the laugh-out-loud hi

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