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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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I think Jerome K. Jerome (curious name) is somewhat misrepresented as a humour author. His essays are certainly readable, and there's frequent humour ("He listened to me in rapt ecstasy. I might have been music.") but he's often capable of serious thoughtful comments about our habits and society in

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

Re-reading po cca 20 letech. Už mi přišlo příliš moc shovívavého nadhledu intelektuálních mužů nad pošetilými ženuškami, byť míněno v dobrém. Londýnské postřehy jsou pořád milé a svěží.

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ON THE ART OF MAKING UP ONE'S MIND

From the topic to dressing up to fashionable Byronic gloom and melancholy, to uncertainty about self, author wanders.
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ON THE DISADVANTAGE OF NOT GETTING WHAT ONE WANTS

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

È finita la commedia! This 2nd volume impressed me very much. I have been very thoughtful since I have finished reading the last page, while before of it, well, maybe not so much. Just fancy that! I am very lucky in this respect. I have tried to treat the matters of this whole volume as a joke, but

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.

the book to be reread; some pages are worth learning by heart; a real pleasure for a lover of English essays.

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.

Delightful.

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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