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Tea-Table Talk

Jerome K. Jerome

Book Overview: 

It takes the form of imaginary conversations between the writer and a number of un-named characters at the afternoon tea table. The Woman of the World, the Old Maid, the Girton Girl, the Philosopher and the Minor Poet wax lyrical on subjects like marriage, art, society and politics. Frequently they appear to prefer the sound of their own voice to that of others.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ted, yet face to face with the realities of existence it is unavailing.  Clasping the living, standing beside the dead, our language still is but a cry.  Our wants have grown more complicated; the ten-course banquet, with all that it involves, has substituted itself for the handful of fruits and nuts gathered without labour; the stalled ox and a world of trouble for the dinner of herbs and leisure therewith.  Are we so far removed thereby above our little brother, who, having swallowed his simple, succulent worm, mounts a neighbouring twig and with easy digestion carols thanks to God?  The square brick box about which we move, hampered at every step by wooden lumber, decked with many rags and strips of coloured paper, cumbered with odds and ends of melted flint and moulded clay, has replaced the cheap, convenient cave.  We clothe ourselves in the skins of other animals instead of allowing our own to develop into a natural protection.  We hang about us bits. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This book was bland for my taste.

Tea-table philosophy

JKJ at his best in the deep end of tea-table philosophy, putting things into perspective with wisdom, foresight and an acceptance of that which will not change. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Se leggete questo divertentissimo libro scritto oltre un secolo fa, ritrovate certi riti o rituali ancora vivi ed in voga oggi anche tra noi provinciali. Una donna di mondo, un poeta minore, la giovane speranza, il filosofo e la vecchia signorina, fanno venire alla mente anche il professore che f...more

Simpatico ed ironico sguardo a vari argomenti che affliggono le umane genti da tempi immemori,come l'amore e il matrimonio,visti attraverso lo sguardo di vari personaggi apparentemente anonimi ma che in realtà rappresentano varie frange della società inglese dell'epoca,Dalla nobile alla giovane p...more

brilliant , felt dragged at some passages

Again, perhaps due to the unforgettable impression left by the three men on the boat and on the bummel, one expects a laugh riot or at least something humourous to show one how silly people can get at tea table talk. Perhaps that is there, too, but not overtly like the furniture or light or paint...more

Again, perhaps due to the unforgettable impression left by the three men on the boat and on the bummel, one expects a laugh riot or at least something humourous to show one how silly people can get at tea table talk. Perhaps that is there, too, but not overtly like the furniture or light or paint...more

all things jerome. LOVE it. easy and delightful summer reading. the jaundiced eye on human nature + charm = a winning style, imo

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