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They and I

Jerome K. Jerome

Book Overview: 

A man and his three children leave the “Little Mother” at home in the city and set up temporary housekeeping in a country cottage to supervise the remodeling of the house he has just purchased there. The story is narrated by the father. His interactions with his children, interspersed with his own recollections of past events, make for hilarious reading.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I should sy, from the look of 'er, that she wanted to be milked."

"But it started bellowing at half-past two," I argued. "It doesn't expect to be milked at half-past two, does it?"

"Meself," said the boy, "I've given up looking for sense in cows."

In some unaccountable way this boy was hypnotising me. Everything had suddenly become out of place.

The cow had suddenly become absurd: she ought to have been a milk- can. The wood struck me as neglected: there ought to have been notice-boards about, "Keep off the Grass," "Smoking Strictly Prohibited": there wasn't a seat to be seen. The cottage had surely got itself there by accident: where was the street? The birds were all out of their cages; everything was upside down.

"Are you a real farmer's boy?" I asked him.

"O' course I am," he answered. "What do yer tike me for—a hartist i. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I started and finished this book today and I laughed the whole way through it! Jerome K Jerome has for sure made his place on my favorite author list! If you like and understand witty British humor, you will enjoy this book!

Como Mi familia y otros animales, de Gerald Durrell, pero casi sin animales (no humanos) y con un montón de digresiones humorísticas.

Lástima que en los tres últimos capítulos (de doce) caiga en un moralismo algo cursi y desfasado a cuenta del tema del matrimonio (hombres vs. mujeres circa 1909), po

Having just begun and read the first chapter, not only very hilarious but also very relaxing, as one proceeds to the next, one wonders suddenly if the BBC sitcom Outnumbered was inspired by this work of Jerome K. Jerome written close to a century before it aired. Not that it's dialogues or anything

It was difficult to stop remembering Jerome’s writing in Three Men in a Boat and Three men on the Bummel, because this book is different, deeper and shows more of his personality, also more serious. But it is possible I felt this way because I’ve read the first two 20 years ago...more

Dílo lze pojmout jako volné pokračování knihy Kdepak je má kravička?. Kravička je totiž nalezena a přítomnost ohlásí poměrně intenzivním bučením pod oknem ve tři ráno. Od té chvíle se dosud příjemné, avšak nikoliv zas tak výjimečné vyprávění mění v hodně legrace. Ale končí to podle mne dost zvláštně

★★★★★ (5/5)

A selection of favourite passages from the book

• I wonder to myself sometimes, Is literature to the general reader ever anything more than a fairy-tale? We write with our heart's blood, as we put it. We ask our conscience, Is it right thus to lay bare the secrets of our souls? The genera


Sempre divertente leggere Jerome. Un libro leggero, ma non troppo; piacevole e interessante. Dietro l'ironia Jerome semina costantemente insegnamenti e consigli per tutta la durata del racconto, consigli che spaziano dai più svariati argomenti: amore, matrimonio, editoria, ecc...more

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