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Told After Supper

Jerome K. Jerome

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It is Christmas Eve, and the narrator, his uncle and sundry other local characters are sitting round the fire drinking copious quantities of whiskey punch and telling ghost stories until bedtime, when…

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .NOW THE STORIES CAME TO BE TOLD

It was Christmas Eve! Christmas Eve at my Uncle John's; Christmas Eve (There is too much 'Christmas Eve' about this book. I can see that myself. It is beginning to get monotonous even to me. But I don't see how to avoid it now.) at No. 47 Laburnham Grove, Tooting! Christmas Eve in the dimly-lighted (there was a gas-strike on) front parlour, where the flickering fire-light threw strange shadows on the highly coloured wall-paper, while without, in the wild street, the storm raged pitilessly, and the wind, like some unquiet spirit, flew, moaning, across the square, and passed, wailing with a troubled cry, round by the milk-shop.

We had had supper, and were sitting round, talking and smoking.

We had had a very good supper—a very good supper, indeed. Unpleasantness has occurred since, in our family, in connection with this party. Rumours have been put about in our family, . . . Read More

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Ho un nipotino, 7 anni, che adora le storie di fantasmi. Ogni volta che resta di sera a casa mia, vuole che accenda il fuoco, poi spenge tutte le luci, dispone plaid e cuscini per terra tra tavolini e poltrone a formare una nicchia. Crea l'atmosfera insomma! E a questo punto vuole che mi metta a...more

È sempre la Vigilia di Natale, nelle storie di fantasmi. [...] Oh, che notte eccitante, la notte del ventiquattro dicembre, nel Paese dei fantasmi!

Un libretto piccino picciò che vedrei bene tra le mani di un bambino, per quanto i racconti sono leggeri, ironici e divertenti. Certo, a me adulta han...more

da cui si evince che il fantasma medio inglese adora spaventare e annunciare sventura ma è fondamentalmente pigro: si esibisce solo alla vigilia di Natale per poi ritirarsi dalle scene, esausto come un centometrista che collassa al traguardo. Poca stamina, nessuna resistenza. Basta tenerlo a ment...more

Ghost stories told on Christmas Eve. Very funny, just what you'd expect from Jerome K. Jerome! :)

And not only do the ghosts themselves always walk on Christmas Eve, but live people always sit and talk about them on Christmas Eve. Whenever five or six English-speaking people meet round a fire on Christmas Eve, they start telling each other ghost stories. Nothing satisfies us on Christmas Eve...more

A quick read and a lot of fun. Jerome's trademark wit in the service of parodying typical English Christmas ghost stories. And a great choice to read aloud for those who have that holiday tradition.

Jerome K. Jermome is probably best known for "Three Men in A Boat".

In the first part of this book of short stories he tackles the popular Victorian genre of the ghost story. And completely extracts the urine from it.

A charming read in small doses. The best word to describe the book is whimsical....more

Hilarious! Oh my god, I should have expected it to be funny, but I wasn't quite expecting this. The gentleman who befriends the murderous ghost and then walks out without his trousers was fabulous.

It was Christmas Eve.

I begin this way because it is the proper, orthodox, respectable way to begin,...more

I found the cover for the Alma Classics edition of After Supper Ghost Stories enticing. With its off-white swirls and flourishes upon a simple black background, it screamed “Intense, melodramatic, Gothic Victorian literature”, something akin to Bram Stoker’s Dracula or Emily Bronte’s Wuthering He...more

Jerome Klapka Jerome (1859~1927), author of the comic masterpiece Three Men in a Boat, needs no introduction. But many who admire his humorous classic are unaware that he wrote a number of ghost stories.

Told After Supper was Jerome's only volume comprised solely of ghost stories. It was published...more

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