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Told After Supper

Jerome K. Jerome

Book Overview: 

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: 

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

Community Reviews

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 sed

This wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. I was fishing around and looking for something like a traditional English Christmas Eve ghost story. And that’s how I came across this book.

Instead, this book is a parody of that whole tradition. It is extremely funny as a lampoon of that tradition. The stor

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 hanno

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 mente e

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 but

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. Onl

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, and

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 Heigh

I seem to be becoming something of a Jerome K Jerome fan girl. It's impossible to read him without giggling, even in public. Such warm and uncomplicated joy & mirth! The way he digresses so wildly and unapologetically tickles me every time. 

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