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George Barr McCutcheon

Book Overview: 

Mr. Crittenden Yollop makes friends with the man who came to burglarize his home and sets out to help him return to where he really wants to be...prison. This humorous satire takes a somewhat different look at prisons, criminals, the law and reformers.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .op pushed a big unholstered library chair up to the opposite side of the desk and, after several awkward attempts, succeeded in sitting down, tailor fashion, with his feet neatly tucked away beneath him.

"I wasn't quite sure I could do it," said he, rather proudly. "I suppose my feet will go to sleep in a very short time, but I am assuming, Cassius, that you are too much of a gentleman to attack a man whose feet are asleep."

"I wouldn't even attack you if they were snoring," said Cassius, grinning in spite of himself. "Say, this certainly beats anything I've ever come up against. If one of my pals was to happen to look in here right now and see me with my feet in these drawers and you squattin' on yours,—well, I can't help laughin' myself, and God knows I hate to."

"You were saying a little while ago," said Mr. Yollop, shifting his position slightly, "that you rather fancy the idea of being arrested. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Probably 2.5*

In the late 1970s/early 80s I was reading through as many George Barr McCutcheon books as I could find. McCutcheon was a best-selling author in the late 19th/early 20th century; his best-known works were the Graustark series (rather like Prisoner of Zenda) and Brewster's Millions. I enj

"Yollop" is the surname of the main character. He is disturbed one night by a burglar. Together, they discuss crime, and the burglar relates how much better it is for him in prison.

The first half of this book is set in Yollop's house. This I enjoyed quite a lot. It's funny at times and engaging thro