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Told After Supper (Dodo Press)

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  213 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Jerome Klapka Jerome (1859-1927) was an English author, best known for the humourous travelogue Three Men in a Boat (1889). In 1877, he decided to try his hand at acting, under the stage name Harold Crichton. He joined a repertory troupe who tried to produce plays on a shoestring budget, often drawing on the meager resources of the actors themselves to purchase costumes an ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 15th 2007 by Dodo Press (first published 1891)
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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 in 1891 by The Leadenhall Press and contains linked tales, interspersed with more than ninety wonderful illustrations by Kenneth M. Skeaping, one of which you can see below, all printed on thick pale bl
Oct 21, 2012 Mita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
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 sedere per terra accanto a lui e che gli racconti una storia di fantasmi, che deve far paura e ridere nello stesso tempo, naturalmente!
Sono andata avanti fino ad ora un po' inventando e un po' rielabora
Alex Sarll
"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!" An uproarious burlesque of festive ghost story cliches which even finds room for the Box of Delights' card trick. The curate's offering in particular had me laughing to the point of physical discomfort. A shame that Jerome is now onl ...more
Hal Brodsky
May 18, 2015 Hal Brodsky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, kindle
This is a relatively short parody of Ghost Story books, especially those in the style of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins. Written in Jerome's usual easy to read style, it is worth a chuckle or too and is available free for download or as part of the Delphi Classics Download. Unfortunately, the illustrations are not available in the downloaded versions I found.
Jan 26, 2014 Federica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, narrativa, humor
Piccolo ma spassosissimo libricino ricco di Vigilie di Natale, fantasmi, pipe fantasma e tabacco fantasma! L'umorismo di Jerome è della miglior qualità, di quella che non si limita a farti sorridere, ma a farti ridere da solo!

"Ogni volta che cinque, sei inglesi si raccolgono intorno a un fuoco la Vigilia di Natale, incominciano a raccontarsi storie di fantasmi. Non siamo soddisfatti, la Vigilia di Natale, se ognuno non racconta i suoi aneddoti - autentici - sugli spettri. In questo allegro perio
Aug 10, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasmi
Peccato sia così breve. I fantasmi di Jerome sanno il fatto loro e sono ben lungi dall'essere disperati o afflitti da chissà quale passato. Sono rimasti qui di loro propria convinzione e non perchè hanno delle faccende da risolvere. D'altro canto, gli umani vivi che incontrano non si spaventano per niente e, passata la curiosità, vi conversano con interesse fino a infastidirsi per il disturbo notturno. Un po' come la pragmatica famiglia americana de "Il fantasma di Canterville", per intenderci. ...more
Dec 23, 2014 Lizixer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short, very funny send up of the tradition of ghost story telling on Christmas eve by an Edwardian writer who has a thoroughly modern feel to his writing
Dec 18, 2015 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Hilarious parodies of the English Christmas ghost story tradition.
Dec 03, 2015 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is so funny, I actually snorted out loud while reading it.
Dec 26, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick Christmas read. I do love Jerome K Jerome
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Geniale, mi ha fatto un sacco ridere!
Peccato siano solo 40 pagine!

Mi ha messo una gran nostalgia di "Three men in a boat" e per rimediare a questa grande solitudine ho dovuto comprare The Complete Jerome K. Jerome: The Collected Works a 0,99 :3
Short. Humorous. Not a book of ghost stories, but a book ABOUT the concept of ghost stories.
Marts  (Thinker)
Jan 08, 2011 Marts (Thinker) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
interesting and fun ghost stories by Jerome, kind of reminds me of Saki, there's that humor, that you just want a bit more of.....
Anyway, its a really short read, or you may opt to listen to it, and its just as good as 'Three men in a Boat'...
Timothy Ferguson
Oct 25, 2012 Timothy Ferguson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librivox
I really enjoyed this. It’s brilliantly read and it deconstructs many popular ghost stories. If you enjoy historical ghost stories, its a joy to hear them again, but with an increasingly addled narrator gradually destroying them.

Written well, but not scary. I would say the writing was easy but my expectations was much higher. I guess I was looking for a book that was more like "Scary Stories."
This is my favourite Jerome K Jerome book so far. Very witty, and made all the funnier by the wonderful reading of Librivox narrator, Ruth Golding
Troy Soos
Nov 29, 2009 Troy Soos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Jerome K. Jerome is delightful in this slim volume of humorous ghost stories. (But my favorite book of his remains Three Men in a Boat.)
Oct 09, 2011 M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Short tongue-in-cheek ghost stories which purports that most ghosts are active on Christmas Eve. Not to be taken seriously.
Mar 21, 2011 Kerstin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy, quick read that made me giggle. :) As good as his other works.
Jun 15, 2010 Maggie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, fiction
fun as always. this time the focus is ghost stories ... told after supper
Super short semi-ghost stories with the last one being the best!
Nadin Green
Aug 05, 2015 Nadin Green rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely worth reading thing! Adore it.
Chris Callaway
Feb 23, 2012 Chris Callaway marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
ghost stories, apparently
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Jerome Klapka Jerome (May 2, 1859 – June 14, 1927) was an English author, best known for the humorous travelogue Three Men in a Boat.


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“There must be something ghostly in the air of Christmas — something about the close, muggy atmosphere that draws up the ghosts, like the dampness of the summer rains brings out the frogs and snails.” 1 likes
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