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Second Thoughts Of An Idle Fellow (Idle Thoughts #2)
Do not blame me, Ladies, the fault lies with you. Every right-thinking man is an universal lover; how could it be otherwise? You are so diverse, yet each so charming of your kind; and a man's heart is large. You have no idea, fair Reader, how large a man's heart is: that is his trouble--sometimes yours.
(first published 1898)
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I think Jerome K. Jerome (curious name) is somewhat misrepresented as a humour author. His essays are certainly readable, and there's frequent humour ("He listened to me in rapt ecstasy. I might have been music.") but he's often capable of serious thoughtful comments about our habits and society in general: "Will it matter to the ages whether, once upon a time, the Union Jack or the Tricolour floated over the battlements of Badajoz? Yet we poured our blood into its ditches to decide the question ...more
I'm in love. I mean, I was before, anyway, after reading "Three Men in a Boat". Then "Idle Thoughts of an Idle Gentlemen" really cemented my adoration of this man. "Second Thoughts" is just icing on an increasingly potent, mature and tasty cake. These "Thoughts" titles have not the laugh-out-loud hilarity of "Three Men." The themes are universal, timeless, and humorous in the way that life is never what you imagine and always what you don't expect. These essays are of thoughts fully developed an ...more
A difficult book to read. The author tries to replicate the pacing and humour of his other books, especially "Three Men in a Boat" and is generally unsuccessful. He tries hard and parts of the book flow well, and are very humorous, but overall I could only digest the book in very small pieces. I would not recommend this book as "one to read".
I found this book to be tiresome, and a mere shadow of the it's fore-runner. I was quite unable to find any usefull purpose for this book. It was not fit, even to read as a way to put myself to sleep, as I found myself pushing ever onward, to find the end, so as to be done with this book. I find no fault with the writing style, the language used, nor the format. My complaint lies with the subject matter. Others may, and it seems, do, enjoy this book far more than I did.Do not place too much stoc ...more
A humorous book yet philosophical with the truths of life that we ordinary people shy away from such as mollycoddling babies, cats-dogs to inane proportions, value of things we take for granted, the melancholiness of being in the blues because we choose to be so etc.
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