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Not That It Matters

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The simple truth, and everybody knows it really, is that collars squeak for some people and not for others. A squeaky collar round the neck of a man is a comment, not upon the collar, but upon the man. That man is unlucky. Things are against him. Nature may have done all for him that she could, have given him a handsome outside and a noble inside, but the world of inanimat ...more
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Oct 12, 2012 Ruthiella rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2012
Not That It Matters is a collection of essays that a appeared in a variety of newspapers at the beginning of the last century, sort of an upper class, mild mannered Dave Barry of the 20’s. Many were charming and generally humorous in gentle, whimsical way, as you might expect from the author of Winnie the Pooh. Some were a bit dated such as the essay about the perfect walking stick or the one about pipe smoking and there is some use of some now un-politically correct language; but others felt ju ...more
Aug 11, 2012 Ruth rated it liked it
These lovely little essays about everything (and at the same time nothing in particular) are perfect for whiling away a quiet afternoon with a cup of coffee. Even if you're not currently experiencing a quiet afternoon with a cup of coffee, Milne's sweet flow of prose will help you feel as if you are. Particularly memorable are his fussy little essay on fruit and the surprisingly barbed closing essay regarding the narrow-minded scope of understanding demonstrated by armchair critics.
May 20, 2013 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is collection of essays on different subjucts ranging from writing to golf to Santa Claus. This is not a volume I would read again, but I did laugh and smile in places. A.A. Milne has a way with words. If you are looking for a free Kindle with short essays to read, you will enjoy this.
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Dec 28, 2013 Steve Miller rated it it was ok
Judging from the comments made by others here, I may need to revisit this series of essays someday. But as it was, I just didn't find myself very interested in them the other night and set the book aside for something else.
Natalie Jo
Jul 05, 2016 Natalie Jo rated it it was amazing
Anyone who only reads A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh stories is really missing out on his wonderful essays! This is such a charming collection of essays, and worth every moment spent reading it.
Jun 19, 2015 Roberta rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, nonfiction, uk
You see the difficulty. If you arrange your books according to their contents you are sure to get an untidy shelf. If you arrange your books according to their size and color you get an effective wall, but the poetically inclined visitor may lose sight of Beattie altogether. Before, then, we decide what to do about it, we must ask ourselves that very awkward question, "Why do we have books on our shelves at all?" It is a most embarrassing question to answer.

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Jan 23, 2013 Maggie rated it liked it
pure pleasure and a witness to a gentler time in literature and in life. i believe today that there are writer's and neighbors as gentle as a.a. milne's writing indicates he might have been, but they must be in hiding. we should read these short short essays on common things in life twice each year just to remember how reflections on the details in life can lift us rather than add pressure to our lives. topics vary and wisdom abounds -- we read about squeaky collars, pen nibs, thermometers, gold ...more
Dec 30, 2015 Shauna rated it it was amazing
There is not much I can say, other than A.A. Milne just "gets" me. This book of essays and editorials is all at once a call to manners and civility from an era long gone, as well as a reminder that human beings haven't really changed that much. What's old is new again. Now seriously, I'm off to go make tea and walking sticks "new" again.
Mar 09, 2014 Emilie rated it it was amazing
Clever and hilarious and whimsical in that quintessentially English sort of way
Jan 27, 2016 Dulcie rated it liked it
Ahh...a relaxing, enjoyable read.
Oct 19, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I love British humor! The old-fashioned kind, of course. This audiobook was a collection of little articles written by A. A. Milne (the author of the Winnie the Pooh stories!) for a newspaper. Short and sweet, some of them are pretty clever, and many of them still apply to life now 100 years later. Great to listen to, but the Librivox readers were hit and miss. Some were fantastic, some were SO hard to listen to.
Jun 21, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
My appreciation for Milne's essays grows with every one I read. Such fun. I highly recommend him.
Apr 09, 2014 Plaimont rated it really liked it
This is a very charming collection of essays - meditations on life. Milne has a very gentle way of analyzing the minutiae in a compelling light.
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Jan 31, 2009 Rift Vegan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008

I love this little book of essays so much! Each one is amusing and entertaining, they all make me smile!
Mar 13, 2009 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Positively delightful! Classic Milne.
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Alan Alexander Milne (pronounced /ˈmɪln/) was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various children's poems.

A. A. Milne was born in Kilburn, London, to parents Vince Milne and Sarah Marie Milne (née Heginbotham) and grew up at Henley House School, 6/7 Mortimer Road (now Crescent), Kilburn, a small public school run by his father. One of his teac
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