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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.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 1984 by Sutton Pub Ltd (first published 1898)
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Alex Boyd
Apr 22, 2014 Alex Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 30, 2015 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alex Mackenzie
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".
Mar 15, 2014 Yashosirur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A heady mixture of laughter and life truths.. JKJ manages to give advice with a laugh, without sounding too preachy ..
Tupence Lane
Oct 03, 2015 Tupence Lane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed his mixture of humorous observations and stories as well as his deep exploration of everyday topics of life.
Mike Nallo
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
Richa Kholkute
Jul 29, 2010 Richa Kholkute rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 25, 2013 Jenine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very mild fun. Good just before sleep reading! Turn of the 20th cent. newspaper writing with more sentimentality than humor. Deservedly less well known than the 3 Men books. I think there's another collection after this one. Don't think I'll search it out.
Apr 23, 2015 Riccardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leggere Jerome è bellissimo perché:
a. sembra di intrattenersi in una simpatica conversazione con l'autore
b. è divertentissimo
c. sotto la comicità traspaiono sempre riflessioni e consigli di vita.
Sep 07, 2008 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the first, but ends strong.
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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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