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Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow by Jerome K. Jerome
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Sep 28, 11

bookshelves: nook-st, non-fiction
Read from September 25 to 28, 2011


“Irreverence for the dreams of youth soon creeps like a killing frost upon our hearts.”—page 15

I expected more from ‘Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow,’ than Jerome K. Jerome seemed able to deliver. What, at fist, I took to be pithy phrases, worthy of quoting, on reread took on a patina of melancholy and maudlin. I expected a more humorous read.

The first essay, ‘On Being Idle’ and the last, ‘On Memory’ were by far the best, but were also heavily steeped in melancholia.

Recommendation: Stay with Mencken and Twain if it’s pithy you want.

“The frail bridge of time on which we tread sinks back into eternity at every step we take.”—page 114

ePub edition. Source:, from, 122 pages
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