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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  22 reviews
The Scorpions were to meet at eight o'clock and before that hour Kenneth Forbes had to finish the first chapter of a serial story. The literary society, named in accordance with the grotesque whim of Oxford undergraduates, consisted of eight members, and it was proposed that each one should contribute a chapter. Forbes was of a fertile wit, and he had been nominated the fi ...more
Hardcover, 174 pages
Published 1920 by Doubleday, Page, & Company (first published 1918)
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Maria Clara
Oct 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Sin duda, una deliciosa comedia de enredo, de mano de uno de los grandes escritores de los años 1890/1957. Un obra que se lee en un día, y que provoca más de una carcajada.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pub-9_neshamot, icast
קתלין היא קומדיית מצבים משעשעת על חבורת בחורין שמוצאים מכתב בחנות ספרים ומדמיינים את הדמויות ואת הסיפור שמאחורי המכתב.

כשהם בחופשה, הם מבקשים להכיר את קתלין הדמות המרכזית במכתב שנראית להם בחורה צעירה מלבבת. לשם כך הם מתחרים בהמצאת דמויות כדי להיכנס לביתה.

הסיפור מתמקד בשלב בו הבחורים נכנסים לבית בדמויות הממוצאות דבר שגורר קומדיית מצבים משעשעת.

ספר קצר ומענג.
Libros Prestados
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es muy probable que esta novela no merezca tantas estrellas como cuatro, pero yo me lo he pasado tan bien, y me ha dejado tan buen sabor de boca, que se las pongo igualmente.

De vez en cuando es necesaria una lectura ligera que descongestione el cerebro de otras más densas o "intensas".

Al final esta obra es casi una farsa: situaciones inverosímiles, comedia física e identidades erróneas. Una de esas comedias donde los personajes mienten sobre quiénes son y hay muchas entradas y salidas de escena.
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Fun, but not nearly up to the level of Parnassus on Wheels.
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
4.5 stars. Having enjoyed several of Christopher Morley's books, I'd been wanting to read some more, and picked this one as a likely-looking summer read. I wasn't disappointed! It's a charming, light-hearted little comedy—quite short; I read it over the course of a morning, and laughed out loud pretty frequently while doing so.

The story, set around the the time the book was published—1918, I believe—concerns a literary club of Oxford students who have undertaken to write a serial story between t
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
קומדיית טעויות קצרה על חבורת סטודנטים בקולג׳ באוקספורד שנתקלים במכתב של נערה לאדם בשם ג׳ו כותבים סיפור בהמשכים עליהם ואז מתחרים מי יפגוש אותה ראשון ולצורך כך מתחזים לאנשים שונים. קצר, אולי מדי, ונחמד.
יכול לשמש בסיס להצגה קומית תקופתית.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
3,5 estrellas
Comedia de enredo de estilo british muy recomendable. Se lee en un suspiro.
Tyler Jones
Mar 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: the-fun-stuff
Fun, but not nearly up to the level of Parnassus on Wheels.

What I found most interesting was a sentence when the character Blair first meets the captivating Kathleen; "She was that most adorable of creatures, the tweenie, between girl and woman, with the magic of both and the weaknesses of neither.*" It has been widely accepted that J.R.R.Tolkien first used the term "tween" in his 1954 book The Fellowship of the Ring in which Frodo is described as being in his "tweens" - which for a Hobbit woul
Tracy Rowan
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the strength of the other Christopher Morley books I've read recently, I picked up this short story which was said to be hilariously funny. And while there were a few moments which made me laugh out loud, I'd have to say that the humor is what I've come to expect from Morley, low-key, a bit sly, but nothing too raucous. 

The Kathleen of the title is a young woman who becomes known to a group of undergrads through a misplaced letter to someone named "Joe." Over the rest of the term, the young m
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Kathleen is a short, lively little novel by Christopher Morley. It's a slice of early 20th Century Oxford life--It's what Oxford was probably like when Dorothy L Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey was earning his First in History and swatting balls all over the cricket field. And, I am SO turning into a Christopher Morley fan-girl. I loved The Haunted Bookshop. And now I've loved Kathleen. It's like Wodehouse. But better. I'm getting all gushy and I don't think I can help it.

Morley's book brings us the S
Tamar Warshai
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
חשבתי שזה יהיה ספר על מה שקורה כשפנטזיה פוגשת מציאות. אבל כנראה שכריסטופר מורלי באמת היה אדם אופטימי מטבעו, ומלא באמונה בטבע האדם, שהוא מעדיף לא להקשות יותר מידי. אז במקום לתאר את הסיפור של קתלין המומצאת ואת הפער בין הפנטזיה למציאות, הוא מתאר סיפור בלשי של חיפוש מושא התשוקה, שהמטרה שלו היא לבדר את המחפשים ואת הקוראים. אז צריך לנטרל את העובדה שזה סטוקרי בטירוף, וגם את העדרם של כמה קונבציות סיפוריות שחוקות שהתרגלתי אליהם (זה טוב מאוד שזה לא מופיע בספר, ויחד עם זאת מוזר מאוד, בכל זאת תגובה טבעית לה ...more
Tote Cabana
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me encantó la originalidad de la historia, es fresca, divertida y te envuelve rápidamente. Las bromas que se juegas estos románticos estudiantes los llevaran a absurdas situaciones y cómicas experiencias. Quedé gratamente complacida con su lectura.
Silvia Tinoco
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Morley nunca decepciona. Ya es el tercer libro suyo que leo y, aunque a partir de la sinopsis esperaba otra cosa, me ha gustado esta breve historia porque sigue teniendo su encanto. Tiene ese aire de comedia de enredo clásica. Una buena opción para pasar un buen rato una tarde.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
אושר לקרוא ספר כזה!
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A silly but thoroughly enjoyable little story about an innocent practice joke and some College men. Worth the read
Coleen Midwood
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
A very short book but very different and quite funny.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a pity that this novella hasn't been adapted to a movie by either Ernst Lubitsch ("The shop around the corner") or by Billy Wilder ("Some like it hot"). It would have been hilarious 😂
Feb 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
A really entertaining story with a generous heap of humor about the Scorpions, a group of Oxford undergraduates of a literary club, who stumbled upon a letter written by a Kathleen to a Joe. Using the characters of Kathleen and Joe as the heroin and hero of their written composition, these lads made numerous conjectures to fill in the spaces of the personalities of both Kathleen and Joe, given the narrow perspective offered by the letter itself of the personalities of its writer & its receiv ...more
A cute, funny story. I especially like the idea of mashing uncooked potatoes with a hammer! The reader was pretty good too, and I would willingly listen to more of his recordings.
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
College men stalk young woman.
Jun 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Better than Wodehouse? YES!!! Clever, laugh-out-loud funny -- will re-read it, for sure!
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Christopher Morley was an American journalist, novelist, essayist and poet. He also produced stage productions for a few years and gave college lectures.
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