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Gullible's Travels, Etc

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  53 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Humorous stories of social climbing in America's "classless" society.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Wildside Press (first published 1917)
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Robert Cohen
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’da ast me who this Ring Lardner feller was, I’da said it was some variable of horseshoes. I’da been mistook. He was a writer for the funny papers, and on the side he done some serious funny writing. He wrote short stories, which is like novels only smaller. So bein’ that I love learnin’, I took it upon myself to sample the wares.

Well, I got to be truthy on this. I didn’t like it. Not one bit. If I'da met him I'da give him what for. Ya see, his made-up folks talk just like me. I think he w
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Chuck LoPresti
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
My guess is that by the time you've stumbled across this - you're pretty familiar with Ring Lardner Sr. I absolutely love his sense of humor and the local referrences to my home, Chicago are pleasing. Knowing also that Groucho Marx loved his writing cements the deal for me. Lardner's humor is stark and smart, but hardly subtle. Lines like "..the day he got mad at his kid and christened him, Kenneth." suit me just fine. The stories here march in lock-step with Lardner's popular style of social cr ...more
Phrodrick
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Bottom Line First:
Ring Lardner's Gullibles Travels is a collection of 1920's era humor. He may have had a good ear for mid-western accents but his over use of that language and his over use of what may have been common expression can make for difficult reading. His narrator has a jaundiced outlook, penny pinching attitude and a wise acre manner of expression. It can get to be too much for too little. The plot twists do not provide much comedic tension. This is a short collection and is the bette
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Olea
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sint unele povestiri - parca numai una, totusi - al caror sens/poanta imi scapa (“Lady Perkins”).
Dar povestiri ca “Faptele”, “In tren”, “Calatoriile lui Gullible”..., fiecare are cite ceva surprinzator si atractiv (“catchy”, in atit de sintetica limba a autorului) – vreo intorsatura, stilul narativ (repetarile obsesive si identice in scop persuasiv sau dintr-un automatism aproape inconstient, relatarea la persoana intii – monolog, scrisoare s.a.), deznodamintul, altceva - care “fac” tot timpul
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John
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is one of the few Ring Lardner books that I hadn't read. It's typical Ring: it's the story of the unnamed narrator and his wife, who aim to achieve a higher social status by frequenting the right people in the right situations. It's similar to Lardner's novel "The Big Town". And like in "The Big Town", the Missus embarks on the endeavor in earnest, while the skeptical husband cracks wise. There are plenty of good laughs, although it's pretty standard Lardner. I would have given the full fiv ...more
David Allen
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lardner is neglected, but he's worth seeking out. These five connected stories, about a lower-class Chicago couple circa 1916 with pretensions of upward mobility, are narrated by the husband in vernacular, a Lardner specialty. They're a delight to read, as the husband skewers much of what he encounters, and as we see what he doesn't, which is that people are laughing at him and his wife. Often laugh-out-loud funny.
Pamela
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's Ring Larnder. Enough said.
Novalee
Divertente e scorrevole, ottimo per trascorrere del tempo con leggerezza
Jonathan
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Obviously dated - but an enjoyable read. I especially liked his opera interpretations.
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Ringgold Wilmer Lardner was an American sports columnist and short story writer best known for his satirical takes on the sports world, marriage, and the theatre.

Father of author Ring Lardner Jr.
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