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Jerome Klapka Jerome (1859 - 1927), English author, known for his humorous essays."What readers ask nowadays in a book is that it should improve, instruct, and elevate. This book wouldn't elevate a cow. I cannot conscientiously recommend it for any useful purposes whatever. All I can suggest is that when you get tired of reading 'the best hundred books, ' you may take this ...more
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May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jkj
Monday afternoons are most favorable to practice the art of idling. The anxiety of a fresh work week prevails over the dormancy of deadlines and you are back on detoxification diet after a carb loaded Sunday. On one such afternoons amid my momentary sniffing of liquid black ink( the one that fills the belly of a fountain pen), I hear a deafening sound enough to crack the inner chords of my ears. As I look up from my sniffing activity, I observe a recognizable obnoxious face of a dear friend who ...more
Vimal Thiagarajan
Safest bet on the planet, as far as reading an essay collection goes. Just enough humour to keep you engaged, just enough philosophy to make you ponder and nod, and just enough imagery to thoroughly transport you into the charming realms of slow-paced old world existence - Jerome K Jerome is surely in a league of his own.
Mohamed Osman
مقالات أكثر من رائعة تتميز بأسلوب هزلي ساخر ، الكتاب يعد وجبة خفيفة لفصل بين الكتب الثقيلة ، ستندهش عندما تعلم أن الكتاب من عام 1889 ومازال يلمس الكثير من المواضيع التي نعاني منها نحن الآن ، الكتاب يتكون من 14 مقال في مجالات مختلفة مثل الكأبة ، الإفلاس ، الوقوع في الحب ، الكسل وغيرها ، أكثر ما أعجبني الكأبة والوقوع في الحب ، الكتاب من ترجمة دكتور أحمد مستجير أي أنها ترجمة لا غبار عليها لكن إن كنت تستطيع قراءة النص الأصلي فأنصحك بذلك لأنه سيكون أكثر إضحاكا
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-2011
Ho deciso che Jerome Klapka Jerome è un figo, e chi non è della mia stessa opinione non capisce niente.

Naturalmente stavo scherzando. Almeno, sulla seconda parte. Sulla prima ero serissima, ma in fondo come fa a non essere figo uno che si chiama Jerome di nome e di cognome, ed ha come intervallo un cognome (o nome?) come Klapka. E soprattutto, come fa a non essere figo uno che fa una premessa del genere:

"Poiché un paio di amici, ai quali ho mostrato il manoscritto di queste pagine, hanno osserva
كتاب مضحك جدا حسيت انى بقرا ل احمد رجب او محمد عفيفى ....
فى مقال الطقس ضحكنى جدا فكرنى باحمد رجب لما قعد مع شخص ميعرفهوش اوى ف كل ما يجى ف سره يفكر ف موضوع يفتحه معاه يكلمه فيه لتمضية الوقت فيتراجع ..ألسياسة ؟ لالا ربما كان ذو موقف معارض...الادب ؟ ربما كان لا يحبه ...الرياضة ؟ ربما كان زملكاوى ...الى ان استقر الى الحديث مع عن الطقس...و حينما وجد لدى الرجل شهية للحديث فى هذا الموضوع بدا احمد رجب بحماس يذكر كيف ان هيئة الطقس فى مصر مجموعة من الجهلة الاغبياء يقرفون المصريون بتوقعات خاطئة تتسبب فى ا
Lubinka Dimitrova
“What readers ask nowadays in a book is that it should improve, instruct and elevate. This book wouldn't elevate a cow. I cannot conscientiously recommend it for any useful purposes whatever. All I can suggest is that when you get tired of reading "the best hundred books," you may take this for half an hour. It will be a change."
Shaz S
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This is one of the wittiest, most hilarious books I have read in quite a while. I was quite uncertain about picking up this book because the only humour or sarcasm that I really enjoy is written by Oscar Wilde. Previous experiences have taught me not to expect much LOL-inducing wittiness from other authors because they generally pale in comparison. But with The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, even before the book, the introduction caught me, hook, line and sinker.

"One or two friends to whom I
Христо Блажев
Любовта е като дребната шарка, всички трябва да я преболедуваме.:

Кой ли не е срещал откъси от тези “Празни мисли на един празен човек” и продълженията им тук и там? Как ли не са били кастрени и въвеждани в различен контекст, за да доставят удоволствие, да разсмеят, да те накарат да се замислиш… Джером К. Джером (срещан еднакво често и като Джеръм К. Джеръм) е оформил серия чудесни хумористични есета, като шеговитата му мотивация да ги издаде (в италик от
Pavlina Radoslavova
Няма по-приятно занимание в дълъг ден или в безсънна нощ от четенето, и то на подходяща книга. Когато не ти се прави нищо, когато няма с какво да запълниш времето, когато се въртиш в леглото и само сменяш позата, защото не можеш да заспиш, а още по-малко да станеш и да изпълняваш домакинските си задължения. Това изглежда е поредният празен ден, в който обаче не е задължително и размислите да са празни.

„Празни мисли на един празен човек” е книга именно за тези специални дни – лека и увлекателна,
Jamie Collins
Jan 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
"I like idling when I ought not to be idling; not when it is the only thing I have to do."

I enjoyed this collection of essays on a variety of topics such as Being Hard Up, Being In Love, Being Shy, Dogs and Cats, and The Weather. Jerome's prose meanders; he's lyrical, sentimental and melancholy; but he is sometimes poignant and frequently hilarious.

One must either forgive the sexism of a man born in 1859 or suspect that he's joking when he assumes that the reader is male, or sympathizes with wom
Nov 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book's sarcastic tone is very entertaining and his insights are wonderful.
محمود النوري

هي فلسفة وخواطر رجل كسول تافه، يحترم الأشياء العتيقة ويرى الأشياء بشكلاً مختلف، يجد متعته في بيته وعلى سريره.. على هذا القدر من البساطة نجده يقدس الحياة ولا يحمل نفسه أكثر من طاقتها، نجد الكاتب في البداية يصرح بأنه كتاب خفيف يصلح كإستراحة بين الكتب الثقيلة، احيانا أثناء القراءة وجدت أنه ليس بتلك التفاهة وإنما يحمل بضعًا مني.
بسام عبد العزيز
أو أي تعبير آخر ينم عن الإعجاب التام ولا اعرفه!

بداية هذا الكتاب مخصص للأشخاص أصحاب حس الدعابة المرتفع جدا.. الأشخاص الذين لديهم بديهة متوقدة تجعلهم يدركون السخرية الكامنة في الكلمات و رؤية الأفكار التهكمية التي تذخر بها عبارات جيروم..

الكتاب مشبع تماما بالسخرية من الانماط البشرية.. ممتلئ عن آخره بالنقد اللاذع لكل فئات المجتمع..
إذا كنت من المتحفظين دينيا فلا تقربه!
إذا كنت من مؤيدي حقوق المراة فلا تقربه!
إذا كنت من مقدسي الحياة الزوجية فلا تقربه!
إذا كنت من عابدي القيم العل
Aug 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah the roots of Tom Hodgkinson! This is a British writer I know too little about - and that should change. Jerome K. Jerome wrote this work sometime in the early 20th Century -and in ways it reminds me of British Mark Twain, but also it is obvious that he's the spiritual father to Hodgkinson's thoughts on the life of an idle man. His essay on dogs and cats is hysterical.
Alex Sarll
For someone thought of as terribly bluff and British, it's strange how Jerome's almost stand-up thoughts on everyday life always tend to veer towards mystical, melancholy and lyrical conclusions on the bittersweet pleasures of a world where all things must pass.
Jerome K. Jerome always makes me laugh. But among the funny, rambling stories, there's also some unexpected insight and depth. While Three Men in a Boat was much better, Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow was still entertaining and I enjoyed reading it. It was filled with random thoughts about life and all of its troubles and pleasures. I found some of his comments about women mildly offensive, but many books written in that time period were sexist (you can't expect old books to have modern views!) ...more
Shantanoo Desai
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If Jerome K. Jerome was this idle and wrote this book from an idle perspective then I think we should all be procrastinating at his pace. Some of the work in this book just merely questions the rudimentary form of our own existence. He writes this amazing section on love and if you come to think of it he makes you realize what us "busy" souls are really missing out on Love.
He has the humor level of a subtle genius. Some banter is so lively that you might as well nod your head and say "take a bo
This is hard to find, but available on Project Gutenburg if you absolutely cant get it anywhere else. Oh how I adore Mr. Jerome!! I came across this book first of all of his by complete accident and how very grateful I am to have discovered him! A turn of the last century humorist with a light heart and wry smile, he is an excellent choice when you want something completely different!
Corvinus Maximilus
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brilliant
Oh my! How I have loved this absolutely brilliant witty well written book. I wish everyone would read just to feel the words move you, with you, in you and all around you. Bravo Bravo Mr. Jerome, you are masterful. Thank you!

This book, I will read it again and again.
Violetta Yudina
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"All I can suggest is that when you get tired of reading "the best hundred books", you may take this up for half an hour" @Jerome K Jerome
A thoroughly amusing read but fairly dated.
Daria Todorova
The King of english humor and selfirony. Such an amusement for the soul. Love him.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Аз съм този човек.
Brendan Cleveland
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
definitely a good break when reading something more in-depth and educational
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-st, non-fiction

“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.

Shahera Mostafa
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
عنوان الكتاب غاية في الروعة..لا يجبرك سوي علي أن تقرأه..فهو يستحق خمس نجوم بمفرده!!
أما الكتاب نفسه جميل وخفيف ومن الكتب القليلة التي لم يفارق فيها القلم يدي لاقتباس العديد من الجمل التي في غاية الروعة..أفكار الكاتب رائعة..تجبرك أيضا علي التوقف عن القراءة بين الحين والآخر للتفكير فيها..أكثر ما احببت من الفصول (عن الكسل، عن الوقوع في الحب، عن الزهو والاختيال، عن الذاكرة)..باقي الفصول ليست بالسيئة ولكن كان من الأفضل أن يختصرها الكاتب..
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب أقل ما يقال عنده انه تحفة ادبية، مجموعة مقالات تصلح لأن تدرس فى كلية الاعلام فى فن كتابة المقال الادبى الساخر الرفيع المستوى، العميق المعنى، الساحر الاسلوب..جيروم كيه جيروم مظلوم جدا فى عالمنا العربى لأن الاغلبية لم تسمع بإسمهمع كل آسف..و الفضل يعود لـد. احمد مستجير رحمه الله فى تعريفنا اياه بترجمته لنا لهذه التحفة الأدبية..كتاب ممتع..تلتهمه التهاما لا مجرد تكتفى بقرأته..اقترح على الجميع اقتنائه..
Mennatallah Yahia
افكار قد تبدو تافهة :) و لكن استفاضة الكاتب في سرد كثير من التفاصيل الجديدةالمتنوعة مع تشبيهاته المختلفة المتميزة في بعض من هذه الافكار التافهة جعلتني أظن انها ربما لا تكون تافهة -مثل ادعاءالكاتب- بل بسيطة كفكرة ثرية كمعني :)
و حتي لا انسي انني لم أكن استطع ان استمتع بقراءة تلك الافكار الا بفضل ترجمة د.احمد مستجير المميزة :))
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You know how when you read 3 Men in a Boat for the umpteenth time, and you know which maudlin tedious bits to skip? Well if that's you, then give this whole book a miss, because that's pretty much all of it.
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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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“Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.” 912 likes
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