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  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: 1st World Library - Literary Society (15 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421838761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421838762
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,952,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A little comic masterpiece." -- The Independent

"First published in 1886, still relevant, still devilishly funny." -- Tom Hodgkinson, editor of The Idle magazine and author of --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Out of print since 1955

Jerome K Jerome's humour remains as sharp and relevant today as upon its first publication in 1886. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mr J D Irwin on 21 Jan 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was born with a debilhitating disease. That of idleness, which, until recently, was a character trait I despised in myself. Thankfully I fell into a phase, much ongoing, of reading 19th century literature, and that is how I came across Jerome K Jerome and his wonderful book of idle thoughts.
It is very much different from any other book I have ever read, sometimes when you read a book you may feel as though your there, but with this Idle thoughts... you get the feeling Jerome is there with you, idling away the hours, discussing various points, still very much relevant today, such as tips on what to do if you find you have to pawn your watch.
It is amazing how many things I agreed with with Jerome, written over 10 decades before I was born. It was so good the very same day I bought the second installment.
Idle thoughts is a dangerous book, it will encourage you to utterly embrace idleness......
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Drake on 7 Dec 2007
Format: Paperback
This little comic gem from the 1800`s thoroughly deserves a new edition - many comic observations such a those on babies and their parents could have been written yesterday - except the writing is of much finer quality than one would expect today!

Mick Drake author of the comic novel All`s Well at Wellwithoute.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Oct 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after reading the first one in the series, Virginia Woolf's The London Scene, and also after I enjoyed the revelatory, mind-altering "How to be Idle", and I wasn't disappointed. I'll be buying several more copies for Christmas presents as it's the best, most beautifully presented book I've read in ages. It was first published over 100 years ago, yet still manages to be current, touching and funny. Jerome K Jerome says in the Prologue "if you get tired of reading the best 100 books, pick up this for half an hour. It will be a change", which I thought was remarkable foresight: as it happens, Jerome's best known masterpiece, Three Men in a Boat, came in at number 101 in the BBC Big Read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mole TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Jan 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book is a series of essays on various topics; Jerome is pontificating on subjects such as Love, Vanity, the Weather, the Raising of Babies, Dress and Memory. I particularly liked the piece on cats and dogs; very familiar to anyone that has had one of these pets. His comments on being hard up also stuck a bell, as I have also been in that unfortunate state.

Jerome has a wonderful way with language. Even though the book was written a century ago, the the text flows nicely and can be read very easily. He makes the comment "this book wouldn't elevate a cow" meaning that there is nothing in it to educate someone. I could not disagree more; the book has much to commend it to people of all ages, and if nothing else will provide a useful example of how to use the written word to communicate ideas effectively.

I had the kindle edition; my only complaint is that the transcriber has changed English spellings to American spellings. However, this is a minor consideration these days; and as the book was free, I suppose that I shouldn't be too much of a misery!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Keys on 2 Oct 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
The title suggests fun silly antics when really you discover great humour and wit. The anecdotes and life teachings are humourous and very well written. The idle man is definately educated and a master of all lifes lessons. A great read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By El Pedro on 29 May 2010
Format: Paperback
I read this as a kid and suddenly got the urge to read it again. Jerome K Jerome's humour and manipulation of the English language is incredible and the way the book drifts from one topic to another while still maintaining the basic theme of each chapter provides a very enjoyable read.

Although this book is freely available in electronic format (public domain) there is something nice about actually having a real paper copy for this kind of literature and this is a well produced and reasonably priced version of a timeless classic with very prompt delivery.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Jan 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Good but not as good as Three Men in a Boat or Three Men on a Bummel. These last two are very funny.
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Famous author, not a riveting book. I couldn't get into this book so didn't finish it. I found it boring.
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