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Jerome Jerome , Peter Joyce
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July 1996 1860154301 978-1860154300 Unabridged
A collection of Jerome K. Jerome's humorous essays, including "On Being Hard Up" and "On Being in the Blues."
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Assembled Stories; Unabridged edition (July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860154301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860154300
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 16.3 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,061,749 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.

From the Publisher

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
5.0 out of 5 stars A bible for the idle 21 Jan 2006
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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5.0 out of 5 stars IDLE YOUR TIME AWAY IN FINE STYLE 7 Dec 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Victorian Eddie Izzard 31 Oct 2004
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and very well written 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classic 29 May 2010
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get into this book 22 April 2013
By Janet
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars !
Who wouldn't be delighted to find the public domain list of FREE classic literature. This is fantastic. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mrs. Little
3.0 out of 5 stars Idle thoughts
Disappointing, after reading Three Men in a Boat. Amusing in places, but equally boring at times. Was inclined to give up half way through.
Published 18 months ago by bookworm
1.0 out of 5 stars Idle Works of an Idle Author
This book should not be put down lightly. It should be thrown with great force - itIdle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow is utter rubbish.
Published on 8 Jun 2012 by D. C. Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars A little todo about nothing
These essays cover a wide variety of subjects from women, babies, cats and dogs and growing old.Some are more whimsical than others and the final essay is very philosophical and... Read more
Published on 20 May 2012 by Mark Velarde
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look
I read Three Men in a Boat and liked it. I read Three Men on the Bummel and didn't like it.

So I didn't know what to expect from this book. Read more
Published on 23 April 2012 by S Edmondson
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't read this book on the train
Don't read this book on the train. People will stare at you when you laugh out loud. A few of Jerome's comments have dated over the years, but most of it's still as fresh, vivid... Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2012 by Helen
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible copy
Great book but this is a very poor copy! Buy the Pelecan Press version as this one has lots of typing errors and is exstremely crudely laid out.
Published on 24 Dec 2011 by Jarv1
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