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The Week-end Book [Unknown Binding]

Francis (Editor) Meynell
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: The Nonesuch Press (1929)
  • ASIN: B0038X9VQA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,767,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Quaint, Dated, Charming, Interesting in parts. 7 Mar 2014
Format:Unknown Binding
I found this book on my parents' big bookshelf when I was eight or nine, in the early sixties. It really is an odd book of miscellany, but about half of it is devoted to poems of various sorts: Great Poems, Hate Poems, State Poems, EPIGRAMS, and The Zoo.

In particular, fifty years later I still go back again and again to the epigrams, the hate poems and the state poems, some of which are very famous. In particular, the ten and a half pages of epigrams have had an influence of my life out of all proportion to the number of words therein. Most of them were sarcastic, ironic, cynical, moving and often just plain hilarious, comments on the human condition, religion, science, politics and philosophy. It is a rare day that I don't think of or quote at least one of them, and I became aware of may of the characters referred to in subsequent years.

Some bits of the book I've never read: but those I regularly go back to are pure gold. So well done Sir Francis and Vera Meynell! :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was expecting 26 Aug 2009
Format:Hardcover
Read the reviews on this and they were great! quoting the Guardian and Times etc....BUT be beware! They are quotes from the 1920's!!!!! So when I received the book I was a tad disappointed to discover that the book is from the 1920's. It is ok - quite quaint and charming in a way but does feel outdated. I gave it 3 stars for its charm.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for summer homes and beach houses 11 May 2006
By David Watts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I first came across this little gem in England last year. I picked it up in a used bookstore and took it along on a family trip through Ireland. What a smart move. This book offers many diversions for a weekend out of the city and an extended visit to the country. Filled with games and puzzles as well as sections on animal tracks and birdsongs this book has a little something for everyone.

I was so happy when I learned that The Weekend Book was being reissued. I'd been searching for other used copies to give as gifts (talk about the perfect gift to give to your hosts...) but they were expensive. This is the perfect gift and it's under 20 dollars (and even cheaper here on Amazon).

Oh, and did I mention that it is beautiful to look at as well?
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God it's FRIDAY! 6 Jun 2006
By Cliff Milledge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I can't recommend this book highly enough, especially now that the glory of the summer weekend is upon us. Unlike something like Schott's Miscellany, this collection is actually filled with things worth knowing (the constellation, guides to birdsong, parlor games, etc.) and aside from being a useful book to have with you on vacation, it's also a fascinating look into the early 20th century world of P.G. Wodehouse and Agatha Christie, and it's written with the same dry british wit.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kill your television 9 Sep 2007
By a reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A boyfriend gave my mother a copy of this in 1936.
She's still reading it, reciting the Shakespeare sonnets, consulting it on astronomy and giggling at the very witty Britty hate poems.
There are games and recipes.
It is an instruction manual on how to live life outside video games. What a concept.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift! 5 Sep 2006
By K. Fletcher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this as a gift for someone who had let me use their vacation home. They loved it! It's so very clever and funny that it just sucks you in--hard to put down! A much more thoughtful gift than the standard bottle of wine. Also the sort of thing that would be perfect for the bathroom....
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Martha Stewart style book 15 Dec 2007
By Katherine A. Demaree - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is a good gift for a friend who is Martha Stewart-esque. It has high style look in hard cover. It has games to play in the car and types of plants that grow in different seasons, poems, etc.
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