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Frenzied Fiction

Gelesen von Debra Lynn

(4,26 Sterne; 25 Bewertungen)

From the cave man to Santa Claus; spies, know-it-alls, and journalists: all are fair game for Leacock’s special brand of humor. He touches on the changes time has brought about in the city, education, and work habits. Among the other topics in this work are nature, fishing, gardening, success, and spirits--both of the departed and of the variety Prohibition prohibited. (5 hr 1 min)


My Revelations as a Spy


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Father Knickerbocker: A Fantasy


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The Prophet in Our Midst


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Personal Adventures in the Spirit World


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The Sorrows of a Summer Guest


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To Nature and Back Again


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The Cave-Man as He is


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Ideal Interviews--


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The New Education


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The Errors of Santa Claus


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Lost in New York


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This Strenuous Age


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The Old, Old Story of How Five Men Went Fishing


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Back from the Land


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The Perplexity Column as Done by the Jaded Journalist


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Simple Stories of Success, or How to Succeed in Life


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In Dry Toronto


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Merry Christmas


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Mixed Bag

(3 Sterne)

Frenzied Fiction was rather a mixed bag of stories, some rating four stars and others barely scraping in at two. Most of the stories were satires of different genres of humour, with varying degrees of success. The book was published in 1917, so there were a number of references to the war, as well as to prohibition, which must have been very topical at the time. The final story was quite a divergence from Leacock's usual emphasis on humour, and it really brought home to me the feelings of those who lived through the Great War. This final story deserves fives stars for it's creative depiction of loss and hope to a war worn audience. Many thanks to the reader; she was quite good, although the sound quality was lacking.

Frenzied Fiction

(5 Sterne)

Steven Leacock is one of those very rare authors that make me ( I almost hate to write it) laugh out loud. Wonderfully read.