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|Title||:||the holiday round|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||240 Pages|
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the holiday round Reviews
Not Pooh (though I like Pooh, especially read by Alan Bennett, who just gets Eeyore) but Milne for grown-ups. Written for Punch in the early 1920s, these short stories are a long delightful burble of humour, usually involving the same small group of friends - playing cricket, bathing, sailing - and the long-vanished world of house parties. They are gossamer-light, and, I think, very funny.This is one of my favourite moments, when a sailing party is becalmed. "There isn't really very much to do, is there?" said Dahlia, gently. "I'm sorry."Simpson leapt excitedly into the breach."I'll tell you what I'll do—I'll teach you all the different knots and things."... He sat down opposite to us, wrapped the rope once round his waist, and then beamed at us over his spectacles."Now supposing you had fallen down a well," he began, "and I let this rope down to you, what would you do with YOUR end?"We thought deeply for a moment."I should wait until you were looking over the edge, and then give it a sharp jerk," said Archie."One MUST have company in a well," I agreed."They're being silly again," apologized Myra. "Tell ME, Mr Simpson! I should love to know -- I'm always falling down wells."Light, refreshing and more-ish.(On Gutenberg.)
This is the most hilarious book I've read in I don't know how long! It is full of short stories and plays that are absolutely priceless and on par with the likes of Wilde and Wodehouse, but certainly have a distinct flavour all their own. My faith in Milne was shaken after reading Two People, but this has restored my belief that he is, indeed, brilliant.