Absent-minded Mr.Pim brings upheaval into an English family when he happens to "pass by" one day. Happily, this chance incursion into their lives is the catalyst which brings certain romantic possibilities to a definite conclusion.
A.A. Milne excelled at play-writing and this is an example of the delicacy and perfection of his craft. Highly recommended.
Very, very interesting and unexpected. Most people know Stevenson only as the writer of 'Treasure Island' and 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde', but as the page on this website shows, he was a prolific writer who had many other books to his credit. This collection is much lesser known than his full-length novels but it is no less interesting. Personally I found it even better than 'Kidnapped'.
The description is crisp and the dialogue colourful. Not to mention that the action is, as is usual in other Stevenson stories, completely riveting.
As an avid reader of Punch I can say that these essays are much less acerbic than many others written in a similar vein, which featured in that famous periodical.
'Happy Days' is a book for reading in idyllic summer afternoons in the garden with the sunshine streaming through the trees. That was the feeling it evoked in me.
Some essays at the beginning of the book are slightly infantile, but the succeeding pages deliver humour and fun enough to make the casual reader ignore, if not completely forget, this first impression. Certainly Milne wrote plays better than he wrote essays, but nevertheless he is still a very good writer in this branch of literature.
Stephen Leacock certainly is the funniest of all humour writers, beating even Jerome K. Jerome. The short stories in this book simply make you erupt in laughter; not because the actions of the characters are portrayed as funny, but because the author maintains such a serious tone while describing utterly ludicrous scenes.
Especially recommended are "Boarding House Geometry", "A Lesson in Fiction" and "How to Avoid Getting Married."