Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town

Author: Stephen Leacock
Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 60,740 / 171 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52.5
LoC Category: PR
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Downloads: 2,595
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guages, living, dead, and half-dead, and knew nothing of the outside world. In this diligent pursuit of words I spent about sixteen hours of each day. Very soon after graduation I had forgotten the languages, and found myself intellectually bankrupt. In other words I was what is called a distinguished graduate, and, as such, I took to school teaching as the only trade I could find that need neither experience nor intellect. I spent my time from 1891 to 1899 on the staff of Upper Canada College, an experience which has left me with a profound sympathy for the many gifted and brilliant men who are compelled to spend their lives in the most dreary, the most thankless, and the worst paid profession in the world. I have noted that of my pupils, those who seemed the laziest and the least enamoured of books are now rising to eminence at the bar, in business, and in public life; the really promising boys who took all the prizes are now able with difficulty to earn the wages of a clerk in a summer hotel or a deck hand

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Average Rating of 4.3 from 4 reviews: *****
2011.04.25
rickeyD43
*****

The author is considered one of Canada's greatest humorist. This story is pure joy to read. It is very well constructed and has many "laugh out loud" passages. It was a delight from start to finish, and I didn't want it to finish. This is as good as humor gets.

2010.11.03
tiranda
***..

Famous Canadian humorist. Sort of self deprecating, gentle humor.

2010.08.19
bokemom
****.

Not a bad book. It's written in a folksy manner. A couple of the sketches in the book are very funny and a few make you wish he would get to the point. All in all not a bad way to spend the afternoon.

2010.07.16
RickeyD43
*****

This book was a real treasure to find. It's a great story, told by a wonderful author with a great sense of humor.
I think this book would be enjoyed by readers of all ages, except for those too young to understand satire.
I thought it was deligightful reading, and I found myself laughing out loud many times. Any author who can do that for a reader is well worth reading.


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