Sunday, February 5, 2012

Canadian Humour

In all the cleaning and moving about in this house, the bookshelves are coming under scrutiny.  Too many books . . . too little space.  But there are plans for many bookshelves upstairs so since it is time to clean I will sort through them and box them up for a new spot in the house.

While going through my books I have come across two antiques.  "Sunshine Sketches" and "Laugh With Leacock", both written by Stephen Leacock, a Canadian writer, who in the early 20th century was the best known humorist in the English speaking world.

(isn't he a pleasant looking fellow?)

As a teenager at school I always enjoyed a good Leacock story read aloud and enjoyed by the entire class.  Thinking back I can see how amazingly the world of literature has changed in just the past 50 years.  What we thought humorous then would most likely be looked upon as quaint and very out of date now.

"Advertising: the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money out of it."

"Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake of marrying the whole girl."

"He flung himself from the room, flung himself upon his horse and rode off madly in all directions."

As you can see it was a gentle humour.

"The Lord said, let there be wheat, and Saskatchewan was born."

"Professor Leacock (Leacock was a professor of political science at McGill University) has made more people laugh with the written word than any other living author.  One may say he is one of the greatest jesters, the greatest humorist of the age."  - A. P. Herbert

Have a lovely new week.  As time permits read good books that will make you smile.

God bless and be well.

1 comment:

  1. Gentle, but good humor! I faintly remember that name from childhood English classes...