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Chimes From A Jester’s Bells

Chimes From A Jester’s Bells by Robert J. Burdette
By: (1844-1914)

Chimes From A Jester’s Bells by Robert J. Burdette is a delightful collection of essays and poems that combine humor and wisdom in a unique way. The author's wit and insight shine through in each piece, making for an enjoyable and thought-provoking read.

Burdette's writing style is engaging and lively, drawing the reader in from the very first page. He has a way of using humor to tackle serious subjects, making his message all the more impactful. Whether he's poking fun at societal norms or offering words of encouragement, his words are always uplifting and inspiring.

One of the standout qualities of this book is the timelessness of the themes explored. Despite being written over a century ago, many of Burdette's observations about human nature and society still ring true today. This serves as a reminder that, no matter how much the world changes, certain truths remain constant.

Overall, Chimes From A Jester’s Bells is a charming and insightful book that will appeal to readers of all ages. Burdette's clever and humorous writing is sure to bring a smile to your face and leave you feeling inspired.

Book Description:
Part I. The Story of Rollo; Mr. Holliday knows all there is to know about raising children, or at least he thinks he does. His attempts to train his son, Rollo, "in the way he should go," are well-meant, but hilariously unsuccessful--or are they? I believe this is a sort of spoof of the “Rollo” series for children, that was written by Jacob Abbot in the mid 19th century. The characters have the same names and the chapters have a little Q&A at the end like the Abbot books, except these are definitely tongue-in-cheek. These Rollo stories use humor (and a bit of pathos) to teach plain home truths to parents, rather than children.

Part II. Stories and Sketches; It is difficult to give this part a better description than the title implies. It is an assortment of short works. Some are humorous, some thought-provoking, some have a bit of both, and some are, I think, just a tad demented (but in a good way.)

(Introduction by Debra Lynn)


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