Sunshine Sketches of A Little Town

Sunshine Sketches of A Little Town

Stephen Leacock ; With An Intro. by Will Ferguson

eBook - 2006
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Life in Mariposa is never dull or ordinary. It's a town full of eccentrics, where boats sent to rescue passengers from a sinking steamer have to be rescued themselves, where the leading citizen is a 280-pound illiterate saloonkeeper, and where a barber who stumbles into a fortune is heralded as a financial wizard. Referred to as "The Canadian Mark Twain," Stephen Leacock was one of the bestselling English-language humorists in the world. His most famous book, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, chronicles life in the fictional community of Mariposa, modelled on Orillia, Ontario, where Leacock spent many summers. It's a brilliant satire about small towns, small-town people, and small-town occurrences. Available for the first time in enriched e-book format, this edition offers visual and historical insights into Leacock's creation via electronic weblinks. Like a full-colour footnote, select words and phrases throughout the book are links to websites that contain a wealth of additional information, pictures, definitions and historical notes. Now, with the click of a mouse, you can investigate the world of Mariposa without having to leave your screen. "As funny now as if was then, and its winning comedy comes directly from Leacock's humanity."--Toronto Star "Leacock had a wonderful ear for dialogue and was superbly skilled in creating polished, self-contained scenes and in evoking character with a few sure strokes." -- Will Ferguson
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Penguin Canada, 2006
ISBN: 9780143174783
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xix, 165 p.) :,ill
Additional Contributors: Ferguson, Will
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May 22, 2012

A wonderful piece of Canadian literature! A must read!

Jan 03, 2012

Amusing and charming even after 100 years. The little town of Mariposa is so welcoming, the characters so recognizable, its streets so warm and its lifestyle so accommodating. It makes me long for bygone times; can you miss something you never had?

Sep 04, 2011

A must read, canadian book.

Oct 03, 2010

Stephen Leacock is hilarious! I never knew that he was a comedic writer, but this book is delightful and enjoyable!


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Jan 03, 2012

Very soon after graduation I had forgotten the languages [I studied], 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 needed 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 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 on a canal boat.

Jan 03, 2012

How the fire started no one ever knew. There was a queer story that went about to the effect that Mr. Smith and Mr. Gingham’s assistant had been seen very late that night carrying an automobile can of kerosene up the street. But that was amply disproved by the proceedings of the court, and by the evidence of Mr. Smith himself. He took his dying oath,—not his ordinary one as used in the License cases, but his dying one,—that he had not carried a can of kerosene up the street, and that anyway it was the rottenest kind of kerosene he had ever seen and no more use than so much molasses. So that point was settled.

Jan 03, 2012

Mallory Tompkins was a young man with long legs and check trousers who worked on the Mariposa Times-Herald. That was what gave him his literary taste. He used to read Ibsen and that other Dutch author – Bumstone Bumstone, isn’t it? – and you can judge that he was a mighty intellectual fellow. He was so intellectual that he was, as he himself admitted, a complete eggnostic. He and Pupkin used to have the most tremendous arguments about creation and evolution, and how if you study at a school of applied science you learn that there’s no hell beyond the present life.

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