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Alongside works like Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, Stephen Leacock's Literary Lapses is among his most popular and thoroughly reviewed comedic writings, as well as an extremely successful publication altogether. The story brings Leacock's literary genius and political knowledge into the spotlight, and clearly shows why the author was considered the best humorist in the English-speaking community around the period between 1915 and 1925.
Literary Lapses is a collection of satirically focused stories that introduce the reader an excellent frame of reference to the book. The themes employed by Leacock are quite genuine and even timeless from the point of view of most modern readers today. At the same time, the author goes into painstaking detail to carve his point of view onto the mental landscape of his readers through a series of obscure logical arguments that actually end up appearing as both positive and realistic when you look at them closely.
Each story has its unique beauty and spin to it, while being a part of the whole in the author's collection. They introduce interesting characters who can be recognized in anyone from the social elite of the time to protective father figures and hard-working executives that we see just about everywhere today.
Practically, if you have any kind of connection to a social structure - regardless of whether it has anything to do with the time when this book was written - you can probably identify with many of the examples, stories and tips that Leacock introduces throughout his book in a carefree, satirical manner.
From silly and witty to serious and even aggressive at times, the author goes through all human emotions in between to make up a truly astonishing and engaging series of stories. Leacock's exquisite style and mastery of the written word alone is worth glancing through Literary Lapses, and the themes and insight of the stories make them virtually irreplaceable.
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