Cover of A House Boat On The Styx

A House Boat On The Styx

Auhtor: John Kendrick Bangs

Language: english
Published: 1895

Genres:

fiction,  fantasy,  humorous
Downloads: 10
eBook size: 223Kb

Review by C. F. Hill, November 2009


Rating: (****)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'A House Boat On The Styx':

The book begins with Charon ferryman of the Styx startled--and annoyed--by the arrival of a house boat on his mystical river. At first afraid that the boat will put him out of business he later finds out that he is to be appointed the boats janitor. What follows are eleven stories set on the house boat. There is no central theme each chapter features various souls from history and mythology and in the twelfth chapter the house boat disappears seguing into the sequel Pursuit of the House-Boat.

Excerpts from the Book 'A House Boat On The Styx':


... Charon investigated further, and the more he saw the less he liked it. He was about to encounter opposition, and an opposition which was apparently ...
... But what's the use of killing off your audience that way? It's better business to let 'em live, I say. Suppose Nero gave a London audience that ...
... Charon and the ice for Nero and the ale for Doctor Johnson, appeared as Shakespeare spoke. The philosopher bowed stiffly at Doctor Johnson, as though ...
... smack of his lips. I've eaten them many a time in the polar regions. I have no doubt of it, put in Doctor Johnson. You've eaten fried pyramids ...
... this occasion. The proceedings of the debating-party are as yet in the hands of the official stenographer, but will be made public as soon as they are ...
... understand. Maybe Ophelia is back of it, suggested Doctor Johnson. These women have a great deal of sympathy for each other, and, candidly, I think ...
... say I think your parallels are very parallel. A shoemaker, my dear Confucius, is somewhat different from a poet. Certainly, said Doctor Johnson. ...
... of the muse. I'll vote to have the Poets' Corner, and in it I move that Cassius's slate idea be carried out. It will be a great saving, and if the ...
... departure plenty of things may have happened to eliminate it. Men lose their hair and their teeth why might not a man lose a tail? Scientists say that ...
... for my health in the Ides of March, said Confucius, angrily. What on earth is a club for if it isn't to enable men to get away from their wives ...
... I haven't any secret, said Shakespeare, a little acridly. It's the truth I'm telling you. Beaumont and Fletcher DID admire Henry the Eighth. Thereby ...
... something. I leaned over his shoulder to see what he was laughing at. 'That isn't so funny,' said I, as I read the paragraph on which his eye was ...
... soul of the man who reads it, and it is signed. His work is known because he puts his name to it but this poor devil of a cook-where is he? He has done his ...
... it's all right to use butter, but for exhibition purposes-bah! Here Phidias, to show his contempt for butter as raw material in sculpture, seized a wooden ...
... of the room. I do not wish to be unpleasant, he said, with a strong effort to be calm, but I wish to ask if Judge Blackstone is in the room. I am, ...
... about. If I'd had to feed a lot of three- headed beasts like him the Ark would have run short of provisions inside of ten days. That's very likely ...
... to have been able to ride out any storm or fall of rain but there I was wrong, and I am free to admit my error. It never occurred to me that the sea-serpents ...
... in such chains of evidence as they feel called upon to use in binding themselves to their rights. The women of your day were relieved of that dress ...
... to do so, but have since resisted all his efforts to have a date set for the function. It would be great fun to steal in there now, wouldn't it, giggled ...
... interest in drama. In 1906 he switched his focus to the lecture circuit. Agnes Hyde Bangs, his wife with whom he had three sons, died in 1903. Bangs ...