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The Best Nonsense Verses, Collected by Josephine Dodge Daskam

Nonsense
The Best Nonsense Verses, Collected by Josephine Dodge Daskam

From Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky to limericks written by Edward Lear, some of the crankiest, most logical and lyrical people turn common sense upside-down. May they inspire the child inside of you to find your way through the most challenging situations with a new set of eyes!

Josephine Dodge Daskam, aka Josephine Daskam Bacon, selected these nonsense verses with the permission of their authors Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, W.S. Gilbert, Guy Wetmore Carryl, Charles E. Carryl, Oliver Herford, Gelett Burgess, George du Maurier, and Rudyard Kipling.

The Best Nonsense Verses, read for you by Grace Buchanan:


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Image credit:
CD cover designed by Grace Buchanan. Illustrations:
54, from A Book of Nonsense, by Edward Lear, via Wikimedia Commons;
Grandfathers little nurse, by Paul Hey, via U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, Chapter One, by Edgar Rice Burroughs

book-jacket for Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, illustration by J. Allen St. John c. 1916
book-jacket for Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, illustration by J. Allen St. John c. 1916

As I recorded this chapter, I worked hard to maintain my focus on the terrifying, suspenseful interaction between sinister characters. I imagined myself seeing the story unfold as I reported it.

I’ve never read a comic book. I’ve watched very few Marvel movies, most notably Ang Lee’s The Hulk, so this reading was an odd choice for me.

I was never a fan of the Tarzan books or comic books or movies but my sweetie was during childhood. This brought back the fond memories of the suspense of the stories, so I faced the challenge of recording this chapter. I found that I enjoyed speaking the voices that I heard inside my head: those of a 1950s news reporter, a National Geographic movie narrator, a little bit of famous actors Danny DeVito and Richard Dreyfuss, and a Marvel comic book movie. Do you hear a hint of any of them?

Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, read by Grace Buchanan for LibriVox.


I was amused by a couple lines in particular:

“It were easier to question a man first and kill him afterward, than kill him first and then question him.”

“Achmet Zek scowled and Werper’s heart sank; but Werper did not know Achmet Zek, who was quite apt to scowl where another would smile, and smile where another would scowl.”

If you are a Tarzan fan, please explain to me why, even if only because of fond associations with childhood memories.

Read the entire book “Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar” at Project Gutenberg.

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Listen to a collection of first chapters of fiction and nonfiction books at LibriVox. This Tarzan chapter is Track 15.

This Tarzan chapter is Track 15 in the LibriVox First Chapter Collection 7.

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book-jacket for Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, illustration by J. Allen St. John, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons