Learn more - opens in a new window or tab. This book contains several humorous short stories set in Minneapolis and rural Minnesota, and a few very brief essays on subjects ranging from aesthetics to politics to ladies' colognes. This book is a collection of short stories set mostly in the Snoose Boulevard Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis roughly from the s through '90s.
Swedes have had the reputation of familiarizing themselves faster than anyone else with the customs and traditions of various countries — to take them in stride. His name was Hjalmar Peterson, and he had already successfully appeared on stage in his home district under the name of "Olle i Skratthult".
But little did he suspect that he would soon establish himself as America's foremost Swedish comedian, storyteller and singer. This book has been published to earn a little extra income and to make "Olle" more familiar to Swedish-American audiences.
Lost His Head
It is his dearest wish to devote all of his time to the theater instead of the current situation where he carries mortar one day and appears on stage the next. My brother, you know, he got a little sick. And so I took him to the doctor. The doctor he said there was something wrong with my brother's eye. So the doctor he took out my brother's eye and put it in a bowl that was sitting on the table. But then something awful happened.
The doctor's big cat was in the room too, and she saw my brother's eye lying in that bowl. And the cat — she went and swallowed up the eye of my brother.
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And I didn't want to say anything, of course, when the doctor didn't say anything. But no sooner had it happened than the doctor turned and saw the empty bowl. And then he said, Where has your brother's eye gone? And then I said, Well, and I laughed and said, the cat swallowed it.
But then the doctor got furious and took the cat by the rump and threw her against the wall, and all at once she was as dead as a doornail. Then the doctor took out the cat's eye and put it in my brother, and he was fine and could see fine with the cat's eye. But one time a little later on I was on the front steps at home when the doctor came by.
And he said, How's your brother doing? Oh, thank you, Mister Doctor, I said, everything's just fine. He sees real good with that cat's eye. But the worst thing is that now he watches the girls with the one eye, and he watches the rat holes with the other. I couldn't understand what was wrong, why he wasn't working, 'cause he'd been working for several years for that big farmer over at Sweet Ridge, so I asked him if he wasn't working there anymore.
No, he said, I quit, he said. Yes, he said, I quit, he said.
Oh, I said, but why did you quit? Well, he said, the food got so bad, he said. Really, I said, the food got so bad? Yes, he said, the food got so bad, he said, so I had to quit, he said. You see, he said, first the big cow died, he said, and then we had to eat her up, he said; and then all of a sudden the big sow died, and then we had to eat her up, he said. But, he said, finally the farmer's wife died, he said, and — that's when I quit!
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