Three Men in A Boat

Three Men in A Boat

To Say Nothing of the Dog!

Book - 1889
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A comic masterpiece that has never been out of print since it was first published in 1889, Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat includes an introduction and notes by Jeremy Lewis in Penguin Classics.Martyrs to hypochondria and general seediness, J. and his friends George and Harris decide that a jaunt up the Thames would suit them to a 'T'. But when they set off, they can hardly predict the troubles that lie ahead with tow-ropes, unreliable weather forecasts and tins of pineapple chunks - not to mention the devastation left in the wake of J.'s small fox-terrier Montmorency. Three Men in a Boat was an instant success when it appeared in 1889, and, with its benign escapism, authorial discursions and wonderful evocation of the late-Victorian 'clerking classes', it hilariously captured the spirit of its age.In his introduction, Jeremy Lewis examines Jerome K. Jerome's life and times, and the changing world of Victorian England he depicts - from the rise of a new mass-culture of tabloids and bestselling novels to crazes for daytripping and bicycling.Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) was born in Walstall, Staffordshire, and educated at Marylebone Grammar School. He left school at fourteen to become a railway clerk, the first in a long line of jobs that included actor, teacher and journalist. His first book, On Stage and Off , a collection of humorous pieces about the theatre, was published in 1885, and was followed the year after with the more commercially-successful The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow ; but it was with Three Men in a Boat (1889) that Jerome achieved lasting fame. He later went on to become one of the founders of the humorous magazine, The Idler , and continued to write articles and plays. If you enjoyed Three Men in a Boat, you might like Stella Gibbons's Cold Comfort Farm , also available in Penguin Classics.
Publisher: London : Penguin, 1889
ISBN: 9780141441214
Branch Call Number: JEROME
Characteristics: xxix, 177 pages ; 20 cm


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May 04, 2017

The narrator recalls a boy at his school who really liked to study. "He was full of weird and unnatural notions about being a credit to his parents and an honour to the school; and he yearned to win prizes and grow up and be a clever man, and had all those sorts of weak-minded ideas." If you are amused by this example of British wittiness, then you will probably enjoy reading the book. There is an appendix in the back called "Explanatory Notes" so the reader can understand the meaning of uniquely British words and phrases.

Jan 19, 2014

one of the best books i have every read.

Jul 25, 2013

Uncle Podger is a classic character - should be in the lexicon. I used the Project Gutenberg, since I can never finish a book on my Sony Reader in three weeks. Happily it had the illustrations, as does Twain's "Roughing It" which I've started now.

Apr 25, 2012

Published in 1889, over a century old, was famed for its comical writing. Reading it, trying to imagine myself during this time and watching these three friends on their escapades on the Thames River over a two week period. I just couldn't get into it and didn't find anything humourous or comical about it. Guess it doesn't translate well to the 21st century. Though a few times, ended up reading the inside of my eyelids. Great if you need some zzzz.

Jul 31, 2010

Very British humour from the late 19th century. If you like this sort of thing (I do) or if you have traveled by rowboat this is a pretty funny expedition. The group dynamic of the three men is well established and mirrors the foibles of any three true life adventurers, with considerable exaggeration, of course.

Jul 05, 2010

Not as funny as Connie Willis' "To Say Nothing of the Dog" but pretty amusing overall. A great picture of upper class Edwardian english pleasures.

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