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- Three Men in a Boat (Three Men, #1) by Jerome K. Jerome
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Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel
It's a book of comical anecdotes strung together to compile the history of a 2 week vacation of 3 men who rent a boat and go rowing on the Thames. Oh, and their dog, Montmorency, goes along. It is one comic episode after another and so ridiculous that it could be titled 3 stooges in a boat and I wouldn't bat an eye. I did enjoy it and it was quite successful in it's day. I give it 3. View all 3 comments.
Three Men in a Boat (Three Men, #1) by Jerome K. Jerome
What a quaint little book! I had no idea this existed. But I'm definitely glad I could rectify that now. The story is that of three friends, elderly gentlemen, who decide to journey up the Thames in a little boat together with the dog one of them owns. The preparations for the trip are already very entertaining, but the trip itself is no less so. Apart from them actually travelling for a bit, we are treated to various stops along the way I looked a few places up on a map and was delighted to see What a quaint little book!
Apart from them actually travelling for a bit, we are treated to various stops along the way I looked a few places up on a map and was delighted to see there are indeed so many interesting places along the river. During the voyage as well as the stops, there are some reminiscences, childhood memories as well as later encounters, from all three. All while they are stumbling about. You might have guessed that not only do they encounter a bit of bad luck, their own helplessness and the fact that they don't actually know what they are doing isn't helping either.
The characters the dog definitely being one of them are very quirky. It's basically the story of three old er grumpy men travelling together with a dog, having some mishaps on the way. The way it was told was light and quite modern so the age of the book actually surprises. Seeing society through the eyes of the three friends and the dog was very funny and the light way the story is told in that is nonetheless full of dry humour makes it clear why this book was an instant success back when it was first published.
Once again, I've chosen the audioversion and am glad for it because although I do not have the version narrated by Hugh Laurie, it was wonderful to have this story brought to life with the proper British accent. View all 48 comments. Jun 23, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: The story starts off with a man feeling out of sorts with his London life and leafing through a medical dictionary. Quickly he realises that he is suffering from every single aliment described - with the exception of washerwoman's elbow. He rushes off to see the doctor who listens to his story and prescribes him a simple holiday with a pork chop and two pints of beer daily for dinner.
So begins a classic of southern English humour. What strikes me how contemporary the basic set up still feels. An The story starts off with a man feeling out of sorts with his London life and leafing through a medical dictionary. An indefinable wrongness and dissatisfaction with daily life, the Doctor in this case acting not as a medical expert but as an embodiment of wisdom.
The solution - being forced to appreciate the basic pleasures of life, which as the story unfolds are more than just pork chops and beer view spoiler [ I hasten to add to reassure those who are not keen on either hide spoiler ] but more generally an awareness of everyday absurdity. The journey of three men and a dog in a boat along the Thames prides a basic framework from which all kinds of comic set pieces can be hung.
Rather than go into those struggles with a recalcitrant boat and the fishermen's delight in spinning sagas I'll tell a different story that I heard at a funeral some years ago. The speaker was remembering his deceased friend who we were laying to rest that day and how when they were all young they decided in the spirit of Three Men in a Boat to travel along the Thames although admittedly without a dog. Anyhow after a particularly long and tiring day they came ashore by a pub, a very fancy and particular looking establishment to be sure, and one of them went in and asked the barman for three pints of beer.
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With more than a slight sneer the barman said "we don't serve pints here". To which the traveller in all innocence replied "oh, well, in that case can I have six halves please". As it happens in case anybody thinks such stories are too remote from reality to be possibly true I'll add one of my own. With a colleague at the end of a working day we stopped at a public house, my colleague would invariably have a pint of a very commercial lager which I shall forbear to advertise, while I would apparently look for the meaning of life and so would happen on what ever suggested itself to me and so I asked for beer x ' oh ' quoth the young serving lad 'such beer is too terribly strong, we only serve it by halves', 'fine, I'll have two halves and a pint glass, then' to which request the lad complied.
As perhaps you can imagine, the absurdities added most decidedly to the enjoyment of the drink. View all 22 comments. Nov 27, Carol. I love To Say Nothing of the Dog. Love it enough, in fact, to write a ridiculous review comparing it to a Beethoven symphony my review. Three Men seemed perfect for the kind of read I was looking for, and it turned out to be true. Let me be honest: Narrated by Jerome, the details of the trip are frequently interrupted with humorous asides, commentary on the sights of the Thames and musing on historical sites they are passing.
Characterization is about all that holds it together— detail on historical events near the Thames, is frankly, rather yawners, as I am indifferent student of historical events signing of the Magna what? And yet Three Men in a Boat amused me. I knew it was my liver that was out of order, because I had just been reading a patent liver-pill circular, in which were detailed the various symptoms by which a man could tell when his liver was out of order.
I had them all. It is a most extraordinary thing, but I never read a patent medical advertisement without being impelled to the conclusion that I am suffering from the particular disease therein dealt with in its most virulent form. The three men bear a strong resemblance to people we all know; in fact, I was rather reminded of Jerry, George and Kramer, whose own self-absorbed behavior provided so many laughs. For instance, after Jerome tells a story about another man watching him work, he comments: I want to get up and superintend, and walk round with my hands in my pockets, and tell him what to do.
It is my energetic nature. Montmorency had invited two other dogs to come and see him off, and they were whiling away the time by fighting on the doorstep. We calmed them with an umbrella, and sat down to chops and cold beef. The we sit and sob, and long for the gas-lit streets, and the sound of human voices, and the answering throb of human life.
We feel so helpless and so little in the great stillness, when the dark trees rustle in the night-wind. Read in small doses before bedtime, it perhaps started to feel a little like the three men experiencing the Thames: Hopefully, the above quotes give enough of a flavor to see if it will appeal.
View all 28 comments. Mar 31, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: I originally read this because I'm a big fan of Connie Willis and she went on and on about it, but when I actually read it, I was charmed for its own sake. It's all so very droll. Fish stories, laziness, incompetence, dishonesty, pathos and great verve stud these pages. It's an adventure for the ages! Of course, it's just three men in a boat, to say nothing of the dog. Set in Victorian England, it captures the overblown hypochondriac feel of the age.
Well worth the read, and now I think I'm I originally read this because I'm a big fan of Connie Willis and she went on and on about it, but when I actually read it, I was charmed for its own sake. Well worth the read, and now I think I'm gonna hunt down takers for a first or re-read of Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog, which, I might add, might be a bit superior in every way. View all 6 comments. Jun 21, mark monday rated it it was ok Shelves: Albert tells many uproarious anecdotes.
Albert knows how to TALK. Jerome, were you getting paid by the word? Jerome seems like a charming, sweet-natured man, but he is not my friend and i refuse to continue to provide empathetic active listening to a nice guy who is also, at times, such a bore. Jerome - sad to say - you're no Albert. View all 18 comments. Dec 29, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: Utterly delightful from beginning to end; had me in stitches more than once.
I loved the digressions, the endless tales about friends and friends-of-friends; the charming diagrams; the sudden swoops into romantic and Romantic flights of fancy. In my mind, all three characters spoke like Hugh Laurie as Bertie Wooster with similar sensibility; that is to say, none at all. I can't reproduce it all here, but one of my favorite scenes was that in which the narrator describes his loathing for stea Utterly delightful from beginning to end; had me in stitches more than once.
I can't reproduce it all here, but one of my favorite scenes was that in which the narrator describes his loathing for steam launches -- hilarious! I am now going to go back and re-read that scene in To Say Nothing of the Dog in which they run into the hapless boaters. And Aunt Maria would say that she would not allow the children to stand round and hear such language. They started by breaking a cup. That was the first thing they did. They did that just to show you what they could do, and to get you interested.
Montmorency was in it all, of course. Montmorency's ambition in life, is to get in the way and be sworn at. If he can squirm in anywhere where he particularly is not wanted, and be a perfect nuisance, and make people mad, and have things thrown at his head, then he feels his day has not been wasted.
She was nuts on public houses, was England's Virgin Queen. There's scarcely a pub of any attractions within ten miles of London that she does not seem to have looked in at, or stopped at, or slept at, some time or another. We said we hadn't given the matter sufficient consideration as yet to enable us to arrive at a definite conclusion on that point, but that, if he assured us on his word as a gentleman that we were trespassing, we would, without further hesitation, believe it. You get near the kettle, so that it can overhear you, and then you shout out, "I don't want any tea; do you, George?
When I meet a cat, I say, "Poor Pussy! When Montmorency meets a cat, the whole street knows about it; and there is enough bad language wasted in ten seconds to last an ordinary respectable man all his life, with care. Goring is not nearly so pretty a little spot to stop This isn't really about three men in a boat, it is about Jerome being funny. Feb 20, Apatt rated it it was ok Shelves: It looked like a breezy read, a good-natured gently comical novel. Certainly it is not at all hard to read but nevertheless, this book was a grind for me to get through. Humorous novels suffer a great disadvantage in that I tend to expect to find something to laugh at on each every page.
This is quite a tall order and very hard for most books to accomplish. Wodehouse, Oscar Wilde, Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett often make me laugh with their fiction but generally I try to avoid comedy no It looked like a breezy read, a good-natured gently comical novel. Wodehouse, Oscar Wilde, Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett often make me laugh with their fiction but generally I try to avoid comedy novels.
I prefer humour to be a facet of the novel rather than the focus. Novels which are based on plots, thrills and characterization, including serious novels often make me laugh when the author slip in humorous scenes or dialogue at unexpected moments. This help to balance the overall tone of the book for me.
Dickens is often funny somewhere in his long novels, even Victor Hugo's Les Mis has funny bits. With Three Men in a Boat I am surprised to find that the humour totally fell flat for me. I find the humour in this book is very tame, very polite and centered on the silliness of the protagonists, particularly the narrator. The style of narration is also rather whimsical, going off on tangents with little supposedly comical vignettes every few paragraphs.
Unfortunately, I did not find any of it funny. The characters are indeed suitably silly but there is no depth to them, they are all self-absorbed and I could not work up any interest in their antics. Tomfooleries like getting up late, waiting for a defiant kettle to boil, drinking horrible tea and whatnot leave me cold.
The entire enterprise seems completely pointless from beginning to end, and not a single chuckle escaped me. OK, it is a beloved classic which has been in print for more than a century so I have to respect it for that. If you find it funny I respect that too, but humour is very subjective and I subjected myself to this.
Ah well, what you gonna do? View all 4 comments. Three Men in a Boat will be our first group read. Inno al lavoro guardato da lontano "La vista, da sveglio, di un uomo addormentato nel suo letto ha l'effetto di farmi impazzire. Da applausi l'aneddoto su Zio Podger e il racconto della canzonetta comica di Harris.
Sep 20, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: Three young men from London in the late 19th century all of them hypochondriacs decide to take a two week trip "up the river". They bring with them the one man's dog and only the various things they will need. Or so they claim. The long passage about packing would indicate otherwise. What follows is a funny story in which a great many things go wrong, many other stories are told, and the dog proves to be the smartest of the bunch. The anecdotes the men share, always something that happened to a Three young men from London in the late 19th century all of them hypochondriacs decide to take a two week trip "up the river".
The anecdotes the men share, always something that happened to a friend or a friend of a friend, are funny.
The antics of the three men themselves can be downright hilarious. If you like the classics and are looking for a quick, amusing read then I would highly recommend this book. Dec 30, Paul Bryant rated it liked it Shelves: It is not worth it. It is rumoured in the town that once, many years ago, a boy appeared who really never had done these things—or at all events, which was all t English humour In the church is a memorial to Mrs.
It is rumoured in the town that once, many years ago, a boy appeared who really never had done these things—or at all events, which was all that was required or could be expected, had never been known to do them—and thus won the crown of glory. He was exhibited for three weeks afterwards in the Town Hall, under a glass case. So, three men and a dog bumble around on the River Thames for a fortnight. Quite often the book becomes an actual travel guide: Round Clifton Hampden, itself a wonderfully pretty village, old-fashioned, peaceful, and dainty with flowers, the river scenery is rich and beautiful.
It stands on the right of the bridge, quite away from the village. And then he switches back into the whimsical and jovial as if nothing has happened. The oddest of these bits is when the three jolly chums are suddenly confronted by a dead body floating downriver, that of a woman suicide, they immediately decide: And the old river had taken her into its gentle arms, and had laid her weary head upon its bosom, and had hushed away the pain….
Goring on the left bank and Streatley on the right are both or either charming places to stay at for a few days. The reaches down to Pangbourne woo one for a sunny sail or for a moonlight row, and the country round about is full of beauty. No idea what JFK thought he was doing. In the middle of the gentle humour it seems, well, really crass. But otherwise, rather loveable.
Apr 09, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: That I read this novel is due to serendipity. Wanting something on the light side to read while spending a few days at the beach, I decided to check out some Scandinavian crime fiction. Why did I think this would constitute "light reading"?!
A search for a suitable novel led me to read an article about Scandinavian crime fiction in the The Guardian. Nothing jumped out at me, other than a link to another article in the same newspaper: Included That I read this novel is due to serendipity. However, A GR friend's review of that novel referred to this book, which I'd also never heard of before. I have, it seems, been living under a rock, because if the GR reviews are anything to go by, it's a classic. Reading this before reading To Say Nothing of the Dog seemed like a good idea.
So here I am, less than a week later, having finished reading this book and started on the novel it inspired. First published in , the work is part novel, part travelogue and part memoir. Three friends - the narrator J, his friends Harris and George and Montmorency the dog, embark on a boat trip on the Thames. The narrative alternates laugh-out-loud silliness, bits of purple prose which I think were meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but may just be examples of high Victorian descriptive language , information about the not always interesting localities through which the friends pass and discursive anecdotes of varying degrees of inherent interest.
It's a short work and there's enough humour in it to make the duller bits easy to get through.
Reading this gave me plenty of laugh-out-loud moments on various forms of public transport. It's lots of fun.
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View all 17 comments. Three Men in a Boat is one of those books which have become legend. It is quoted as a must-read for all humour afficionados: So I am a little bit ashamed that I waited so long to read it! I just loved the book. Good reading it is an old classic novel very nice reading.
It tells about sailing and fishing. Its hilarious and at the same time, shows you reality. It shows you on a basic level, nothing has changed. People are still after the same things. People, on a basic level, are still the same. A detailed review shall be uploaded post the book discussion. As of now this much.
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Much of the route remains unchanged. For example, all the pubs and inns named are still open. The BBC has broadcast on radio a number of dramatisations of the story, including a musical version in starring Kenneth Horne , Leslie Phillips and Hubert Gregg , a three-episode version in with Jeremy Nicholas playing all of the characters and a two-part adaptation for Classic Serial in with Hugh Dennis , Steve Punt and Julian Rhind-Tutt. Peter Lovesey 's Victorian detective novel Swing, Swing Together , partly based on the book, featured as the second episode of the television series Cribb Their first expedition was along the Thames from Kingston upon Thames to Oxford, recreating the original novel.
After this, the trio embarked on a trip from London to the Isle of Wight in Jones's yacht where they would race her against her sister yacht. The following year, Three Men in More Than One Boat saw the three borrowing, stealing, and hitchhiking on numerous vessels to make their way from Plymouth to the Isles of Scilly. For their adventure, the trio take to the waterways of Ireland, making their way from Dublin to Limerick with Dara's greyhound Snip Nua , and the first episode of Three Men Go to Scotland was broadcast at the end of The book was adapted by Clive Francis for a production that toured the UK.
A sculpture of a stylised boat was created in to commemorate Three Men in a Boat on the Millennium Green in New Southgate , London, where the author lived as a child. In a mosaic of a dog's head was put onto the same Green to commemorate Montmorency. In , Three Women in One Boat: To take the place of Montmorency, they bring a cat called Tintoretto. Three Men in a Boat is referenced in the parody novel on mountaineering, The Ascent of Rum Doodle , where the head porter Bing is said to spend "much of his leisure immersed in a Yogistani translation of it.
Heinlein , the main character's father is an obsessive fan of the book, and spends much of his spare time repeatedly re-reading it. The book Three Men Not in a Boat: A re-creation in by poet Kim Taplin and companions resulted in the travelogue Three Women in a Boat. Gita sul Tevere is an Italian humorous book inspired by this famous English novel. Her time-travelling protagonist also takes an ill-fated voyage on the Thames with two humans and a dog as companions, and encounters George, Harris, 'J' and Montmorency.
The title of Willis' novel refers to the full title of the original book. Fantasy author Harry Turtledove has written a set of stories where Jerome's characters encounter supernatural creatures: Fantastic Voyages in Alternate Worlds , by A. Sikes, and Dover Whitecliff From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Three Men in a Boat disambiguation. Jerome, My Life and Times Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog! A camping skiff is a boat with an easily erected canvas cover. This effectively turns the boat into a floating tent for overnight use.
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