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Three Men on the Bummel (Three Men #2)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  3,675 Ratings  ·  241 Reviews
When three late-Victorian gentlemen escape from the claustrophobia of suburban life to go on a cycling tour in the Black Forest of Germany, their trip turns into a comic expedition.
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Published December 1st 2003 by Tantor Media (first published January 1st 1900)
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Henry Avila
I miss the dog, this sequel, to Three Men in a Boat, lacks his presence, where is the fearless leader , Montmorency ? Three Men on the Bummel (stroll) has our friends, a decade later, older, but not wiser, yes, fatter, richer, but still eager, to get away, again, from dear old England. A pleasant bicycle trip, around Germany, they plan, particularly, the ominous Black Forest of mystery and myth. J. and Harris are married, their wives show no disinclination, to the idea , in fact, they secretly w ...more
Riku Sayuj
Dec 05, 2012 Riku Sayuj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r-r-rs

The Bummel provides too few laughs in comparison to The Boat (say one laugh for every ten pages, instead of ten laughs for every page).

Besides, the linear narrative does not agree with the three men. Yes, the anecdotes were missed (to say nothing of the dog).
Oct 15, 2012 Evgeny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
In this book we revisit the old friends introduced in Three Men in a Boat (minus the dog, unfortunately). They are much older and married now - J. and Harris that is, George is still a bachelor. The three men decided they need a change in their lives yet again. This time they go on a bicycle trip in Germany's Black Forest; hilarity ensures.

The novel failed to repeat the charm and the humor of the first one. People familiar with Three Men in a Boat remember the constant change of subject by the n
Rebecca Foster
Jerome’s digressive style can be amusing in small doses, but this book is almost nothing but asides. I did enjoy the parts that most closely resemble a travelogue of the cycle trip through Germany, but these are drowned under a flood of irrelevant memories and anecdotes. I much preferred Diary of a Pilgrimage.
Jun 23, 2012 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a followup to the more brilliant Three Men on a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), Jerome K. Jerome's three dimwitted Englishmen go on a bike trip to Germany, and silliness ensues. The author reminds me of a Jerry Seinfeld, able to see absurdity in everyday life. Never mind that it was written in 1900; his comments on bicycling, Germans, marriage, and tourism remain true, and make one want to call up friends and force them to listen to you read the best bits aloud.

For example, when one fellow
May 26, 2010 Praj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jkj
"A 'Bummel'," I explained, "I should describe as a journey, long or short, without an end; the only thing regulating it being the necessity of getting back within a given time to the point from which one started…... But long or short, but here or there, our thoughts are ever on the running of the sand…… We have been much interested, and often a little tired. But on the whole we have had a pleasant time, and are sorry when 'tis over."

This closing passage sums up my precise sentiments for this boo
Sep 24, 2011 Lizixer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highly enjoyable and very funny (especially if you are a history geek) comic novel that satirises beautifully the Edwardian craze for cycling as well as giving a fascinating insight into how the English viewed the new young state of Germany. The book is really a series of sketches and observations, some like the throwing things at cats and the German attitude to grass are laugh out loud moments, others strike you as wry and strangely modern observations on such things as young children's habit o ...more
Nov 17, 2014 Santhosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this is a decent enough book by itself, it does suffer in unfavourable comparison with Three Men in a Boat. The first book had some fantastic setpieces and a line of funny anecdotes, both of which are relatively fewer in this one. Those few, mind you, still do the job in making this a fairly enjoyable read in that understated, self-deprecating and pompously funny way that the first book was so popular for.

There are quite a few long passages, though, that read more like a travelogue trying
Sairam Krishnan
Dec 01, 2012 Sairam Krishnan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious. Rip-roaringly hilarious. Had been meaning to read this one after 'Three Men and a Boat', but only now have I managed to do it.

Granted, the original is drop-dead funny, but this one doesn't disappoint either. My landlord must have been pretty concerned with my quite frequent outbursts of laughter today! Jerome K. Jerome is a master at that old favorite - pompous British prose, through the lens of which even normal everyday events seem alarmingly funny.

George and Harris are their usual
Jan 30, 2017 Ashish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book had tremendous potential, especially as it was building up on the hilariously great book ''Three men in a boat'' as we revisit the characters and what new shenanigans they are getting themselves into this time around. Sadly, this doesn't really take off like in the previous books, and while it has its moments, they don't match up to the previous book. It's more observational in its humour, playing on cultural differences rather than the more situational humour of the first part. Not a b ...more
Jun 10, 2008 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although less popular than Three Men on a Boat (which is known to at least 40 people), Bummel is much much better. More compact and less rambling, it actually seemed more like a travelogue instead of a stream of consciousness rendering of Jerome Jerome's mind. Portions were laugh-out-loud funny, and the slow bits were fewer and further between than Boat. Gun to my head, if I had to recommend one to read to say you've read it, go for Boat... but if I had to recommend one to read because it's more ...more
Jul 26, 2015 Diabolika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lett-uk, 1800
Continuazione un po' meno divertente di Three Men in a Boat, con gli stessi protagonisti in viaggio nella Foresta Nera.

Si trovano meno aneddoti sulle loro disavventure ma tante considerazioni, ironiche e sarcastiche, sul popolo e sulla società tedesca.

I giudizi (o pregiudizi) che gli inglesi hanno verso i tedeschi, letti da un'italiana, sono quanto meno interessanti... ;-)
May 12, 2011 Deepti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my god, I had to stop laughing to be able to breathe! Wonderful humour!
Patrick Neylan
The barely-known sequel to the classic Three Men in a Boat isn't a bad book. Jerome's humour is intact, but it lacks the impact of the earlier work and the unifying theme of the river. Jerome's descriptions of pre-WWI Germany and the Germans conform roughly to the stereotypes, but the teasing is gentle and it is the vanity and faintly absurd attitudes of the Englishmen that invite ridicule.

It's a pleasant description of the English upper-middle classes of a bygone age, with plenty of deliberate
Vimal Thiagarajan
At a time when I desperately needed to inject some raw humour into my depressed system, I was fortunate enough to read JKJ's Three Men in a boat.And when the need arose again last week, I knew where to look.That wry and dry British wit, that subliminal sarcasm, that hysterically comical narration, all in unlimited supply again.But underlying all the riotous humour, there are a lot of passages which clearly indicate how profound a guy Jerome really was. Most of the digs he takes at the Germans th ...more
Nov 04, 2009 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to John by: Lonely Planet Germany
This was, for the most part, a witty and hilarious light read. I haven't read anything as funny for some time. It was full of stereotypes of the British, the Germans, the Americans, the French, and anybody else they could think of, but it was all in good fun.

The last two chapters were more serious, and oddly prescient given that World War I broke out little more than a decade after it was written.
Aug 21, 2010 Zain rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Refreshing, drags a little at times but full of hilarious impossible incidents that sends the delighted reader into fits of laughter finishing off with an extremely quotable para on the essence of a 'bummel'.
Pete daPixie
The write up states that 'Three Men on the Bummel' appeared in 1900 and tells of a hilarious cycling tour through Germany's Black Forest. I'm not too sure of the 'hilarious'. Didn't enjoy this as much as 'Three Men in a Boat'. Perhaps I am developing curmudgeon tendencies!
Nov 12, 2008 Libbeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, humour, classic
I read this as an e-book on my computer at work, during breaks of course! It's a good job I am alone most of the time as it made me laugh out loud.
Sep 06, 2013 Razi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious at times, a very gentle, a very civilised read indeed. More English than the soggy tweed or a public school toady, a pint of lager or a Sunday roast.
May 27, 2010 Lorelei rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classic
A very enjoyable romp with the same delightful crew from Three Men In A Boat. I didn't enjoy this one quite as much, but there were still plenty of laughing-out-loud moments.
Mar 03, 2014 Sankrutyayan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Like everyone I feel too that laughs were missing when compared to its prequel. I was really snoozing in the first part. This is more of a travel guide than a comedy and was little longer to start until J. started getting into his well appreciated anecdotes as he would drift off off the story and narrates something that happened earlier. With others it would often be difficult to look through what was past and what was present but Jerome's narrative style will never lets you feel dubious about

Daiana Damacus
How do you convince your wife to let you go on a trip with just your best mates? Jerome K Jerome seems to have found the answer in the sequel to his hilarious novel Three Men in a Boat. “We need to find a place where a delicate woman and a well-raised child couldn’t live under any circumstances; a country with bad hotels and sloppy roads, where we’ll be forced to sleep in a different place each night, earn a bed and maybe starve a little.”

The success of Three Men in a Boat, which is an honest st
Karan Gupta
Jul 23, 2014 Karan Gupta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
After Dostoyevsky's "House Of The Dead" I could definitely do with something lighter. I picked up this book that had been gifted to me on my last visit home. The book contains two of Jerome K. Jerome's work : "Three Men On A Boat" and "Three Men On The Bummel". I has read the former earlier and had postponed the latter for a later date. Jerome's writing was witty and humorous. So I picked up "Three Men On The Bummel" with similar expectations.
I was not really far off. Jerome was as witty as I re
Daniel Shellenbarger
Explaining why Three Men on the Bummel is a disappointment is as much about explaining why Three Men in a Boat was a classic. The latter is a marvelous mix of satire and situation/character comedy mixed with a dash of not-to-heady moralization all set against a trip down the Thames by boat. Not only is the book hilariously funny and mildly intellectually stimulating, it is also a wonderful snapshot of the late Victorian era as seen by one of its own, and all with the air of thoughtless innocence ...more
Jason Mills
Jun 07, 2013 Jason Mills rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Forgiving fans of "Three Men in a Boat"
This sequel to Three Men in a Boat only sporadically achieves the joy of its progenitor. The narrator and his pals George and Harris (he says nothing of the dog) polish up their bicycles and go a-roaming through the Black Forest in Germany. Naturally they get into scrapes and adventures, and these are sometimes very funny. Here, gentle fun is poked at the Germans' horror of stepping on the grass:
In a German park I have seen a gardener step gingerly with felt boots on to grass-plot, and removing
Lorenzo Berardi
This is the zenith, the summit, the highest peak reached by a certain kind of British humour I like.
Those who are keen of PG Wodehouse may object a couple of things to this remark and probably they have their point: the thing is that I never read anything by Wodehouse (by the way: from which book should I start?).

There are moments of this German bummel or escapade in which Jerome is simply impossible to stand any further. I daresay it's not legal, being that funny, sharp and witty. One
Dec 02, 2015 Geeta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My reading of this book was immediately followed by Three Men in a Boat. At the beginning I was determined not to compare the two books by the same author. For most part I didn't, but I did for some bits. Especially the end. Author has picked the same style of written to end the journey, whether it be through the river Thames or through Black Forest. Although, in this book it seems a tad bit more abrupt than in Three Men in a Boat. When I read Three Men on the Bummel, my expectations were (sort ...more
Simon Mcleish
Oct 06, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in January 2001.

The sequel to Three Men in a Boatt was written over a decade later, and Jerome begins with his characters aged an appropriate amount, two of them married with children. "J", George and Harris decide they want a break from London, and so set out on a bicycle tour of the Black Forest. They choose a suitably roundabout route to get there, via Hamburg, Berlin and Dresden, and have several reasonably amusing adventures. (A bummel, by the way, is an
Jun 26, 2012 Gar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lesser-remembered sort-of sequel to Three Men In a Boat, and I can see why its predecessor gets remembered and this one doesn't so much.

There are still good bits throughout (there's a bit about how difficult it is to sleep in late as a guest in a house with young kids that's forever true that Og the caveman would have nodded at sagely once you translated it into cave pictographs and got past difficult concepts like croquet and beds and whatnot), but overall it's simply a lesser work. Less of the
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Jerome Klapka Jerome (May 2, 1859 – June 14, 1927) was an English author, best known for the humorous travelogue Three Men in a Boat.


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