Three Men on the Bummel
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).
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...more
For example, when one fellow...more
This closing passage sums up my precise sentiments for this boo...more
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...more
The final chapter on German culture was meant to be humorous, but I actually found it to be a bit chilling. In it, the narrator ponders the German willing...more
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.
When the three friends decide to go on a journey on their own (plus a dog) a huge bag of jokes comes in addition to the unforgettable memories they create. It's not only the hilarious sense of humor (which is the reason I adore this author) but also the way he makes you believe what's happening is absolutely normal and you're absolutely not crazy to laugh at the ridiculous situations the main characters get in.
I recommend this boo...more
I was not really far off. Jerome was as witty as I re...more
The success of Three Men in a Boat, which is an honest st...more
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...more
The style of the two is very similar, a collection of sketches that are connected together and all take place on the trip. And there are some truly funny s...more
It's a pleasant description of the English upper-middle classes of a bygone age, with plenty of deliberate...more
In a German park I have seen a gardener step gingerly with felt boots on to grass-plot, and removing...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Jerome K Jerome's exploits about three friends who escape their respective families to have perhaps one last flutter of freedom before middleage claim...more
Jerome K. Jerome’s first book „Three Men in a Boat“ has been called „the most harmless book ever written“ and as far as harmlessness is concerned the sequel isn’t far behind (apart from the ominous last chapter on the Germans‘ blind obedience to authority), yet it lacks the freshness and innocence of its predecessor.
„Three Men in a Boat“ was truly original, charming, gentle, atmospheric and funny in a very sweet way and though in „Three Men on the Bummel“ Jerome tries to fo...more
This book is told with a delightful look at the travails of cyclotouring amid short discursive vi...more
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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.
Sometimes it is through busy streets, and sometimes through the fields
and lanes; sometimes we can be spared for a few hours, and sometimes for
a few days. But long or short, but here or there, our thoughts are ever
on the running of the sand. We nod and smile to many as we pass; with
some we stop and talk awhile; and with a few we walk a little way. 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.”