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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 Montmore ...more
Paperback, 178 pages
Published March 25th 2004 by Penguin Classics (first published 1889)
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Lekha Murali "Three Men on the Bummel" is the follow-up. Even though not as hilarious, it is still,funny with astute observations on the countries they visit.

I am…more
"Three Men on the Bummel" is the follow-up. Even though not as hilarious, it is still,funny with astute observations on the countries they visit.

I am not sure about the other book. Jerome.k.Jerome wrote 'Three Men in a Boat', in 19th century England. (less)
John While Jerome K. Jerome certainly went on a boating excursion or two in his day, no, the hilarious incidents described in this book came almost…moreWhile Jerome K. Jerome certainly went on a boating excursion or two in his day, no, the hilarious incidents described in this book came almost entirely from Mr. Jerome's imagination.(less)

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May 26, 2010 Praj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jkj
What a huge moron I was for not giving this book a chance. And now, I just can’t stop praising it. So here it goes…

‘Three Men in a Boat’ is an amusing account of three friends-Jerome(whom I’m in love with),Harris and George and of course their dog Montmorency; while on a little boating expedition. The three of them concur of being overworked and tired of the daily humdrum, are in a dire need of a vacation. After weighing options of a country trip and a sea voyage they settle down on a boat ride
Petra X
May 05, 2015 Petra X rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, humour, reviewed
This book is a strange mix. Part of it is of a particular kind of obvious humour. Sort of like watching a very pompous-looking person talking loudly into their cell-phone and paying no attention to where they are going and therefore fails to notice the banana skin everyone else has been avoiding. Bamm, down she goes, and hahaha, its just so funny, you have to laugh. There are also amusing incidents with the fox terrier Montmorency, whose chief pleasures in life seem to be fighting and hanging ou ...more
Okay. Right from the beginning, it is a hilarious thing to read. This book was written in 1889, and it is still too funny. According to what I read, at first, it was going to be a travel guide, but that got lost among the humorous anecdotes that took over the whole book. I thank you, Jerome, for that.

So, three men (with a dog) started talking about how ill they were, almost like a contest on who was in the worst shape ever. And then, Jerome said his liver was out of order. Without visiting any d
Henry Avila
Nov 07, 2014 Henry Avila rated it liked it
Three young gentlemen, and I use the word, very loosely , are desperate to get away from the fast pace and tensions, of every day, 19th Century, London life, ( the horror !). And go someplace else, they should have stayed put. The men need a long rest, they're quite run down, but from what though ? The boys, don't actually work much, these hypochondriacs, I mean sick men, just want to have a little fun. J.(Jerome), thinks he has every illness, in the book, and he's read it, except housemaid's kn ...more
mark monday
i have a friend named Albert. once, long ago, i was matched with him as a volunteer to provide him 'peer support'. our relationship as volunteer and client continued semi-happily for many years, until i started working for the agency that oversees these volunteer matches. although that match officially ended, we remained friends - although it is important to point out that the relationship continued within the same format: mainly me listening to him. Albert tells many uproarious anecdotes. he's ...more
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
Aug 28, 2014 Evgeny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Updated in August, 2014

I lost count of the number of times I read this book. It was written in the late 19th century; it is still hilarious. The author attempted to write a travel guide on a Themes boat trip. At this, he failed miserably. In the book he switches the subject constantly telling somewhat related (or completely unrelated) stories; most of them are really, really funny. I always laugh out loud when I read his description of setting up a tent on a bad weather day, or the scene with Ge
Dec 21, 2014 Carol. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol. by: Connie Willis (indirectly)

I love To Say Nothing of the Dog. Adore it enough to own two copies, a paperback for reading/ lending, and a hardcover for keepsies. Love it enough, in fact, to write a ridiculous review comparing it to a Beethoven symphony (my review). Willis dedicated her book to Heinlein, who “introduced me to Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat.” So when I saw Project Gutenberg offered Three Men in a Boat, I snatched it up.

It is the time of year when I don’t have mu
Feb 18, 2016 Apatt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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. P.G. Wodehouse, Oscar Wilde, Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett often make me laugh with their fiction but generally I try to avoid comedy no ...more
Jun 08, 2011 karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: littry-fiction
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the members have spoken: Three Men in a Boat will be our first group read. if it goes well, we can read other books together and see what we learn.

so, again, the point of our reading a book together is so we can all learn how to extract appeal factors from a text, and learn how to discuss books in a way that is relevant to a readers' advisory scenario.

the deadline for finishing the book is june 1st.
i will be posting some information on here from NoveList, which will be useful to glance o
Jul 10, 2011 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: victorian, travel
This isn't really about three men in a boat, it is about Jerome being funny.
Apr 15, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle

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: crime writer Val McDermid's Top 10 Oxford Novels. Included
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
Stacey (prettybooks)
This post is part of the 2016 Classics Challenge.

“Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing."

Suffering from every malady in the book except housemaid's knee, three men and a dog decide to head for a restful vacation on the Th
The ridiculously short review - Three hypochondriacs - JKJ, George and Harris - (and their dog, Montmorency) decide to go on a boating holiday on the Thames in order to recuperate from all the maladies in the world that, they firmly decide, have manifested in them. Hilarity ensues.

The "slightly" longer review - This gem of a book is laugh-out loud from start to finish. JKJ reminds you of P.G Wodehouse a bit, in his style of writing (I know JKJ was before Wodehouse, but I read the latter's works
Whitney Archibald
Apr 16, 2008 Whitney Archibald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Whitney by: tamsin
If you're looking for a book with a plot, this is not for you. But if you'd like to take a leisurely trip down the Thames in good company, I can't imagine a better book. Jerome K. Jerome, is even funnier than his name. I kept catching myself smiling as I read his account of his trip down the river with his two equally lazy buddies and his dog Montmorency. The book was actually less about the trip itself than a collection of daydreams and random stories pulled together in much the same manner as ...more
Nandakishore Varma
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: it is touted as one of the funniest books in the English language. So I am a little bit ashamed that I waited so long to read it!

Then, you may ask, why only the three stars?


The pluses first. The book is really humorous: in many places, I could not control my sniggers and was doubled up in front of the computer screen (this was just before dinner yesterday, BTW, so m
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رواية مجنونة ... فكاهية ... ولنتفق على أنها عبارة عن محض ثرثرة :) وأنا أحب الكتب من تلك النوعية إن داخلتها الفكاهة ^_^ أحب أحاديث الثرثرة المغرقة في البالغة ... أحببت ثرثرة هولدن مثلا في الحارس في حقل الشوفان، ومن بعدها ثرثرة بوتشان الياباني ، وجان جاك روسو في مذكراته :) وأخيرا جيروم هنا في ثلاثة رجال في قارب

أضحكني كثيرا :) مواقف عجيبة في إطار رحلة أكثر عجبا وسيل من الذكريات التي لابد وأن تنتزع بعض الضحكات :D

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Sep 20, 2016 RK-ique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Generally, I consider myself not to have a literary sense of humour. Indeed, I have generally avoided books labelled 'Humour' because I see them as silly. I just don't find them to be funny. No chuckle. No guffaw. No smile.

I also have to admit that I find most other sources of humour rather uninteresting also. Stand-up comedians leave me flat. Sit-coms are just not funny. I do have a sense of humour. It just doesn't seem to be aligned with this particular time and place.

Now Florencia assured m
Shoa Khan
This was simply epic HILARIOUS stuff!
Though the book was published waaaay back in 1889, it's still outrageously funny to this day.. undoubtedly one of the funniest things I've ever read! If only more Classics were this funny!
Caution Advised while reading in public places, as you might just burst out laughing! :D
Shayantani Das
Jan 27, 2012 Shayantani Das rated it it was amazing
The image of Uncle Podger hanging a painting and Harris singing the comic song will forever be etched in my mind. Hilarious novel!
Even better the second time round.
Noran Miss Pumkin
Hugh Laurie!!!!!-His reading this book deserves a "10" and A Grammy! This dated classic comedy lends itself well to Mr. Laurie's comic orational skills. Too bad this is $$ by CD, for I would love to own it, but downloaded is so today, you know. You really feel as is the writer is reading to you, of that bygone riverboat trip now-as if he phoned you from the past, to chat about the trials and tribulations of his holiday with companions. Recommended to all1!
Jun 30, 2015 Melki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humorous-fiction
Jerome and some pals go rolling on the river.

His account is rambling, yet occasionally very amusing.

My copy seems to be missing the part where they meet the inbred, banjo-playing hillbillies.
We had what we thought was a delightful tenant once. She was older, she drove a minivan, and she recycled. She liked organic things and wanted us to call her Nana. And we did, because we thought it was sweet and a nice thing to do for a tenant who was paying over a few hundred dollars to live in our guest house.

But Nana had no sense of humor. None. At. All. And we didn't know this because it didn't show up on her criminal background check or on her credit score range information. We didn't kn
Sep 14, 2014 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-2012
Designazione di un'ipotetica vita matrimoniale con il favorito Jerome K. Jerome.


- Adorabile humour inglese pronto a risollevarti l'umore dopo una faticosa giornata di lavoro, magari entrambi spaparanzati sul divano a schernire Colorado & co. Promemoria: avere sempre a disposizioni farmaci nel caso di un collasso del mio caro Jim alla vista della comicità diffusa oggi in tv, non si sa mai.
- Ovvio interesse per la letteratura da entrambi, e quindi possibilità di avere entusiasmanti dibatt
Siddharth Chakravarthy
Lip smacking Novel ! :P
Devoured it to my heart's content.
The simplicity of the story coupled with the perfect dosage of humour makes it a memorable read. Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Though I read this book in my Kindle, I'm going to shell out money to get the paperback version of it. That's how much I'm in love with this book. :)
Jan 29, 2011 Simeon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The funniest book of all time. That is all.
Jan 23, 2016 Dorcas marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
oh goodness what's wrong with me. I feel like I'm just picking at everything the last few days. Well I'm not going to make myself read something I'm not enjoying, however much everybody else loves it.
My basic issue with this is the same problem I had with Wodehouse. It felt like it was trying too hard to be funny. And it probably is funny for those who enjoy slapstick. But I don't. I prefer word witicism. (is that a word? My autocorrect says not)
Also, most of the story is written in the present
It was suggested that I read this prior to reading Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog. This is an amusing read. Some sections evoke out-loud chuckles even over 100 years after the original writing. This comedy of 3 men and a dog taking a river trip on the "sacred Thames", so-called, has lasted quite well. There are a few sections that seemed to labor but far more that hit their marks well. Now I will move on to Willis' book.
Jun 15, 2016 Nazzarena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Non mi aspettavo che fosse così divertente.
Verso la fine, lo ammetto, la verve è andata scemando, ma resta un classico esilarante.
Menzione speciale per Montmorency.
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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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“I can't sit still and see another man slaving and working. 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. I can't help it.” 229 likes
“Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing. ” 205 likes
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