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Three Men in a Boat

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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 Montmoren...more
Paperback, 178 pages
Published March 25th 2008 by Penguin Books, Limited (UK) (first published 1889)
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Ms Bubbles SockieP
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
Praj
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...more
karen
a taste:

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...more
Laura
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...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
Henry Avila
Three young gentlemen.I use the word, loosely.Are desperate.To get away from the fast pace and tensions. Of every day, 19th Century, London life.And go someplace else. The men need a long rest.They're very run down.From what?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 knee.That's J. doesn't have that.Worries him immensely!Leave the city or the end is n...more
Whitney Archibald
Apr 16, 2008 Whitney Archibald rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Apatt
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 nov...more
Jen
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...more
Mith
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...more
Anastasia
Designazione di un'ipotetica vita matrimoniale con il favorito Jerome K. Jerome.

Pro:

- 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...more
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!
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?

Well...

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...more
Tanu Das
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.
Simeon
The funniest book of all time. That is all.
Christopher H.
A thoroughly delightful little volume that should be required reading during the dog-days (no pun intended!) of each summer season. Full of wit and wry British humor, this novel with its mad-cap misadventures, funny twists and turns, and side-line streams of consciousness goes far in describing what it means to be English (and what it means to be an English fox terrier!). If you know someone a little under the weather, or out-of-sorts for whatever reason, present them with a copy; it is sure to...more
Sparrow
This was fun. It felt sort of like reading P.G. Wodehouse with a laugh track. Like, it was definitely funny, and it is usually a good bet to write an innocently arrogant rich young man slipping on banana peels, right? Everyone likes that. My only complaint isn't even really a complaint, but just something that I think makes Wodehouse's stories slightly more effortless. It is that there is no foil in this book, so the narrator has to act as a foil to himself and reveal his silliness. That ends up...more
Laurele
Filled with a kind of humor that never turns stale, this rollicking tale of a trip on the Thames is a celebration of stories of all kinds--tales from family and school days, the classic fish story, travelogue, history, the yarns of a local tour guide, the quintessentially British operetta, and to round it out, lest one think that all stories are funny, a man-in-the-street--make that stream--view of a tragic local news story.
Sai Kishore
The book is pretty humorous and fun to read.The chronicler reads a medical book and decides he has every disease in the book and decides to get away from it by a boat trip with two of his friends across Thames river.Writing style of Jerome K Jerome's hilarious, humorous and offbeat.
Sue
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.
Jennifer (aka EM)
Most of my review is in my comment, below. It was light and frothy for the most part - but his Seinfeldian digressions were more "purple prose pastoral" - an intentional affectation for character building I think, that we were not to take too seriously. Then again, what were we to make of these digressions overall? They often seemed to have an edge to them (again, a la Seinfeld) of meanness or - more generously - social satire. That's how I took, for example, the scene when they came upon the (v...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Our narrator, the author Jerome, and his two friends, Harris and George, decide (after much wrangling) to go on a boat trip up the Thames. From Kingston to Pangbourne they row and tow their way up the river and through the locks, spending their nights on the boat under a cover - along with the dog, Montmorency. That is the plot, but not the point of the book. In one way, it's a travel guide, peppered full of tips for people who want to do something similar; it's also a guide to the history of th...more
Marts  (Thinker)
Oh yes, I loved this.

Its a hilarious story about three friends who, concluding that they are more or less overworked, decide to take a holiday. After various idea deliberations they decide that a boating trip up the Thames would be best.
They travel to Kingston by train to get their hired boat and embark on the trip.
The tale describes their journey with its varying incidents and adventures with the narrator mentioning certain landmarks and villages as they go along up river. At some points the pr...more
Joshua
H I L A R I O U S. Reminds me a little of Wodehouse and Thurber and Keillor, but is somehow unlike any of those guys. I can't remember the last time I came across such perfectly pitched sarcasm on the page. Lots and lots of silly fun.
Aboadam
وأخيراً أنهيت كتاب بعد شهرين من التوقف عن القراءة :)
قرأتها وأنا أراقب نفسي معها هل سأضحك فعلاً ، أم أنها تحمل ذات السماجة الكوميدية خاصة أنها مترجمة

الحقيقة أني ضحكت ، وجمالها أنها مضحكة للعقل ، منبهة بشكل لذيذ
Heather
Imagine that Bertie Wooster were triplets and decided to go for a trip on the Thames sans Jeeves but with a terrier. Then imagine that P.G. Wodehouse decided to partner with Oscar Wilde to bring this comedy of manners--and errors--to the page. If you've no idea who Wooster, Wodehouse, or Wilde are, you'd probably be better off brushing up your knowledge of British humor with them before you attempt to enjoy Three Men in a Boat. What they possess that Jerome's book does not is plot.

Here is the p...more
Chris
This book puts me in mind of the time my friends and I decided it would be a great idea to go to my mother's house in the Poconos during spring break.

It was back in the late nineteen-hundreds, and we were a college cadre of Dungeons & Dragons players who had a great campaign going. "Spontaneous Combustion" we called ourselves, because of our habit of blowing things up at any opportunity. Not a weekend would go by that we didn't burn, destroy, incinerate or otherwise defile something in our i...more
Miz Moffatt
Originally posted on Across the Litoverse

As Three Men in a Boat opens, J. airs out his various ailments with his fellow invalids (re: closest friends), George and William Samuel Harris, and with his canine companion, Montmorency. According to a book J. discovered in a library, he is a veritable hospital packed with every disease known to mankind—with the notable exception of housemaid's knee, much to his chagrin. As a remedy, the gents decide to head out on the River Thames for a fortnight's wor...more
Adam
Basically, it's a narrative of three men (and a dog) taking a boat trip down the river in the late 1800s. Filled with flashbacks and tangential stories that range from the hysterically funny to tragic and heartwarming.

There is so much going on, so much jumping around that it (occassionally)is hard to keep track of where you are (in the main story or in a tangent...). So there were probably things I missed, and I may go back and read it later, because it was truly well-written and very engrossin...more
Laura
Mar 18, 2011 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Laurele
Available at Libri Vox.

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), published in 1889, is a humorous account by Jerome K. Jerome of a boating holiday on the Thames between Kingston and Oxford.

The book was intended initially to be a serious travel guide, with accounts of local history of places along the route, but the humorous elements eventually took over, to the point where the serious and somewhat sentimental passages now seem like an unnecessary distraction to the essentially comic novel...more
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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.” 137 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. ” 103 likes
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