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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
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Random House UK (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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Frankie
Sep 11, 2012 Frankie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, uk
I loved this book so much.
Completely timeless.
I'm not big on classics, sometimes i just cant do them but this was different.
Great story. Great stories within.

And whenever he talked about the dog. Any dog lover would understand.
I thought having the dog was a great touch.
The bit with the pineapple tin was brillant too. Best read in a long time.
Praj
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
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Petra Eggs
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
Matthias
Nov 03, 2016 Matthias rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matthias by: Florencia
Three Men in a Pastiche: To Say Nothing of the Boat

Three tourists - A spicy meal - The effects of a typhoon - Picasso's masterpiece - Random thoughts on helicopters - The joys of being on land

Three young men were waiting at the docks to be picked up by a ferry boat. The first of these men is Ted, a man widely praised for his lust for action. It is in his hands, his feet, his nose and other such things that the essence of his being lies. He is said to be the only man who is able to act more quick
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Florencia
Aug 04, 2013 Florencia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Evgeny
Oct 11, 2012 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
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Henry Avila
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
Jan-Maat
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
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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
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Carol.
Nov 27, 2014 Carol. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol. by: Connie Willis (indirectly)
https://clsiewert.wordpress.com/2014/...

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
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Apatt
Feb 20, 2013 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
Miriam
Jun 04, 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.
karen
Jun 07, 2011 karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: littry-fiction
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
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Kim
Apr 09, 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
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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
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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
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Maria João
Mar 21, 2017 Maria João rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
9 de 10*

Antes de falar sobre a história (fantástica) deste livro, gostaria de partilhar o quanto me fez viajar ao passado. Dei por mim, de repente, a perceber que “Três Homens num Barco” era o mesmo livro que “Três Homens num Bote”, um livro que li e reli na minha adolescência e do qual guardo memórias muito boas! Tinha uma ideia muito geral da história, porque já se passaram muitos anos e muitos livros lidos depois, mas foi um relembrar de episódios que me soube tão bem!
Divagações à parte e fin
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Whitney Archibald
Mar 29, 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?

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
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Yousra
حسيتها خلصت فجأة :D

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

تم ترشيح هذه الرواية لي في العام الماضي لكي اتخلص من كآبة رواية قر
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RK-ique
Sep 19, 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
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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
Melki
Jun 28, 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.
Shayantani 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.
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!
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
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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.
Anastasia
Aug 12, 2012 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.

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
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Carmine
Oct 11, 2016 Carmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inno al lavoro (guardato da lontano)

Tre ragazzi, più un cane su cui è meglio tacere, alle prese con una travagliata gita in barca sul Tamigi.
L'aspetto che più sorprende è il tempo passato, estremamente galantuomo verso un'opera che ha mantenuto brillantezza nella sua semplicità.
Lo sgangherato trio, ottimamente tratteggiato con una peculiare tendenza all'ozio e nobilitato da slanci pseudofilosofici di bassa lega, diverte e colpisce nel segno a più riprese; quello che funziona meno è la continuit
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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.” 240 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. ” 214 likes
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