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Three late-Victorian gentlemen, George, Harris and the writer himself, as well as their fox terrier Montmorency, take a trip in a boat along the River Thames to Oxford. What ensues is a hilarious journey through the English waterways full of anecdotes, and farcical incidents with Montmorency wreaking havoc along the way.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers (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 entirel…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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Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, uk

Bonus points for having a dog.

Petra thinks dating is, sadly, a waste of time
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
Henry Avila
Three young gentlemen and I use that word very loosely are desperate to get away from the fast pace tensions of every day 19th Century London life ( the horror !). And go someplace else, they should have stayed put indeed. 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 too, except housemaid's knee. Tha ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a brilliant book! If you are looking to the perfect follow up to The Pickwick Papers this is your genre. See what J (the narrator), George (the man with the orange red blazer), Harris and not to be forgotten Montmorency (the dog) experience on their picnic, camping and boat trip on the River Thames through the English countryside. If you know some places of the area described (like me) you see every step in full detail before your mental eye. Those episodes are so funny that you have a broa ...more
JV (semi-hiatus)
3.5 stars

Digressive in style, meandering and episodic at worst, but bloody hilarious at the most awkward of moments!

19th century Victorian England — Witness three dunderheads (mis)adventurers/gentlemen/hypochondriacs, namely J., George, William Harris and a ferocious fox-terrier named Montmorency as they circumnavigate the River Thames on a boat. Purpose: of course, exploratory expedition! How wonderful! Isn't it? Err, not until you encounter an awkward disaster of cataclysmic proportions such
May 26, 2010 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
Oct 11, 2012 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
Aug 04, 2013 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
Nov 03, 2016 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
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. when 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 a fu ...more
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a quaint little book!

I had no idea this existed. But I'm definitely glad I could rectify that now.

The story is that of three friends, elderly gentlemen, who decide to journey up the Thames in a little boat together with the dog one of them owns. The preparations for the trip are already very entertaining, but the trip itself is no less so. Apart from them actually travelling for a bit, we are treated to various stops along the way (I looked a few places up on a map and was delighted to see
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my ever favourite novels! Unalloyed pleasure to sink into truly English sense of humour! And Montmorency became my idea of a dog!
Nov 27, 2014 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
Jun 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It was the best of ideas, it was the worst of ideas."

Three men who are the best of friends agree they are overworked and need rest. They hit on the best of ideas – to take a boating vacation on the Thames from Kingston upon Thames to Oxford and back to Kingston. Two weeks on ‘the rolling deep’ sounds like fun.

The narrator, J. (the author himself), George, Harris, and Montmorency, make plans to go up the river for ‘fresh air, exercise and quiet.’ They expect to work up a good appetite and to sl
It's a book of comical anecdotes strung together to compile the history of a 2 week vacation of 3 men who rent a boat and go rowing on the Thames. Oh, and their dog, Montmorency, goes along. It is one comic episode after another and so ridiculous that it could be titled 3 stooges in a boat and I wouldn't bat an eye. I did enjoy it and it was quite successful in it's day. I give it 3.5 stars, the extra half goes to the dog. ...more
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
Laugh-aloud hilarious! I felt as if I were tagging along, unobserved, on a boat trip with my brothers in the days of their youth (transposed back a century). The absurdities and ironies of the ordinary, things going wrong, anthropomorphism employed to great comic effect when boats and all their "cussed" paraphernalia seem to have minds of their own. Men showing off, embarrassments with girls, physical comedy, a bit of social commentary. The affectionate insults and jokes of three young buddies g ...more
I originally read this because I'm a big fan of Connie Willis and she went on and on about it, but when I actually read it, I was charmed for its own sake. :)

It's all so very droll.

Fish stories, laziness, incompetence, dishonesty, pathos and great verve stud these pages. It's an adventure for the ages! Of course, it's just three men in a boat, to say nothing of the dog.

Set in Victorian England, it captures the overblown hypochondriac feel of the age. :)

Well worth the read, and now I think I'm
Written in 1899, this book could easily be contemporary, just change the scenery a bit and give these guys another mode of transportation. The three men in question, J, George and Harris, along with Montmorency the dog, decide to take a camping trip down the Thames (and when I include the dog in the decision making, it is not a stretch). The dynamics between the men is just what I would expect today of three young men on a camping excursion, particularly three men who are not overly adept at liv ...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
Jun 04, 2011 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. ...more
Feb 20, 2013 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
Lee  (the Book Butcher)
I know i don't take to plotless books with lackluster characters but Since this is a comedy i decided to give it a go. Somewhere between pointless frivolity and introspective human incite. classified as a comedic travelogue. man, Victorians loved travelogues!

As i said not much of a plot, In fact the title will suffice to tell you all you need to know so i'll keep this synopsis brief. Three men George, Harris and J. our narrator travel down the Thames river with J's dog Montmorency. Telling you
Reading_ Tamishly
May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this one so much!!!

Some fun, some tears, some poetry and some second hand embarrassment.

The first chapter made me burst out laughing so hard. If you are in the medical line and know similar people, you will know what I mean.

And I knew I won't recover from it unless I read the entire book!

The characters are so damn funny.
It's the monologues that's like no book that would come out would ever achieve.

The writing! It's the writing that made it so fun and fast paced to read.

I don't know what
Tamar...playing hooky for a few hours today
Three Men in a Boat is a completely and absolutely delightful waste of time. I must have bookmarked at least twenty hilarious passages to go back and read again for a last chuckle before returning to the library (I may subject you to some of them if the mood hits me before I wind this up). I listened and then read so I could enjoy the nonsense dialogue (both verbal and literary) a second time. Published in 1889 this book is in the Public Domain and available for free download from the Gutenberg ...more
In this comic story about three friends on a boating trip up the Thames, Jerome K. Jerome—the narrator and one of the three men in question—weaves in countless anecdotes about his boatmates George and Harris and their various acquaintances, not to mention some very funny details about their misadventures along the way. Apparently, the author had originally intended this book to be a serious and stoic travel guide, and while there are some descriptions of the sites and local history along the way ...more
Jun 07, 2011 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
Paul Bryant
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
1889 English humour

In the church is a memorial to Mrs. Sarah Hill, who bequeathed £1 annually, to be divided at Easter, between two boys and two girls who “have never been undutiful to their parents; who have never been known to swear or to tell untruths, to steal, or to break windows.” Fancy giving up all that for five shillings a year! It is not worth it.

It is rumoured in the town that once, many years ago, a boy appeared who really never had done these things—or at all events, which was all t
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three young men from London in the late 19th century (all of them hypochondriacs) decide to take a two week trip "up the river". They bring with them the one man's dog and only the various things they will need. Or so they claim. The long passage about packing would indicate otherwise.
What follows is a funny story in which a great many things go wrong, many other stories are told, and the dog proves to be the smartest of the bunch.

The anecdotes the men share, always something that happened to a
Prabhjot Kaur
This is set in 19th Century London where three men and a dog go on a boat trip. It was supposed to be a travel book but became a laugh-riot instead.

The writing was brilliant and I found myself laughing a lot. There isn't exactly a plot but it is full of heart-warming, some awkward and funny bits. I loved it.

4 stars
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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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