The three friends meet one evening and begin discussing their busy lives and how they feel stressed and overworked. The plot is relatively simple. Three Men in a Boat was originally meant to be a serious piece of travel writing, full of local flavors, legends and folklore about England's mighty river. Oh stop, Jerome, you'll burst my intestine, Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2020. The digression about his Uncle Podger's efforts to hang a picture is so delicately crafted that it beats the best of Laurel and Hardy. It remains popular in some circles to this day. Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2015. One of the most delightful examples of Victorian humor, this book by Jerome K Jerome is all the way a fun cruise down the Thames River with some funny characters for company. Contact Us. They still behave in much the same ridiculous and predictable ways, making them fit subjects for farcical satire. That is all that it is. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Bad, annoying, but it can be read. is something I am unable to elucidate. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. However this one kept making the rounds, appearing as a reference in other books I read, being recommended to me by friends and favorite authors, and showing up on my recommended list on Amazon (hey, thanks for the recommendation Amazon. Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2015. They are too atypical in their typicality. I begrudgingly started reading this and man, this is really funny. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2017. Themen are suffering from over work and they feel like to take a much needed breakfrom their monotonous routine. Jerome wrings the most improbable humour from the most mundane situations. On the other, it is a proof of our capacity to have a good time despite the odds (and the ignorance of our ignorance, and sometimes, arrogance). Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2014. The dog, Montmorency, is a rat terrier. It has been extensively adapted for stage, screen and television and has even contributed to the Thames becoming an important tourist destination in England. For in him, I sometimes saw too much of myself, and it was not amusing. Here is an exhibit of their goofiness that drew me into the book first: We had just commencd the third course - the bread and jam - when a gentleman in shirtsleeves and a short pipe came along, and wanted to know if we knew that we were trespassing. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel (Oxford World's Classics), © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. As it turned out, somewhere along the way, the author Jerome found himself catapulted into a madcap adventure. Jerome (or J) narrates the story as it happened, in all honesty. They also imagine that they are prey to exotic and fatal diseases. - really teaching them, as you might say. I love when he went to work at 2 am because his alarm clock malfunctioned; the saga of boat tow ropes which, no matter how carefully coiled manage to tie themselves into knots every time you want to use them (same goes for garden hoses); trying to open a tin can without an opener (yes, I lived for a long time with cans which required an opener ...have had the same experience when camping); his dog Montmorency; his travelling companions; disagreements on how to pack for what was essentially a camping trip in a boat on the Thames; the embarrassment when walking in on couples making our (mind you this was in Victorian days) and too many more unforgettable moments to mention. Am I the only one that got that? Clearly Shaw needs to be a must see and read writer for universal literature, not only because of the quality of his writing, but also because of the subjects and issues he treats given the historical context he was in!, to be that sarcastic and critical in victorian England is truly an heroic thing to do! The solution, they feel, is a nice long holiday. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. There is nothing does irritate me more than seeing other people sitting about doing nothing when I'm working. The story is structured on a journey up the Thames in a rented rowboat. One of the most praised things … And even after 100+ years since publishing, the jokes remain fresh and witty! They bring to life in barely three characters, the assorted quirks of a characteristic being.

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