Three Men in A Boat

To Say Nothing of the Dog!, &, Three Men on the Bummel

Jerome, Jerome K.

Book - 1999
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Three Men in A Boat
"When J. the narrator, George, Harris and Montmorency the dog set off on their hilarious misadventures, they can hardly predict the troubles that lie ahead with tow-ropes, unreliable weather-forecasts, imaginary illnesses, butter pats and tins of pineapple chunks. Denounced as vulgar by the literary establishment, Three Men in a Boat nevertheless caught the spirit of the times. The expansion of education and the increase in office workers created a new mass readership, and Jerome's book was especially popular among the 'clerking classes' who longed to be 'free from that fretful haste, that vehement striving, that is every day becoming more and more the bane of nineteenth-century life.' So popular did it prove that Jerome reunited his heroes for a bicycle tour of Germany. Despite some sharp, and with hindsight, prophetic observations of the country, Three Men on the Bummel describes an equally picaresque journey constrained only 'by the necessity of getting back within a given time to the point from which one started'.--"Provided by publisher.

Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 1999
ISBN: 0140437509
Branch Call Number: FICTION JEROME 1999
Characteristics: xxxi, 361 p. ;,20 cm


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A silly comedy of errors on a Thames crowded with amateur boaters. Mishaps and hilarity abound. Also available in full online at

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Jul 31, 2010
  • GuyN rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very British humour from the late 19th century. If you like this sort of thing (I do) or if you have traveled by rowboat this is a pretty funny expedition. The group dynamic of the three men is well established and mirrors the foibles of any three true life adventurers, with considerable exaggeration, of course.

Jul 09, 2010
  • cliominded rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not as funny as Connie Willis' "To Say Nothing of the Dog" but pretty amusing overall. A great picture of upper class Edwardian english pleasures.


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