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Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome
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Three Men on the Bummel (1900)

by Jerome K. Jerome

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Series: Three Men (2)

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    Three Men in a Boat—To Say Nothing of the Dog by Jerome K. Jerome (rakerman)
    rakerman: Three Men on a Boat (the first book) is much better at sustaining the humour throughout. Three Men on the Bummel is funny to start, but loses a bit once they start on the trip.
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George, Harris and J decide on a cycle tour of Germany. The early chapters discuss their family life with scant regard to their wives, the later chapters describe their travels. Rambling with a bit of humour now and again, quite good to read aloud. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Short, hilarious read. You won't learn anything or change your world views, but it's well written and highly entertaining. ( )
  brikis98 | Nov 11, 2015 |
Not as good as it's more famous companion but still lots of fun. ( )
  Lukerik | Oct 8, 2015 |
This doesn't have anything to rival the best set pieces that make the first one (Three Men in a Boat), but is still very funny. Some of the humour is a bit 'of it's time', and it's a very gentle comedy based on silly misunderstandings and rambling anecdotes, but overall a fine sequel. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Jul 21, 2015 |
Half of my enjoyment came from the reading by Peter Yearsley available in the public domain over at Librivox, who somehow never lets the interest flag, even when the author is expounding on the the most routine of subjects. The best parts feature the comic byplay between the three companions but this is only about half of the text, which is given over to probing observations of German national characteristics circa 1900. Now and then a modern reader may receive an odd ghostly feeling when something in the story happens to remind one of the bloody cataclysm between the British and German nations fifteen years later, but that is inadvertent. It is a time of peace and serenity at the turn of the century with signs of the modern world starting to displace social customs which have been in place for hundreds of years, fertile ground for the work of a sharp humorist. ( )
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Jerome K. Jeromeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Hill, L. RavenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manganelli, GiorgioForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oulton, Carolyn W. de la L.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tedeschi, AlbertoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To the Gentle GUIDE who lets me ever go my own way, yet brings me right - To the Laughter-Loving PHILOSOPHER who, if he has not reconciled me to bearing the toothache patently, at least has taught me the comfort that this even will also pass- To the Good FRIEND who smiles whe I tell him of my troubles, and who when I ask for help, answers only "Wait!" - To the Grave-Faced JESTER to whom all life is but a volume of old humour - To Good Master TIME - this little work of a poor PUPIL is dedicated
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'What we want,' said Harris, 'is a change.'
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140621458, Paperback)

'I did not intend to write a funny book, at first' wrote Jerome J. Jerome of "Three Men in a Boat", which has since become a comic classic. 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'.

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The continuing adventures of George, Harris and 'I' - now somewhat older, and this time without the dog - as they desert boat for bicycle to make a tour through the Black Forest.

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