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Three Men in a Boat—To Say Nothing of the…
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Three Men in a Boat—To Say Nothing of the Dog (1889)

by Jerome K. Jerome

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Three Men (1)

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6,1762251,100 (3.9)680
Three Men in a Boat was meant to be a serious travel guide to the Thames, between Kingston and Oxford. Instead, it is one of the wittiest, funniest fictional jaunts down a river ever written. The three men are based on author Jerome and two of his friends. The dog "developed out of that area of inner consciousness which, in all Englishmen, contains an element of the dog."… (more)
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    My Man Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse (TadAD)
    TadAD: Imagine Bertie, Bingo and Barmie trying to organize a two-week boating expedition up the Thames. Conversely, imagine J., Harris and George trying to steal a cow creamer for their aunt. There you have it.
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    To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis (wookiebender)
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    Jeeves & Wooster: The Inimitable Jeeves; Carry On, Jeeves; Very Good, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse (Osbaldistone)
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    The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (raizel)
    raizel: Both have spiritual, transcendent moments in what are, for the most part, silly stories.
  5. 40
    The World of Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse (meggyweg)
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    The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith (meggyweg, John_Vaughan)
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    The Footsteps at the Lock by Ronald A. Knox (cf66)
    cf66: It's the same scenary
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    Swing, Swing Together by Peter Lovesey (myshelves)
    myshelves: Victorian police novel utilizing the theme of Jerome's book.
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    Literary Lapses by Stephen Leacock (kmcmahon)
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    Our Hearts Were Young and Gay by Cornelia Otis Skinner (cbl_tn)
    cbl_tn: If you enjoy humorous travel stories, you can't go wrong with either one of these books. Both books include descriptions of visits to the Hampton Court maze.
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    On Tremendous Trifles by G. K. Chesterton (VivienneR)
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    Cordelia Underwood: Or, The Marvelous Beginnings of the Moosepath League by Van Reid (wvlibrarydude)
  13. 33
    The Pickwick Papers, Vol 1 by Charles Dickens (_eskarina)
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    The Book of Tea by Kakuzō Okakura (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Two books which appear to be about mundane matters on the surface, but are really about how to live life to the fullest
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    La vida exagerada de Martín Romaña by Alfredo Bryce Echenique (chrisharpe)
  16. 02
    Un Homme et une femme dans un bâteau by José-Marie Piquard (Cecilturtle)
    Cecilturtle: version moderne sur une rivière française
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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 gonna hunt down takers for a first or re-read of Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog, which, I might add, might be a bit superior in every way. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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  victor.k.jacobsson | May 23, 2020 |
It was not what I was expecting. My expectations were much hire from what the various comments where saying about it. This is not a great our even a good book… mediocre? maybe.
Sure, there's some few pages where imagination and cleverness is evident, but is not enough to be a "great 5 stars" book.
Some laughs = yes
Like ti? = no, feel like a waist of time ( )
  tonauac | Apr 16, 2020 |
It was not what I was expecting. My expectations were much hire from what the various comments where saying about it. This is not a great our even a good book… mediocre? maybe.
Sure, there's some few pages where imagination and cleverness is evident, but is not enough to be a "great 5 stars" book.
Some laughs = yes
Like ti? = no, feel like a waist of time ( )
  tonauac | Apr 16, 2020 |
It was not what I was expecting. My expectations were much hire from what the various comments where saying about it. This is not a great our even a good book… mediocre? maybe.
Sure, there's some few pages where imagination and cleverness is evident, but is not enough to be a "great 5 stars" book.
Some laughs = yes
Like ti? = no, feel like a waist of time ( )
  tonauac | Apr 16, 2020 |
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Jerome, Jerome K.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Balboni, Maria PiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Browning, D. C.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cancogni, ManlioContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cox, PaulIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
De Vries, PeterIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dekk, DorritCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Folliette, EmileIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraser, G.G.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fredericks, A.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frederics, AIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Graziani, AlbertoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hammar, BirgittaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jarvis, MartinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lewis, JeremyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oulton, Carolyn W. de la L.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Perini, RobertoIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pirè, LucianaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Raven Hill, L.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reeves, VicIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ribbons, IanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rose, GeorgeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salami, CarloIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Searle, Ronaldsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tedeschi, AlbertoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Valkonen, TeroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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There were four of us - George, and William Samuel Harris, and myself, and Montmorency.
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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's my energetic nature. I can't help it.
I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.
You start on Monday with the idea implanted in your bosom that you are going to enjoy yourself. You wave an airy adieu to the boys on shore, light your biggest pipe, and swagger about the deck as if you were Captain Cook, Sir Francis Drake, and Christopher Columbus all rolled into one. On Tuesday, you wish you hadn't come. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, you wish you were dead. On Saturday, you are able to swallow a little beef tea, and to sit up on deck, and answer with a wan, sweet smile when kind-hearted people ask you how you feel now. On Sunday, you begin to walk about again, and take solid food. And on Monday morning, as, with your bag and umbrella in your hand, you stand by the gunwale, waiting to step ashore, you begin to thoroughly like it.
...George, who would not be able to get away from the City till the afternoon (George goes to sleep at a bank from ten to four each day, except Saturdays, when they wake him up and put him outside at two), would meet us there.
The case was becoming serious. It was now past midnight. The hotels at Shiplake and Henley would be crammed; and we could not go round, knocking up cottagers and householders in the middle of the night, to know if they let apartments! George suggested walking back to Henley and assaulting a policeman, and so getting a night's lodging in the station-house. But then there was the thought, "Suppose he only hits us back and refuses to lock us up!"

We could not pass the whole night fighting policemen. Besides, we did not want to overdo the thing and get six months.
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Trois hommes et un chien. Bienvenue en Absurdie! It is so British.

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