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Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog (Penguin Classics) (original 1889; edition 2004)

by Jerome K. Jerome, Jeremy Lewis (Editor), Jeremy Lewis (Introduction)

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Title:Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog (Penguin Classics)
Authors:Jerome K. Jerome
Other authors:Jeremy Lewis (Editor), Jeremy Lewis (Introduction)
Info:Penguin Classics (2004), Paperback, 224 pages
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Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome (1889)

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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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    The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (raizel)
    raizel: Both have spiritual, transcendent moments in what are, for the most part, silly stories.
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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 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 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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    Swing, Swing Together by Peter Lovesey (myshelves)
    myshelves: Victorian police novel utilizing the theme of Jerome's book.
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    Cordelia Underwood: Or, The Marvelous Beginnings of the Moosepath League by Van Reid (wvlibrarydude)
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    On Tremendous Trifles by G. K. Chesterton (VivienneR)
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    La vida exagerada de Martín Romaña by Alfredo Bryce Echenique (chrisharpe)
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    Un Homme et une femme dans un bâteau by José-Marie Piquard (Cecilturtle)
    Cecilturtle: version moderne sur une rivière française
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    The Pickwick Papers, Vol 1 by Charles Dickens (_eskarina)
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Since this book was an influence on Connie Willis' fabulous and funny novel, I figured I should read it and see what she was getting at.
It's a short, comic Victorian novel. The humor is based on the fact that none of the events of the book are of any importance whatsoever, but that the narrator makes every little thing out to be practically an incident from a heroic epic.
It's very short, and it is funny - but I think it's good that it's short, because I don't think that it could have been sustained much longer.
(Willis is funnier.) ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Don't remember much was a long time ago. ( )
  Bruce_Deming | Feb 5, 2016 |
It isn't about a trip up the Thames. The Thames is a setting, a background for anecdotes. Some received knowledge, others quite original, all of them exaggerated. And occasionally funny, What is almost always unfailingly funny, however, is Jerome's wit. Half-phrases, tone and careful choice of words - this is what makes the book as timeless as the cover praises the content to be.
  Kindlegohome | Feb 3, 2016 |
Jerome K. Jerome wrote a leisurely chronicle of a summer's boating holiday on the Thames. It was published in 1889 when he was only thirty years old. It was a success as a popular humorous book and has remained in print to this day. While some of the book is pure farce his main approach to humor was understatement and outrageous exaggeration in a style that reminds one of some of Twain's comic writings. He described his technique thus:

"Some people are under the impression that all that is required to make a good fisherman is the ability to tell lies easily and without blushing: but this is a mistake. Mere bald fabrication is useless; the veriest tyro can manage that. It is in the circumstantial detail, the embellishing touches of probability, the general air of scrupulous---almost pedantic---veracity, that the experienced angler is seen."

His humor relies on the diabolic malice of inanimate objects when they escape from civilization: of the infrangibility of cans when the can opener has been left behind, the ingenuity of an untended rope, the cunning of kettles and leaking kerosene. His narrator is known simply as J. while his companions are Harris and George (though they are somewhat shadowy characters) and of course there is Montmorency, the dog.

"To look at Montmorency you would imagine that he was an angel sent upon the earth, for some reason withheld from mankind, in the shape of a small fox-terrier. There is a sort of Oh-what-a-wicked-world-this-is-and-how-I-wish-I-could-do-something-to-make-it-better-and -nobler expression about Montmorency that has been known to bring tears into the eyes of pious old ladies and gentlemen."

With a convivial narrator and two friends, to say nothing of the dog, this tale of a boat trip is simply one of the funniest and most delightful short books that I have ever read. ( )
  jwhenderson | Jan 30, 2016 |
Very interesting sense of humor - I loved this book and laughed out loud. Planning to read Three Men on the Bummel, the sequel. ( )
  KathyGilbert | Jan 29, 2016 |
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Jerome, Jerome K.primary authorall 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
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140621334, Paperback)

Martyrs to hypochondria and general seediness, J. and his friends George and Harris decide that a jaunt up the Thames would suit them to a 'T'. But when they set off, they can hardly predict the troubles that lie ahead with tow-ropes, unreliable weather-forecasts and tins of pineapple chunks - not to mention the devastation left in the wake of J.'s small fox-terrier Montmorency. "Three Men in a Boat" was an instant success when it appeared in 1889, and, with its benign escapism, authorial discursions and wonderful evocation of the late-Victorian 'clerking classes', it hilariously captured the spirit of its age.

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CLASSIC FICTION. What could be more relaxing than a refreshing holiday on the river with your two best friends and faithful canine companion, Montmorency? However, as J. discovers, there is more to life on the waves than meets the eye - including navigational challenges, culinary disasters, and heroic battles with swans, kettles and tins of pineapple. Jerome K. Jerome's delightful novel has kept readers smiling for years and his prose has found a perfect partner in Vic Reeves' glorious and witty illustrations. This title is illustrated with thirty original illustrations by comedian and artist Vic Reeves - exclusive to vintage classics.… (more)

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