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

by Jerome K. Jerome

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Series: Three Men (1)

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"Three Men in a Boat" is one of the best-loved and most enduring comic novels in all of English literature. It tells the tale of a boating expedition on the Thames, undertaken by three friends, to say nothing of the dog, Montmorency. The vibrancy and style of the Jerome's writing magnifies their adventures to epic proportions, and ensures this story remains as fresh as ever.… (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.
  2. 102
    To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis (wookiebender)
  3. 61
    Jeeves & Wooster: The Inimitable Jeeves; Carry On, Jeeves; Very Good, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse (Osbaldistone)
  4. 51
    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)
  6. 62
    The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith (meggyweg, John_Vaughan)
  7. 10
    The Footsteps at the Lock by Ronald A. Knox (cf66)
    cf66: It's the same scenary
  8. 10
    Swing, Swing Together by Peter Lovesey (myshelves)
    myshelves: Victorian police novel utilizing the theme of Jerome's book.
  9. 10
    Literary Lapses by Stephen Leacock (kmcmahon)
  10. 11
    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.
  11. 00
    On Tremendous Trifles by G. K. Chesterton (VivienneR)
  12. 00
    La vida exagerada de Martín Romaña by Alfredo Bryce Echenique (chrisharpe)
  13. 00
    Cordelia Underwood: Or, The Marvelous Beginnings of the Moosepath League by Van Reid (wvlibrarydude)
  14. 33
    The Pickwick Papers, Vol 1 by Charles Dickens (_eskarina)
  15. 01
    Un Homme et une femme dans un bâteau by José-Marie Piquard (Cecilturtle)
    Cecilturtle: version moderne sur une rivière française
  16. 01
    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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[b:Three Men in a Boat|4921|Three Men in a Boat|Jerome K. Jerome|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31S4MQrpw9L._SL75_.jpg|4476508] by [a:Jerome K. Jerome|3352|Jerome K. Jerome|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1198640391p2/3352.jpg], published in 1889 is a classic of English humor literature. Three young gentlemen take a cruise up the Thames in a small boat. While their trip doesn't quite work out as planned, they have a wonderful adventure. The book is full of dry, English humor, and is not to be missed if you like that sort of thing. As an example, here's one of my favorite passages from the book:

"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 of pedantic -veracity, that the experienced angler is seen." ( )
  lpg3d | Nov 12, 2022 |
The comedic effect is by turns helped and hurt by this book's overwhelming British-ness. ( )
  albertgoldfain | Oct 27, 2022 |
The three men of the title are young toffs who affect a pose of indolence and misapprehension as they undertake a leisurely fortnight excursion up the Thames, from London to Oxford. Not to forget the dog, Montmorency, a ferocious fox terrier. The result is a mildly amusing mix of self-deprecating college humor and straight-up guide book.
Unfortunately, I started this at the same time as I began reading Don Quixote; I assumed I’d need a light alternative alongside a thick classic, which I assumed would be a heavy read. I was wrong. Don Quixote is hilarious, and Jerome’s book suffered by comparison. Nevertheless, I can imagine rereading it, perhaps if I’m laid up in bed and need something light-hearted. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Sep 17, 2022 |
journey for the three men in the black forest ( )
  moazzima29 | Sep 11, 2022 |
Beautiful story of humorous friendship
  eraj-riaz18 | Sep 5, 2022 |
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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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"Three Men in a Boat" is one of the best-loved and most enduring comic novels in all of English literature. It tells the tale of a boating expedition on the Thames, undertaken by three friends, to say nothing of the dog, Montmorency. The vibrancy and style of the Jerome's writing magnifies their adventures to epic proportions, and ensures this story remains as fresh as ever.

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Trois hommes et un chien. Bienvenue en Absurdie! It is so British.

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