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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 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."

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  1. 130
    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. 112
    To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis (wookiebender)
  3. 81
    Jeeves & Wooster: The Inimitable Jeeves; Carry On, Jeeves; Very Good, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse (Osbaldistone)
  4. 60
    The World of Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse (meggyweg)
  5. 62
    The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith (meggyweg, John_Vaughan)
  6. 62
    The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (raizel)
    raizel: Both have spiritual, transcendent moments in what are, for the most part, silly stories.
  7. 10
    Swing, Swing Together by Peter Lovesey (myshelves)
    myshelves: Victorian police novel utilizing the theme of Jerome's book.
  8. 10
    Literary Lapses by Stephen Leacock (kmcmahon)
  9. 10
    The Footsteps at the Lock by Ronald A. Knox (cf66)
    cf66: It's the same scenary
  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
    Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse (LorenDB)
  12. 00
    On Tremendous Trifles by G. K. Chesterton (VivienneR)
  13. 33
    The Pickwick Papers, Vol 1 by Charles Dickens (_eskarina)
  14. 00
    La vida exagerada de Martín Romaña by Alfredo Bryce Echenique (chrisharpe)
  15. 00
    Cordelia Underwood: Or, The Marvelous Beginnings of the Moosepath League by Van Reid (wvlibrarydude)
  16. 00
    The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain (LorenDB)
  17. 01
    Un Homme et une femme dans un bâteau by José-Marie Piquard (Cecilturtle)
    Cecilturtle: version moderne sur une rivière française
  18. 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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Mix of real information about the localities they pass through with humorous anecdotes about boating, health, life in general. Pretty light but fun. Some of the anecdotes are genuinely laugh out loud, they're very well told ( )
  tombomp | Oct 31, 2023 |
This has been on my plan to read list for a while and I am really glad I got to it. It's hard to describe, it's just comic in a particular British way that I find very amusing and it made me happy all the time I read it.
  amyem58 | Sep 6, 2023 |
Three men and another of whom I cannot speak embark upon a watercraft to explore the upper reaches of the Thames. Jerome was poking fun at stuffy types who undertake adventures while believing bookish intelligence will adequately take the place of practical knowledge. I am happy to say I only read about these fools instead of adding to their number, since there are many other adventures in greater need of my supply.

It's fun to know that long before people googled illness symptoms on the Internet they were already doing it in medical books and coming to the same erroneous conclusions that gave their doctors the headache. Modern technology merely makes it more convenient. Similarly, road-rage has a precursor in 19th century riverboating, by the author's own confession: "The mildest tempered people, when on land, become violent and blood-thirsty when in a boat." We are following time-honoured tradition.

Strange tonal changes appear when the comedic adventure is rudely interrupted at unexpected times by poetical landscape descriptions or dramatically depicted historical scenes. That should suffice to recognize the flaw which every review of this novel is obligated to observe, thus earning my anticipated pay check. ( )
  Cecrow | Aug 8, 2023 |
C'est la lecture de (l'excellent) [b:Sans parler du chien] qui m'a donné envie de lire trois hommes dans un bateau. Un bon moment : drôle et très imagé ( )
  miloshth | Aug 4, 2023 |
If you would like a book to take your mind off things for a bit, I recommend "Three Men in a Boat". It is a quick read and is still rather funny, even 100 years after it's publication. My favorite parts are when Jerome (not sure if I am calling him by his first or last name) goes off on a tangent that may have little or nothing to do with his trip or what he is even talking about at the time. It reminds me of a time when some friends and I were in a tavern and after a few hours of discussion, decided that we would take a tour out west, just for something to do. So, Edgar (whom we called "John"), Pile-on (real name is Norman), and I piled into my car with my pet turtle Norman (not to be confused with "Pile-on") and hit the road. After several hours, we became somewhat confused as to where we were, so after some arguments we decided to stop and ask directions at a bar we were passing. We went in and realized that we were in the very place we had left hours before. We decided to raise a toast to our adventure, but wished we had brought a camera. Maybe I digress from this review. I checked online to see if Jerome (see note above) was touring, but could find no info. But, if you want a quiet laugh, pick up a copy of this book. ( )
  CRChapin | Jul 8, 2023 |
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There were four of us - George, and William Samuel Harris, and myself, and Montmorency.
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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Classic Literature. Fiction. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:

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."


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

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