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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

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Series: Three Men (1)

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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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    The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith (meggyweg, John_Vaughan)
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    The World of Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse (meggyweg)
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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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    The Footsteps at the Lock by Ronald A. Knox (cf66)
    cf66: It's the same scenary
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    The Pickwick Papers, Vol 1 by Charles Dickens (_eskarina)
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    On Tremendous Trifles by G. K. Chesterton (VivienneR)
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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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    Un Homme et une femme dans un bâteau by José-Marie Piquard (Cecilturtle)
    Cecilturtle: version moderne sur une rivière française
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Quintessentially British literature. I read this because of the reference from Connie Willis's To Say Nothing of the Dog. The author goes on a lot of random tangents from the main plot, but it's no less enjoyable because of it. Another laugh-out-loud book.
  aratiel | Sep 5, 2018 |
Fun, amusing--and puts one in the era, and occasionally the mind, of Wodehouse. Some set pieces (and the book is all set pieces) are better than others, but the whole thing is charming. The description of the narrator's uncle trying to hang a picture is spot-on. ( )
  Stubb | Aug 28, 2018 |
Three Men in a Boat is exactly what it says on the cover -- a travelogue of three young men, plus the terror dog Montmorency, going boating on the Thames for a fortnight. Interspersed with stories from other boating holidays, stories closely or tenuously linked to the river or the towns passed through, and the odd Reflection on Life, this is a slow moving, poetical, and frequently comical ramble.

Unlike many 'classics of English literature', which this book is advertised as on the back cover, this is not a horrid story about horrid people. I don't think that George, Harris, or the narrator would be people I would want to spend much time with, but they do appear to have a friendship that holds together despite the frustrations of their time together. ( )
  fred_mouse | Aug 3, 2018 |
mi ero dimenticata del ginocchio della lavandaia... quante lacrime dal ridere! ( )
  Eva_Filoramo | May 3, 2018 |
Hy-freakin'-sterical. There were moments when J. went off on one of his (many) detail tangents that I would sort of skim over, but that added to the charm. So stinking funny. ( )
  gossamerchild88 | Mar 30, 2018 |
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Jerome, Jerome K.primary 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
Ribbons, IanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salami, CarloIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Searle, Ronaldsecondary 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.

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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"George, William, and J. agree on one thing. They're overworked and need a rest. A week on "the rolling deep"--they decide--may be just the thing! So off they go with Montmorency, the dog, anticipating the joys of long, lazy days during a glorious Victorian summer. What happens to these bungling bachelors on a two-week rowing excursion up the Thames provides fodder for one of the best-known classics of English humor." -- back cover.… (more)

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