"Wonderfully fresh and funny
, and among examples of Victorian humour I would place it high in the pantheon, right up there with The Importance of Being Earnest
and The Diary of a Nobody
...Jerome's writing...triumphantly stands the test of time
, with its comic flights of exaggeration, its occasional archness, and its entirely innocent hint of the camp" (Daily Telegraph
"A charming comedy of friendship and human nature" (Independent
"One of the funniest books I've ever read. I laughed out loud and that doesn't happen often" (Vic Reeves Daily Express
"Brought laughter to a country in the throes of Victorian gloom" (The Times
"As well as being very funny, it captures the innocence of a time before adventure became synonymous with bungee jumping into ravines in faraway places" (Observer
'Reeves captures absolutely Jerome's droll, gentle and thoroughly English sense of the absurd... perfect alfresco spring reading'
'Reading it is like spending time with a favourite uncle whose anecdotes you'd happily listen to over and over again'
"number two in Esquire's funniest books list...Jerome's comic tale...is reissued...with 30 charming illustrations by...Vic Reeves"
'I fell out of bed laughing at Three Men in a Boat
Originally intended as a serious travel guide, then streamlined into an amusing account of a farcical boating excursion on the Thames river, Three Men in a Boat is Jerome K. Jerome’s controversially “vulgar” take on English history and recreation. A mix of social satire and Victorian wit, this book of ramblings broaches a variety of unlikely subjects, including leisure, nostalgia, and friendship. Despite telling a story where everything goes wrong, this funny travelogue offers a vivid portrait of Victorian England the reader will not soon forget.
Describes a comic expedition by middle-class Victorians up the Thames to Oxford.
From the Back Cover
'Wonderfully fresh and funny...Jerome's writing triumphantly stands the test of time' Daily Telegraph
ILLUSTRATED WITH THIRTY ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY COMEDIAN AND ARTIST VIC REEVES
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's glorious and witty illustrations.
See Also: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
About the Author
Jerome Klapka Jerome (1859–1927) was an English writer, essayist and humorist. His most famous work is the comic travelogue Three Men in a Boat.