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Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel (Oxford World's Classics)
 
 

Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel (Oxford World's Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Jerome K. Jerome , Geoffrey Harvey
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This is the only critical edition available of two of the most popular modern classics in English literature. Three Men in a Boat describes a comic expedition by middle-class Victorians up the Thames to Oxford, and provides brilliant snap-shots of London's playground in the late 1880s. Three Men on the Bummel records a similar escapade some ten years later, when the trio cycle through the Black Forest, at the height of the new bicycling craze. - ;`Other works may excel this in depth of thought and knowledge of human nature: other books may rival it in originality and size; but, for hopeless and incurable vivacity, nothing yet discovered can surpass it.' (Jerome, Preface to Three Men in a Boat).

Three Men in a Boat describes a comic expedition by middle-class Victorians up the Thames to Oxford. It provides brilliant snap-shots of London's playground in the late 1880s, where the fashionable steam-launches of river swells encounter the hired skiffs of city clerks. The medley of social vignettes, farcical incidents, descriptions of river fashions, and reflections on the Thames's history, is interspersed with humorous anecdotes told by a natural raconteur.

Three Men on the Bummel records a similar escapade, a break from the claustrophobia of suburban life some ten years later; their cycling tour in the Black Forest, at the height of the new bicycling craze, affords Jerome the opportunity for a light-hearted scrutiny of German social customs at a time of increasing general interest in a country that he loved. This account of middle-aged Englishmen abroad is spiced with typical Jeromian humour. -

About the Author

Jerome K Jerome (1859-1927) became an actor and published a couple of volumes of humorous pieces and light essays about the theatre. He achieved lasting fame with THREE MEN IN A BOAT. He later went on to become one of the founders of the humorous magazine, The Idler, and continued to write articles and plays.

Jeremy Lewis has recently written a biography of Cyril Connolly and has edited the Raffles books.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1804 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, UK (2 July 1998)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WL0P7Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel 12 Jan 2010
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Who can fault the Three Men in a Boat? I was talking with someone about pre first World War Germany and Three Men on the Bummel was recommended for it's acute observations on this subject. It's very well written with much comedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars JUST WONDERFUL 8 Aug 2012
By Andrew
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I had forgotten how hilarious these books are. Three Men In A Boat is full of characters whom we have all met - Uncle Podger in particular is timeless. And the description of the Thames is still true to life.

The Bummel is another matter. A bit more serious although still entertaining. His views of the Germans lead to sombre thoughts when you reflect on what has happened since. But he understood them (and their language) better than most English-speaking authors on either side of the Atlantic. Alas, most of what he describes of Germany itself suffered the attentions of the USAF and the RAF and is no more.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great antidote against winter blues and more! 14 Jan 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I first read this book in translation to Russian, many (too many!) years ago. In the former Soviet Union (and in Russia proper, before there ever was a Soviet Union), this and other books by Jerome. K. Jerome were very popular. When I came to Boston 20 years ago as a refugee from Soviet Union, this was one of the first books I bought. I was hoping that, in its original language, it would be even a greater fun to read and I was not disappointed! In fact, the book has been in constant use ever since, having been loaned to many friends and even taken by some of them on a holiday trip to England (which included a week-long boat trip on the Thames!). It is very funny and its wit is timeless. This book is a great antidote against winter blues. It is also good as a remedy for our tendency to exaggerate shortcomings of others while papering over our own little faults and imperfections. Whether discussing their problems, high on the list of which is their "general disinclination to work of any kind", or planning their trip and packing supplies for it; whether rowing their boat or pitching a tent and trying to keep dry on a rainy night -- the characters are totally alive and recognizable. In fact, I am sure we all met people just like them, except they were not dressed as Victorian gentlemen on a holiday! But forget what they wear and what items they pack (or forget to pack) for their trip, or the fact that a cab they take to the railroad station is horse-driven, and these guys could be living in an apartment next door! Never will you hang another picture on your wall without thinking of Uncle Poger and never will you buy Stilton cheese again without some trepidation! I'd recommend this (and other Jerome's books, especially, "Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow") to anyone above the age of 12 and possessed of even a bit of a sense of humor. P.S. Did I mention that this book improves upon re-reading? A rare quality, indeed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, especially the cheese 13 July 2000
By Carl Skutsch - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the funniest books I've ever read. So why only 4 stars? Because it's not consistantly funny. The problem seems to be that Jerome started to write a travel story, with some serious thought on history and life, and added a few humorous bits as he went along. His editor got him to tone down the history and emphasize the humor, but we, the readers, are still stuck with some dreary Victorian romantic musings.

But then there are the funny bits. And there are a lot of them. I'd say 80% of this book is funny, and a good 10% is hysterically funny. Well worth the few dull patches.

WARNING: Do not read this in a public place. You WILL embarrass yourself by laughing out loud. The pages on cheese are especially deadly. I still giggle uncontrolably each time I re-read them.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sure-Cure for Autumn-Bleus (sic) 5 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Three Men in a Boat (To Mention Nothing About the Dog) is a timeless wonder in humor-writing whose value as a cure for many psycho-somatic maladies of the present day, high-speed, existense shall keep the voloume ever-popular. The book begins in an ominous note as one of the rowers-to-be is self diagnosed to be sufferring from all maladies but Housemaids Knee, in the compendium. A professional advise calls for a change of air which plunges the three men on a boat. The hilarious (mis)adventures apart, the story is embroidered with a picturesqe description of the English rain-meadows, the likes of which are feared to be on their banks of extinction, along with a quaint narrative of the history of the places. All these together catapults the story to a great height, with roars of laughter, but not only that. Recollections of, the happenings at the Maze; the curios incident of the German singer; and Montmorency: his very thoughts; will continue to coerce the reader to belly-laughs The enlivening, to say the least, line drawings as illustrations, is a jewel in the books crown. Never more, than sufferring bleak, cloudy and chill weekends in my present occupation in Strasbourg, have I realised what an a gem JKJ has left for us.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enduring comic masterpieces 9 Mar 2002
By Robert Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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There are very, very few laugh-out-loud literary classics, but this is one of them. I speak of THREE MEN IN A BOAT. The sequel is not unreadable, but it is a considerable disappointment after the glorious earlier novel.
The great thing about THREE MEN IN A BOAT is that after you have read it, you can go back to your favorite parts and reread them whenever you feel like it. Or read any part at all. The plot really isn't very important. The narrative voice is all. And everyone is going to have their favorite lines. Mine could well be when the narrator remarks, "I am fascinated by work. I could sit and watch it all day." But the narrative tone is so perfect, that one derives enormous entertainment from the book even when nothing especially funny is being said at all.
So, read this volume for the earlier novel, but if you enjoy the second, all the better.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic ! 15 April 2002
By Revital Rozenhek - Published on Amazon.com
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This book actually contains 2 books: the first and the more famous of the two is " Three men in a boat " , a very Very funny book, and the second " three men on a bummel" wich is the overlooked sequel. it's maybe overlooked but it's a very wothy book, masterfully written, just as funny as the first.
Three men on a boat tells the story of 3 young friends who go for a 2 weeks vacation in a river boat on the thames.
This vacation takes place in the last years of the 19th century in England but don't expect British gentelmans in hamburg hats politely nodding each other at their clubs while sipping their port. oh no - this 3 chaps although being friends, annoy each other to the degree of internal haemorrhage, as any people would do if locked togather fo too long, and the peatty grudges they hold against each other is the funniest thing you'll ever read. that grudge is ofcourse forgotten at once when someone from the outside comes along to ruin their cruise,and immediately they hate him instead.
The essence of the book is what we all know to happen on vacations and trips- we moan and grumble at the food, the prices the weather and everything else, but as we look back at it when we return home, we say we had a great time.
The author has an aproach to life that kind of takes after "Merphy's law" only he is so much funnier.
The second book is about the same 3 chaps and was written after the first book was recieved with great success.
This time they go on a "bummel" ( wich is the german word for trip ) on bysicle across germany.
As i said before, this book is less known, but it's also a must, and although they were both written many years ago, both the writing and the characters are still fresh , precise and unbelivingly amusing.
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