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Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog (Prion Humour Classics) [Hardcover]

Jerome Jerome , Nigel Williams
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Book Description

11 Dec 1999 Prion Humour Classics
Harris, George and J. are three Victorian idlers: amiable buffons who love their food, their drink and bachelor home comforts. They're none to keen on work either. Deciding they need a change of scene from their communal hyperchondria, what could be more relaxing than a trip up the river Thames?

Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Prion Books Ltd; New edition edition (11 Dec 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853753718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853753718
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 12.1 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,744,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* Laurie's readings prove him to be not only a skilled light comedian and actor but a very satisfying reader, with a very flexible voice. The Collector's Digest --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Jerome Klapka Jerome (1859–1927) was an English writer and humorist, best known for the humorous travelogue Three Men in a Boat. Jerome was born in Caldmore, Walsall, England, and was brought up in poverty in London. He attended St Marylebone Grammar School. Other works include the essay collections Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow and Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellow; Three Men on the Bummel, a sequel to Three Men in a Boat; and several other novels. In 1877, inspired by his older sister Blandina's love for the theatre, Jerome decided to try his hand at acting, under the stage name Harold Crichton. He joined a repertory troupe that produced plays on a shoestring budget, often drawing on the actors' own meagre resources – Jerome was penniless at the time – to purchase costumes and props. After three years on the road and with no evident success, the 21-year-old Jerome decided he had had enough with stage life, and sought other occupations. He tried to become a journalist, writing essays, satires and short stories, but most of these were rejected. Over the next few years he was a school teacher, a packer, and a solicitor's clerk. Finally, in 1885, he had some success with On the Stage — and Off, a comic memoir of his experiences with the acting troupe. Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, a collection of humorous essays, followed in 1886 (see 1885 and 1886 in literature). On 21 June 1888, Jerome married Georgina Elizabeth Henrietta Stanley Marris (a.k.a. Ettie), nine days after she had divorced her first husband. She had a daughter from her previous, five-year marriage, nicknamed Elsie (her actual name was also Georgina). The honeymoon took place on the Thames "in a little boat," a fact which was to have a significant influence on his next, and most important work, Three Men in a Boat. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, the simple pleasures ... 2 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
It's a wonderful book. Harmless escapism and lashings of good humour. What could be more pleasant? It's one of my favourite reads. Three men, one dog and a row boat - sometimes lazily and sometimes energetically pulling up the River Thames, having endless adventures, calamities and runs-in with the consequences of "Murphy's law". I wondered if I would enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed reading it and I'm delighted to report that Hugh Laurie has done an excellent job of this abridged reading . It's not surprising really. His television interpretation of Bertie Wooster is spot on for that character, and the character of J. (the author/narrator, Jerome K Jerome) in this tale, is so similar in many ways to Bertie - in attitude, speech mannerisms etc - that Mr Laurie seems just perfect for the role. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to all the outrageous exaggerations, boasts and scenic descriptions, read in exactly the voice I imagine J. would have. I've listened to it twice so far and will, no doubt, listen to it whenever I need to be cheered up.
There are 2 CDs in the box and the running time is two and a half hours.
Highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this the funniest book ever written? 25 Oct 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I think so!

It is a real, laugh-out-loud romp through a completely crazy boating trip up the Thames and I challenge you not to find something to chuckle over on every page!

The narrator is a pompous, self-congratulatory ass who seems entirely unaware of his own shortcomings while eminently critical of others'. The tone of the novel is tongue-in-cheek/ ironic with some unforgettable moments of true comic genius. I hesitate to outline any of the plot as I don't want to spoil it for you but I will say that the language and style are as fresh and immediate as anything you will read today.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A total dream of a book 5 April 2001
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Reading this book should be made compulsory for anyone suffering from depression before they hit the Prozac. It is one of the funniest books I have ever read in my whole life. I laughed until I cried. There are so many funny stories it is hard to begin, but some of my favourites are the episodes with the medical dictionary and the frying pan. The only time I frowned was when it was finished.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not brilliant 18 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
Three Men In a Boat is an amusing collection of anecdotes cleverly stitched together in the form of a travelogue.

Hugh Laurie is a great narrator, however what CSA have done is to reduce the running time to two hours by editing out almost all the amusing anecdotes, leaving the story rather threadbare.

I would recommend Martin Jarvis' unabridged version instead, which is also available from Amazon (and elsewhere): Three Men in a Boat (Classic Fiction)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Carefully formatted? don't you believe it 4 July 2011
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
You don't have to be Lynne Truss to get annoyed by the use of double quotes instead of apostrophes, words that run together, etc. For something that claims to be carefully formatted, they didn't spend much time proof-reading this is all I can say. (The mis-formatting shows up on both the Kindle and on the Windows Kindle reader, so it's not just a device-specific problem).

Find a freebie version if you can.

[UPDATE: It gets worse. I just found a whole chapter repeated, line breaks in the wrong place - rating down from 2 stars to one now as a consequence]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud 1 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
From start to finish this had me laughing out loud. It is superb and could have been written yesterday. Jerome's observations on life are brilliant. One of the very best books you'll ever read and certainly the funniest I have ever read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The dog that killed the lemons 18 Dec 2002
I've just introduced my daughter to this book at the age of ten. It is truly a classic as it has had us both in stitches, despite the thiry five year gap in our ages. A hundred years on and the language is still fresh and the characters instantly recognisable. "JJ" points fun at everyone including himself in telling a simple tale of a boating holiday with two friends and a dog, and allows himself to be constantly distracted into telling stories that suggest a butterfly mind lost in a maze. At times it can also be very surreal, however - such as the tale of the tin of pineapple with the mocking grin, and the dog that killed three lemons. It really deserves to be made into a film shot in the first person and using a fish eye lens...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dashed good read. 3 May 2000
By A Customer
Possibly the funniest book I have ever read. It has such a modern tone and style it is hard to believe how old the book is. I can relate to it particularly as I have been on boating holidays on the Thames. I think the river has a sort of a timeless quality which has helped this book not to age. Jerome K Jerome's eloquence and subtle sense of humour are other reasons it sounds so fresh. There is also some good historical content, including a whole chapter on the signing of the Magna-Carte. But really I read it for the laughs. An English classic. I think these days there are very few comedies around which are as clean as this and as incredibly funny.
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