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Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog! (Essential Penguin) [Paperback]

Jerome K Jerome
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25 Feb 1999 Essential Penguin
'We agree that we are overworked, and need a rest - a week on the rolling deep? - George suggests the river -' And with the cooperation of several hampers of food and an open boat, the three men (not forgetting the dog) set out on a hilarious voyage of mishaps up the Thames. When his characters are not falling in the river and getting lost in Hampton Court maze, Jerome K. Jerome finds time to express his ideas on the world around - many of which have acquired a deeper fascination since the day at the end of the last century when this excursion was so lightly undertaken.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (25 Feb 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140282602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140282603
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 11 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 658,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jerome Klapka Jerome (1859 – 1927), was born in Walsall and moved to London with his family when he was still a young boy. His unusual middle name was from a Hungarian friend of his father. Jerome left school at fourteen, after his the death of his mother. This was not unusual in those days in poor families and Jerome’s family was certainly poor. Jerome started work as a railway clerk but had an artistic nature and soon spent time acting with various theatre companies – as well as reading in the British Museum library. His stage experiences led to his first book On the Stage – and Off and to his determination to make a living as a writer. Three Men in a Boat, published in 1889, brought him success and worldwide fame. The critics didn’t like Jerome’s humour and easy-going style but the public did. The book was a huge bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic. Sales of the American edition reached a million copies, even though it was being sold there illegally! The qualities the critics disliked have now made the book a timeless classic.

Three Men in a Boat is a fictional, and hugely exaggerated, version of an actual boat trip up the River Thames that Jerome took with two friends. After this book’s success Jerome worked as a novelist, playwright and editor. He made lecture tours, especially in the USA and caused a scandal by publicly criticising the racism in the Southern States. Three Men in a Boat was his only best-seller. It was so popular in Germany that clubs were started for people to make their own boating trips in the style of the trip taken by Jerome and his friends.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Guidebook like no other 26 Mar 2001
When an author's name is Jerome K. Jerome, you know you are in for something special and this book does not disappoint you. Originally conceived as a guide to the River Thames, Three Men in a Boat, is the funniest, maddest book you are ever likely to find, about something as simple as idling down a river. The book ranges far and wide beyond the scope of either a travel guide or a memoir. It is full of little anecdotes about such things as barometers and hypochondria. It makes mention of the pleasures and perils of having your boat towed by girls. It explains the dangers posed by swans and the trauma caused by tinned pineapple. Whilst the language is from a bygone age, the book is never stuffy or boring. The humour is as fresh today as it was when Queen Victoria was on the throne. This book is so funny that I had to stop reading it on the London Underground where laughter and frivolity are frowned upon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless. 28 Jun 2001
After reading this book, you would be shocked to find that it had been written so long ago. I'm not the most educated of people but this is one of the funniest books I have ever read. Everyday humour delivered in a timeless way. The characters are so realistic, with more than a passing resemblance to many people you know. You will wonder why everyone hasn't read this book. Funny, funny, funny. Thanks J.K.J.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great tale 1 April 2000
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This book is probably the best of Jerome's works; it is the story of three young men and a dog who decide that they will take a rowing-boat up the river to Oxford from London. All the surroundings are well-described, owing to the fact that Jerome did that journey himself, in a very humorous fashion, and one can often sympathise with the predicaments into which the three intrepid explorers find themselves. An altogether good read, which can be made especially interesting if one knows the parts of the river being described, and it is interesting to compare with to-day, 110 years later.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comedy classic 11 April 2000
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Both funny and evocative, Three Men In A Boat is one of the most enjoyable reads around. It is rightly regarded as a comedy classic. I first read this book when I was a teenager, and since then I've always wanted to take a boat on the River Thames!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 25 July 2000
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I first read this book years ago and remember laughing out loud several times at the goings-on in this book. The writing is similar in style to "Diary of A Nobody" - at the risk of seeming ignorant, would it be described as Victorian? Take three not-very-outdoorsy type City-dwellers, and a dog, and place them on a boat going up the Thames, and you get misadventures galore. A classic!
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