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Three Men in a Boat, to Say Nothing of the Dog! (Penguin Popular Classics) [Paperback]

Jerome K. Jerome
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25 Jan 2007 Penguin Popular Classics
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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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (25 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140621334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140621334
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.7 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"number two in Esquire's funniest books list...Jerome's comic tale...is reissued...with 30 charming illustrations by...Vic Reeves" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Timeless 18 May 2004
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It seems that human nature hasn't changed much since Victorian times! This collection of anecdotes, observations and witticisms is a true classic, completely unaffected by the passage of time. The author's understated, self-deprecating style of humour had me roaring with laughter virtually from the first page, and even now - a week after finishing it - I still find myself chuckling at odd moments when I remember certain turns of phrase.
I was put off reading it for a long time because for some reason I had got it into my head that it was a rather heavy-going political satire. I don't know where I got that idea from, but I couldn't have been more wrong. It's a gentle, easy read. Not much plot to speak of - just the tale of three friends (and a dog) taking a boating trip up the Thames. Full of mishaps, humourous reminiscences and spot-on comments about the ridiculousness of human behaviour, it makes ideal back-garden reading for the summer.
Highly recommended. If you've never read a classic and want an easy one to start with - this is it!
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest ever in English! 17 Oct 2004
Format:Paperback
I first picked this up at age of about 11, from the bookshelf in a guesthouse where I was staying for a few nights with my parents. I was in a room by myself, and apart from a couple of shouted requests to shut up, was left to hold my sides and laugh as quietly as possible.
I'm now 52, and have a wonderful original copy which I have read time and again, and still get requests from my fiancee to shut up and stop laughing.
It doesn't matter how many times you read it. This is quite simply the funniest book ever written in the English language. Yes, it's based in an age long gone; but it's great to know that self-effacing, typical British humour hasn't changed one iota.
Any Englishman who hasn't read this is the poorer for it!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest book ever!! 9 April 2001
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I picked up an old war time copy of the book. It had been lurking at the back of my bookcase for as long as I can remember, but I felt like reading something clean and amusing. What a great choice! I think this must be the funniest book I have ever read. The tears ran down my face. I laughed out loud in public places. I could not believe it had been written in the 19th century, the humour seemed so fresh and relevant. If you want just a rollicking good laugh on every page, with the funniest images flicking through your brain, I would recommend this book as one of the most enjoyable I've ever read. Now I am going to get a new copy of it. Every page of my war time copy (made within economical rationing guidelines), fell out as I read it. I think it must have belonged to my grandmother.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Funniest Book Ever Written 28 Aug 2005
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I first came across this in the school library when I was 12 (35 years ago!) I have read it and re-read it again and again. In a desert-island-disks type moment I chose it as one of my quintessentially English books to take with me when I went to live in the USA for a year. I cannot read it in public - or in the presence of my wife due to the unstoppable sniggering that it induces in me (and the rolling eyes this induces in her!). I love the 'Maze' scene and am laughing now just thinking about it. The hypochondria opening is a classic moment too (Housemaid's knee!)
Please read it - yes it's Victorian humour, but it's STILL funny today.
I was devastated when I found it was number 101 in BBC's 'Good Read' 100 favourite books ever list a couple of years ago - Shame on the BBC!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable classic 23 May 2009
By Mr. P. Harvey TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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My first recollection of encountering this classic maritime adventure, written by Jerome K Jerome, was in the 70s when I attended a one-man show in which Jeremy Nicholas recounted the story of three men and a dog and their trip up the River Thames. In true tradition the tale was recited, not without error, to a large audience in a comedic style that reminded me of PG Wodehouse, another of my literary heroes.

Jeremy Nicholas's career has been based almost entirely on this one author and he went on to become the President of the Jerome K Jerome Society. I never forgot that performance and it gave me a taste for Jerome K Jerome and his stories.

It was not until three decades later that I encountered this unabridged rendition of this classic story by Martin Jarvis whose name will be instantly familiar to listeners of the 'Just William' and 'Jeeves and Wooster' audiobooks. Martin's comic delivery, animated style and energetic story-telling ability is strongly reminiscent of that of Jeremy Nicholas and for this reason I can heartily recommend this recording.

This recording is, of course, the unabridged version which I much prefer. However, to tell this tale requires 6 CDs and over six-and-a-half hours of listening time. It may be long but it is never boring. It is a complex and steadily evolving adventure story about a boat trip up part of the River Thames. For the most part it is full of humour but it does have its darker moments.

The recording is supplied with a small, 12-page booklet that describes the content of each of the six CDs and also contains a mini biography of Jerome K Jerome and how he came to write Three Men in a Boat.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great idea
Two stories in one - I originally just wanted three men a a boat and getting three men on the brummel was an added extra!
Published 1 month ago by jodi taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Three Men In a Boat
Never read before and decided it was time to remedy that. Humorous in parts and descriptive. Found it to be a good read.
Published 1 month ago by TopCache
5.0 out of 5 stars as described but very small
as described.
Take note of the book's size as it's quite small.
haven't read the whole book yet but parts
Published 3 months ago by Julie A Mungomery
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic listening, hilarious and atmospheric at times.
I bought this 6CD boxed set specifically read by Martin Jarvis, as his version was recommended, and I remember his radio work on story reading from years ago. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Gillian Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars You cant go wrong with this!
I bought this for my elderly mother to listen to when she puts her feet up in the afternoon and she is really enjoying it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Very pleased
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value
Lovely book, well presented, ideal for travelling, due to size and weight
would definitely recommend for travelling
a lovely gold page insert
Published 7 months ago by Miss J Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic re-print of a classic
The book itself is phenomenal. Incredible writing which has stood the test of time. This version has both Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on a Bummel, which is a great asset. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Charlwood
3.0 out of 5 stars Some of the humour is lost on me.
I was recommended this book by a friend who read it twice and can't stop talking, or laughing about it. I have done my best with it but I just don't find it that funny. Read more
Published 8 months ago by JayMain
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it hundred times
and will read it hundreds of times more, it will never cease to put a smile on my face. My favourite book ever.
Published 10 months ago by Mladen Tabak
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain
Fantastic stories and marvelous reader I could listen over and over again Penelope Keith is just perfect Great stories and nice package
Published 10 months ago by w h goulder
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