Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 25 Mar 2004
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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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This is actually a very simple tale of 3 men & their dog who decide to spend a fortnight in a boat upon the Thames. Never has there been a more eventful trip. The description of trying to open a tin of pineapple chunks without a tin opener was hysterical. As for what happens when they see an accured steam launch coming - just brilliant! All those little problems that can happen when holidaying outdoors happened to these 3 men & their dog.
The writing in this book was nothing short of brilliant. It isn't because it is very complex story nor is it because of the complex vocabulary used, it is quite the opposite. With a few short sentences the scene just unfolds in your imagination. I am sure we have all seen artists who in a few short pencil strokes can produce a pictorial likeness of a person. This book does the same but using words.
This is a perfect book for those moments when you are feeling a bit out of sorts but aren't sure why. Reading this is a couple of hours well spent.
I loved this book & have no doubt that I will read it again & again. My only regret is that it has taken me until now to discover it!
Having suffered for many years with health anxiety, a condition which doesn't prompt much sympathy from non sufferers "Three Men In A Boat" offered truly profound consolidation. Jerome K Jerome encapsualtes the neurosis of the condition and the hilarity of its self propigating nature within the first 3 pages. It's the funniest three pages in the whole of world literature. It never fails to lift my spirits and help me put my phantom "conditions" into perspective.
As the three men embark on what should be a relatively straightforward boating expedition events turn out to become an odyssey quite as perilous as any greek myth or adventure story.
But it's the serene musings on nature that I find most extraordinary. The novel is not wholly comic, there is great profundity offered here also and that is what helps it beyond being just an amusing commentary on bumbling english folk, messing around on river banks.
In fact, riverbanks always reminds me of that other great English classic Kenneth Graheme's "The Wind In The Willows" with its lyrical passages that encapsulate a similar spirit. Toad, Ratty and Mole would not seem out of place in this world of idle romanticism and tomfoolery.
A perfect double bill then. Both books offer us a nature on a page and what a lot of pages there are to enjoy in these odes to Mother Earth.
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