Three Men In A Boat Is One Of The Most Amusing And Durable Books In The English Language Semi Autobiographical, It Recounts The Adventures And Mishaps Of George, Harris, J The Author , And His Remarkable Dog Montncy During A Boat Trip Along The Thames From London To Oxford Jerome K Jerome Originally Intended The Book To Be A Guide To The Thames Valley, But His Publisher Thought It So Entertaining It Was Published As A Comic Novel And Has Endured As A Classic Of The Genre Ever Since Wonderfully Light And Surprisingly Modern In Tone, The Sense Of Fun Is Irrepressible, The Enjoyment Unstoppable Real Laugh Out Loud Stuff, Masterfully Narrated By Hugh Laurie


6 thoughts on “Three Men in a Boat

  1. Martin Jones Martin Jones says:

    Holidays are odd things They derive from exhausting pilgrimage where sedentary, medieval folk would up sticks and walk hundreds of miles on muddy tracks, in unsuitable clothing, at the mercy of thieves, brigands and weather, to reach a distant shrine Equally, holidays also derive from peaceful rest cures at spas and seaside towns, where instead of getting foot sore you re likely to get foot massage This contradictory ancestry ends up combining a long physical ordeal in search of spiritual meaning with the beach resort experience, reclining on a lounger, watching waves lap on smooth sand, cool drink in hand.Both the pilgrimage and sun lounger aspects of holidays are explored in Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K Jerome s nineteenth century account of a Thames boating trip The nineteenth century was the time when holidays came into being for people generally You no longer had to be religiously earnest, or be wealthy enough to sit around drinking mineral water in Bath or Tunbridge Wells People were earning better money, had free time and, thanks to the railways, could travel easily The three men who take Jerome s boat trip are regular chaps George works as a bank clerk It s not clear exactly what Harris and Jerome do, but you don t get the sense that they are government ministers, captains of industry, or deep thinking academics They are the new holiday makers, embarking on a journey of ancient contradictions.In many ways this boat trip is a spiritual pilgrimage, an attempt to leave behind the humdrum and find something profound Against a background of arduous effort and spartan living conditions, there are reflections on life and extravagant descriptions of nature in all its comforting, uplifting beauty But the attempted profundities are always punctured by various down to earth mishaps involving ill behaved dogs, poor boatmanship, bad cooking, vengeful steam launches, forgotten tin openers While this journey might be seen as a kind of physically demanding pilgrimage, it is also an indolent escape from stress and strain Each man takes it in turn to pull tricks to get out of rowing Jerome avoids tours of churchyards containing historically significant graves There is much lounging around in riverside meadows, and laughter at the memory of conscientious old school fellows who threw themselves into French irregular verbs.So where does this physically demanding, yet languid profound yet commonplace journey take us Without giving anything away about the denouement , it takes us somewhere significant, while allowing us to escape heavy significance It takes us somewhere new, while also taking us home again with a new appreciation of our daily lives.That s what the best holidays do for us.


  2. adaptations.se Customer adaptations.se Customer says:

    First off, I really enjoyed this book But it really isn t that funny It s mildly amusing at best, not laugh out loud funny like so many of the reviews here suggest It is however, an extremely enjoyable little read, being half travel guide half comedy, with some amusing scenes and anecdotes interspersed with historical accounts It was actually originally intended to be a travel guide interspersed with personal anecdotes but when he started writing he turned it into a novel I live on the Thames and it did inspire me to visit some of the places mentioned such as Sonning which is described as one of the most beautiful spots on the Thames and just up the road from me in Reading which is described as the worst place on the Thames In fact when they arrive in Reading a body is floating in the river Despite this I would recommend this book as it s short, entertaining and will inspire you take a holiday.


  3. Kindle Customer Kindle Customer says:

    On there journey up the Thames the Three Men and their dog have ludicrous adventures during almost the whole journey but they also encounter history and an often lovely riverscape It is an epic journey, but they survive in spite of their not inconsiderable incompetence But there are always delicious asides which are so typical of the author s style The saga belongs to that golden era before the Great War an era which was not entirely mythical.


  4. Mr Andrew Bradburn Mr Andrew Bradburn says:

    Not much what I would call comedy Merely observations of the middle classes doing their best to have leisure time in the late 1800 s The phrase mad is used a lot one assumes that the phrase these days would be doing our heads in 3 4 of the way through it now and getting a little bored However, A family man hanging a picture Uncle Podger is a gently funny belly laugh to all those that struggle to put a shelf up The rest is a rambling farce.


  5. Mr. P. Harvey Mr. P. Harvey says:

    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.


  6. L.W L.W says:

    Its sort of hard to describe the plot of this book It doesn t really have one exactly, it s a collection of humourous observations and funny anecdotes As others have noted the humour has aged very well and much of it feels quite modern Just like the trip itself it does feel sort of pointless but then not everything has to have one I suppose.