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  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Classics; 1 edition (May 5 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853260517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853260513
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22 2000
Format: Hardcover
I can only tell that this kind of humor is special. So, if you notice that this kind of humor is not yours stop reading because you might get bored. If it is, well, you'll laugh.
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By Craig Jenkins on April 21 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's the way this feels - another 'people haven't changed' moment to see that quintessential British wit displayed in another time and place (more than a century past). It is in this tradition the clever absurdist humour of Monty Python and Douglas Adams flourished, and if you like that, I believe you will appreciate Three Men in a Boat.

These three (four) characters could be written into the modern day and seem just as fresh. The prose is delightfully twisty-turny, and the plot is entirely beside the point.

A comic romp and quick and very enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allan on May 22 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book came as a great surprise to me. My eldest son gave me a copy, so I dutifully read it. I was delighted to discover that this is a funny book! The writing reminds me of P.G. Wodehouse (and that is high praise). Apart from some things described as contemporary (which are no longer so), and the author's ability to construct a complex sentence, I would not have guessed it was written in the late 1800s. Do yourself a favour, and buy this little gem (and check out the other books published in this series, they are a gold mine).
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on July 5 2009
Format: Paperback
Imagine Bertie Wooster and two of his idiot friends out on a boat... with no Jeeves.

That about describes "Three Men in a Boat : To Say Nothing of the Dog," Jerome K. Jerome's enchanting comic novel about three young men (to say nothing of the dog) who discover the "joys" of roughing it. It's a light frothy little novel with plenty of wry humor and absurd situations, though Jerome injects some solemn, bittersweet moments into the mix.

The three men are George, Harris and the narrator, who are all massive hypochiandriacs -- they find that they have symptoms of every disease in existance (except housemaid's knee, for some reason). To prop up their obviously-failing health, they decide to take a cruise down the Thames in a rented boat, camping and enjoying nature's bounty.

Along with Monty -- an angelic-looking terrier with a mile-wide devilish streak -- the three friends set off down the river. But they find that not everything is as easy as they expected. They get lost in hedge mazes, end up going downstream without a paddle (literally), wrangle with tents, encounter monstrous cats and vicious swans, have picnics, navigate river locks, offend German professors, and generally get into every kind of trouble they possibly can.

Even though it was published more than a century ago, "Three Men in a Boat" remains as freshly humorous as when it was first published. While editor/playwright/author Jerome K. Jerome wrote a lot of other books, this book remains his most famous. And once you've read it, you'll see why.

Jerome's real talent is in finding humor in everyday things, like trying to erect a tent in the woods, getting seasick, or questioning whether it's safe to drink river water.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 22 2007
Format: Paperback
Imagine Bertie Wooster and two of his idiot friends out on a boat... with no Jeeves. That about describes "Three Men in a Boat : To Say Nothing of the Dog," Jerome K. Jerome's enchanting comic novel about three young men (to say nothing of the dog) who discover the "joys" of roughing it.

The three men are George, Harris and the narrator, who are all massive hypochiandriacs -- they find that they have symptoms of every disease in existance (except housemaid's knee). To prop up their failing health, they decide to take a cruise down the Thames in a rented boat, camping and enjoying nature's bounty.

Along with Monty -- an angelic-looking, devilish terrier -- the three friends set off down the river. But they find that not everything is as easy as they expected. They get lost in hedge mazes, end up going downstream without a paddle, encounter monstrous cats and vicious swans, have picnics navigate locks, offend German professors, and generally get into every kind of trouble they possibly can...

Even though it was published more than a century ago, "Three Men in a Boat" remains as freshly humorous as when it was first published. While editor/playwright/author Jerome K. Jerome wrote a lot of other books, this book remains his most famous. And once you've read it, you'll see why.

Jerome's real talent is in finding humor in everyday things, like trying to erect a tent in the woods, getting seasick, or questioning whether it's safe to drink river water. Written in Jerome's dry, goofy prose, these little occurrances become immensely funny. One of the funniest parts of the book is when the boys listen to a fishermen telling of his prowess, only to accidently knock down his record-breaking stuffed fish.... and discover it's made out of plaster. Oops.
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"Three Men In A Boat" is about these three slightly daft English friends who take a leisure trip in a rowboat down the river Thames. Their little trip is riddled with funny mishaps, accidents, and other humorously unpleasant incidents. It's supposedly based on a real boat trip and the author and his friends, although I'm sure the incidents are embellished for more comic effect. Some British film production, perhaps done by the BBC, exists of this story as well, starring one or more of the Monty Python gang. Both book and film are hilarious.
David Rehak
author of "Love and Madness"
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