Three Men in a Boat [NOOK Book]

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Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), published in 1889, is a humorous account by Jerome K. Jerome of a boating holiday on the Thames between Kingston and Oxford.

The book was initially intended to be a serious travel guide, with accounts of local history along the route, but the humorous elements took over to the point where the serious and somewhat sentimental passages seem a distraction to the comic novel. One of the most ...
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Three Men in a Boat

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Overview

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), published in 1889, is a humorous account by Jerome K. Jerome of a boating holiday on the Thames between Kingston and Oxford.

The book was initially intended to be a serious travel guide, with accounts of local history along the route, but the humorous elements took over to the point where the serious and somewhat sentimental passages seem a distraction to the comic novel. One of the most praised things about Three Men in a Boat is how undated it appears to modern readers, the jokes seem fresh and witty even today.

The three men are based on Jerome himself (the narrator J.) and two real-life friends, George Wingrave (who went on to become a senior manager in Barclays Bank) and Carl Hentschel (the founder of a London printing business, called Harris in the book), with whom he often took boating trips. The dog, Montmorency, is entirely fictional, but "as Jerome admits, developed out of that area of inner consciousness which, in all Englishmen, contains an element of the dog." The trip is a typical boating holiday of the time in a Thames camping skiff. This is just after commercial boat traffic on the Upper Thames had died out, replaced by the 1880s craze for boating as a leisure activity.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013897113
  • Publisher: Sheba Blake Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 149 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2011

    Don't bother

    This has been digitized from a print edition. It has so many typos it's not worth reading.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

    Great book, great read and great author.

    Every page of the book is fun to read. period.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    A Fun Read

    This title came to me from a book store in Durham NC. They were about to have a local author review it. The thing that interested me most is that it was published 120 yrs. ago and has Never been out of print. Yet, it is just as interesting now as it was then. The one major drawback for me was that the book didn't include a map of the river area where the characters were boating.

    The author originally planned this book as a travel narrative. He decided that he should add some characters to make it more palatable. He added himself and a couple of friends. And the dog, which I didn't think added appreciably to the book, regardless of the cover blurb. What he winds up with is an interesting mish-mnash of travelogue and stream of consciousness chatter. Not boring. Mostly not laugh-out-loud. Just a nice fun read. Good hammock reading. A good pick to keep in your purse to read in waiting rooms and such.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2001

    Very Funny book

    I got this as a present after I'd been raving about Connie Willis' 'To say Nothing of the Dog' and it is a very nice and comic book. It covers a trip up the Thames in 1888 (I think) and the adventures had. Possibly the funniest bit is the German singer and everyone laughing at his tragic song because someone tells them it's a comic song. It's worth the read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    A classic

    This should be reread annuallyy as an antidote to life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    JUST TOO FUNNY!

    This book is just too funny! I cannot recommend it highly enough. This is just one nonstop laughter. I absolutely loved the ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 24, 2011

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    A must-read for any fan of British deadpan humor

    I loved this classic tale of three Victorian slackers boating on the Thames. The first-person narration of their bumbling pleasure trip up and down the river is filled with dry humor, frequent rabbit trails, and the occasional overly-flowery Victorian paragraph.

    Jerome K. Jerome's humorous style has clearly influenced other British writers such as Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and Terry Pratchett (Discworld). This is a must read of any fan of British humor.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Laugh Out Funny!

    This book is laugh out funny ... a complete riot. Enough hilarious scenes to make anyone roll on the floor!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

    Poor Formatting

    The story is great, a classic. But the digital formatting of this free edition makes the book hard to read. Spending .99 or 1.99 for a formatted copy would be worthwhile.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2009

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    hilarious and a quick read...

    Three Men in a Boat is a very funny travelogue/comedy novel. It was very entertaining with all the misadventure that seemed to follow these fellows up the Thames. You never knew what might happen next. This book is well know for it's timeless feel. It was written in the 19th century but the writing and the humor seem ageless. It reminded me of a Bill Bryson travel book. Three Men in a Boat is lively and amusing, and a quick read too at under 200 pages.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2014

    "Three Men in a Boat" is a hilarious volume, filled wi

    "Three Men in a Boat" is a hilarious volume, filled with boating adventures and witty ramblings.

    It all begins when a trio of grown men "decide" they are quite ill and that a sea trip is just the thing to cure them. If you don't mind casting away with a coterie of half-lunatics, then you're in for a treat. The self-diagnosis of various ailments gets a person chuckling. The ridiculous arguments get a person guffawing. The trailing stories that the main character tells get a person outright laughing.

    The descriptions of England and the curiosities that the trio encountered are just delightful. The bizarre antics of three crazy men (and a dog) are splendid. Everything is precisely British, and oh!---how I wish for a nice row down the Thames right about now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Recomand cu multa placere

    O carte pe care o devorezi cu zambetul pe buze.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

    This is a delightful account of three men taking a boat trip thr

    This is a delightful account of three men taking a boat trip through England’s little towns. Unlike most novels written so long ago it does not waste a great deal of words on tedious talk for the sake of talk, though there is a great deal of talking and musing in it. It just isn’t dull. This is a funny read that has remained funny through time.




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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    Highly entertaining

    A laugh-at-loud account of the exploits of three English gentlemen who decide to while away their idle plying the waters of the Thames and its tributaries. Renting a small boat, which they fill with three years-and-a-day's worth of supplies, they set off. By turns pushing, pulling and rowing they make their way through a maze of channels splicing the English countryside, all the while stumbling and bumbling their way through one misadventure after another. A smart, funny book well worth the hour or two it takes to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    A classiic

    Well worth an annual rereading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Still a Delight!

    This was one of the first books printed (in translation) in post-WWII Germany. I loved it as a child and still love it as a "Senior Reader". The dry humor and the reminder of a kinder, gentler England are still very appealing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Misspellings?

    A delightful read but text had spelling errors here and there. Or was that a part of the humour? ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Just Awesome! The FUNNIEST BOOK YOU WILL EVER READ!

    This is by far the funniest book that I have ever read. It had me laughing out loud in the bus, the subway and even in the sandwich shop. I can't believe I just discovered this book. 100% HILARIOUS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    The Funniest Book in the World!

    If you are ever down or depressed, this is the book for you. This is the funniest book you will ever read and will have you in stitches as soon as you pick it up and start getting into the story. Absolutely hilarious!

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

    Delightful!

    This is a charming little gem of a book - part comedy, part travel guide - an altoghether entertaining and amusing account of three adventurous young men in Victorian England who take a boat trip on the Thames River. Jerome K. Jerome's writing is similar to that of P.G. Wodehouse and he is often laugh-out-loud funny when relating the events of the trip.

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