Jerome Klapka Jerome

Three Men in a Boat (to say nothing of the dog)

Three Men in a Boat is one of the most popular English travelogues, having never been out of print since its publication in 1889 and causing its publisher to comment, «I cannot imagine what becomes of all the copies of that book I issue. I often think the public must eat them».
The novel itself is a brisk, light-hearted, and funny account of a two-week boating holiday taken by three friends up the Thames river. Jerome is a sort of everyman narrator, and even the stodgiest reader can sympathize with at least some of the situations and conundrums he and his friends find themselves in during their adventure.
Interspersed between comic moments are slightly more serious descriptions of the picturesque villages and landscape the friends explore, making Three Men in a Boat not just a comic novel but an actual account of the life, times, and land of late 19th century greater London.
232 printed pages

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    Ekaterina Ryshkovashared an impression3 years ago
    🌴Beach Bag Book
    😄LOLZ

    весело и со вкусом:)) великолепная карикатурная четверка не оставит вас без улыбки

    "We had just commenced the third course—the bread and jam—when a gentleman in shirt-sleeves and a short pipe came along, and wanted to know if we knew that we were trespassing. We said we hadn’t given the matter sufficient consideration as yet to enable us to arrive at a definite conclusion on that point, but that, if he assured us on his word as a gentleman that we were trespassing, we would, without further hesitation, believe it"

    и любимая

    “It always does seem to me that I am doing more work than I should do. It is not that I object to the work, mind you; I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. I love to keep it by me: the idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart.”
    ― Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat

    al mshared an impression2 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    😄LOLZ
    💤Borrrriiinnng!

    Mostly boring, but funny at times

    Фелиция Белковаshared an impression6 months ago
    👍Worth reading
    🌴Beach Bag Book

Quotes

    Verenoyhas quoted5 years ago
    Slowly the golden memory of the dead sun fades from the hearts of the cold, sad clouds. Silent, like sorrowing children, the birds have ceased their song, and only the moorhen’s plaintive cry and the harsh croak of the corncrake stirs the awed hush around the couch of waters, where the dying day breathes out her last.
    Lizzy Evdokimovahas quoted2 years ago
    Throw the lum­ber over, man! Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need—a homely home and simple pleas­ures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dan­ger­ous thing.
    jasoebehas quoted3 years ago
    Har­ris had the beef­steak pie between his knees, and was carving it, and Ge­orge and I were wait­ing with our plates ready.
    “Have you got a spoon there?” says Har­ris; “I want a spoon to help the gravy with.”
    The hamper was close be­hind us, and Ge­orge and I both turned round to reach one out. We were not five seconds get­ting it. When we looked round again, Har­ris and the pie were gone!
    It was a wide, open field. There was not a tree or a bit of hedge for hun­dreds of yards. He could not have tumbled into the river, be­cause we were on the wa­ter side of him, and he would have had to climb over us to do it.
    Ge­orge and I gazed all about. Then we gazed at each other.
    “Has he been snatched up to heaven?” I quer­ied.
    “They’d hardly have taken the pie too,” said Ge­orge.
    There seemed weight in this ob­jec­tion, and we dis­carded the heav­enly the­ory.

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