|
Movies Books Music Food Tv Shows Technology Politics Video Games Parenting Fashion Green Living more >

Lunch » Tags » Books » Reviews » Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) » User review

Maybe Jerome K Jerome was Bill Bryson's grandfather!

  • Mar 19, 2010
Rating:
+4
If you can imagine a Bill Bryson comic travelogue written by someone with turn-of-the-20th-century Victorian sensibilities and a typical laid back yet biting, caustic British sense of humour ... then you have a pretty good handle on what to expect when you read Jerome K Jerome's classic "Three Men in a Boat"!

While it was originally intended to be a serious travel guide, the story devolved in the writing into an almost slapstick story of the trials and tribulations of three landlubbers who took it into their minds to take a boating holiday on the Thames River.

Even Jerome's establishment of the raison d'être for the river trip is a wonderful example of that brand of humour that is uniquely British. Three mates, each a worse hypochondriac than the other two, are discussing their respective ills, pains, aches and ailments (and this conversation, by the way, establishes the humour for the entire book that ranges somewhere in a triangle bounded by wry grins, charmed smiles and laugh-out-loud hilarity). The mutual decision is reached that taking the air and relaxing on an open boat trip under canvas on the Thames would be good for what ails everybody. Sherlock Holmes would have said, "The game is afoot!".

If the book were a television show, it might be described as a series of loosely related comedy sketches - the difficulties of learning to play a bagpipe; how to get lost on a river that goes in only one direction; how men typically behave (or misbehave) when they've had too much to drink on a camping trip; how to do as little work as possible while ensuring that your buddies are not aware of what's going on, and so on.

Sit back and enjoy! "Three Men in a Boat" has to be the most easy-reading classic you could possibly find. Highly recommended.

Paul Weiss

What did you think of this review?

Helpful
14
Thought-Provoking
8
Fun to Read
9
Well-Organized
11
Post a Comment
December 22, 2010
Nice review, Paul! Sounds like a classic quite a few might enjoy.
 
May 02, 2010
A great review on a classic book, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts on it! Have you had a chance to read any other of Jerome's works?
May 02, 2010
Thanks for the kind words, michael. Unfortunately, I haven't had the opportunity to try anything else by Jerome yet.
 
March 19, 2010
Fantastic review! I've just tweeted it to my friends:)
March 19, 2010
Well, thanks so much, Bethany. What a nice thing to say!
 
1
More Three Men in a Boat (To Say No... reviews
Quick Tip by . December 22, 2010
If you can imagine a Bill Bryson comic travelogue written by someone with turn-of-the-20th-century Victorian sensibilities and a typical laid back yet biting, caustic British sense of humour ... then you have a pretty good handle on what to expect when you read Jerome K Jerome's classic "Three Men in a Boat"!
review by . May 19, 2010
 I really enjoyed this book! I mean, what is there not to like? Snobby men who suffer from a severe case of hypochondria who believe they can cope with a trip down the Thames in a boat. The storyline is great. The author Jerome K. Jerome is a talented writer who kept me entertained all the way through. I loved the commentary of the journey. Everything they saw had a story and the recollection of them made me laugh. These men thought they were more superior and their thoughts on the surrounding …
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
This is pleasant, easy to read book. The best thing about it - full of humor!
About the reviewer
Paul Weiss ()
Ranked #16
   A modern day dilettante with widely varied eclectic interests. A dabbler in muchbut grandmaster of none - wilderness camping in all four seasons, hiking, canoeing, world travel,philately, … more
Consider the Source

Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.

You
cpw1952
Your ratings:
rate more to improve this
About this book
© 2014 Lunch.com, LLC All Rights Reserved
Lunch.com - Relevant reviews by real people.
()
This is you!
Ranked #
Last login
Member since
reviews
comments
ratings
questions
compliments
lists