Three Men In A Boat And Three Men On The Bummel

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Three Men In A Boat And Three Men On The Bummel

by Jerome K. Jerome
Introduction by Jeremy Lewis
Notes by Jeremy Lewis

Penguin Publishing Group | May 1, 2000 | Trade Paperback

Three Men In A Boat And Three Men On The Bummel is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
When J. the narrator, George, Harris and Montmorency the dog set off on their hilarious misadventures, they can hardly predict the troubles that lie ahead with tow-ropes, unreliable weather-forecasts, imaginary illnesses, butter pats and tins of pineapple chunks. Denounced as vulgar by the literary establishment, Three Men in a Boat nevertheless caught the spirit of the times. The expansion of education and the increase in office workers created a new mass readership, and Jerome's book was especially popular among the 'clerking classes' who longed to be 'free from that fretful haste, that vehement striving, that is every day becoming more and more the bane of nineteenth-century life.'

So popular did it prove that Jerome reunited his heroes for a bicycle tour of Germany. Despite some sharp, and with hindsight, prophetic observations of the country, Three Men on the Bummel describes an equally picaresque journey constrained only 'by the necessity of getting back within a given time to the point from which one started'.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 7.78 × 5.05 × 0.71 in

Published: May 1, 2000

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140437509

ISBN - 13: 9780140437508

Found in: Humorous
Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review This book is good. Buy it. It will make you laugh.
Date published: 2000-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Laughing Victorian Written at the zenith of the Victorian age, these two novellas picture everyday life in the rising middle class from an aspect not usually considered normal to this age: the outlook of the ridiculous. With immediacy and grammarly grace, the author represents himself and his two friends as clueless bumblers, stumbling down a whole series of roads less travelled by. Incidents, characters and masterfully hilarious digressions proceed with smooth ingenuity from the mind of the author, making us wish we, too, could lie back in a scow on the Thames, being pulled by a striped steamship and watching all the lovely ladies go by.
Date published: 2000-01-20

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Three Men In A Boat And Three Men On The Bummel

Three Men In A Boat And Three Men On The Bummel

by Jerome K. Jerome
Introduction by Jeremy Lewis
Notes by Jeremy Lewis

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 7.78 × 5.05 × 0.71 in

Published: May 1, 2000

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140437509

ISBN - 13: 9780140437508

From the Publisher

When J. the narrator, George, Harris and Montmorency the dog set off on their hilarious misadventures, they can hardly predict the troubles that lie ahead with tow-ropes, unreliable weather-forecasts, imaginary illnesses, butter pats and tins of pineapple chunks. Denounced as vulgar by the literary establishment, Three Men in a Boat nevertheless caught the spirit of the times. The expansion of education and the increase in office workers created a new mass readership, and Jerome's book was especially popular among the 'clerking classes' who longed to be 'free from that fretful haste, that vehement striving, that is every day becoming more and more the bane of nineteenth-century life.'

So popular did it prove that Jerome reunited his heroes for a bicycle tour of Germany. Despite some sharp, and with hindsight, prophetic observations of the country, Three Men on the Bummel describes an equally picaresque journey constrained only 'by the necessity of getting back within a given time to the point from which one started'.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

About the Author

Jerome Klapka Jerome (1859 - 1927), was born in Walsall and moved to London with his family when he was still a young boy. His unusual middle name was from a Hungarian friend of his father. Jerome left school at fourteen, after his the death of his mother. This was not unusual in those days in poor families and Jerome's family was certainly poor. Jerome started work as a railway clerk but had an artistic nature and soon spent time acting with various theatre companies - as well as reading in the British Museum library. His stage experiences led to his first book On the Stage - and Off and to his determination to make a living as a writer. Three Men in a Boat, published in 1889, brought him success and worldwide fame. The critics didn't like Jerome's humour and easy-going style but the public did. The book was a huge bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic. Sales of the American edition reached a million copies, even though it was being sold there illegally! The qualities the 

Jeremy Lewis spent much of his life working in publishing. He is the author of two highly-praised volumes of autobiography, Playing for Time and Kindred Spirits, and of biographies of Cyril Connolly and Tobias Smollett.

From Our Editors

Featuring two works of English comic fiction, this single volume tells the holiday tales of a terrific trio. Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel introduces readers to three late-Victorian gentlemen and a dog. The group has a series of adventures and misadventures first on the Thames and then on a bicycling excursion through the Black Forest.

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18