Penguin Classics Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K JeromePenguin Classics Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K Jerome

Penguin Classics Three Men In A Boat

byJerome K JeromeForeword byJeremy LewisEditorJeremy Lewis

Paperback | March 2, 2004

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A comic masterpiece that has never been out of print since it was first published in 1889, Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat includes an introduction and notes by Jeremy Lewis in Penguin Classics. Martyrs to hypochondria and general seediness, J. and his friends George and Harris decide that a jaunt up the Thames would suit them to a 'T'. But when they set off, they can hardly predict the troubles that lie ahead with tow-ropes, unreliable weather forecasts and tins of pineapple chunks - not to mention the devastation left in the wake of J.'s small fox-terrier Montmorency. Three Men in a Boat was an instant success when it appeared in 1889, and, with its benign escapism, authorial discursions and wonderful evocation of the late-Victorian 'clerking classes', it hilariously captured the spirit of its age. In his introduction, Jeremy Lewis examines Jerome K. Jerome's life and times, and the changing world of Victorian England he depicts - from the rise of a new mass-culture of tabloids and bestselling novels to crazes for daytripping and bicycling. Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) was born in Walstall, Staffordshire, and educated at Marylebone Grammar School. He left school at fourteen to become a railway clerk, the first in a long line of jobs that included actor, teacher and journalist. His first book, On Stage and Off, a collection of humorous pieces about the theatre, was published in 1885, and was followed the year after with the more commercially-successful The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow; but it was with Three Men in a Boat (1889) that Jerome achieved lasting fame. He later went on to become one of the founders of the humorous magazine, The Idler, and continued to write articles and plays. If you enjoyed Three Men in a Boat, you might like Stella Gibbons's Cold Comfort Farm, also available in Penguin Classics.
Jerome K Jerome (1859-1927) became an actor and published a couple of volumes of humorous pieces and light essays about the theatre. He achieved lasting fame with THREE MEN IN A BOAT. He later went on to become one of the founders of the humorous magazine, The Idler, and continued to write articles and plays. Jeremy Lewis has recently ...
Title:Penguin Classics Three Men In A BoatFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.7 × 5 × 0.6 inPublished:March 2, 2004Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from wanted to like it I really wanted to like this, as several readers I respect are huge fans... but it just wasn't funny to me, it was kindof annoying. Maybe I'm just not cultured enough to enjoy a book this old.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny and gentle ramble I very much enjoyed reading this story and hearing about the friends' escapades as they traveled along the Thames. A more up-to-date and much shorter adventure story than Dickens’s The Pickwick Papers that modern readers may not have as much trouble reading. There are three different characters Harris, George and Jerome with different perspectives on their travels. It is the same format with short descriptions before each chapter as to what will happen in that chapter. It was first serialized in a magazine (Home Chimes), like Dickens’s tome.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great! If you need some zzzz. Published in 1889, over a century old, was famed for its comical writing. Reading it, trying to imagine myself during this time and watching these three friends on their escapades on the Thames River over a two week period. I just couldn't get into it and didn't find anything humourous or comical about it. Guess it doesn't translate well to the 21st century. Though a few times, ended up reading the inside of my eyelids. Great if you need some zzzz.
Date published: 2012-04-19