THREE MEN IN A BOAT (TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG) - JEROME K. JEROME

THREE MEN IN A BOAT (TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG) - JEROME K. JEROME

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1889, J.W. Arrowsmith, Simpkin Marshall.

315 pages.

Spine, covers and hinges worn, previous owner's ex-libris sticker inside front cover, pen inscription on front endpaper, but in fair condition overall considering age.

'Three Men in a Boat'' is a hilarious adventurous novel about three men and their dog, at times lazily and at other times energetically pulling up the River Thames, experiencing timeless adventures. The narration is light and comic that involves harmless escapism and lashings of good humour.

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.

About the author: Jerome Klapka Jerome, author and playwright, is undoubtedly best remembered for the comic masterpiece Three Men in a Boat, though his talents were many and varied. Born on 2 May 1859 in Walsall, Staffordshire, he wrote and travelled widely. In 1927 he was made a Freeman of the Borough of Walsall before his death later that same year. He is buried in Ewelme in Oxfordshire.

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