Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog! (Penguin Popular Classics)

by Jerome K. Jerome | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0140621334 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 8/10/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, August 10, 2018
I got this slim softcover at the Book Cellar, for another release copy of this delightful book.

I really enjoy Jerome's writing. The chatty/snarky tone, slightly peevish when the narrator is feeling put-upon (which he often is) and more than slightly smug the rest of the time, is great fun, and there are some surprisingly lyrical descriptive passages sprinkled among the humor. Jerome managed to make me want to take a boat up the canals even as he described the drawbacks of doing so. "Glad I'm not there" warred with "wish I could do that" at almost every turn!

This is one of those books that I studded with markers as I read, since so many hilarious passages struck me as quote-worthy, only to find that I'd have to cite the whole book, so I've tried to limit myself.

Here's a sample of Jerome-ian philosophy:

"How good one feels when one is full - how satisfied with ourselves and with the world! People who have tried it, tell me that a clear conscience makes you very happy and contented; but a full stomach does the business quite as well, and is cheaper, and more easily obtained."

And this one, when he's been tapped to take a turn steering the boat:

"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've also enjoyed an unabridged-audio version of this, via And there's a 1956 film version, which I'd like to see though its reviews are mixed at best.

The TV Tropes page for the book is quite entertaining, btw.

Released 2 yrs ago (8/11/2018 UTC) at Little Free Library, Myrtle Street Playground in Boston, Massachusetts USA


I left this book in the Little Free Library on this warm day. Hope someone enjoys the book!

[See other recent releases in MA here.]

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