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Three Men In A Boat / Three Men On A Bummel

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Three Men in a Boat :

There are four of them - George, Harris, the writer himself and that dog, Montmorency - all participants in a boating expedition on the Thames. The difficulties and vicissitudes heaped upon these innocents develop to epic proportions as they experience the hazards of the great English waterway.

Their problems are in no way diminished by the outrageous behaviour of Montmorency, who lays waste several riverside communities in the course of their journey.

Three Men on the Bummel :

'What is a "bummel"?' said George. 'How would you translate it?' 'A "bummel",' I explained, 'I should describe as a journey, long or short, without an end; the only thing regulating it being the necessity of getting back within a given time to the point from which one started . . . '

After considerable indecision the bummel takes our heroes to Germany's Black Forest where they manage to disrupt the tranquil way of life usually enjoyed by the denizens, whose curious behaviour they closely observe and record in their account of this second epic journey. Even without that dog, chaos and mayhem reign supreme.

About the Author

Novelist, essayist, humorist and playwright. Jerome Klapka Jerome was born in Walsall, Staffordshire.

Three Men In A Boat And Three Men On The Bummel

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`Other works may excel this in depth of thought and knowledge of human nature: other books may rival it in originality and size; but, for hopeless and incurable vivacity, nothing yet discovered can surpass it.' (Jerome, Preface to Three Men in a Boat). Three Men in a Boat describes a comic expedition by middle-class Victorians up the Thames to Oxford. It provides brilliant snap-shots of London's playground in the late 1880s, where the fashionable steam-launches of river swells encounter the hired skiffs of city clerks. The medley of social vignettes, farcical incidents, descriptions of river fashions, and reflections on the Thames's history, is interspersed with humorous anecdotes told by a natural raconteur. Three Men on the Bummel records a similar escapade, a break from the claustrophobia of suburban life some ten years later; their cycling tour in the Black Forest, at the height of the new bicycling craze, affords Jerome the opportunity for a light-hearted scrutiny of German social customs at a time of increasing general interest in a country that he loved. This account of middle-aged Englishmen abroad is spiced with typical Jeromian humour. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Used Sailboat Buyer Beware

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Cat In A Sapphire Slipper

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"Cat in a Sapphire Slipper" is the twentieth title in Carole Nelson Douglas's sassy Midnight Louie mystery series. The tough-talking, twenty-pound, tomcat PI is as feisty as ever as he and his gang try to keep his favorite roommate from losing her man.
PR honcho Temple Barr's romance novelist aunt Kit has wound up in a romantic plot of her own. She's snagged one of the most eligible bachelors on the Strip, one of the elder Fontana brothers, a silver-tongued reputed ex-mobster with a heart of gold. There is to be a wedding...and where there is a wedding there is usually a bachelor party. Things go disastrously wrong when the entire party is hijacked and taken to a remote ranch out in the Nevada desert, a place where the women are wild and the sex is legal. And among the group? None other than Temple's own Matt, an ex-priest. Truly a fish out of water, he soon comes upon a beautiful young woman who is quite naked and most thoroughly dead. Given the remoteness of the location with very few suspects on hand (plus the Fontanas' shady reputation) this could be a very bad thing indeed. And Louie? Well, he managed to go along for the ride and once again it's up to that big old tomcat to bail out his humans and save the day.
"""" "Cat in a Sapphire Slipper" is a fast-paced, racy mystery with a loveable cast of characters and one terrific tough dude to keep them all in line.

Three Men In A Boat

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You Are in for a Humor Treat

This book Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) was an instant hit when it was first published in 1889, with its benign escapism, authorial discursions, Victorian humor, it hilariously captured the spirit of its age. This story was inspired by Jerome's honeymoon and based on himself and two real-life friends

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 story (or rather the fun cruise) begins with George Wingrave, Harris (Carl Hentschel in real life), and Jerome (the author himself and who is always referred to as "J."), decide on a leisurely boat trip up the River Thames, from Kingston upon Thames to Oxford and back to Kingston. They are also accompanied by Jerome's dog, a fox terrier, called Montmorency.

They meet one evening and begin discussing their busy lives and how they feel stressed and overworked. So, they take this trip to London in a boat on Thames, as craze for boating as a leisure activity was rampant during the 1880s. They encounter a series of amusing, poignant and strange happenings along the river.

The book holds immense appeal for readers of all ages and is one that evokes the same entertainment and amusement even after several readings.

Jerome is also known for the books Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow and Three Men on the Bummel the sequel to Three Men in a Boat.


1. The most funny thing about the book was that Three Men in a Boat was originally meant to be a serious piece of travel writing, a travelogue, full of local flavors, legends and folklore about England's mighty river.

As it turned out, somewhere along the way, the author Jerome found himself catapulted into creating a fun-filled, laughter-evoking comic mis-adventure!

2. 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."

3. The novel is narrated by J. He is a young, single middle-class man living in London, much like the author himself at the time of the publication of the book, and the initial J is possibly meant to suggest that he stands in for Jerome.

4. The book is among the 100 greatest novels of all time.

The Places You'll come across in the book:

The largest city in England and the home of the three men who embark on the boat trip.

Thames River
One of the major rivers in England, the Thames flows down through Oxford to London. It is on the Thames that the men take their boat trip.

The starting point of the journey.

A town near the beginning of the trip where boating is popular and the residents wear the most flashy boating costumes.

Kempton Park
Where Harris and J stop for lunch the first day, under some willows.

Waterloo Station
The large railroad station where Harris and J catch the train to Kingston.

Sunbury Lock
One of the locks Harris and J pass through on the first afternoon of rowing.

A quaint riverside town on the way to Weybridge.

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Also by Jerome J. Jerome

1. The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow


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