Three Men in a Boat & Three Men on the Bummel, Paperback Book

Three Men in a Boat & Three Men on the Bummel Paperback

Part of the Wordsworth Classics series

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Introduced and Annotated by Cedric Watts, M.A., Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of English, University of Sussex. Three Men in a Boat is a comic classic. When it first appeared in 1889 it became a best seller, and has remained popular ever since.

This motley novel has not only been translated into many languages but has also been staged, filmed, televised and imitated.

The adventures and misfortunes on the Thames of the three English friends and their pugnacious dog, Montmorency, provide rich humour, shrewd observations, lyrical reflections, and, predominantly, genially ironic perceptions of human fallibility. The sequel, Three Men on the Bummel, reunites the three friends for their `Bummel' (`roaming or wandering') through Germany.

The results vary from the seductively titillating to the outrageously farcical; and subsequent history has laden the narrative with ironies.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781853260513

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I read the Connie Willis book To Say Nothing of the Dog, which I found only vaguely entertaining. However, the book was written as a tribute to Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat, so I bought that to see what it was about. It is very amusing, which is all the more remarkable considering that it was written in 1889. The sequel, Three Men on the Bummel, is also quite amusing, up until the part where they actually go on the trip, whereupon it becomes rather unremarkable. The first book was written by JKJ about himself and his friends when they were in their 20s, and the second, written in 1900, finds them now in their 30s and married. Highly recommended.

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Most people are familiar with 'Three Men in a Boat' (and if they’re not, they jolly well should be). Not so many, I think, have read the sequel, in which a much older – though absolutely no wiser – Harris, George and J decide to leave family cares behind them and tour Germany by bicycle. The book was published in 1900, the comic German stereotypes have been pretty much eclipsed by a century and two World Wars, and geographical boundaries have changed almost beyond recognition, but the book remains an entertaining period piece.

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