Jerome K Jerome
It seems a little odd to post a link to an eBook of a classic Victorian English novel, but that’s what I’m going to do tonight.
Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat… To Say Nothing of the Dog describes a journey on the Thames by three young men and a small dog in a Thames skiff equipped for camping. It’s a classic of boating literature and of Victorian English life, and seems to me to be a prototype for every road movie I’ve ever seen. If you haven’t had occasion to read it yet, I strongly recommend it – particularly if you have a keen sense of humour and are at least just a little interested in our funny English ways.
If you happen to be of a foreign persuasion, reading this book may help to explain a few things about the rosbifs.
To my mind, one of the key burning questions of English literature is which is the funniest and most influential interlude in Jerome’s book? Is it the incident with the cheese on the train, or the business with the tin of pineapple? If you read the book online or elsewhere, please let us know.
Jerome is well known for a number of amusing and sharply observed observations on life, many of which are contained in his excellent essays. If after reading Three Men in a Boat you’re interested in explore his output further, I’d like to suggest you take a look a collection of his essays entitled Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow.
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