Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog),[1] 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,[2] 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.[3]

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.[2] The dog, Montmorency, is entirely fictional,[2] but "as Jerome admits, developed out of that area of inner consciousness which, in all Englishmen, contains an element of the dog."[3] The trip is a typical boating holiday of the time in a Thames camping skiff.[4] 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.

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1 comment:

analjyoti said...

The journey of these three friends continued even after Three Men In A Boat.Three Men In A Bummel was the next one with loads of similar funny things.It's a true masterpiece.From the very first word to the Last one,every single word has another meaning beneath it...good job, Arpan.

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