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Three Men in a Boat (Paperback - 2019)

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About the Book

Three Men in a Boat, published in 1889, is a humorous account of a two-week boating holiday on the Thames from Kingston upon Thames to Oxford and back to Kingston. The book was initially intended to be a serious travel guide, 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 this book is how undated it appears to modern readers--the jokes have been praised as seeming fresh and witty even today. The book is based on Jerome himself (the narrator Jerome K. Jerome) and two real-life friends, George Wingrave and Carl Hentschel with whom Jerome often took boating trips. 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". The trip is a typical boating holiday of the time in a Thames camping skiff. This was just after commercial boat traffic on the Upper Thames had died out, replaced by the 1880s craze for boating as a leisure activity.

About the Author

Jerome K. Jerome (1859—1927) was an English writer and humorist, best known for the comic travelogue Three Men in a Boat (1889). In its first twenty years alone, the book sold over a million copies worldwide. It has been adapted to movies, TV shows, and stage plays.

Three friends, George, Harris, and Jerome are spending an evening in J.’s room, discussing illnesses they imagine they suffer from. They conclude that they are all suffering from ‘overwork’, and need a holiday. They consider a stay in the country and a sea trip but reject both after J. describes the bad experiences his brother-in-law and a friend had on sea trips. The three decide upon a boating holiday up the River Thames, from Kingston upon Thames to Oxford, during which they will camp, despite Jerome’s anecdotes about previous experiences with tents and camping stoves.

They set off the following Saturday. But on their journey they fail at everything. They are unable to find the right train to take or to their departure point for their boating trip—but then, no railroad official knew the right train either. They bungle the jobs of setting the night shelter, of boiling water for making tea, and make muddied messes of their laundry by washing it in the river silt. They wisely decide to cut their trip short, take the train back to London, have supper, order dinner, entertain themselves, eat again and then they are quite content. Finally, they are out of their maze in which they were standing wondering and waiting, and have found action and decisiveness leading to French cuisine and entertainment.

Maze is the major symbol of the story, with the underlying theme that humans are all too often trapped in inertia by being stuck helplessly in the befuddling maze of life.

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Product NameThree Men in a Boat (Paperback - 2019)
Original PriceINR 125.00
AuthorJerome K. Jerome
PublisherPeacock Books
Publication Year2019
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