- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Fingerprint! Publishing; First edition (2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9788172344436
- ISBN-13: 978-8172344436
- ASIN: 8172344430
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 14 x 4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 184 customer reviews
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About the Author
Jerome Klapka Jerome (1859 1927) was an English writer and humorist, best known for the humorous travelogue Three Men in a Boat. Jerome was born in Caldmore, Walsall, England, and was brought up in poverty in London. He attended St Marylebone Grammar School. Other works include the essay collections Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow and Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellow; Three Men on the Bummel, a sequel to Three Men in a Boat; and several other novels. In 1877, inspired by his older sister Blandina's love for the theatre, Jerome decided to try his hand at acting, under the stage name Harold Crichton. He joined a repertory troupe that produced plays on a shoestring budget, often drawing on the actors' own meagre resources Jerome was penniless at the time to purchase costumes and props. After three years on the road and with no evident success, the 21-year-old Jerome decided he had had enough with stage life, and sought other occupations. He tried to become a journalist, writing essays, satires and short stories, but most of these were rejected. Over the next few years he was a school teacher, a packer, and a solicitor's clerk. Finally, in 1885, he had some success with On the Stage and Off, a comic memoir of his experiences with the acting troupe. Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, a collection of humorous essays, followed in 1886 (see 1885 and 1886 in literature). On 21 June 1888, Jerome married Georgina Elizabeth Henrietta Stanley Marris (a.k.a. Ettie), nine days after she had divorced her first husband. She had a daughter from her previous, five-year marriage, nicknamed Elsie (her actual name was also Georgina). The honeymoon took place on the Thames "in a little boat," a fact which was to have a significant influence on his next, and most important work, Three Men in a Boat.
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Three Men In A Boat ~~Jerome K Jerome
Year of Publication ~~~1889
Plot: Story of three overworked friends who decide to holiday boating from Kingston to Oxford and back to Kingston on the river Thames.
George,Harris and Jerome with their dog hired a boat and started their two week journey in which they faced numerous incidents which were challenging but hilarious and breath taking with the sudden disappearance and reappearance of Harris. Their journey in which they exchanged their past experiences,funny incidents of their friends and friends of friends.
My review: There is so much to talk about this book. This book has been ranked #2 in the 50 funniest books ever written. All 4 characters and their attitude is so relatable and are so wonderfully narrated.
It's part comic and part travelogue, which is full of funny stories. Anecdotes in the book are so akin that you may imagine yourself in that particular situation and end up laughing multiple times in a day. Story line is very simple but very intriguing because of the small stories that they exchanged from time to time.
One of the best moment is hypothetical conversation between their dog and a stray cat.
Few highlights from the book which I found very hilarious.
Chapter 3. Uncle Podger tries to put picture on the wall.
Chapter 5. The unreliable weather forecasts.
Chapter 8. When Harris sings a comic song and when 2 young men fooled everybody in a high class party.
Chapter 10. George and Harris got entangled in the canvas and struggles for freedom.
Chapter 13. Sudden and strange disappearance of Harris and a pie .
A hypothetical conversation of their dog and a stray cat.
Chapter 17. Trout story by George and Harris.
All I can say is that..just go for this book. You will enjoy it, cherish it and surprise yourself thinking there are books like these which exist too.
I gave the book 3 stars not for the writer but for these reasons: The paper quality is not bad for Rs. 66, however, the print (font) is extremely small and tiring for my eyes, hence I recommend paying more and ordering a bigger version of the same book (diff. publisher) although I was pleasantly surprised this book by Rupa Classics included illustrations!
This is my first purchase from Amazon India (I've been a proud Amazon US customer for 6+ yrs and recently re-located to India) and was disappointed with the courier service used in Trivandrum (Blue-dart). I had to call Amazon Hyd'bad twice to follow up on my order (the staff was v.polite) and have Blue-dart deliver the book (BD did not call my phone no. when they had issues locating my address for delivery initially) and received my book 5 days later.