The British comic novel whose style deeply influenced the styles of many British writers, from the Monty Python guys to Douglas Adams, P.G. Wodehouse, and Terry Pratchett. It's just about three young British lads taking an ill-prepared boating trip on the River Thames; but the telling is hilarious. The three men are "educated" but have little useful knowledge. They seem determined to consider their adventures to be epic instead of trivial and their exaggerated view of their own importance is the basis of much of the British humor of class differences that became a staple of 20th Century writing.
Definitely a inspiration for PG Wodehouse, you should read Jerome K Jerome as though you are listing to an Uncle who constantly interrupts himself with another story. Each short chapter takes at least 3 divergences, before reaching the next lock.
One I accepted that, I had fun.
But it was nice getting back to PG.
Not short of moments of laughter, but romantic prose stole my heart.
No high-achiever but indolent-jester.
The narrator recalls a boy at his school who really liked to study. "He was full of weird and unnatural notions about being a credit to his parents and an honour to the school; and he yearned to win prizes and grow up and be a clever man, and had all those sorts of weak-minded ideas." If you are amused by this example of British wittiness, then you will probably enjoy reading the book. There is an appendix in the back called "Explanatory Notes" so the reader can understand the meaning of uniquely British words and phrases.
one of the best books i have every read.
Uncle Podger is a classic character - should be in the lexicon. I used the Project Gutenberg, since I can never finish a book on my Sony Reader in three weeks. Happily it had the illustrations, as does Twain's "Roughing It" which I've started now.
Published in 1889, over a century old, was famed for its comical writing. Reading it, trying to imagine myself during this time and watching these three friends on their escapades on the Thames River over a two week period. I just couldn't get into it and didn't find anything humourous or comical about it. Guess it doesn't translate well to the 21st century. Though a few times, ended up reading the inside of my eyelids. Great if you need some zzzz.
Very British humour from the late 19th century. If you like this sort of thing (I do) or if you have traveled by rowboat this is a pretty funny expedition. The group dynamic of the three men is well established and mirrors the foibles of any three true life adventurers, with considerable exaggeration, of course.
Not as funny as Connie Willis' "To Say Nothing of the Dog" but pretty amusing overall. A great picture of upper class Edwardian english pleasures.
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