Three Men on the Bummel

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Published: 1900
Language: English
Wordcount: 67,071 / 192 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.2
LoC Category: PR
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 4,570
mnybks.net#: 3985
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Humor, Audiobook

A sequel to Three Men in a Boat.

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e will say George suggested the idea."

There is a lack of genial helpfulness about George that it sometimes vexes me to notice. You would have thought he would have welcomed the chance of assisting two old friends out of a dilemma; instead, he became disagreeable.

"You do," said George, "and I shall tell them both that my original plan was that we should make a party--children and all; that I should bring my aunt, and that we should hire a charming old chateau I know of in Normandy, on the coast, where the climate is peculiarly adapted to delicate children, and the milk such as you do not get in England. I shall add that you over-rode that suggestion, arguing we should be happier by ourselves."

With a man like George kindness is of no use; you have to be firm.

"You do," said Harris, "and I, for one, will close with the offer. We will just take that chateau. You will bring your aunt--I will see to that,--and we will have a month of it. The children are all fond of you; J. and I will

Reviews

Average Rating of 4.5 from 4 reviews: *****
2012.01.06
Paul Hatton
*****

Sequel to 3 men in a not and although not as funny as the former is still a recommended read for the humour, as well as insight in Germany and it's people at the end of the 19th century (although the people haven't changed that much)

2011.08.11
gibel
****.

The book is light hearted and easy to read. Mostly a collection on humorous ramblings and insights on German society held together with a thread of a story. It has the same charters as “Three Men in a Boat” which makes it nice to read after each other. “Three Men on the Bummel” is the same book as “Three Men on Wheels”.

2011.05.31
AK
****.

Good book. I think the funniest part was when Harris, a cyclist and the waterman struggle for possession of the hose used for watering the roads. Everybody on the scene is drenched and Harris only escapes a lynching by the promptness of George's advice.

2006.11.22
Leo Kudrin
*****

A Bummel is a German word and it signifies a journey or just a stroll but not what you’ve thought about. The book ,as it seems, is not so famous as “Three Men in a Boat”, but it has it’s own merits, in my opinion, and also very readable. In my judgement the value of it lies at the historical plane because the book comprises an excellent description (with a bit of humor, of course) of Germany and the Germans of the end of the 19th. Century (apparently in the vicinity of 1895-1900). To read this book it’s like plunging in a Time Machine into that one atmosphere.

And mind you that “Three Men on the Bummel” appeared in 1900 that is 14 years before the beginning of the First World War.

By the way, I don’t think that the Germans have changed drasticly since than. The scenery-yes but not the people.


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