Based on a holiday boat trip made by the author and his two real-life friends George and Harris. This humorous travelogue includes local history of towns along the Thames, as well as a few serious and sentimental passages, but remains at its core a comic novel.
down and wrote out a prescription, and folded it up and gave it me, and I put it in my pocket and went out.
I did not open it. I took it to the nearest chemist's, and handed it in. The man read it, and then handed it back.
He said he didn't keep it.
"You are a chemist?"
"I am a chemist. If I was a co-operative stores and family hotel combined, I might be able to oblige you. Being only a chemist hampers me."
I read the prescription. It ran:
"1 lb. beefsteak, with 1 pt. bitter beer every 6 hours. 1 ten-mile walk every morning. 1 bed at 11 sharp every night. And don't stuff up your head with things you don't understand."
I followed the directions, with the happy result - speaking for myself - that my life was preserved, and is still going on.
In the present instance, going back to the liver-pill circular, I had the symptoms, beyond all mistake, the chief among them being "a general disinclination to work of any kind."
What I suffer in that way no
very funny in parts and dull in others. i was tempted to put it down but get going and kept being rewarded by laughs. only for it to get dull again. had some great lyrical passages about nature also. I don't think I will attempt 3 men on wheels or 3 men on a bummel, as i've read that this is the best of the three.
I have read this book more times than I care to remember. Each time I laugh until it hurts and gasp at the descriptive writing in between the humour. I still have tears rolling down my face with the tin of pineapple (Harris sustained a slight flesh wound). This must be one of the greatest books written in the English language. If you haven't already read it..... DO. It cannot be recommended highly enough
I love this book. The first time I read it I was amazed. The writing style is very modern sounding, considering when it was written. A great way to spend the afternoon when you really should be doing something else.
Hilarious stuff, especially for anybody who has ever "roughed it" (even with today's equipment). I went camping this weekend and had brought this book along. We set up in the pouring rain, went to bed wet, and woke up to sunshine. When I started reading this, I couldn't stop laughing from Jerome's descriptions of various bits. The pineapple tin is priceless!
One of my favorites.
exellent book ,a masterpiece
One of my most favorite books of all time! Hilarious!
Let me quote JKJ's own introduction to the later editions of this classic: "The world has been very kind to this book. The sales of the English editions in their various forms have exceeded a million and a half. In Chicago I was assured many years ago, by an enterprising pirate now retired, that the sales throughout the United States had exceeded a million; and although, in consequence of its having been published before the Copyright Convention, this brought me no material advantage, the fame and popularity it has won for me among the American public is an asset not to be despised."
"It has been translated into, I think, every European language, also some of those of Asia. It has brought me many thousands of letters from young folk, from old folk; from well folk, from sick folks; from merry folk, from sad folk. They have come to me from all parts of the world, from men and women of all countries. Had these letters been the only result I should feel glad that I had written the book. I retain a few blackened pages of one copy sent me by a young colonial officer from South Africa. They were taken from the knapsack of a dead comrade froun on Spion Kopů"
A breezv little volume, this one. Enjoy :)
nice n funny
Just read the para about the dog montmorency and you will get an idea about what JKJ can write. Simply Hilarious!!!
Old, good and very English book.
Fantastic book. Follows the journey along the River Thames of 3 men (and a dog) and comments on their stories, thoughts and adventures.
Strongly recommended for anyone that enjoys boating, pubs, tall tales or the odd bit of meditation on the English landscape and its history.