Gitta's Literary Escapades

Just another reader taking on (modern) classics, best-sellers, award-winners, non-fiction, and (guilty pleasure) chicklit armed with common sense, a brain and feminism.

Three Men in a Boat

Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome

[I read this book alongside the audiobook read by Martin Jarvis, whose portrayal was an absolute joy.]

I immensely enjoyed the first chapter and was surprised to find out this book was first published in 1889. Jerome's sense of humour is timeless! Mainly because it contains hardly any mention of technology, thus the narrative has remained undated. Whilst the rest of the book intersperses comedy with serious paragraphs, the overall narrative is light hearted and oozes out feelings of summer.

Anyone with an appreciation for British humour, wit and/or satire/irony will enjoy this short travelogue. However, the occasional travel-journalesque descriptions are more of a break from the comical episodes and are the remnants of the author's original intention for the book and can thus sometimes be experienced as a distraction.

The autobiographical character J. and Jerome's real-life friends are loveable and the fact that they have no previous experience with camping or sailing only increases the connection you feel with them. The amicable banter is described so poetically, it made me laugh out loud.

All in all a very enjoyable read. Especially during summer, when you've just got back from your own, hopefully more successful, (camping) holiday.

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