Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

Published: 1889

Genre: humorous travel fiction

Length: 160 pages

Setting: the Thames River, England, 1880s

Interest: It was one of the BBCs Big Reads and the author’s name started with a J (one of the few letters I have left).

Summary: The narrator, his dog, and two friends, George and Harris, decide to take a two week boat trip up the Thames. They’re sure it will be all kinds of relaxing and enjoyable. Of course, reality is a little different. It’s lots of work to two or row the boat upstream, the food gets smashed in the hamper, the boat is uncomfortable to sleep in, and the steam ships are a bother. Along with their adventures, we also get some history of the Thames and its surrounding areas.

Final thoughts: This was surprisingly enjoyable. I didn’t really know what I was getting into and a travelogue from the 1880s didn’t sound that exciting. However, the writing style was so humorous, Jerome had me coming back for more. I had to read a couple of passages aloud to Miss Adventure when she asked me why I was laughing. My edition had an introduction to explain the significance of the book. I enjoy reading such information because I get an idea of why the book is considered important now and in the past.

Title comes from: Descriptive of the plot

Reading challenges fulfilled: 77/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge, and a J in my author Alphabet Challenge

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