Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Book Review: Three Men in a Boat

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

Jerome K. Jerome

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Recommended for: people who like British humor, anyone who's had an unfortunate camping experience, fans of Bill Bryson, P.G. Wodehouse or Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry.

This book, published in 1889, still tops book lists of the funniest British books. The hypochondriac narrator, his two friends and his dog decide to take a boating trip down the Thames for their health (although the dog is less than enthusiastic about the plan). The three men are not outdoorsmen or experienced boaters, and Jerome's description of their disasters is hilarious. The tale drifts between anecdotes about the trip and tangential side stories, and occasional input from Montmorency, the dog. It's not a book to read or listen to in public, unless you don't mind being stared at for laughing uncontrollably.