Currently Reading: Three Men in a Boat

Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog by Jerome K. Jerome 

 

176 pages, First Published 1889

 

GoodReads Synopsis: 

‘Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need – a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing.’

Suffering from every malady in the book except housemaid’s knee, three men and a dog decide to head for a restful vacation on the Thames. Anticipating peace and leisure, they encounter, in fact, the joys of roughing it, of getting their boat stuck in locks, of being towed by amateurs, of having to eat their own cooking and, of course, of coping with the glorious English weather.

 

“But who wants to be foretold the weather? It is bad enough when it comes, without our having the misery of knowing about it beforehand.”

 

“Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.”

 

“I had walked into that reading-room a happy, healthy man. I crawled out a decrepit wreck.”

 

“George goes to sleep at a bank from ten to four each day, except Saturdays, when they wake him up and put him outside at two.”

 

“I don’t know why it should be, I am sure; but the sight of another man asleep in bed when I am up, maddens me.”

 

 

 

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