21/04/2000

Three Men in a Boat (by Jerome K Jerome)

This is the classic book by the turn-of-the-century satirical writer Jerome K Jerome, about three men who plan and then take a boating holiday together.

There are some hilarious anecdotes mixed in with rather pompous preaching, despite there being almost no plot at all.

I read it aloud to my sons, and it turned out to be excellent as a read-aloud; I doubt if I would have enjoyed it nearly so much had I simply read it to myself, as I would have missed some of the verbal humour.

Extremely British, and inevitably dated - but that's not necessarily a bad thing. 

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