Three Men, George, Harris, Jerome of the Merry & Lazy Variety of well-to-do Young men of the Victorian Era feel so depressed with their routine & assumed illness (Munchausen Syndrome) that they decide to go on an Idyllic Cruise along London Thames River for a fortnight, in an equally depressing soggy weather. They pack their food, clothes & the dog, Montmorency, in a small boat. They travel the Country along the Thames. Right from the word ’go’, nothing goes right for them. This book narrates what all they are forced to encounter & endure in their jolly boat ride. They really have hell of a time!
Three Men in a Boat
Jerome K. Jerome (1889). [Genre: Comic novel]
Source: local library
But despite the humour, Three Men in a Boat just didn't strike a chord with me the way I was expecting it to. I think it was the lack of plot. I've been having a busy week, with lots on my mind, and I kept finding myself having to go back several pages because I'd lost track of where I was - in the middle of 'the story' (which probably only takes up a quarter of the novel) or one of the flashbacks/anecdotes that while amusing dominated the text to the detriment of plot. I was also surprised by how quickly the mood/tone of story could change - for example a very humorous tale moving straight into the discovery of a dead body in the river.
Overall, I'd be tempted to try Jerome K. Jerome again sometime, but I'm a little sad that I didn't find Three Men in a Boat as memorable as I thought I would.
Three Men in a Boat crosses another book off my Classics Club list, and I'm counting it towards the 19th Century classic category of the Back to the Classics Challenge.