Three Men in A Boat

Three Men in A Boat

Three Men on the Bummel

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Oxford University Press
This volume stands as the only available critical edition of two of the most popular classics in English literature.Three Men in a Boat describes a comic expedition by middle-class Victorians up the Thames to Oxford, providing along the way brilliant snap-shots of London's playground in the late 1880s. InThree Men on the Bummel, the three Englishmen escape from the claustrophobia of suburban life some ten years later to go on a cycling tour in the Black Forest of Germany.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2008]
ISBN: 9780199537976
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK Classics Jer
Characteristics: xxxi, 330 p. : maps ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: 3 men in a boat


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May 04, 2017

The narrator recalls a boy at his school who really liked to study. "He was full of weird and unnatural notions about being a credit to his parents and an honour to the school; and he yearned to win prizes and grow up and be a clever man, and had all those sorts of weak-minded ideas." If you are amused by this example of British wittiness, then you will probably enjoy reading the book. There is an appendix in the back called "Explanatory Notes" so the reader can understand the meaning of uniquely British words and phrases.

Jan 19, 2014

one of the best books i have every read.

Apr 25, 2012

Published in 1889, over a century old, was famed for its comical writing. Reading it, trying to imagine myself during this time and watching these three friends on their escapades on the Thames River over a two week period. I just couldn't get into it and didn't find anything humourous or comical about it. Guess it doesn't translate well to the 21st century. Though a few times, ended up reading the inside of my eyelids. Great if you need some zzzz.

Jul 31, 2010

Very British humour from the late 19th century. If you like this sort of thing (I do) or if you have traveled by rowboat this is a pretty funny expedition. The group dynamic of the three men is well established and mirrors the foibles of any three true life adventurers, with considerable exaggeration, of course.

cliominded Jul 05, 2010

Not as funny as Connie Willis' "To Say Nothing of the Dog" but pretty amusing overall. A great picture of upper class Edwardian english pleasures.


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