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I remember going to the British Museum one day to read up the treatment for some slight ailment of which I had a touch hay fever, I fancy it was. Jerome K Jerome later wrote a hit West End play, The Passing of the Third Floor Back, but he never recaptured the mood of careless comic joy that aerates the pages of his immortal masterpiece. The characters have grown on me like friends, and their actions make me smile and laugh. It all seems quite relevant and modern. George must go to work that day, so J. Three Men in a Boat went on selling in vast numbers, defying gravity. As a warning, this is not entirely true. It takes a little getting used to the language but then you kind of think that this could of actually been written last week. Living in Oxford and having gone for more than a few walks along the river by Iffley lock, there was also a certain amount of recognition. It made me laugh so much to read how the concept of the man-child male was clearly not a modern invention — Harris, George and J are a long way past childhood but also clearly not grown up. The use of slang was condemned as "vulgar" and the book was derided as written to appeal to "'Arrys and 'Arriets" — then common sneering terms for working-class Londoners who dropped their Hs when speaking.

However, he frequently digresses into humorous anecdotes that range from the unreliability of barometers for weather forecasting to the difficulties encountered when learning to play the Scottish bagpipes. The book was initially intended to be a serious travel guide, with accounts of local history along the route, but the humorous elements took over to the point where the serious and somewhat sentimental passages seem a distraction to the comic novel.

First is the anachronism. I reflected that I had every other known malady in the pharmacology, and I grew less selfish, and determined to do without housemaids knee.

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The three men squabble like children, are utterly useless and yet end up having the time of their lives. I sat for awhile, frozen with horror; and then, in the listlessness of despair, I again turned over the pages.

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Nevertheless, this was an entertaining read. Jerome K Jerome would probably say his masterpiece was "about one hundred and fifty pages", but I would argue that Three Men in a Boat is about the cameraderie of youth, the absurdity of existence, camping holidays, playing truant, comic songs, and the sweet memories of lost time. I want to get up and superintend, and walk round with my hands in my pockets, and tell him what to do. Encouraged by his new wife, Georgina, Jerome intended his account of a boating holiday to be a popular travel guide for a booming market. The snippets about Harris are highlights within the book, whether it be his singing or his strategy for getting through Hampton Court Maze, yet still I think that the star of the show just might be Montmorency the fox terrier. I am also told that the trio represents a typical Englishman which, of course, is little solace The three are smarty pants - who think that only they each one to himself have everything figured out and it turns out to be not so. Isn't it? Their taking it in the way they did irritated me. I got down the book, and read all I came to read; and then, in an unthinking moment, I idly turned the leaves, and began to indolently study diseases, generally. I can't help it. For example, all the pubs and inns named are still open. When George unearths a tin of pineapple chunks "we felt" writes Jerome, "that life was worth living after all". It even feels amusing now, to open up to a random page and start reading - faintly recollecting it and now, better appreciating the irony or the comedy in the situation. I plodded conscientiously through the twenty six letters, and the only malady I could conclude I had not got was housemaids knee. The three men are based on Jerome himself the narrator J.

Bright disease, I was relieved to find, I had only in a modified form, and, so far as that was concerned, I might live for years. Err, not until you encounter an awkward disaster of cataclysmic proportions such 3.

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I could have just read this and not bothered with the rest of the chapter. It is surprisingly accurate and amusing. There is nothing does irritate me more than seeing other people sitting about doing nothing when I'm working.

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This was hardly what I intended.

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