Martyrs to hypochondria and general seediness, J. and his friends George and Harris decide that a jaunt up the Thames would suit them to a 'T'. But when they set off, they can hardly predict the troubles that lie ahead with tow-ropes, unreliable weather-forecasts and tins of pineapple chunks - not to mention the devastation left in the wake of J.'s small fox-terrier Montmorency. Three Men in a Boat was an instant success when it appeared in 1889, and, with its benign escapism, authorial discursions and wonderful evocation of the late-Victorian 'clerking classes', it hilariously captured the spirit of its age.... sewage was dicharged intoit fromthe townsalong itsbanks, andaccording to an a#39;Oarsmana#39;s Guidea#39; publishedin 1859, a#39;odours thatspeak ... in 1861 of Prince Albertfrom typhoid caused bythefilthy drains at Windsor Castle spurredon efforts toclean upthe river; and the factthat ... were already in existence, but from the 1870sthe Thames acquired anewlife andcharacter asasource of pleasure and recreation.
|Title||:||Three Men in a Boat|
|Author||:||Jerome K. Jerome|
|Publisher||:||Penguin UK - 2004-03-25|