Skip to main content

Book Review: Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome

Three Men in a Boat is a story of three men (George Harris and J) and they are friends. The men are suffering from over work and they feel like to take a much needed break from their monotonous routine. While in a cottage lying idle they decide to take up something for sure. First they discuss the possibilities of having a stay in the countryside and then a sea voyage. But none of the things look plausible to them due to various reasons mostly for the fear of sickness.

After much discussion, they arrive on a boating trip to be taken in the Thames River for the duration of two weeks. They plan to start the trip the following Saturday. Since George has to work on Saturdays till two in the noon, the two of them has to go to Kingston by train. After some difficulty they manage to reach Kingston because that is their starting point of journey. They take up all necessary items along with them and decide to camp on the ground during night. With them is also a dog called Montmorency for company and general vigilance. As they travel from Kingston upon Thames to Oxford, J keeps telling stories and history of the places they pass by. They talk a lot. And in that the novel becomes popular for its jokey and witty tone.  It is an old story published in 1889.

Readers would have come across the civil engineering and scientific terms like lock, weir, upstream, barometer, etc. It seems that the story was majorly based on personal experiences of the author and his friends. However, the dog is fictional. Today’s readers may find a chance to know about the peculiarities and cultures of the landmarks and the villages that were discussed in the novel as a travelling account, like Hampton Church, Magna Carta Island, Monkey Island.

Other than travelling information, pieces of comedy scenes have also worked up to spice up the overall feel of the book. It was a hit book then, after this book the author wrote a sequel of it: Three Men on the Bummel.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Book Review: The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond

Among all Ruskin Bond books, The Blue Umbrella has, so far, gathered immense applaud from readers and critics alike.  This is a short novel, but the kind of moral lessons it teaches to us are simply overwhelming. This is a story of Binya, a poor little girl living with her mother and an elder brother, Bijju, in a small hilly village of Garhwal. One day while herding her two cows back home, she stumbles upon some city people enjoying the picnic in the valley. She is enthralled to see them well-groomed and rich. She craves to be one like them and among many other things of their, a blue frilly umbrella catches her attention. She begins craving for it. On the other hand, the city people get attracted by her innocent beauty and the pendant in her neck. The pendant consists of leopard’s claw – which is considered a mascot widely in the hills. Binya trades her pendant off with the blue umbrella. The blue umbrella is so much beautiful that soon it becomes a topic of conversation fo

Poem Summary: Where The Mind Is Without Fear by Rabindranath Tagore

Poem by Rabindranath Tagore: Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high Where knowledge is free Where the world has not been broken up into fragments By narrow domestic walls Where words come out from the depth of truth Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit Where the mind is led forward by thee Into ever-widening thought and action Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake. Short Summary: This poem is written by Rabindranath Tagore during pre-independence days, when India was a colony of the British. The underlying theme of the poem is absolute freedom; the poet wants the citizens of his country to be living in a free state. According to the poem, we see that the poet is expressing his views there should be a country, like where people live without any sort of fear and with pure dignity…they should

Character Sketch of Binya from ‘The Blue Umbrella’ by Ruskin Bond

The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond is a popular children’s story. It features Binya as the main character, though there are other important characters as well, but the story revolves around Binya and her little beautiful umbrella. The story is widely popular among children, thus it has also been included in the schools’ syllabus all across the country. Since it is often taught in the school, thus the character sketch of Binya is often demanded by students from year to year. Character Sketch of Binya from The Blue Umbrella by Ruskin Bond Binya is the main character of the novel ‘The Blue Umbrella’ by Ruskin Bond. Her full name is Binyadevi. As in the hills or anywhere in India it is a kind of trend to call children with their short nicknames. Binya’s elder brother’s name is Bijju, whereas his real name is Vijay. Binya aged eleven is a hilly girl. She lives with her small family in the hills of Garhwal. Her father died when she was two years of age. For sustenance, the