‘3 men in a boat, to say nothing of the dog’ – what a quirky name for a book written so long ago. Like I mentioned here, I am not in a classics phase right now but somehow, I have collected so many of them during various discount offers 😛 that I have to read them now or keep my mind occupied with thoughts of those books lying around. Of course, reading them is better. 😛
But this book, I quite liked. This is a very light, fun, travel + humor book. Although, in some parts, the travel part gets elongated but overall, the travel part is very beautiful. As for the humor, I think the reason it is a classic is because the humor is good enough to be liked by everyone and anyone. The humor is classic and the jokes are not outdated at all, they still suit the sensibilities. If you don’t want to know even a little bit of the plot (I am telling only the very basic stuff anyway), move to the next paragraph otherwise keep reading. The book is essentially about a boating holiday planned by 3 friends with their dog. The book includes a travel account of the places they covered on their boating trip on the Thames river from Kingston to Oxford (in UK) and the humor associated with their lives, their trip, or any dilemmas faced by them. It is quite fun to read about how they arrived at this decision of the holiday or how they decided about what and how to pack or the various adventures that keep popping up, it really is quite fun.
I especially loved two things. One is how the narrator keeps describing their food whenever they are having a meal on the boat or the port. The way food is described is beautiful and keeps the reader intrigued. Secondly, I completely loved how the narrator starts telling us by something, but then thinks of something else and then keeps talking about that new something endlessly and funnily. This has happened many times in the book and it makes you laugh so much.
I recommend this because it is very different from other books and the jokes actually are funny, it gets unbelievable at times when old books have amazing sense of humor, the kind that can make you happy even after centuries. 🙂
PS: It is the 10th book that I read as part of the Brunch Book Challenge and as I said, I’ll be logging my opinion about every book that I read as part of this challenge. In case you want to participate in this challenge too, read up about it here.