Who wrote this book and when?
Jerome K Jerome published this in 1889.

Has there been a film version?
I think so. One reportedly starring David Tomlinson, one of my favorite actors, and one starring Tim Curry, along with others.

Who are the important characters?
The Narrator – based on Jerome K Jerome
George – one of the narrator’s friends
Harris – the other of the narrator’s friends
Montmorency – a terrier dog

What’s it about?
Three men decide to take a boating holiday on the River Thames. The narrative describes their adventures, opinions, stops along the way, and interesting people they meet.

Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
It is a humorous travel guide to the Thames.

Do you recommend I read this book?
Not really, unless you’re planning a trip on the Thames. And I think this book might be a bit outdated.

Why did this book make your list?
It was listed as one of the Top 100 British Novels.

Has it won any awards?
No.

Favorite quotes:
“From the dim woods on either bank, Night’s ghostly army, the grey shadows, creep out with noiseless tread to chase away the lingering rearguard of the light, and pass, with noiseless, unseen feet, above the waving river-grass, and through the sighing rushes; and Night, upon her sombre throne, folds her black wings above the darkening world, and, from her phantom palace, lit by the pale stars, reigns in stillness.” – p 20

Anything else?
This was orginally supposed to be a serious travel book. Hah.

Personal thoughts:
This book isn’t so much a story as it is a guide to punting/rowing/towing down the River Thames. There were some pretty funny parts – insulting steam barges in favor of little boats until one is being pulled by a steam barge and then insulting little boats who get in the way of steam barges. The tales of Montmorency, who I didn’t know was a dog until the second chapter, after which I felt very foolish. I didn’t care for any of the main characters a great deal; the narrator struck me as rather an idiot, the other two were lazy, and the only one who kept my interest was Montmorency the terrier.

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