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About the Author

Jerome K. Jerome (1859–1927), an English novelist, playwright, and actor, is best known as a humorist. His books include On the Stage and Off and his widely acclaimed Three Men in a Boat.

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Product Details

  • Series: Elibron Classics
  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Adamant Media Corporation (April 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0543897729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0543897725
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,221,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book--which I assume is a fictionalized account of an actual journay--after having spent a year in Germany and I bemused by the fact that the Germans that Jerome K. Jerome characterizes in this book (published in 1900) are very similar to those of the present day. Added to this, is the fact that the book is mainly set in the Black Forest region of Germany, which is where I stayed. So not only was this book humorous and entertaining, it rekindled fond memories as well. The writing I fear will disillusion the more casual reader, but for those who have the inclination, this book is a very worthwhile read.
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I read this book both because I, like so many, was delighted with Jerome K. Jerome's earlier book, Three Men In A Boat (To Say Nothing Of The Dog...), and because this sequel has the reputation of being a "bicycle book," a genre I often enjoy. In both regards I was slightly disappointed. Though entertaining, Bummel is not as funny as Three Men in a Boat, and though the protagonists in Bummel do travel in part by bicycle, the book is mostly a discussion of the process of planning a trip, and of the German cities they visited.

As with Three Men in a Boat, this book seems thoroughly modern in tone and style of humor. Jerome K. Jerome is particularly fond of comical exaggeration of the sort that would seem totally natural on a television sitcom today. After a mistake involving somebody else's bicycle, and a run-in with the authorities, he summarizes "My going scot free is regarded in police circles there to this day as a grave miscarriage of justice."
Portions read much like Douglas Adams ("I wish no one to read this book under a misapprehension. There will be no useful information in this book.") and others like John Cleese in Fawlty Towers (a discussion of an English shopkeeper frustrated when the protagonists, as a prank, pretend not to be able to speak English). The material near the start of the book about the friends and their wives is all quite funny, and thoroughly modern in the way the women effortlessly outsmart the men. The discussions of stereotypical German behavior are remarkable mostly for how little such stereotypes have changed. Germans were, 120 years ago and today, thought to be officious and compulsive in following rules.
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Jerome K. Jerome has done it again! Since I read Three Men in a Boat, I have become addicted to the witty nature & hilarious narrative of Jerome K. Jerome. Three Men on the Bummel is equally funny as it depicts the "three amigos" traveling through Germany with the hysterical commentary of Jerome. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good laugh.
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Folowing on from Three Men on a Boat, the three friends embark on an international bike tour. Every bit as funny as the original, this sequel had me in fits of laughter in a restaurant once and I was laughing so hard I couldn't catch my breath. There are a number of situation comedy moments that any comedy writer would wish they had crafted. Again it shows the human condition and the imperfections of men and women and the hilarity that can be extracted from human weakness without courseness or bad language and without demeaning other races or cultures. A great, great book. Read it or regret not doing so.
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Jerome at his best. The humor is more situational than one liners. This book reads more like a series of anecdotes, than a narrative with plot points, conflict and resolution. Jerome didn't need them and the book rolls along just fine without them. I could not care less about the tedious details of travel the exact measurement of thus and that landmark, or boring descriptions of landscape. I am sooo glad he left them out as it saves me the trouble of skipping over them.
This is an outstanding book and a wonderful lunchtime companion.
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Strictly by chance, I happened on Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men In A Boat. Having spent almost five years in England when I was a teenager, I love to read about the country and it's people. Three Men In A Boat is a very funny book. When I found Three Men on the Bummel, I was as delighted with it as I was with the "Boat" book. When I first went to England, at age sixteen, I wasn't aware of how subtle and out loud funny British humor can be. It took me a little while to "get" it, but when I did, I was hooked. Jerome's almost subliminal sarcasm is priceless. The same "three men" in the first book, are the same three who go on another holiday, and muddle through the same sort of adventures, all quite unplanned and unexpected. Picture Sherlock Holmes plopped into the 70's Height Ashbury scene. Both books are highly entertaining, and well worth the read.
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There is more to humor than just laughing and this book (Three Men on a Bummel) satisfies my appetite for humor that exposes our common human foibles. Like its predecessor, "Three Men in a Boat", I relaxed into the comfort of shared frailties, follies, and foolishness to laugh and merge with George, Harris, and Me. Not to forget Montmorency, the lucky dog who lived a dog's life with joy and love. I re-read this book at least once a year and the pleasure never dims. This is a book that causes in me gratitude for the enduring written word. We need more Jerome J. Jeromes!
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