Most of us could use a laugh these days, right? That’s the goal with our August selection, a duet of Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome and To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis.
Three Men in a Boat, published in 1889, is the story of three Englishmen (and a dog) who take a two-week holiday trip down the Thames River. The book was originally intended to be a serious travel guide, but took on a comic life of its own as the story progressed. Critics at the time took sharp aim at Jerome (“One might have imagined that the British Empire was in danger,” he later wrote), but the book sold in huge numbers and has never been out of print. Jerome’s publisher once mused, “I cannot imagine what becomes of all the copies of that book I issue. I often think the public must eat them.” The Guardian ranked the book No. 33 on its list of The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time.
To Say Nothing of the Dog, written in 1998 by Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Connie Willis, is a comedic romp through the world of time travel that pays homage to Jerome K. Jerome’s classic novel. Historian Ned Henry sets off on a trip through time that lands him in Victorian England, where he enjoys a number of chaotic adventures…one of which just might be encountering three men in a boat (to say nothing of the dog).
Discussion begins August 1st. Please join us!