13 August 2020

Book Beginning: Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome


Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader. We share the first sentence (or so) of the book we are reading, along with our initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

There were four of us—George, and William Samuel Harris, and myself, and Montmorency.  We were sitting in my room, smoking, and talking about how bad we were—bad from a medical point of view I mean, of course.


A comedy that seems to be very popular with the Classics Club set, and who doesn't need a good laugh about now? The subtitle reads: "(to say nothing of the dog)". Which might explain the opening phrase "There were four of us". We shall see!


  1. Montmorency is the dog, a lovely beginning to one of my favorite books of all time.

    1. That's quite a big name for a dog! I can't wait to start reading and find out more.

  2. I didn't actually think this book was as funny as most people who have reviewed it. I think humor is so tied to place and time. Let me know what you think. My quotes are from Mr. Mercedes

  3. Sounds good, and laughter is always great. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “IMPERFECT WOMEN”

  4. Three men in a boat is a GREAT classic. I loved it! Good for a laugh yes!

    Happy weekend, here's my Weekend Book Friends

  5. I found this online awhile back and thought it was great fun. Sometimes humor doesn't stand the test of time, but this certainly did.