As the copy I picked up of Three Men in a Boat was a “two in one” with Three Men on the Bummel thrown in (though an old Everyman’s hardback, not the currently available paperback), I thought I might as well read that too. The three friends (though sans dog) set out again, this time for a ramble round Germany, mostly on bicycles. Much in the same style, and certainly with the same merrity-inducing capacity. There is – to mention but one – a lovely description of the “bicycle overhauler”, he who takes the thing apart with skills that do not in the slightest match his very knowledgeable comments – we’ve all met them.
I’ve been meaning to read Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog for a while, as it’s been rumoured to be very funny – which it was. Not laugh-out-loud funny, at least not very often, but certainly of the laughing-quietly-to-oneself variety.