Rejtő Jenő – The 14-carat Roadster

Hi all!

As promised, I’m back with Rejtő Jenő’s “The 14-carat Roadster” (“A tizennégy karátos autó”) and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by it. I admit, I have heard from a lot of people that it is a great book and it even got on the list of the 100 best Hungarian books that are totally worth reading, but still, when I checked what it was about, I wasn’t at all impressed. And I only started reading it because it was on my to-read list (due to the previously mentioned best books list) and, frankly, I didn’t have anything else to read on the train :D

But like I said, I was pleasantly surprised and I really enjoyed it, even from page one. It’s got a great style that makes it perfect for when you are looking for a light read. It kind of reminded me of Agatha Christie’s books, only instead of mystery and puzzles, we have funny characters and wild adventures :)

The story presents the adventures of one Gorcsev Iván, a young man who has a very interesting way of being, doing things at an impulse, without thinking of the consequences. He falls in love with Anette Laboux, the daughter of a minister and somehow gets involved in the greatly complicated story of the Alfa-Romeo with parts made out of 14 carat gold.

The story is filled with twists and turns as the car gets stolen, then retrieved, then stolen again, and of course there is the thing with how Gorcsev joined the army, but sent his secretary instead with the promise that they will change places, but something always comes up and the secretary is left to make the lives of the generals miserable :D

The book is a real page turner, because it never gets boring not having the time to get boring. One thing happens after the other, and these things along with the characters are hilarious :D

I would definitely recommend this book and I think in the end it was the perfect choice after “One Hundred Years of Solitude”. If you would like to read it online, you can find the English version here: The 14-carat Roadster, and the Hungarian version (if anyone is interested) here: A Tizennégy karátos autó.

That’s all for now, and next time I’ll be talking about something a little more edgy: Marquis de Sade’s “The 120 Days of Sodom”.

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read :)

Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part XIV

Hi all!

I’m back with the last part of the Poe shortstories series and there are only 3 of them left. As it turns out, Poe also has a novel entitled “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket” and it is the only know finished novel by him. But since this series is about his shortstories, I’m going to leave that for another time.

So here are the three remaining stories, and as usual, the titles are links to where you can read them online.

Shadow–A Parable

This story is a rather short one and not much happens, but I guess the emphasis isn’t really on the actions.

The story presents a group of people, who try to lock themselves away from the raging “Pestilence”. Then, one night, they have an unexpected visitor who fills them with terror, by his appearance and voice.

Von Kempelen And His Discovery

This story is again a shorter one, and presents, as the title says, the discovery of Von Kempelen.

The narrator presents his acquaintance with the main character, and claims that although they had more conversations, he never suspected him to have scientific aspirations. After this introduction, he presents an “anecdote” about Von Kempelen, and this anecdote is the story itself. The main idea is that Von Kempelen is arrested for counterfeiting, but it soon turns out that the case is something very different and much more interesting :)

Morning On the Wissahiccon

This story is a pretty short one and it starts out as a description of the valley of Wissahiccon, which is a small brook in America. The scenery presented is beautiful, and it is put in contrast with the populated parts of England for example.

The narrator tells about the time he visited the brook and saw an elk, but as he went closer, his visions of untouched and unspoiled nature became immediately shattered.

So it seems I’m finally done with the series and I have to say that I’ve learned a lot while reading these stories. Not only did I get more familiar with the person of Poe, the way he thinks, the things he knows (which is amazing :D), but I also had the chance to get to think about various topics I never before considered contemplating on. And I think that is a definite plus if a writer, or anyone in fact, can make you really think :)

So I guess this is all for now and I’ll be back shortly with something different for a change: Stephen King’s “The Eyes of the Dragon” :D

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read :)

Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part XIII

Hi all!

I’m back with part 13, and as I said before, there’s not much left. And this is definitely a good thing, because as I have also mentioned, I’m done reading them, but not so much with the review part. Actually, I’ve already read another book, for which I can’t wait to post a review, because I really liked it. But first, let’s finish this series :D

This time I’ll be presenting 6 works again, and as before, the titles are links to where you can read them online :)

Lionizing

This story is a pretty funny one, and quite short, so definitely worth reading.

The main character and narrator is Robert Jones, who was said to be a genius from a very early age, because he “took hold of his nose”. He then studied Nosology and saw that as his true calling. And his nose was indeed admired by everyone who saw it.

But sadly, a change in his fate occurs, when he shoots off the nose of Bluddennuff in a duel.

The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall

This story is a quite long one, but it’s actually pretty interesting. It presents the adventures of Hans Pfaall, who becoming very poor and in debt, decides to do something no one has done before: travel to the moon. And he does this in a really strange way. By balloon :D

What I liked about the story was that this again presented another side of Poe, because it has a lot of astronomical and geographical references to it. Of course, the suppositions made about the moon are mistaken, but I can’t really decide if Poe just made that up or that was indeed what was believed at that time.

Anyways, I liked this one and I would recommend it :)

King Pest

This is an interesting story of two seamen, who try to run from an inn, because they drank but didn’t want to pay.

They are chased into the part of the town that was quarantined because of the plague. They don’t hesitate in entering the district and they soon find an interesting company in one of the buildings :)

The Landscape Garden (another title is The Domain of Arnheim)

This is a mostly descriptive story, that presents a friend of the narrator, Mr. Ellison, who has always been of good fortune, and therefore happy. Here, Poe describes the conditions of happiness, one of them leading to Art.

Mr. Ellison chooses landscape gardening as his form of art, and describes what this means to him. We witness as an artist speaks of his art, which always  seems a beautiful thing to me, because I consider myself an artist and I think there is no greater beauty than presenting a part of your soul through your own creation. And this certainly leads to a form of happiness :)

Landor’s Cottage

This story is a quite beautiful one, but it is again rather a description, than a story with an actual plot.

The narrator presents in great detail a beautiful and dreamy valley with a charming house. And as he describes it, you can actually feel his love for nature and art, and this, as I said before, is something I like to hear (or read, in this case :P).

The Power of Words

This story is much like The Colloquy of Monos And Una, having the same style (has the form of a dialogue between the characters) and has a similar philosophical theme.

The two characters Oinos and Agathos speak about the large effect that people have even by the wave of their hands or the words they speak. It’s a really beautiful story and it makes you think of what we really are capable of doing without even knowing it :)

So I guess that’s all for now, and I’ll be back soon with the last part of the Poe series.

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read :)

Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part XII

Hi all!

I’m back with the next part of the Poe series and this time I’ll be presenting 6 stories again, just to go through them more quickly. There aren’t much left, so there will probably be about two more parts to the series, besides this one. So, let’s get to them :)

As usual, the titles are links to where you can read them online.

A Tale of Jerusalem

This story is kind of funny I guess, but I didn’t really like it, because not much happens.

It’s about three Jewish people, who want to buy a lamb from the Romans to be sacrificed, but the Romans play a dirty trick on them. The story is not that bad, and really short, so you can give it a look if you’d like :)

The Sphinx

This story is also really short, but I really liked it.

It presents the narrator, who spends time with his relative in a cottage on the banks of the Hudson. Every day they hear bad news about acquaintances dying because of the cholera, and this causes the narrator to be very edgy. This becomes worse when he sees a monster his relative can’t see, and thinks it is an omen predicting his death.

The end is pretty funny, because of the unexpected twist :)

Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand In A Sling

This story is a bit more challenging than the rest, because it is written (on purpose of course) in the worst spelling possible :P

The story itself is about the narrator and a Frenchman who both court the same lady, and for a funny reason, both think they have success over the other. As the truth is revealed, we find the answer to the question in the title :)

Bon-Bon

This story was an interesting one, but a bit longer than usual.

It’s about a man named Pierre Bon-Bon, who the narrator says is a genius and a philosopher. One stormy night he has an unusual visitor, who is none other than the Devil himself. They have a quite peculiar conversation, and the story has an unexpected end :)

Three Sundays In A Week

This story is another interesting one that I liked.

It’s about the narrator, who wishes to marry his cousin, but his uncle says that he can marry her only when three Sundays will occur in one week. And the narrator, along with his betrothed and some friends do the condition justice.  Read it to find out how :)

The Devil in the Belfry

This is an interesting little story about a little town named Vondervotteimittiss.

The town, along with its citizens, is pretty strange, and the people stick to really weird rules. But one day, a stranger arrives in town, who, in a matter of seconds, turns the whole town upside down :)

It’s a really amusing story and I would recommend it :)

I guess that’s all for today. See you next time with Part XIII of the series :)

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read :)

Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part XI

Hi all!

I know I haven’t been really active these past few weeks, but I have good reasons, I promise :D

I had to work overtime a bit, because last week I wanted to take a vacation, which I did. And it was great :) It felt good to travel a bit, see some new places. And, of course, some already familiar places, that are close to my heart :)

But time is passing, March is almost over, and I’m still not done with the Poe series. To be honest, I’m done with the reading part, the reviewing part is all that’s left. So let’s get to it :)

This time, I’ll be presenting 6 stories, just to get through them more quickly, because as I said in a previous post, I have other interesting books waiting to be read/reviewed :)

As usual, the titles are links to where you can read them online.

Mystification

This story is a shorter one, with not much of a plot, and frankly, not my favorite.

It presents the Baron Ritzner von Jung, who attends the same university as the narrator and they are close friends. On one occasion, the Baron is insulted an proposes an unusual method of settling the score. The story is actually about the outcome of the “duel”.

Loss of Breath

This is a story I read previously during an English class in highscool and it’s pretty funny.

It presents the narrator, who, arguing with his wife, literally loses his breath. He then feels that he has to leave his old life behind, and he does. His journey is quite eventful, one episode more amusing than the other, and in the end, he does find his breath again, but in the most unexpected place :D

The Man That Was Used Up

This story is an interesting one, with no great plot, but pretty amusing nonetheless. And in amusing I don’t actually mean funny, because although it has a funny side to it, it has a pinch of sadness.

The story presents the narrator, who is introduced to Brevet Brigadier General John A. B. C. Smith, an interesting and very good looking man. The narrator is quite intrigued by his story and questions all his acquaintances about him, but they are always interrupted before they can actually reveal anything important. As a last resort, he goes to the general himself and is quite surprised by what he finds.

Mellonta Tauta

This story is a longer one, but quite interesting. Actually, not much happens, but it’s the ideas portrayed that really catch your eye.

The story is actually a sequence of letters, whose author is on a balloon ride in the year 2848. I really got interested when I saw the date, because I knew this meant that we will have a glimpse in the future as Poe sees it :)

It has interesting ideas, for instance that instead of the individual, the mass will be important. The narrator also talks about the “old” days, about the philosophies and science of actually the present. I really liked this story, and I would recommend it, because it is always interesting to see how a man from the past sees the future :)

The Thousand-And-Second Tale of Scheherazade

This story is a really interesting one, with bits of humor and satire here and there.

Basically, it presents the not well known last story of Scheherazade, which is a later adventure of Sinbad. This  adventure consists of a journey around the world, during which Sinbad witnesses a lot of things he never thought possible to exist. As we see from the footnotes, these are all real occurrences in an imaginary form, but the king, Scheherazade’s husband, thinks that it is nonsense. And this, of course, leads to a unexpected ending.

X-Ing A Paragrab

This is another shorter story, with a not really elaborate plot.

It presents Mr. Touch-and-go Bullet-head who moves to a new town and starts a magazine. To his disappointment, he finds out that there already is a magazine issuing there and the story basically presents the rivalry between the two.

Their confrontation is pretty amusing, and so is the end, when we find out what exactly the title means :)

Well, that’s all I got for today, but I’ll be back shortly with the next part :)

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read :)

Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part X

Hi all!

It seems spring is finally coming and I personally can’t wait for the sunshine! :D It’s actually pretty amazing to see how a clear sky or a patch of green grass can change someone’s mood :) And personally, I could really use some brightness about now :P

Anyway, speaking about gloomy atmosphere, I’ll be presenting 5 stories again (thankfully not all gloomy :P ), and just like before, the titles are links to where you can read them online :)

The Oblong Box

This is a quite interesting story about a boat trip turned disastrous. But that’s not all :)

The narrator speaks of an artist friend, Cornelius Wyatt on the ship, who claimed to have married a seemingly perfect girl, but as he meets her, she doesn’t seem anything like what he heard of. Besides that, Wyatt has in his room an oblong box, which the narrator believes to contain a painting, but, as it turns out, not all things are as they seem :)

Metzengerstein

This story is a really interesting one, and for some reason it was familiar, but I’m almost sure I never read it before.

It’s about two rival families, the Metzengerstein and the Berlifitzing, who owe their rivalry not only to their differences in wealth and stature, but also to a prophecy, claiming one’s victory over the other. The story gets more interesting when the stable of the Berlifitzing family catches on fire and a wild demeaned horse is caught by the servants of the Baron Frederick Von Metzengerstein. Frederick is fascinated by the horse and spends a lot of time with it. After a while, he starts to change in behavior, but this is only noticed by one of his servants. But as the Baron’s own house catches on fire one night, a really strange thing happens, that makes you wonder about the true character of the demonic horse.

The Literary Life of Thingum Bob, Esq.

This story is again a funny one, but in a satirical and critical way. The narrator of the story is Mr. Thingum Bob himself,  and he presents his road to success, starting from the moment he wanted to become “great” by being an editor and poet.

This is a satire of article writing and criticism, because in the story, the pieces of literature we might consider valuable (such as Dante’s “Inferno”) is claimed to be nothing more than a “rant”. And of course, ironically, a “poem” (if we can even call it that) by the narrator is a great sensation which marks his first steps in becoming well known.

This is definitely an interesting story, and I think worth reading :)

How To Write A Blackwood Article

This story is a pretty funny one, and has as protagonist a very vain Signora Psyche Zenobia. In her endeavors to write a great article, she meets with Mr. Blackwood, who tells her about the substances of brilliant articles. The points he makes are funny, and the whole just seems to be a mockery of writers who present so called sensations.

A Predicament

This story is a sequel to “How To Write A Blackwood Article”, and it is the actual article of Signora Psyche Zenobia.

As Mr. Blackwood suggested in the other story, this lady presents a most terrifying experience of her life. She uses the agreed style and quotes, which make the story hilarious, because she often emphasizes things that are not at all important, and the quotes are awfully misspelled, as she wrote them down before as she understood them.

It’s a really funny story and I would recommend it, because it certainly made me laugh a couple of times :D

Well, I guess that’s all for now. Stay tuned for Part XI of the series :)

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read :)

Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part VIII

Hi all!

I’m back with Part 8 of the series, and like before I’ll be presenting 5 works again. These are similar in the fact that it’s not the plot itself that is emphasized, because some of them don’t even have that much of a plot. The important thing in these works is actually in the idea behind the plot and characters. Some are meant to make you laugh, but they all give you something to think about :)

So here they are, and as before, the titles are links to where you can read them online :)

The Colloquy of Monos And Una

This is a really beautiful philosophical story in the form of a dialogue between Monos and Una, two lovers.

Monos speaks of science and art, comparing reason with sentiment, claiming the first to be the death of nature and the second, the only way in which we could truly understand it. Then he talks about the time after he died, his sensations and of Time itself, as he then truly witnessed it.

The story is a really fascinating one, the atmosphere is calm and tranquil and the ideas portrayed are really interesting :)

The Conversation of Eiros And Charmion

This story resembles the one presented before, because this also has the form of a dialogue between the characters presented in title.

The story presents Eiros, arrived to Aidenn after death, and presents the circumstances in which he died. From what he tells us, we understand that a comet was spotted and said to bring the end to the world.

I liked this story because it gives us a view of how Poe perceived the apocalypse, it’s causes and outcome.

Diddling

This is a quite funny story, because it presents the science of diddling, meaning committing frauds.

The narrator first presents the character of a diddler, and claims that it is in human nature to diddle. Then, he tells a few stories where people were diddled.

The story isn’t all that long, and quite amusing, so if you’re bored, don’t hesitate to spear a few minutes :D

The Duc De L’Omelette

This story is pretty short one and kind of amusing but, it’s not my favorite.

It’s about the Duke De L’Omelette, who dies and meets the Devil. The surroundings are quite interesting, as the Duke looks around and it’s a bit creepy when he notices that the music he heard is not music at all. At the end, the Duke and the Devil play cards, that has an unexpected result.

So I guess, this story wasn’t that bad. The only thing I didn’t really like was that it had a lot of French phrases and I don’t
really know French :D

Four Beasts In One – the Homo-Cameleopard

This story is also an amusing one, but also not my favorite.

It presents Antiochus Epiphanes, king of Syria, in the city of Antiochia Epidaphne, celebrating the fact that he has just murdered a thousand Jews. With a large group of people, who admire him and sing about his glorious deeds, he heads for the hippodrome dressed as a cameleopard. The wild animals, who previously seemed domesticated and friendly, attack him and start to chase him.

The story is quite funny, especially in describing the chase, because the narrator has a really ironical tone in addressing the king.

I noticed that these last couple of stories are a bit different than the ones I presented in earlier posts and this gives a us new perspective into the mind of Poe, because of the various themes he addresses in his stories.

These are all for now, and I’ll be back shortly with Part IX :)

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read :)

Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part VII

Hi all!

I’m back with Part 7 of the Poe stories and it seems that this series is getting larger than I expected. But the “good” news is that I’m definitely done with at least half of them, so I guess pretty soon you’ll be able to read about something else :)

That reminds me, if anyone knows any good books that are really worth reading don’t hesitate to say so :) I currently have a pretty huge to-read list, but that doesn’t mean I’m not open to suggestions :D Besides this, if you would like some information about a certain book or novel or what ever and I’ve already read it, let me know and I’ll post a review :) And if I haven’t read it, be sure it will get on my list :D

So let’s get back to what this post is about :) I’ll be presenting 5 works again and as before, the titles are links to where you can read them online :)

The Spectacles

The first story this time starts out as a love story, but ends unexpectedly as a comedy. Even though it’s a bit long, it’s actually a fun read and gets really funny by the end :D

The story is about the narrator, a Mr. Napoleon Bonaparte Simpson (previously Froissart), who falls in love with a beautiful woman at the theater. He claims it to be love at first sight and does everything he can to meet the wonderful woman.

He tries to convince her, with words dripping of passion (which seems really funny btw :D), to marry him. She agrees, but with one condition: from the day that they are officially husband and wife, he must wear a spectacle.

The happy day finally comes and the narrator fulfills the wish of his beloved. But what he witnesses through the glasses makes him regret his decision of marrying her. But how will he get out of it? Well, maybe there’s more to the story than we originally thought ;)

The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether

This is again an interesting story, and maybe one of the most amusing ones yet :) This, too, is a bit longer than the usual stories, but definitely worth reading :D

The story presents the narrator who wishes to visit a private insane asylum that he has heard of from his friends, because at this asylum a new method, called “system of soothing” is applied. He is received by the superintendent, Monsieur Maillard, who invites him to diner, attended by an unusual party.

The night grows stranger and louder, and the narrator learns about the works of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether, and he is ashamed to admit that he hasn’t heard of them. But as he starts to see what is really going on inside the asylum, something unexpected happens.

I loved this one, because I expected it to be scary with the asylum and all, but it wasn’t so much scary as in really interesting. This is another thing I think some people (myself included) find interesting, because I find the mind of a mad man to be quite fascinating and unexplainable, thus object of many speculation :) (Just to be clear, I don’t agree with the methods used in old days of “curing” the mentally ill.)

The Tell-Tale Heart

This story is a short one, but very interesting from a psychological point of view.

The narrator presents his perfect plan to kill an old man, whom he didn’t really have a problem with, but could not stand the gaze of his vulture-eye. He tries to prove throughout the story that he is not insane, but the more he mentions it, the more you know the opposite is true.

We follow in his footsteps as he commits the deed, but witness how his conscience eats him up and makes him hear the pounding of the heart of the killed man. This of course causes him to do what he would have never done otherwise.

William Wilson

One of my friends, also a Poe-lover, said that this is one of her favorites. And I can understand why :) Although it is indeed a bit long, it’s very interesting with a twist at the end :)

The story presents the life of the narrator, William Wilson, starting from when he was in school. There he meets a fellow student, who not only has the same name, but is very similar to himself.

The story goes on, presenting the not really healthy lifestyle of the narrator and his many vices in later years. He is seemingly followed by his “twin”, always interfering when he is about to do something wrong. The narrator grows more and more angry with his unpleasant shadow, and decides to settle the score with him once and for all.

The end of the story may not be all that unexpected, at least it wasn’t for me, but it is interesting from a psychological point of view in the analysis of the relationship between the two William Wilsons :)

The Business Man

The last story this time is a funny one, once you realize what it’s about :D

It presents the narrator and his vision about method in the business world. He shares his thoughts about geniuses, and how he did everything he could to not become one.

He tells us about some of his businesses, each described in a very formal and serious manner, which only adds to the comedy, when you understand what the actual business is :D

It’s a pretty good story, but not my favorite. But of course this doesn’t mean that you can’t read it or like it, for that matter :P

So I guess that’s all for now and stay tuned for Part VIII of the Poe series :)

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read :)

Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part I

Hi all :)

First of all, I now declare this month to be Poe-month, which means I will dedicate February (or at least what’s left of it :D ) to reading the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

He is one of my favorite poets/writers, because he has an interesting style and vision. I’ve read most of his poems, maybe even all, but I can’t be sure, and I’ll probably be presenting some of my favorites during this month. But for now, I will be talking a bit about 4 works, not much, because they’re quite short and I want to leave something for the reader too :D

So here they are (click on the title to read it online :) ):

The Angel of the Odd

This was the first short-story I read, because I remembered one of my friends talking about it, and she said it was really weird and didn’t make much sense. But it kinda did :D

The story is told in the first person, and presents the narrator reading about some strange accident in the paper and he doesn’t believe it. Because of this, he is visited by the Angel of the Odd, a very interesting fellow, with a German accent, and tries to persuade him to believe in these odd happenings. After the visit, unexpected things start to happen, which change the narrator’s mind.

I really enjoyed this short-story, for more reasons. It was funny at places, weird at others and it is unmistakably Poe :D

The Balloon Hoax

This story is rather different than the first one, both in style and content. It presents a fictitious balloon ride across the Atlantic ocean, something not even slightly possible at that time. But still, as the beginning part tells us, many people got excited over the false news. And I think with good reason.

The story presents details of the balloon and of the journey in great detail, making the story rather credulous. Journal entries are also included, written by two passengers of the vehicle. It is very realistic and really down-to-earth.

I have to admit, though, that I found it a bit boring, but I understand that there was a reason behind the style. But, I guess, it’s not for everyone :D

Berenice

This story is the perfect example of what I imagined Poe’s stories to be like. The style is interesting, but the writing maybe a bit hard to understand (maybe just for me, because English is not my native language :D ), but I love it nonetheless.

The whole story has a gloomy atmosphere, as it presents the difficult-to-explain mental illness of the narrator and the illness of the once beautiful and lively Berenice, the narrator’s cousin. It gets really creepy by the end, with an even creepier turn of events at the end as we understand what actually happened.

So if you like horror or horror-ish stories, this one’s for you :)

The Black Cat

This is another impressive horror story. It’s about an alcoholic man, who tortures and kills his once loved cat. The story is told from his point of view.

Supposedly because of his actions his house burns down and they have to move. He soon finds a replacement for his dead cat, one who is black like Pluto (his former cat) was, but has a white spot on his chest.

The narrator, to his surprise, does not get to love the cat, but rather starts to dread the animal. This leads to other cruelties on his part.

The story is pretty good and has an interesting turn at the end, and a really creepy one, I might add :)

So that’s about it for now, stay tuned for Part II of the series :)

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read :)

Jerome K. Jerome – Three Men in a Boat

First of all, I would like to say a few things about myself and this blog I’m starting.

I’m not going to tell my name, because it seems to me that is doesn’t really make a difference. But you can call me Sy and what there is to know about me is pretty much summed up in the title of the blog.

I’m a really passionate reader and a really fast one if I get my hands on a good book, so what I will do here is to present books I’ve read, give some comments about it and if possible, I’ll even give a link to the place you can find and read it online. So let’s start :)

Three men in a BoatThis was a book I’ve started to read quite a while back, then forgot about it, and now I finally managed to finish it. I know this doesn’t make it sound like an excellent read, but actually it’s quite pleasant. I don’t really know why I didn’t finish it in the first place.

But anyway, the story is about three men, George, Harris and J. (the narrator himself),  going on a boat trip on the river Thames and the things they have to face during this trip. The book is seasoned with humorous stories that the characters tell on the way, and it’s a great example of English humor. I know I’ve laughed a couple of times at the witty jokes :)

I’ve also done a little reading on the book on Wikipedia, and it turns out that the book was also intended as a travel guide, and that kinda makes sense. The author varies the funny stories with great and almost poetic descriptions of the sights they encounter and the important landmarks they visit.

All in all, I would say that it’s a pretty good book, and I would recommend it to those who are in search for a pleasant, funny and not to demanding read.

If you would like to read it online, here’s where you can find it: Three Men in a boat

Well, that’s all for now, next time I’ll be talking about Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. Have a pleasant day.

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