What are you reading?
Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2005 3:20 pm
We haven't done this for awhile. Any specifically frivolous reading????
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H, have we discussed this before? I try not to forget any mention of TMBTSNTG! I agree with you that Bummel is not as funny but still a damn fine read, and that TMBTSNTG is one of the funniest books ever written. The fact that it is over 110 yrs old and hardly ever been out of print is a humbling tribute to the skill and good humor of the author. TMBTSNTG is my favorite book of all time. I have pictures of Jay and his buds hanging on my wall in my study. TMBTSNTG should have been made into a movie by Ealing Studios in the late 40s.Haydnseek wrote:I finished “Three Men on the Bummel” by Jerome K. Jerome yesterday. It is the sequel to “Three Men in a Boat,” one of the funniest books I have ever read. “Three Men in a Boat” is a narration of misadventures by three young bachelors during a boating trip on the Thames river. It was published in 1889 and must be a direct ancestor of the books of P. G. Wodehouse. “Three Men on the Bummel” was published in 1900 and follows the same fellows, two of whom are now married with children, as they take a bicycling tour of Germany. The book starts off very well but doesn’t quite measure up to the “Boat” in the end. Still, it’s pretty funny.
Thanks for the photo! There was a TV movie in the mid-1970's with Michael Palin and Tim Curry. I haven't seen it since then but I remember it as a decent effort. You would miss the narrator J. pulling your leg continously though in a film version. Think of how many pages you read before you realize who Montmorency is?Corlyss_D wrote:I have pictures of Jay and his buds hanging on my wall in my study. TMBTSNTG should have been made into a movie by Ealing Studios in the late 40s.
Check out Christine Zachman's website tribute to Jay. She has most of the photos I have ever seen of him. A truly humble and remarkable man who, despite his love of Germany and Germans, tried to volunteer for the British Army in WW1 at the age of 57. Being sensibly denied, he went to France and enlisted as an ambulance driver, an experience that wrecked his health and no doubt hastened his death. In a foreword to later edition of TMBTSNTG, he remarked on the fact that he never got a penny from the American publication of the work, but he had so many letters from grateful doughboys who carried it in their kits with them thru the war that he felt amply rewarded.Haydnseek wrote:Thanks for the photo!Corlyss_D wrote:I have pictures of Jay and his buds hanging on my wall in my study. TMBTSNTG should have been made into a movie by Ealing Studios in the late 40s.
I've toyed with the idea of seeing it for years, but didn't like the cast of the movie made in the 50s or 60s I believe, and decided it would be better not to. I have such a clear vision in my head of what the episodes looked like. I have a tape of David Case, a wonderful vocal actor, reading it for Books on Tape. Words cannot describe how funny it is in his hands.There was a TV movie in the mid-1970's with Michael Palin and Tim Curry.
One friend who put me onto it told me about the dog, so I always knew. But I love so many of the episodes with Montmorency. I think my favorite is Jay's description of Montmorency's introduction into his life, followed closely by the farewell where all the dogs in the neighborhood show up to see Montmorency off with the lads.Think of how many pages you read before you realize who Montmorency is?
Too hard to choose. How about Uncle Podger and the picture frame or "How George, once upon a time, got up early in the morning?" I was looking at the site you linked to with the photos and the one of the "triple date" reminded me of the bit about "Of all experiences in connection with towing, the most exciting is being towed by girls."Corlyss_D wrote:What is your favorite scene in the book, if you can pick one? Ward Botsford's was the cheese story. Mine is a toss-up between the Hampton Court Maze and the swan story. But truly it's so difficult to pick one or even two.
Ralph had nice things to say about it. The author, who was here briefly, hasn't been back on the BBS since last winter, even to acknowledge her good review here.Auntie Lynn wrote:Has anybody read "Mozart in the Jungle"...? I hear it's quite a wild ride...