(To Say Nothing of the Dog)
Jerome K. Jerome
“Fox-terriers are born with about four times as much original sin in them as other dogs.” So wrote Jerome K. Jerome, one of my Editor’s favorite authors for road-trip reading, in this charmingly hilarious book. While his description of my noble breed seems just a tad bit exaggerated, Jerome’s tale is an inspiration to would-be travelers (and perhaps a mild warning). In the words of one Amazon reviewer, “Imagine Bertie Wooster and two of his idiot friends out on a boat… with no Jeeves. That about describes Three Men in a Boat.” Accompanied by a most delightful terrier named Monty, Jerome’s characters struggle with tent poles, boastful fishermen, the perils of drinking river water, and an assortment of other mishaps – all in the cause of embracing nature and good health. If Jerome’s hapless bachelors can find such excitement on what should be a lazy float down the Thames, who knows what awaits you on your next trip around the corner, or across the continent?