Three men in a boat by Jerome K Jerome
We have begun this book. We expect it will be light relief after Under Western Eyes.
At our meeting we looked at the story, such as it is, in the first two chapters; we considered the gap in time between then and now, and the sort of reading material that was popular then. We considered the 'funniness' of the contents and in particular the attitudes displayed by the author, the 'I' of the story, and the similar but different viewpoints of the other characters, George and Harris. The main difficulty seems to be putting ourselves in the place of late Victorian young men, whose relationships appear to be entirely with each other and who are professional bachelors. We have been greatly amused by many of the points, small and large, as we looked through the narrative.
Our next meeting is booked for Thursday 27 September when we shall go on to the next four chapters, but prepared to look back at the first two.