Every now and then one encounters a book so outrageously funny that passers-by cast sympathetic glances at the reader, thinking that he's gone insane, when he's really just choking with helpless laughter. Such a book is Three Men in a Boat, by Jerome K. Jerome. I've been re-reading it recently, and it's simply laugh-out-loud hilarious. It's the story of three lazy men (to say nothing of the dog) taking a boat trip down the River Thames , and in spite of being over 100 years old it's fresh and funny and rings true to anyone who's ever gone camping.
"Humor is oftener than not hardship recollected in tranquillity, or at least in dry clothes," states the introduction. How very true of this book! George, Harris, and J. have decided that they need a change of scene for their health, and hit upon the plan of living the simple life while boating down the Thames. The dog is dubious of the whole venture, but comes along in hopes of causing some trouble. Things go wrong, things go right, and many charming and philosophical observations are passed upon human behavior, English history, and the incompetency of everyone else.
And the incident with the can of pineapple never fails to make me guffaw.