Author: Jerome K. Jerome
Publisher: Dar al Bihar (2003)
Pages: 565 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
Bilingual English-Arabic version of “Three Men In A Boat”.
Dual language books. The English and Arabic pages are facing each other, matching one-on-one with English on the left page, Arabic on the right page. Easy reference for individuals not strong in one of the languages. Well known fiction titles for different interests and levels.
Description of Book:
The story begins by introducing George, Harris, 'J.' (Jerome's narrator) and Montmorency, the dog. The men are spending an evening in J.'s room, smoking and discussing illnesses they fancy they are suffering. They conclude they are all suffering from 'overwork' and need a holiday. J thinks he has every illness. A stay in the country and a sea-trip are both considered, then rejected (J. describes the bad experiences had by his brother-in-law and a friend on sea-trips). The three decide upon a boating holiday, up the River Thames, from Kingston upon Thames to Oxford, during which they'll camp, notwithstanding more anecdotes from J. regarding previous mishaps with tents and camping stoves.
The next Saturday, they embark. George must go to work that morning ("George goes to sleep at a bank from ten to four each day, except Saturdays, when they wake him up and put him outside at two") so J. and Harris make their way to Kingston by train. They are unable to find the correct train at Waterloo Station (the station's confusing layout was a well-known theme of Victorian comedy) so they bribe a train-driver to take his train to Kingston, where they collect their hired boat and start their journey. They meet George later, up-river at Weybridge.
The remainder of the story relates their journey and the incidents that occur. The original purpose as a guidebook is apparent as the narrator describes the passing landmarks and villages such as Hampton Court Palace, Monkey Island, Magna Carta Island and Marlow, and muses upon historical associations of these places. However, he frequently digresses into funny anecdotes that range from the unreliability of barometers for weather forecasting to the difficulties that may be encountered when learning to play the Scottish bagpipe. The most frequent topics are river pastimes such as fishing and boating and the difficulties they present to the inexperienced and unwary.
The book includes classic comedy set-pieces, such as the plaster of paris trout in chapter 17 and the "Irish stew" in chapter 14 - made by mixing most of the leftovers in the party's food hamper.
These special, condensed novels are intended for English speakers to learn Arabic, by reading side by side versions of these simplified famous novels.