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1. Meet Mr. Mulliner
 
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2. Three men and a maid
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3. The heart of a goof / by P. G.
 
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4. Mike: a public school story
 
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5. Wodehouse, P. G. (1881-1975):
 
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6. The intrusion of Jimmy
 
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7. Indiscretions of Archie
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8. Piccadilly Jim
 
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9. The little nugget
 
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10. Indiscretions of Archie
 
11. The Man With 2 Left Feet
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12. Love among the chickens: a story
13. A Man of Means
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14. Biography - Wodehouse, P(elham)
15. The Gem Collector
 
16. Indiscretions of Archie. by P.
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17. Barmy in Wonderland (Collector's
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18. The Heart of a Goof
19. Mike at Wrykyn
20. French Leave

1. Meet Mr. Mulliner
by P G. 1881-1975 Wodehouse
Paperback: 326 Pages (2010-08-04)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The first of three Vintage editions of P G Wodehouse stories set in pastoral England and featuring the crafty Mr Mulliner of the Anglers Rest. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Not Wodehouse's funniest collection
The Mulliner tales are mostly mildly entertaining.I usually laugh out loud at Wodehouse stories and re-read passages and whole books for joy at his use of language, but these stories don't have the same zing as other Wodehouse works.There a few cute ones with a few chuckles, but overall the stories feel tired.

5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect book of short stories
P.G. Wodehouse is a master of the English language and of creating highly improbable situations for his protagonists to get into and out of. Of his many superb characters, Mr. Mulliner is one of the most hilarious.

All these stories start off with Mr. Mulliner, a kindly Englishman in his sixties, sitting in an English bar and having a drink with his many friends. As the conversation swings this way and that, Mr. Mulliner is reminded of his seemingly unlimited nephews and nieces who went through just such a situation (as is being discussed), and he launches into a narration of their story. But of course each situation is unique and, more importantly, both completely improbable and yet plausible at the same time.

This book is the perfect read when you want a quick read and a bunch of chuckles. Or, you can just keep reading through the book and be a little annoyed when it is over and you realize there is no more stories left.

Never fear, though: you can re-read these stories with the same enjoyment over and over again, for years to come. Like fine wine, Wodehouse's narrations age beautifully. He is a master of comedy. No one else even comes close.

4-0 out of 5 stars Tales about chemists, ghosts, bishops, and bulb-squeezers
Through his barfly creation, Mr. Mulliner, Wodehouse dispels the common notion that all tall tales originate in Texas. In The Angler's Rest, an oh-so-British pub, Mulliner holds court--or, more precisely, he overwhelms the possibility of alternative banter among the regulars. The slightest conversational tidbit or abbreviated anecdote will set Mulliner off on a shaggy-dog story about the improbable escapades of one of his relatives, and each tale follows a similar blueprint, culminating in the expected "saved-from-a-tough-spot" resolution or (more often) a boy-gets-girl finale.

As always with Wodehouse, to sum up the plot of one story is to sum up all of them; instead, the devil is scattered, liberally, in the details. The pleasure of reading his tales arises not from discovering what happens--nor from even from seeing how it happens--but from the slapstick follies and rapid-fire wit of the character sketches who populate his world. Still, there are three stories out of the nine in this volume that stand out because they form a continuum of sorts; one might even call the trilogy an accidental novella. They feature common characters: the pharmacist William Mulliner, his wife Angela, their nephew Augustine (a curate), and the bishop of Stortford. The comedy results from the unexpected results produced by William's toxic and not-yet-patented concoctions--especially Buck-U-Uppo, which seems to have all the redundant power of Red Bull laced with a jolt of amphetamine. And it's absolutely priceless when Augustine addresses his superior with a greeting like "Cheerio, bish. How's the lumbago today?"

Ironically, the memorable nature of these three consecutive stories reminds me why I prefer Wodehouse's novels, in which the humor inexorably builds to an uproarious crescendo. I will always get a kick out of Wodehouse's shorter fare and the diversions they supply, but their impressions consistently fade as soon as the laughter dies down.

4-0 out of 5 stars Meet Mr. Mulliner's Family
Over a few drinks at The Anglers' Rest, Mulliner is likely to captivate the locals with tales about his cousins, uncles, brothers and various other relatives. Meet George Mulliner and learn how a mad dash through the English countryside can cure a bad case of stuttering. Meet Augustine Mulliner and his rise through the ranks of the Anglican Church with a trusty flask of his uncle Wilfred Mulliner's experimental Buck-U-Uppo tonic at his side.

Plum delivers a polished and quirky narrative throughout the nine short stories in this book. His formulaic method of story-telling makes you feel like you are one of those locals who come back time-and-again to slake their thirst over a Mulliner tale -- who insists, by the by, that they are all true and unexaggerated. ... Read more


2. Three men and a maid
by P G. 1881-1975 Wodehouse
 Paperback: 322 Pages (2010-09-12)
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Through the curtained windows of the furnished apartment which Mrs. Horace Hignett had rented for her stay in New York rays of golden sunlight peeped in like the foremost spies of some advancing army. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars three men and a maid
I am forcing myself to finish this book.It has been boring to the point
that if it doesn't hit a home run in the next few chapters, it's going to be deleted.
Sorry.............repeated run on dialogue just doesn't get it for me. It's more like slapstick.

3-0 out of 5 stars Three Men and a Maid
Usual entertaining story from Wodehouse, typical slightly far fetched plot but the experienced reader of Wodehouse ignores this to revel in the rollicking good humour of his magnificent prose and comic scenarios.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another great Wodehouse
It was utterly hilarious, a marvelous read when you are in the mood for somehing light and frothy.

5-0 out of 5 stars So funny!
This book is so, so funny! Beginnig with a wedding that never happens, thanks to the ingenious plans of a mother, down to the pains taken by an attentive young man to prove his love. Very 'G' rated and ever so funny! Recommended to everyone for a bunch of good laughs!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best book P. G. Wodehouse wrote.
Upper class Sam Marlowe is bitten by a small dog and smitten by its cute, but ditzy redhead owner.

This is not the funniest thing the Master ever wrote, but it is certainly better than some of his. It takes the novel a few chapters to really get going on the laughs.The first part of the book is amusing;The second part is laugh out loud funny, with some genuine momemts of hilarity. ... Read more


3. The heart of a goof / by P. G. Wodehouse
by P G. 1881-1975 Wodehouse
Paperback: 324 Pages (2010-08-02)
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4. Mike: a public school story
by P G. 1881-1975 Wodehouse
 Paperback: 366 Pages (2010-09-10)
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5. Wodehouse, P. G. (1881-1975): An entry from SJP's <i>St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture</i>
by Chris Routledge
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This digital document is an article from St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, brought to you by Gale®, a part of Cengage Learning, a world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses.The length of the article is 160 words.The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase.You can view it with any web browser.Signed essays ranging from 500 to 2,500 words, written by subject experts and edited to form a consistent, readable, and straightforward reference. Entries include subject-specific bibliographies and textual cross-references to related essays. ... Read more


6. The intrusion of Jimmy
by P G. 1881-1975 Wodehouse
 Paperback: 334 Pages (2010-09-10)
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Short excerpt: In the play that had opened to-nightArthur Mifflinan exemplary young man off the stagehad been warmly applauded for a series of actions whichperformed anywhere except in the theaterwould certainly have debarred him from remaining a member of the Strollers¿ or any other club. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Kindle format is worst I've seen yet
I agree with everything that Nathaniel said.I can put up with a lot of typos, but this is over my limit.I could usually figure out the word meant but this is hard work.Wodehouse isn't supposed to be hard work.It has a rhythm, and a voice, and with all of these typos, that's lost.

It is obvious the book was processed by an OCR program. And no one looked at the output before putting it up for sale.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Terrible Transfer to Kindle
I love P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories, and this one is as good as they come. But whoever did the transfer to the Kindle format clearly just did an OCR scan and didn't bother to proofread the output.Every page (and for Kindle on iPhone, there's only about 100 words on a page) has errors, things like "He" turning into "I-Ie" or exclamation points turning into the letter I. Names are mangled, but not consistently, so you have to keep figuring out anew who they are talking about. The most frustrating part is that having an editor do even one read-through would have caught and cleaned up these errors, but apparently they didn't even do that.It's nearly unreadable, and definitely detracts from the simple and lighthearted joy of the text, because you have to work so hard to *understand* the text.My recommendation is that you read the book, but not this version. Wodehouse deserves better. ... Read more


7. Indiscretions of Archie
by P G. 1881-1975 Wodehouse
 Paperback: 308 Pages (2010-09-10)
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8. Piccadilly Jim
by P G. 1881-1975 Wodehouse
Paperback: 326 Pages (2010-08-06)
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9. The little nugget
by P G. 1881-1975 Wodehouse
 Paperback: 228 Pages (2010-09-07)
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10. Indiscretions of Archie
by P G. 1881-1975 Wodehouse
 Paperback: 312 Pages (2010-09-06)
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11. The Man With 2 Left Feet
by P. G. (1881-1975) Wodehouse
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12. Love among the chickens: a story of the haps and mishaps on an English chicken farm
by P G. 1881-1975 Wodehouse
Paperback: 376 Pages (2010-08-04)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"It is not given to everyone to see Mr. Stanley Ukridge manage a chicken farm."Jeremy Garnet, author and old friend of Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge finds himself dragged along on holiday to Ukridge's new chicken farm in Dorset. And some holiday it is!Wild chicken chases, romantic entanglements, a faked rescue, a cat in a chimney, a bevy of creditors, and a fiercely contested golf tournament all play their parts in this rollicking tale of the "haps and mishaps on an English chicken farm."One of Wodehouse's earliest novels, Love Among The Chickens is delightfully entertaining and a special treat for all Wodehouse fans. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fourth on booklist
One of several books for the English class, and the school library needed to provide. I was very satisfied with the cost and the condition the book was in, considering that it was claimed as "Used".

4-0 out of 5 stars an amusing beach or airplane read
This story is an amusing diversion, full of wit both overt and covert. There's no deeper meaning, nothing in it that will provoke soul-searching from the reader, but it's more than worth the small sticker price. ... Read more


13. A Man of Means
by P. G. (Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 Wodehouse
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery. ... Read more


14. Biography - Wodehouse, P(elham) G(renville) (1881-1975): An article from: Contemporary Authors Online
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Word count: 7366. ... Read more


15. The Gem Collector
by P. G. (Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 Wodehouse
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery. ... Read more


16. Indiscretions of Archie. by P. G. Wodehouse.
by Wodehouse. P. G. (Pelham Grenville). 1881-1975.
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17. Barmy in Wonderland (Collector's Wodehouse)
by P.G. Wodehouse
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2009-10-29)
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The Wodehouse series continues—a sparkling novel from the master of hijinks and social comedy

A penniless Englishman falls in love with a lively American girl, loses her, finds her again, is rejected, but finally discovers true love after many comic adventures. In Barmy in Wonderland this classic plot of 1920s musical comedy, so familiar to Wodehouse from his own stage works, becomes the basis for a brilliant satire on theatrical life. Featuring monstrous producers, vain film stars, impossible critics, temperamental actresses and a whole chorus of sharply drawn minor parts, this is one of Wodehouse's most enticing later novels. With each volume edited and reset and printed on Scottish cream-wove, acid-free paper, sewn and bound in cloth, these novels are elegant additions to the legions of Wodehouse fans’ libraries. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars LOFL
I LOVE P.G. Wodehouse, despite his bizarre activities during WW II, and this novel is probably the funniest of his I've ever read, including all of Bertie and Jeeves. One is simply laughing hysterically from beginning to end!

5-0 out of 5 stars ingenious and hilarious, as always
Another incomparable hit!Starts off slowly, with a lot of clever literary references in the dialogue.Then complications set in, and the ending haswonderful twists which extract Barmy and his girl from the scheming skunks.Involves plagiarism and big-time, high-stakes theatre production. ... Read more


18. The Heart of a Goof
by P. G. Wodehouse
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2006-11-23)
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Heart of A Goof offers nine of Wodehouse’s ripest stories from the 1920s, the characters are united by their worship of golf.From Rodney Spelvin, the sickeningly good-looking romantic poet who comes to his senses when he discovers the game, to Rollo Podmarsh, who finishes his round even when he thinks himself fatally poisoned, and Chester Meredith who discovers eloquence on the eighteenth green, we meet the full range of humanity in fair weather and foul. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I don't play golf...
I have never played golf and never plan to.But making this book makes me feel...that I am perfectly correct in my feelings.Golf can take over your life, your marriage and your whole way of thinking.Nine wonderful stories, nine funny, wonderful, knee slapping, chuckling in the bus, choking on a sausage at breakfast, stories that make life worth living.Well, maybe not that funny, but we are taking about P.G. Wodehouse, whose control of the human language makes Presidents of the US of A sound like morons.I mean when we had Presidents who were smart - you know back in the days.When they played golf.
Really, the strength of Wodehouse's writing is the focus - human nature.No matter what the setting, the cloths, the objects, class, food, or house the story is set in, he knows his fellow man.Characters are not characters, they are real people.Some of which you know.I bet a few golf players nodded their heads and said, "by Jove, I know THAT character.Had lunch with him last Tuesday.Nice chap.Terrible golf player."
Good book.Wonderful book.And he has other books out there, on golf, Jeeves, and other subjects on life. And you should see what he says about his daughter even before you get into the preface!

5-0 out of 5 stars Golf--The Final Frontier for Character and Story Telling
While P.G. Wodehouse is well remembered for his many sterling novels about Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, adventures at Blandings Castle involving the Empress of Blandings and the humorous characters, Ukridge and Psmith, he also took on the honorable and noble game of golf as a source of his humor.Heart of a Goof is the second book of short stories he wrote on this topic and displays a more relaxed sense of humor than in any other of his books that I have read.He makes fun of writing about golf, himself for writing the book, his narrator and even those brave denizens of the golf course.I found the book to be hysterically funny in parts.

While I enjoyed all of the stories in the book, I recommend most highly the last three which involve the same characters in a series of stories that link to one another -- Rodney Fails to Qualify, Jane Gets Off the Fairway and The Purification of Rodney Spelvin.Jane Packard and Williams Bates are dedicated golfers who seem destined for one another, except for a romantic streak in Jane that takes her off to greener pastures from time to time.Rodney Spelvin is her continual tempter with his poetic career and artsy ways.Rodney's ignorance of golf proves to be his Achilles heel.

Each story is introduced by that old reprobate, the Oldest Member, who lies in wait around the golf course waiting for someone to let him bend their ear with another lengthy story.Every club has such a person, and readers will remember many occasions of arriving home hours late after having been waylaid by such a person at their golf club.

The Heart of a Goof is one of the funniest golf stories I have read.It captures the ironies of golf very well.Golf humbles even the mightiest of us, and our greatest failures may follow soon after our sweetest swings.

High Stakes looks at that favorite golfing activity, the bet, in a new light and builds a hilarious scenario around what a dedicated golfer will do to pursue his passions.Keeping in with Vosper continues the same story line and is a very funny look at the effects of an anti-Jeeves manservant.

Chester forgets himself explores a common Wodehouse theme, the fellow who tries to pretend he is better than he is and turns off his love's interest in the process.

The Magic Plus Fours will remind many readers of Dumbo's magic feather and its ability to influence his confidence, that most elusive of all golfing qualities.

The Awakening of Podmarsh looks at that most delicious of all golfing experiences, having a career round.It will bring back happy memories to any golfer.

Fore!




5-0 out of 5 stars good wodehouse
heart of a goof is vintage wodehouse, the language as perfectly controlled as a tiger woods putt, spicy with deadpan humor and priceless social commentary. unlike one reviewer i found the ensnarement at the beginning of each story, in which the Oldest Member deftly secures his unwilling audience, different each time, and very funny. the use of golf as a metaphor for life is nothing new but wodehouse had a perfect ear for dialog and a sense of character that carries these little stories beautifully into this century. i hate golf and i still loved this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Light & enjoyable golfing stories
Almost anyone will find the 9 short stories in this collection enjoyable.For golfers, this is a can't miss collection.

That being said, "Heart of a Goof" doesn't rate 5 stars.They are not quite on the level of Wodehouse's "Jeeves and Wooster" stories.Furthermore, I found the story's structures annoying after a while:In each story, a younger club member starts a casual conversation with the "Oldest Member," then fails to escape in time to avoid the old guy's narration of the story.This was a clever construction in story #1, getting old by story #5, and downright annoying by story #9.

It's clear that Wodehouse loved golf.But his game differs in some particulars from that which we play today.For example, his talk of "match play" vs. "medal play" might be unintelligible to some golf novices today, and a mention of a casual two-to-three hour 18-hole round will stupefy the modern player accustomed to trudging six hours on a weekend behind a foursome of cart-riders.[Irrelevant aside:I really miss the old names for clubs.Really, would you prefer to swing a 4-iron rather than a "mashie," or a "niblick," or, better yet, a "mashie-niblick"?]

But Wodehouse has it right (from the Preface): "When you turn in a medal score of a hundred and eight on two successive days, you get to know something about life."True.

5-0 out of 5 stars The clicking of Wodehouse
Nine golf stories by P. G. Wodehouse, the Bach of humor fiction.Wodehouse's golf stories are among his best, perhaps because, as a golfer himself, he understood the absurd passion one can have for the game.This is the best of his golf story collections because every one of the stories uses the framing device of being told by the Oldest Member.Which is not to say that you shouldn't search for The Golf Omnibus, which has all 31.But the almost mathematical elegance and consistancy of this collection set it apart. ... Read more


19. Mike at Wrykyn
by P.G. Wodehouse
Paperback: 192 Pages (1998-01-01)
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A delightful romp through the early career of Mike, a talented sportsman. The evocation of public school life and the codes of honor belonging to school, family, and the game are conveyed with P.G. Wodehouse's customary wit and brilliance. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Early Wodehouse Packed with Fun (especially for cricketers)
This "boys' book" by P.G. Wodehouse is very good, but mostly as an introduction of young Mike Jackson, later to be Rupert Psmith's comrade in "Mike and Psmith" and others.So: read this and then head directly into "Mike and Psmith," which is a five-starrer sequel and the beginning of a number of amusing books about the two ("Psmith in the City," "Psmith, Journalist," etc.).As usual, anything by Wodehouse is laugh-out-loud funny, and if you know anything about cricket you'll like it even better-- Mike eats, sleeps and breathes cricket as only an adolescent schoolboy at the turn of the century can.

*Note: This book and "Mike and Psmith" and other Psmiths are available in their entirety online.

3-0 out of 5 stars Wodehouse revving up
"Mike at Wrykyn" is an early (1909) Wodehouse, written when he was just 28. It's the obligatory "school" novel for beginning novelists and gives hints of the incredible explosion of humor to come. Already we have the trivia of the everyday couched in terms of heroic epics ("Prefects must stand together or chaos will come.") and Wodehouse's fascination with the various manifestations of stupidity ("You haven't got a mind. You've got a cheap brown paper substitute."), and, of course, the wonderfully civilized responses to outrage ("The school's attitude can be summed up in three words. It was one vast, blank, astounded 'Here, I say.'" with emphasis on "say.")

This is Wodehouse flexing his muscles and doing, as he would say, his daily dozen prefatory to settling down to his real masterpieces, and it's most interesting in this light. Thankfully, he gave up novels about cricket in favor of novels about golf, a more easily parodied game. Wodehouse's love of the ridiculous languages of love and sports is only hinted at here, and the cricket passages are probably amusing only to cricket fans.

Still, "Mike at Wrykyn" is a must for any true Wodehouse enthusiast. And besides, it contains the following:

"There are situations in life which are beyond one. The sensible man realizes this, and slides out of such situations, admitting himself beaten. Others try to grapple with them, but it never does any good. When affairs get into a real tangle, it is best to sit still and let them straighten themselves out. Or, if one does not do that, simply to think no more about them. This is Philosophy."

Ah, yes. . .

4-0 out of 5 stars Clubby.
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...I picked up the novel most referenced by Orwell, "Mike at Wrykyn."I guess this edition is actually half of the original novel of the same name, now spun into "Mike at Wrykyn" and "Psmith."

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"Mike" reads like a sepia-toned literate Hardy Boys novel.More atmosphere than substance, obsessions with cricket and afternoon tea draw more discussion than tuition, grades or politics.

In defending Wodehous, Orwell noted that Wodehouse's work is almost completely apolitical, and it certainly seems that way to me.

Wodehouse paints a world where every scene is an established set; nothing is in transition.Mike leaves for school and suddenly he is at school, he does not miss home, have trouble adjusting or even discuss his parents.

In the end this is a charming tale of two brothers, both anxious to make the "A" cricket team.Mike must make a decision between his ambition and his brother's fading cricket career at Wrykyn.

This book reads faster than a sitcom, and paints a picture of a clubby little school where details are forgotten and tea and biscuits mysteriously appear by way of nameless staff.

This is anglophillic escapism at its charming best.

5-0 out of 5 stars At School With Wodehouse
One of Wodehouse's earliest novels, though not the first, Mike at Wrykyn is the first of the 'Mike at school' novels.This novel details Mike Jackson's experiences at the public school Wrykyn, paying especially attention to the sport cricket.Not only do we get scenes of Mike in action but we are also treated to the inner politics of how team members are chosen or excluded.This novel is filled with interesting personalities, whether they are members of Mike's family or whether they are the boys at Mike's school.

It is easy to overlook this book because it is one of his earliest novels.Wodehouse did not begin to hit his wacky stride until about six years later (when he published Something Fresh), but there are plenty of things in this book worth reading.I especially liked the way Mike's brother Bob is drawn.He actually comes across as more realistic than most of Wodehouse's creations.Also, there is a lot humor in the book.Not farce, but humor.The scene with the constable and the pond is a high point in the story and should make a person smile for many weeks to come.

Even in this early work, we can see many touches of the genius that would completely blossom in Wodehouse's books of the 20s and 30s.He is such a smooth writer and master of dialogue that Mike at Wrykyn comes across as a very pleasant, almost pastoral experience.And besides, anyone that can make cricket sound even half as interesting as it does in this novel can't be all bad.Don't forget to try Mike and Psmith after this book, as it picks up where this book leaves off.

2-0 out of 5 stars Wodehouse is uncharacteristically dull
This is the forerunner to all those glorious Psmith books.Psmith isn't in this book; it's about the early school experiences of his pal Mike in the days before they met.While it's funny in places, it's by no means up to Wodehouse's usual standard.Possibly for it's target audience (young English boys) it works well, I'm in no position to say.Given the very large number of books by Wodehouse that are superb, there seems not much reason to bother with this one. ... Read more


20. French Leave
by P.G. Wodehouse
Paperback: 208 Pages (1997-11-01)
list price: US$9.95
Isbn: 0140124519
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Another re-release by the inimitable P.G. Wodehouse. Terry and Jo Trent fly from the chicken farm in Bensonburg to the flesh pots of France, where even the eagle eye of elder sister Kate cannot prevent muddle, mismatch, and mayhem . ... Read more

Customer Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars Typically brilliant
Although P.G. Wodehouse's non-Bertie and Jeeves novels aren't as well-known to the casual reader, they're in many ways, even better than their more popular counterparts. FRENCH LEAVE is an ingeniously constructed farce that, unlike so many attempts in the genre, doesn't feel excessively dependent on random coincidence and implausible events.I will say, however, that I found the denouement slightly disappointing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wodehouse is the best
I've read over 100 Wodehouse stories and this one is one of my favorites. The harmless phrase "Where is the dossier Quibolle?" had me rolling off the floor (you have to read the book to find out more...). Wodehouse also weaves in French pronounciations and hilarious interactions between the French and non-French characters in the novel. This book makes you laugh right from the Preface to the last page.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great read!
I highly recommend this book.It's one of my favorites by P.G. Wodehouse.It's very entertaining and funny!

5-0 out of 5 stars Mon-sewer Wodehouse Speaking!!
Why, in Heavens name, should a modern reader take the time to read the novels of P.G. Wodehouse??Is it because he was the funniest writer of the 20th century?He was.Is it because you will marvel at his complete mastery of the English language?You will.Is it because his heroes and villians are equally likable persons??They are.The star of every Wodehouse novel is not Bertie or Jeeves or Lord Emsworth or Psmith or even Mr. Mulliner; the star, of course, is Wodehouse himself.And when he speaks, you should listen!

French Leave is a non-saga novel (meaning no Jeeves or Uncle Fred) with very appealing characters and wonderous and hilarious misunderstandings.It is the story of three American girls and their adventures in France: a story of love at first sight, of mineral-water millionaires, of rascally French policemen, and of a breach of promise suit that never happens.And like all Wodehouse settings, France seems like Heaven on earth.Warm sunshine seems to glow from each and every page.It is almost as if Wodehouse is speaking directly to his audience saying: Wouldn't you like to be here and spend time with my friends?I think all readers of French Leave would transport themselves there in a minute.

If you've never read Wodehouse before, I cannot but strongly encourage you to join the millions who have discovered this wonderful writer.French Leave is just as good a place as any to start.Because it is a later novel (written in the mid-fifties), it will prime you for some of the even wackier masterpieces of the 20s and 30s.Read on, ladies and gentlemen, and even you may find that song lurks in the depths of your heart.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic
French Leave is the epitome of Wodehouse writing.Everyone gets into more scrapes than any other author could pack into 250 odd pages.I enjoy reading all Wodehouse books and this is an especial favorite.Mr.Wodehouse has a command of the English language we could all do well toemulate.You will enjoy this light look at love and foriegn countries! ... Read more


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