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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491216379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491216378
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,143,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is one of the most entertaining and utterly delightful books that you are ever likely to read. Set in the 1920s, it reads like a musical, only without the music. Wonderfully appealing characters, from the singleminded Earl of Marshmoreton, pompous Lord Belpher, lovely Maud (aka Lady Patricia) and all round nice guy George Bevan, a light and natural romance, hilarious scenes which will stay vividly in your imagination for a long, long time... a book that you will not be able to put down, who could ask for more?" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Anglo-American wit, short-story writer, dramatist and lyricist, educated at Dulwich College and chiefly noted as the creator of the efficient butler, Jeeves. He wrote more than 90 books and more than 20 film scripts and collaborated on more than 30 plays and musical comedies. His major works include Psmith in the City (1910), Very Good Jeeves (1930), The Butler Did It (1957), Bachelors Anonymous (1974), O, Kay (1926) and Rosalie (1928). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I love the wry humor in Wodehouse's writing.
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By the way I read it from a Kindle edition which was easily obtained and much less expensive!
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A smile in each paragraph and a laugh on each page!
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Dave_42 on July 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"A Damsel in Distress" was published in the U.S. on October 4, 1919 by George H. Doran, and then in the U.K. on October 17, 1919 by Herbert Jenkins, and it is a splendid example of early Wodehouse. This edition is part of The Collector's Wodehouse series being released by The Overlook Press (in the U.K. it is The Everyman's Wodehouse series from Everyman's Library).

As with many Wodehouse classics, this one includes a collection of colorful characters, a complex love story involving many characters, and of course the happy ending where everything works out. It is the story of an American Composer, George Bevan, who falls in love with Maud (The Earl of Marshmoreton's daughter). Maud is already in love with another American, Geoffrey Raymond, who she met in Wales the previous year. Her brother and aunt, Lord Belpher and Lady Caroline Byng oppose her getting involved with the American and want her to marry someone from her social class. There are more characters as well, including some servants, Lady Caroline's son Reggie, Lord Marshmoreton's secretary Alice Faraday, and an acquaintance of George's Billie Dore who is in the Chorus of George's latest musical comedy.

As with most Wodehouse stories, the plot is very complicated, and attempts to describe it in detail would fail to do it justice. It does involve a case of mistaken identity, a pool among the servants on who will marry Maud, and several characters finding their loves. Overall this is a very good example of a classic Wodehouse story, and it is well worth reading.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Gord Wilson VINE VOICE on August 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Just today I was making a list of the best-written bits in Wodehouse, and Damsel in Distress topped the list. Gracie Allen of Burns and Allen fame starred in an old black-and-white film based from this book and cast in the Billy Wilder screwball comedy vein. Arguably this book may not top the PGW cannon--nearly everyone would have a Jeeves, Mulliner or Drones book at the pinnacle of great reading--but it does contain some of the most delightful passages in Wodehouse.
The movie falls far short of the book simply because it was made when "All Singing, All Dancing"--(and no plot) was considered a good review for a movie. Any number of PGW novels critique and lampoon his experiences in Hollywood, but seeing the film first and then reading the book, one might be pleasantly surprised. For me, this novel holds up as one of the best non-Jeeves stories, others being French Leave and The Girl On the Boat.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jason Dejoannis on February 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
George Bevan, burgeoning young american musical composer, fancies himself a knight-in-shining-armor when in the middle of Piccadily Circus a fair maiden flings herself into his cab to escape the obese pursuit of the dragon - her brother Percy, heir to the family title and vigilant protector of the family name. Our hero's fair lady Maud does indeed live trapped within the tower of Castle Belpher to which he repairs in swift pursuit of happiness.
George will face grim prospects in scheming servants, an evil aunt, a kindly but aunt-dominated Lord Marshmoreton and worst of all the fact that Maud is in love with another. The whole setting has obvious similarities to Blandings for those familiar with the Lord Emsworth stories. I wasn't roaring with laughter, but I was attached to the characters and couldn't put the book down. It is hard to say which book is a good introduction to Wodehouse because they are all so good!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
What makes this novel stand out from everything else? Easy: Tremendous wit rendered with perfect use of the English language with not a single wasted word. For those of you who do not want to spend a fortune acquiring this great author, go to project gutenberg online, where a great deal of his work can be downloaded for free as it is in the public domain.

The plot is typical Wodehouse. Set at the estate of the Earl of Montmorte, virtually everyone has a romance crisis which unfolds with great mirth. The best character is the Earl himself, a man in his late 40s who is happiest tending to his garden in his oldest and shabbiest clothes, deceiving the public as to his identity. His and everyone else's romance is in thwart mode due to his sister, Lady Caroline, who wants to decree the marriages of everyone based on her preferences. She is aided by the Earl's son, a great buffoon of a fellow who is a perfect caricature of the worst of the aristocracy.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Thorsson on January 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
Oh Mr. Wodehouse! One of the finest witty wordsmiths who ever picked up a pen. When I need a smile, or a lift, or even a roll on the floor laugh I turn to one of the many wonderful works of Wodehouse.
So many to choose from, and each one is from a different period in PG 'Plum' to his friends - life. While my favorite character is Psmith, how can I not enjoy the mutterings of Ukridge, or long to have my life saved from disasters by the likes of Jeeves.
Stephen Fry wrote 'Without Wodehouse I am not sure I would be a tenth of what I am today...his writings awoke me to the possibilities of language. His rhythms, tropes, tricks and mannerisms are deep within me. But more than that, he taught me something about good nature. It IS enough to be benign, to be gentle, to be funny, to be kind.
As laughter is the best medicine, perhaps we need a good dose of Wodehouse from time to time, and during these bleak winter months, in the dark time of the economy, Wodehouse is just what the Doctor ordered!
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