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BIG MONEY Paperback – 1995

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)
  • ASIN: B0015150LW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jaime J. Weinman on June 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
This 1931 novel has long been one of my favorites among Wodehouse's many novels. It's a mix of farce and romantic comedy; whereas in much of Wodehouse's later work, the love plots seem almost perfunctory, here the romance between English Berry Conway and American Ann Moon (Wodehouse loved to work in trans-continental romances for his American readers) takes up much of the novel and is given a sweetness and warmth not always apparent in Wodehouse's funny, but sometimes slightly mechanical, post-WWII work. Of course, there's plenty of farcical action too, including many inspired sequences set in Wodehouse's "Valley Fields" (a thinly disguised version of the London suburb Dulwich). The hilarious chapter in which Lord Hoddesdon visits Valley Fields - and runs into a menacing fellow with an admiration for Stalin - is alone worth the price of this wonderful book.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Annie D. on October 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
I LOVE Wodehouse. I have this system where I try to read really thick "smart" books. You know, like the kind you bring up when you're trying to impress people with your intellectual prowess ("Oh yes, I completely agree. In fact, in the 'Metaphysics of Morals', Kant says basically the same thing, albeit more obtusely.") When my brains slither out through my ears in protest, that's when I know that it is time to put down the philosophy and pick up a Wodehouse. They're insanely funny and impossibly witty, and it gives me time to collect the pieces of my gray matter and shove them back in my head for another go at snooty intellectualism.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MLPlayfair on November 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
This one begins at the Drones Club, just like several of the Bertie Wooster stories, but these are not the Wooster characters. But with wonderful names like the Biscuit, Torquil, Kitchie, and Merwyn Flock, PGW does use some of his usual character types and plot lines: couples engaged to the wrong people, young men needing money. This is good vintage Wodehouse and a rather complex novel, not just a series of stories thrown together. And it was a lot of fun. But give me Bertie Wooster any day!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RCM VINE VOICE on August 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
P.G. Wodehouse is certainly one of the most gifted comic writers to have ever lived. Famous for his novels featuring Bertie Wooster and his inimitable valet, Jeeves, Wodehouse's other assorted novels are a vast treasure trove of manic fun and witty humor. "Big Money" is no exception to the rule, as complication after complication abounds, leaving the reader wondering how anything could ever be cleared up in the end.

Berry Conway is in desperate need of money. His supposedly rich aunt has died, leaving him with a lot of worthless holdings but no cash. So he resorts to a job as secretary to T. Paterson Frisby who just happens to have a young American niece who needs chaperoning. Berry sets it up with his friend Lord Biskerton, aka the Biscuit, to have his Aunt Vera serve as chaperone with the hope that some money may come his friend's way, for the Biscuit (and his entire family) are in need of funds too. Trying to return the favor, the Biscuit suggests that Berry sell the worthless copper mine he has been stuck with to some mug who wouldn't know it wasn't worth a few hundred pounds. Little do either know that the mine, the Dream Come True, is actually worth money and that T. Paterson Frisby would do anything, even screwing over his own employee, to get that mine. And what no one accounts for is the fact that Frisby's niece, the beautiful Ann Moon, would find herself engaged to not only the Biscuit, but to his best friend Berry as well. After all, all is fair in love and war.

"Big Money" is a fast paced, hilariously witty read. There are so many inane twists and turns within the plot that readers may wonder how things could ever be put right.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sye Sye on February 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
As the book opens and our hero asks, 'Are you sure you want to hear the story of my life, Biscuit?' 'My dear chap, I'm agog...', you know you are in for a fast and hilarious ride. I am in agreement with other Wodehousians when they say a 4 star Wodehouse still walks on the backs of others; but this is pure 5 star. This book is light enough, gay enough, to let you leave everything behind and turn pages faster than a literary rabbit late for a luncheon date. Lord Biscuit is original, he is not Psmith or Bertie or Ukridge. I guess one could say that one has found a lesser known classic, don't you know; and if you are not a Wodehouse nut, reading this will give you Wode-cred with the die-hards. . .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Required Public Name on February 13, 2012
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The recommended dose for many of Wodehouse's books is not more than once a year. The book, if the aforementioned cap is enforced, retains the juice for a longer time, somewhat similar to a half-chewed piece of gum regaining some flavor once kept aside for a few minutes.

Big Money on the other hand seems to be a piece of Chicle that has an immense reservoir of spearmint (or your choice of toxic flavoring). I have read it, re-read it and then munched on it some more, multiple times a year, every year, without any appreciable loss of wit. This book is a gem, and along with other masterpieces like 'Joy in the Morning' the recommended dose can be safely exceeded, the only side-effect is an irritating, if not intolerable, pain in the sides from excessive mirth.

If you have read Wodehouse before then be sure to get this, if you have not, then consider other books and then come back and buy this.
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