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Mike and Psmith (The Collector's Wodehouse) Hardcover – April 18, 2013


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  • Series: The Collector's Wodehouse
  • Hardcover: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Hardcover (April 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468302744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468302745
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Released as a single volume in 1909, the first two of this trio follow the misadventures of young cricket ace Mike Jackson and his chum at school. Published a little later in Wodehouse's career (1928), Money for Nothing serves up a Romeo and Juliet-like tale of the romance between the offspring of two feuding buffoons. Typical Wodehouse British farces.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Wodehouse is the greatest comic writer ever." --Douglas Adams

"Wodehouse's idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own." --Evelyn Waugh

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I have read it so many times and it's still funny.
Ruth
It is less zany than the more well known Jeeves stories but contains plenty of his wit and has a nice plot and a satisfying ending.
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His writing accumulates enriched bouquet over time like a fine French wine.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you pick up Mike and Psmith and expect it to be like the wacky comedies that Wodehouse composed in the 20s and 30s, you might be slighted disappointed. This is early Wodehouse, a Wodehouse concerned with school masters, ragging (an expression for creating mischief) and especially cricket. It is also a more grounded Wodehouse, a novel where the comedy is more subtle, a novel where the characters are not quite so flighty. This is also Wodehouse at his least complex. This is not the novel that shows his mastery of the convulted plot, where every word spoken and deed done entagles our heros and heroines in further trouble.
This said, I need to quickly confirm that Mike and Psmith is a wonderful novel. It still has a freshness and innocence about it that is highly appealing. In this day and age, of rampant murders and unclear elections, Mike and Psmith is as sunny and cheerful a book as you are likely to find. And just to show you that I read Mike and Psmith with my eyes wide open, I have to state that my early comments are not intended as criticism but as a compliment. The subtlety is the very reason why this novel is so great! It is his art in creating a scene or a character and putting in the interesting setting of Sedleigh that Wodehouse shows why so many refer to him as the Master.
Mike and Psmith is not the funniest book Wodehouse wrote, but it does have many incredible scenes, especially Mr. Downing's search for the paint splashed shoe. I agree with the other reviewers that this is the high point of the book. I think readers will find a lot to enjoy in this novel. It is an escape to a world not that far removed for our own but placed in a time that we will never see again. This novel truly scores a century!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
In this uproarious volume we make our first acquaintance with R. Psmith, whose humorous speech and mannerisms combined with his genius for quickly solving his way out of a jam make him such a memorable character. His readiness with ingenious solutions in the nick of time as well as his punctiliousness of attire both remind us of Jeeves, who wouldn't appear for another eight years; his self assurance foreshadows Uncle Fred of the Blandings stories. As in many of the author's early novels the plot is considerably weaker than in the classic novels that came later, hence my witholding one star. But the individual scenes and conversations are hilarious and make the book a must-read for any Wodehouse fan.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 2000
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I have to confess that I am a Wodehouse addict. I read the predecessor to this book (Mike at Wrykyn) when I was fifteen and had always wanted to read Mike and Psmith. Re. this book, Wodehouse had me in stitches most of the time - the portions relating to Mr. Downing are hilarious. Cricket is also a focus of this novel. If you are like me and miss the game, this will bring those school time memories flooding back.
For those who haven't read a Psmith novel before, I highly recommend them. It is said that Wodehouse created the Jeeves and Wooster characters as 2 spin-offs from Psmith and you can certainly see the connections! On the whole, another Wodehouse classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By spider queen on January 4, 2013
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If you read all his books, you will encounter similar plots, and similar characters, across the 80-odd of them. And who in the world would care. He piffles most beautifully, and his delicate fantasy worlds are the most wonderful escape. One of the best cures for the blues I've ever had.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grumpy Reader on August 25, 2012
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There are some good moments in the book, but it really doesn't hang together as a novel, and it is not nearly as fun as lots of other Wodehouse works. But an easy and pleasant-enough read and since it's free for the Kindle...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N_Moore on June 21, 2012
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I love British humor, and I love everything else I have ever read by P.G. Wodehouse. I will say that it is important to start with this book, the first, to get the rest of them completely. I made the mistake, because I am a journalist, to read Psmith, Journalist, first. That's OK, though, I am re-reading it now, after finishing up the rest of the Psmith series. They are a hoot!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ruth on July 24, 2000
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This is so, so completely funny. I love this book. I have read it so many times and it's still funny. It's about this two English boys at school. The school-story genre is fairly grim, I know, with all it's moralizing and weird relationships between students etc., but this is so completely funny. It's probably my favorite of all the Psmith books (although, Leave it to Psmith is fairly excellent as well).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 3, 2012
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wodehouse at his best . takes you back in england of yester years in his own style and makes you laugh :-)
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