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The Man with Two Left Feet And Other Stories [Kindle Edition]

P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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From Library Journal

It would be unreasonable to expect every one of Wodehouse's more than 90 books to sparkle; the only glitter emanating from this one is Frederick Davidson's inspired narration. First published in England in 1917 (the 1933 U.S. edition is different), Two Left Feet contains 13 pieces of Wodehouse's apprentice work, with only hints of the writing power he would later develop. Most of its stories are sentimental tales straining for O. Henry-esque endings. The patience even of Wodehouse aficionados will be tested by some?particularly two narrated by a dog. Still, the book is not without its bright spots, and "Extricating Young Gussie" is notable for introducing (though fleetingly) Jeeves. Recommended only for libraries with legions of Wodehouse fans. A note to audiobook publishers: Jacket copy on story collections would be immensely enhanced by complete contents listings.?R. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, Cal.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 363 KB
  • Print Length: 157 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466273089
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084AT4IM
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light, Fun Reading April 19, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Man with two left feet is a delightful book. People have been raving about Wodehouse for a long time and I have enjoyed watching Jeeves and Wooster but this is my first venture beyond Jeeves.

It is very easy reading BUT cleverly written.

This book is a compilation of fourteen short, amusing and sometime poignant stories. Wodehouse is not deep so it was a great choice for a recent trip for on board reading.

My favorite in this book was actually not The Man with Two Left Feet but rather At Geisenheimer's.

The drawback to this Kindle version is that while you can see the Table of Contents, you are not able to maneuver through the contents so that you really are left to read the short stories in order without skipping
around. Thus the four star instead of five star review for this particular version.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Humor January 6, 2011
By A Customer
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very unusual collection for Wodehouse. The stories in "The Man With Two Left Feet" are very unlike his usual style. Most take place in New York, one is told from the first person perspective of a woman, and one is even told from the point of view of a dog. However, every one has the classic humor and expectadly unexpected happy ending that Wodehouse is known for, and each was a delightful read. As usual, Wodehouse kept me smiling throughout ~ even with only a brief visit from our old friend Bertie.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable September 13, 2012
By Ozment
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The stories provided here are, if nothing else, entertaining light reading. I happily read the Jeeves story, and after going over a few of the others, I downloaded some later Wodehouse and read that. It's certainly worth picking up for people interested in the general writing of the time period, and anything involving Jeeves is useful for the sake of understanding continuity, but, on the whole, the stories are mediocre. Still, it's well formatted, and I can't complain about the technical quality of it. The price is reasonable. It's worth picking up, but not something I would strongly suggest.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Oh Mr. Wodehouse! Where would we be without you! 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 wonderful and delightful stories 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!

Here is a prescription: read one story per night until you are always smiling!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bertie Wooster's first public apperance! July 25, 2009
Format:Paperback
This summer I am determined to read as much PG Wodehouse as possible before the fall and work begins. I feel if I have lots of fun, laughs and smile often it will carry me thru the winter. In the Man with Two Left Feet, you will meet Bertie Wooster for the first time in this delightful set of wacky, witty, short stories. I had a laugh on each page, loved every minute of it - and I can tell you after reading Wodehouse, it really does make the world easier to live in! Give yourself a break and read Wodehouse!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More from Wodehouse's fantasy world January 28, 2003
Format:Paperback
Another collection of Wodehouse stories, only one of which ("Extricating Young Gussie") is a Bertie Wooster story. Reading these stories at the same time as the first volume of Theodore Sturgeon's complete short stories constantly had me drawing comparisons between the two writers. Wodehouse never wrote fantasy *per se* (that is, Bertie Wooster never encountered a genie or a god in his garden), but in truth his stories were always fantastical. As commentators have said, the idyllic world of young men in spats and authoritative aunts was a figment of Wodehouse's imagination, and never existed at any time in England. I don't think Wodehouse would have disagreed; he knew the power of fantasy. In this volume, he tells one story ("The Mixer") from the point of view of a dog, and one of his habits was to read the entire Shakespeare's collected works every year, and Willy wasn't a stranger to fantasy, either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jeeves debuts in this hodgepodge collection August 14, 2013
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First published in 1917, this book collects thirteen short stories which had previously appeared in various periodicals. It's most notable for very first Jeeves story.

Stories include:

Bill the Bloodhound: an inept detective trails an actor in the travelling production.

Extricating Young Gussie: Bertie is sent to America and ordered to stop his cousin from marrying a vaudeville artist.

Wilton's Holiday: A young man invents a tragic romantic past, only to find that it hampers his present wooing.

The Mixer I - He Meets a Sky Gentleman: A young dog introduces an old friend from London to his seemingly shy master.

The Mixer II - He Moves in Society: After being struck by a car, our canine hero is taken to an estate filled with pedigree dogs.

Crowned Heads: Under the delusion he is the King of England, Katie's grandfather forbids her marriage.

At Geisenheimer's: A night out on the town threatens to ruin the romance of two newlyweds from the country.

The Making of Mac's: Star-crossed lovers play out their romantic drama in a Soho restaurant.

One Touch of Nature: Three American expatriates attend an exhibition baseball game in London.

Black for Luck: A black cat brings some unexpected luck to a playwright and a magazine columnist.

The Romance of an Ugly Policeman: A constable falls for a young cook only to have a handsome milkman steal her heart away.

A Sea of Troubles: A chronic dyspeptic decides suicide is the only way to ease his ills.

The Man with Two Left Feet: Hoping to please his young wife, a bookish bank clerk takes dancing lessons.

While these early works don't have the full-bodied flavour of Wodehouse's later tales, they are still delicious little comedic gems. This book is a definitely a worthy addition to the Wodehouse devotee's library.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a pleasure to read
PG Wodehouse always finds a way to amuse you - even when you don't expect it!
Published 5 days ago by Robert Wolfenstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I find P. G. Wodehouse' style enjoyable and humorous.
Published 1 month ago by luke24.5
4.0 out of 5 stars WODEHOUSE STUMBLED WITH TWO LEFT FEET
I love P.G Wodehouse but this volume is not up to par. As you start the book you realize a lot of these stories are set in the U.S. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gregory M. Clapp
1.0 out of 5 stars The paperback is completely unreadable - tiny font
I can't comment on the content of the book, because I could not read it. It's printed with the font you'd only find in pocket dictionaries or in footnotes of books with already... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anna
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing
Typically Wodehouseian. While I am not a fan of "short stories", the book still retains the dry humor with wit and structure of thought, with which Wodehouse steels my attention.
Published 1 month ago by Robert m. Joyner
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work
I adore PG Wodehouse, and has started to read beyond the Jeeves stories. Unfortunately, this cllection of short stories, compiled by volunteers, is not his best work.
Published 2 months ago by ellen foster
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever collection by Wodehouse
In this collection of short stories by PG Wodehouse is one Jeeves story. The others are quite an unexpected pleasure to read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dargrace
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Wodehouse
Excellent read for Wodehouse fans. There are none of the Jeeves-Wooster characters in any of the included stories, but it is still classic Wodehouse.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes!!
Bought as a gift and wasn't disappointed. Love Jeeves and Wooster and P.G. Wodehouse. Hope to get the rest of his work as well. Charming, clever, and gives me the grinzys! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tay
5.0 out of 5 stars as always
There is no such thing as a poor P.G. Wodehouse. Always reliable, the perfect "piffle", and the best cure for minor state-of-the-world depression I know, because he takes... Read more
Published 4 months ago by spider queen
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