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The Most Of P.G. Wodehouse Paperback – November 1, 2000
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Kurt Andersen author of Turn of the Century Wodehouse can be extremely funny, of course, and Bertie and Jeeves are echt-Englishmen, but the surprising and surpassing pleasure of these books is their cheerful humanity. Reading Wodehouse always makes me feel good.
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Evelyn Waugh Mr. Wodehouse's idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in.
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"Wodehouse can be extremely funny, of course, and Bertie and Jeeves are echt-Englishmen, but the surprising and surpassing pleasure of these books is their cheerful humanity. Reading Wodehouse always makes me feel good."Kurt Andersen, author of "Turn of the Century"
"Timelessly funny and mean."David Foster Wallace, author of "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men"
"Mr. Wodehouse's idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in."Evelyn Waugh
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This is a sampling of hilarious stories, from some of his main themes. Most notably, there is a selection of stories involving Freddie Wigeon and his doomed attempts at finding true love (all hilarious), a selection of stories involving Mr. Mulliner telling of the bizare adventures of his extended family, a selection of Stanley Ulkridge stories: The man who is determined to get rich the quick & easy way, and a stunning selection of Jeeves stories....
I became interested in reading Wodehouse after reading Douglas Adams's "The Salmon of Doubt." There is a brief essay where Adams praises Wodehouse, and describes Wodehouse's writing style. If you like Adams, you should like Wodehouse.
Wodehouse is very inventive with this short stories. There is always a lot of action, and emotional uproar. But his talent lies in his language and choice of words. If you think the following phrases are amusing--then read this book:
"He realized too late that George was in public relations, and the brains of people in public relations are like the soup in poor restaurants: It's never a good idea to stir them up."
"Luckily, I gave them a false name when I came in."
"Why did you do that?"
"Usual business precautions."
"If you took all of the women Freddie loved & lost, and laid them end to end, they'd stretch half way from here to picadilly."
"Longer, I'd say. Some of them were pretty tall."
Now--if you thought those jokes were "stupid," then don't buy this book.Read more ›
Many of the stories are written according to the following formula: (A) boy meets girl; (B) formidable relative or rival stands between boy and girl; (C) boy overcomes all obstacles to successfully obtain girl unless boy happens to be Freddie Widgeon. The remainder of the stories will appear to follow basically the same formula, if you substitute "money" for "girl." The journey from points (A) to (C) inevitably involves hilarious parodies of proper upper-class British life - situations like gallopping over the English moors chased by angry farmers, engaging in polite negotiations with a gorilla, or being fixed under the steely eye of any number of powerful relations.
This anthology brings together about a half-dozen representative stories each from a number of areas (e.g. the Drones Club, Mr. Mulliner, Ukridge, and Jeeves stories), as well as a short novel called "Quick Service." If you are a hard-core Wodehouse fan, it might be advisable to skip this sampler and just buy the original books in order to avoid overlap.
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I like the book. It is just some light reading for those interested, I think. I can't say it is really funny, but kind of...Published 5 days ago by Magpie
Plum is a joy. Too bad about his Nazi sympathizing, but where do we draw the line, judging an artist's art along with their political tendencies?? I just love his writing. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Susan Sylvain
This was a gift, as far as I know the person was happy with it.Published 9 months ago by Amanda Ivory
I've been a P.G. Wodehouse fan for years. He's one of the wittiest, funniest writers ever.Published 9 months ago by Dennis Flynn
Wodehouse is always, always a treat, and this selection is bound to make anyone's dayPublished 12 months ago by Lorraine
Great stories by one of the best English writers. Book is well printed.Published 13 months ago by James Dylan
I OWN OVER 100 first editions by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse and have read every single one, including the anthologies. Read morePublished 14 months ago by PJH