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Quick Service Hardcover – April 12, 2004
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Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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The very definition of British humor... in suave hardcover volumes, the dust jackets as natty as the prose. ("Entertainment Weekly")
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But the main reason to read Quick Service is to make the acquaintance of Joss Weatherby. After it was over and the brain-box slowly pondered the preceedings, it came to me that Joss is a combination of Bertie and Jeeves rolled into one. On the Bertie front, Joss is quite capable of getting himself into one scrape after another without even trying. On the Jeeves front, he is able to rescue himself from these scrapes by using his flashes of genius. Also, Joss is a total charmer. It is not hard to see why Sally (our heroine) quickly joins the Weatherby ranks. I would love to have another novel and another chance to read more Joss adventures.
Quick Service is now the third non-series Wodehouse I have read. I highly encourage those who have primarily feasted on Blandings and Jeeves to try these non-series gems. They are just as satisfying as any of the others. And we get a clear resolution of the scrapes within each novel.
So, go out there, hunt in your used bookstores, or wait until the publishers have the good sense to re-issue Quick Service. But read it! The lips will curl, the teeth will part, and the laughter will flow. And if this is medicine, your good health turly awaits!
But Quick Service was a favorite of PGW, whom you would think would know his own mind. This light novel from 1940 mixes equal parts musical comedy and whatever else his books are about, with some hysterical lines. "Oo!" said Miss Pym, pouring beer in a flutter. That's the response of the copper-coloured haired barmaid at the pub in Loose Chippings to the question posed by young artist and man-of-action, Joss Weatherby, who's madly in love with Sally Fairmile, "Isn't marriage a wonderful institution?" Miss Pym is dreaming of her betrothed, butler Sidney Chibnall, but that monosyllable is fraught with meaning, because she and Sidney are on to a gang of plotters, with Joss as suspect number one. An avid reader of mysteries, she warns Chibnall: "pretty silly you'd look if you suddenly found him murdering you in your bed."
Of course there's about a million other things happening with the cast of dozens, and this is one of the few Wodehouse romps where I can follow all the romantic embroilments. This very visual book could easily be performed on stage given the music hall bits dropped in all through it, as when Miss Pym tries to draw out a stranger with a false mustache.Read more ›
Enter the household one Joss Weatherby, who arrives seeking employment so as to be near Sally. He is soon followed by the man who sacked him, J.B. Duff, of Paramount Hams. Duff holds out at the Rose and Crown, where barmaid Vera Pym finds the merchant highly suspicious. The barmaid is betrothed to the butler.
Comic situations are called for. Misunderstandings, deceits, and of course, True Love. The British are wonderful at this type of comedy; P.G. Wodehouse was masterful. Not heavy stuff, perhaps. You know everyone and everything will end as they should. Predictable? Yes, but also fun and with a natural innocence all too uncommon today.
"Lord Holbeton stared. His question had been intended in a purely satirical spirit, and her literal acceptance of it stunned him. For an instant, compassion gripped him. She seemed so young, so frail to go up against one who even on his good mornings resembled something out of the Book of Revelation.
"Then there swept over him the thought of what a lot of unpleasantness this would save him. If somebody had to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel, how much more agreeable if it were not he."
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P.G. Wodehouse is a world wide treasure. His wry humor sings throughout all of his books, and the predictable endings always amuse but never disappoint. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
"Quick Service" is arguably the best of Wodehouse's stand-alone novels and if you have found it and have made it to this site you are to be congratulated and you should be... Read morePublished on April 23, 2014 by Pop Bop
Prior to reading Quick Service, I had read Wodehouse's Jeeves novel Right Ho Jeeves and the thirty-one shortstories included in the 701-page humorous tome The Most Of P.G. Read morePublished on June 27, 2012 by 2theD
I love PG Wodehouse, but, like anything that's overindulged, there are times when I feel I've had enough. Read morePublished on June 13, 2012 by Avid Reader
My feelings on P.G. Wodehouse are not a secret. If you were to list the best 100 books of all time, Plum wrote 96. What are the other 4?Published on August 14, 2010 by Jimmy
The writing sparkles; the plot moves along smoothly; numerous laugh-out-loud parts; all in all a typical Wodehouse tale of love and misunderstanding -- until the end, which is... Read morePublished on December 1, 2008 by Eve B.