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Summer Lightning Hardcover – September 1, 2003
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- Publisher : Harry N. Abrams; First Edition Thus (September 1, 2003)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 158567477X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1585674770
- Item Weight : 14.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.4 x 1.4 x 7.55 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #877,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Very funny particularly the (deserved) indignities suffered by The Efficient Baxter!
Third Blandings but as good a place to start Blandings as any. Chronology matters little in these books as far as I am concerned.
This is a great edition too! Very nice to look at and read!
It is strangely enough difficult to read comfortably moving backwards.
I'll fix the review if I can ever get it loaded properly.
Lord Emsworth; his prize winning Black Berkshire pig, the Empress of Blandings; his secretary, the Efficient Baxter; the Honorable Galahad Threepwood (whose memoirs are the cause of all the excitement); Beach the Butler; and of course, an impostor and some star-crossed lovers.
From Wodehouse's preface to the book:
"A certain critic - for such men, I regret to say, do exist - made the nasty remark about my last novel that it contained `all the old Wodehouse characters under different names'. He has probably by now been eaten by bears, like the children who made mock of the prophet Elisha: but if he still survives he will not be able to make a similar charge against Summer Lightning. With my superior intelligence, I have outgeneralled the man this time by putting in all the old Wodehouse characters under the same names. Pretty silly it will make him feel, I rather fancy."
This book was also published as "Fish Preferred."
For no fault of the author I just wanted to be done and move on.
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Lord Emsworth's nephew Ronnie Fish needs money to marry his beloved, chorus girl Sue. But Lord Emsworth is his trustee, and he is unlikely to unloose the purse-strings to allow his nephew to marry a mere chorus girl, particularly when Ronnie's last financial venture was a night club which went bankrupt very quickly. Meanwhile, his former partner in this ill-starred venture, Hugo Carmody, is now working as Lord Emsworth's secretary, and is in love with Millicent, Lord Emsworth's niece. Sue herself is being sent flowers by Percy Pilbeam, who, in his capacity of private detective, takes up a place at Blandings. Sue has also been dancing with Hugo, and these two potential rivals cause Ronnie a great deal of jealousy. Add to the mix the Hon. Galahad's decision to write his salacious memoirs, and the inhabitants of Blandings and its environs are far from sleeping easy in their beds. Ronnie, in order to try to get his money out of Lord Emsworth, decides to steal his uncle's prize pig. Lord Emsworth's former secretary, the efficient Baxter, returns to the castle at the behest of his long-time champion, Lady Constance. With all these subplots and subterfuges going on, the scene is set for a classic Wodehouse farce.
As the title suggests, this is a light, summery book, which no lover of fine comic writing will want to miss.