Except belly-laughter, that is! I love it when two worlds of Wodehouse collide. It's like mixing two types of liquor together and taking a swig - guaranteed to knock you out! But then, Jeeves will always be there with his inimitable pickups on the morning after, won't he? Delightful romp involving the Duke of Dunstable trying to take Emsworth's pride and joy, the Empress of Blandings, and put her on a reducing diet. Jonathan Cecil narrated this audiobook and was once again a treat to listen to. View all 3 comments.
Apr 25, Amy rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was so funny in parts that I found myself rewinding it and listening to certain scenes over and over. Absolute classic PG Wodehouse. Written in and maybe because of the encroaching war,this story lacked the sparkle and joie-de-vivre of other Wodehouse books.
I found it hard to get into and it failed to hold my attention for long. Having said that, any Wodehouse book is always a good and enjoyable read but this is not one of the better ones. Aug 06, Lady Shockley rated it it was amazing. Impostors, schemes, pig rustling, and more impostors - The indominitible Uncle Fred conducts a veritable three- ring circus at Blandings.
Guest appearance by Sir Roderick Glossop, nerve doctor to the upper crust. Uncle Fred has become my favorite Wodehouse character. He is so calming, in spite of his escapades, because you know that he can handle anything short of his wife's disapproval that life could throw his way. A little blackmail here, taking a new identity there, and it's all fixed.
What would life be without Wodehouse? It gives one the h. In the shires of imagination, no citizen does his or her duty quite so delightfully as Uncle Fred. Springtime is the season that Wodehouse brings with him, read whenever.
Sep 28, Sheila Beaumont rated it it was amazing Shelves: After laughing my way through this hilarious novel, I'm convinced that this is one of P. Of course, I feel that way after reading just about any of his books. But I really do think Uncle Fred in the Springtime is one of his very best.
If you enjoy literate prose, eccentric characters, and lots of laughs, don't miss this one! His plots are brilliant and his humour is witty and - to be quite honest - there is absolutely zero he can be faulted on.
I think I much prefer the Jeeves and Wooster novels. I've read other books by Wodehouse.
Eggs are thrown at whistlers. Can you spot the gaping hole in the plot? Description A Blandings novel Uncle Fred is one of the hottest earls who ever donned a coronet. If there's not already an app for that, there should be. Published July 2nd by W. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x 20mm
For me, this one is the least enjoyable, so far. It has something to do with a pig to be stolen to race at a derby. This book isn't terrible, it's just all over the place. I hardly doubt even the author bothered to plot this one out before taking pen to paper. Granted, one doesn't read Wodehouse strictly for plot. But a little bit of storyline would have been nice. I am amazed that Wodehouse finds so many reasons for young couples to break their engagements, as well as reasons for needing to raise a bit of capital.
The last paragraph of this novel seems to convey a warm, fuzzy feeling, but there's really not as much to be warm and fuzzy about as in the other Wodehouses I've read. They usually end with about six weddings in the works. This one has only one that we can be relatively sure of happening - that of Polly and Ricky - and her father and his uncle a I am amazed that Wodehouse finds so many reasons for young couples to break their engagements, as well as reasons for needing to raise a bit of capital.
This one has only one that we can be relatively sure of happening - that of Polly and Ricky - and her father and his uncle are still in the dark about it. We don't know what will happen with Valerie and Horace, and poor Pongo lusts after Polly, but will not win her. Usually there is an equal number of young men and women that can all be matched up satisfactorily.
I also felt like I would like to see a bit more of the pig, after her cameo appearance coming out of the bathroom and crashing through the Duke's room. Put me among the pigs! This probably has the most ridiculously fun plot I've come across so far, as well as the richest variety of characters. Additionally, he character of Uncle Fred may well be the most likeable Wodehouse character yet. It's no surprise that Wodehouse himself liked this book so much.
Thanks for the recommendation, P. Probably my favorite Blandings book though Something Fresh is a close second. The scene where Uncle Fred impersonates Sir Roderick Glossop in the interview with Horace Davenport is in itself worth the price of admission.
The greatest of the greatest. A pig hides in the bathroom and eats soap. A beloved uncle jumps out of a wardrobe. A bedeviled duke sets about the furniture with a poker. Eggs are thrown at whistlers. Can you spot the gaping hole in the plot? View all 5 comments.
Uncle Fred is my favorite Wodehouse character. I had remembered this as being the best of Wodehouse's Uncle Fred novels, and it probably is. Rereading it did remind me that Uncle Fred aka Frederick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, the fifth Earl of Ickenham is, for me, a character more suited to short stories than in novels. I feel that his particular brand of chaos works better in short doses. Perhaps some critic had similar objections, because at one point Wodehouse has Uncle Fred say, "It looks like one of those strained coincidences whic I had remembered this as being the best of Wodehouse's Uncle Fred novels, and it probably is.
Perhaps some critic had similar objections, because at one point Wodehouse has Uncle Fred say, "It looks like one of those strained coincidences which are so inartistic. Even if the total effect is a little wearing, there are some great comic moments in this book. That's short for "Tomorrow'll be of all the year the maddest, merriest day, for I'm to be the Queen of May, mother, I'm to be the Queen of May. May 26, Simon rated it liked it. Wrong balance between principals and attendant lords. Not enough of Emsworth and too much of people it isn't over-easy to like.
Having said that, it's enjoyable enough with a few very funny sections. This was an enjoyable audiobook to put on at work. Jonathan Cecil did a great job reading. I admit I did laugh quite a few times I wonder what my colleagues thought! Fred, fairy uncle reuniter of lovers vanquisher of debts.
When the absent minded pig lover Lord Emsworth entertains the obstinate and quick tempered Duke of Dunstable at Blandings Castle a clash of personalities was bound to happen even if the two do agree on one thing: Throw into the melting pot a broken engagement, an engagement that cannot be completed for lack of funds, some serious gambling debts and a private detective that cannot forget that he was a former silver ring turf accountant and life at Blandings looks set t When the absent minded pig lover Lord Emsworth entertains the obstinate and quick tempered Duke of Dunstable at Blandings Castle a clash of personalities was bound to happen even if the two do agree on one thing: Throw into the melting pot a broken engagement, an engagement that cannot be completed for lack of funds, some serious gambling debts and a private detective that cannot forget that he was a former silver ring turf accountant and life at Blandings looks set to return to the default setting of farcical madness.
The Master of Mirth once again produces a hilarious novel where every single word has been crafted to fit precisely into the narrative; sublime comic genius. Jul 29, Lydia rated it liked it. I only remembered I'd read this when I checked the inside cover of the other Wodehouse book I'm reading. I originally read this for a book club I was apart of for a while and was definitely looking forward to it. I think Wodehouse is a very warm and charming writer. I do remember thinking that I much preferred his Jeeves and Wooster stories to this particular Blandings tale, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless.
Wodehouse writes with a lovely ease that I have found in few authors since and ev I only remembered I'd read this when I checked the inside cover of the other Wodehouse book I'm reading. Wodehouse writes with a lovely ease that I have found in few authors since and even though I don't remember the actual plot, I do remember that it was a classic rollicking sort of an adventure with lots of twists and turns and all very elegantly tied up at the end.
He can make his books rather exciting without making them any less domestic. It's Wodehouse, what else can I say? It also features Uncle Fred , who first appeared in the short story " Uncle Fred Flits By ", which was included in the collection Young Men in Spats , and would feature in three further novels. When Alaric, Duke of Dunstable decides to take Empress of Blandings away from her loving master and get her fit, Lord Emsworth calls in the services of the redoubtable Uncle Fred.
Fred arrives full of the joys of spring, with nephew Pongo Twistleton and old friend Polly Pott in tow, and despite the efforts of the efficient Baxter , endeavours to scupper the Duke and bring together a variety of romantic couplings. Pongo resolves to call in the redoubtable Uncle Fred for assistance. Meanwhile, at Blandings , Horace's uncle the Duke of Dunstable , as well as demanding eggs to throw at whistling gardeners, has taken it into his head that the Empress needs some fitness training, and Lord Emsworth needs help; in the absence of his trusty brother Galahad , he calls in the next best thing: Gally's old friend Uncle Fred.
While Uncle Fred ponders how to get Polly into Blandings to court her prospective uncle-in-law, Emsworth gives them a chance by insulting Sir Roderick "Pimples" Glossop , who he was supposed to engage to analyse the increasingly loopy Duke of Dunstable. Fred seizes his chance, and heads down to Blandings posing as Glossop, with Pongo playing the role of his secretary and nephew, and Polly his daughter Gwendolyne. They meet Glossop on the train, but head him off, only to pass him into the hands of Rupert Baxter , now working for the Duke.
Arriving at Blandings, they are met by Lord Bosham , who was conned out of his wallet by Uncle Fred the previous day. Baxter is sacked, having been seen at a ball by Horace, but is taken on again when Uncle Fred persuades Horace, and the Duke, that Horace is suffering delusions. Horace heads off for a rest-cure, and Baxter is left unable to reveal that he has seen through Fred's disguise, having met the real Glossop before.
Baxter, however, is put on his guard, and informs Lady Constance ; she in turn has Bosham hire a detective to protect her jewels, and he of course selects Mustard Pott. Dunstable's scheme to acquire the pig continues apace, and he calls in his strapping nephew to help, but when Gilpin asks for funds to buy an onion soup bar, thus enabling him to marry Polly, the two row and part.
Dunstable ropes in Baxter instead. Pott, meeting Gilpin at The Emsworth Arms , tells him this story, and the enraged poet chases a fearful Horace back to the Castle. Fred gives the money to Pongo to pass on to Polly for Gilpin's benefit, but she is spurned by him, and lets Pongo use the cash to pay off his debts. When Fred has reunited the couple, more money is required.