The two worlds of the upstairs and downstairs are hilarious with both having that crazy British class distinction. The setting of Blanding castle and the scarab farce is hilarious. I enjoyed how Ashe wooed Joan and I look forward to reading the next installment. View all 3 comments. Just the best. The absolute equal in literature of the 'Marx Brothers' in film.
But more prolific. Imagine Oscar Wilde-lite and you've got P. Wodehouse isn't as political as Wilde, he isn't quite as scathing in his criticism of society, and he isn't as bitingly funny, but that makes him no less entertaining. Wodehouse is a master of bright and breezy. Stephen Fry says that Wodehouse is "sunlit perfection," and I couldn't agree more.
The first of the Blanding books, Something Fresh , fits this description like the dot on a lower case i.
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Something Fresh is light without being lightweight. It is silly without being stupid. It is comic without being comical. It is ingenious without being genius. It is good without being great.
In other words, it is a perfect read when you're stuck between a massive work like Gravity's Rainbow and a pulpy mess like The DaVinci Code. They are off to America. Instead, we'll be stuck with old-lolly Emsworth and the Honourable Freddie. But that's okay. The bumbling pair will undoubtedly give me plenty to smile about in Leave it to Psmith.
And there's no hurry to get there. Wodehouse doesn't inspire hurry. He inspires comfortable languor. Blandings will be there when I need it, and I will be comforted when I move into that strange castle once again. View 1 comment. Dec 22, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: Fun and witty.
A different feel from the Jeeves and Wooster books though since our hero and heroine in this book are completely capable instead of like our dear Bertie who is an absolute imbecile. It's not to say that there aren't imbeciles in this book. There are plenty. They just don't have a star role. The first tale in Wodehouse's Blandings series Here we meet Ashe and Joan, both neighbours, both writers, and both looking for an adventure. Thus they both end up at Blandings and they both end up in the midst of some detective work, both finding that adventure they both wanted and more Nov 14, Margaret rated it it was amazing Shelves: read , humor , british-literature , authors-vw , read.
Cross-posted to BookLikes. Out in Piccadilly its heartening warmth seemed to infuse into traffic and pedestrians alike a novel jauntiness, so that 'bus-drivers jested and even the lips of chauffeurs uncurled into not unkindly smiles. Policemen whistled at their posts, clerks on their way to work, beggars approached the task of trying to persuade perfect strangers to bear the burden of their maintenance with that optimistic Cross-posted to BookLikes.
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Policemen whistled at their posts, clerks on their way to work, beggars approached the task of trying to persuade perfect strangers to bear the burden of their maintenance with that optimistic vim which makes all the difference. It was one of those happy mornings.
A young woman laughs merrily at him as he does his daily exercises. A few pages later, both of them are on their way to Blandings Castle to recover a precious scarab and collect the reward, and we're off along with them. I quoted that whole paragraph at the beginning, because when discussing Wodehouse, I always come back to his effervescent, inimitable language. It's impossible to describe; one can only quote.
I could equally well have chosen many other passages, for this particular novel is full of wonderful ones.nuninedithi.tk
I don't laugh out loud all that much while I'm reading, usually; reading this I laughed so many times that my husband finally inquired what I was reading. All I had to say was "Wodehouse. Joan and Ashe continue to have excellent banter, but they also have some wonderful interplay in which Joan tells Ashe in no uncertain terms that she isn't to be treated like fine china just because she's a woman. Romantic relationships in Wodehouse often feel a bit rote -- they're not really his forte -- but this one is convincingly real.
There is of course also the absent-minded Lord Emsworth himself, and though this is his earliest appearance and he's bereft of many of his usual supporting characters notably his brother Sir Galahad, his sister Lady Constance, and his prize-winning pig, the Empress of Blandings , he's still his usual charmingly bumbling self. Happily for Lord Emsworth, he does already have the services of magisterial butler Beach who has a hilarious interlude with Ashe, describing his Ingrown Toenail, Swollen Joints, and Lining of his Stomach and the Efficient Baxter, secretary extraordinaire.
This may be early Wodehouse, but it's something fresh, funny, and first-class. Jul 04, Jovana Vesper rated it it was amazing Shelves: laughed-myself-silly , lovely-and-beautiful , owned-e-books , detective-fiction-that-i-like.
Characters are full of life and their machinations and incidents are hilarious. But the true star of this book actually, any book by P. Wodehouse writes with such wit and humor, using all kind of old terms okay, I guess they where contemporary at the time of writing that I have not encountered before but nevertheless made me chuckle and stimulate my imagination. I adore him, and will "Something fresh" is simply wonderful lil'story that made me laugh out loud, literally!
I adore him, and will always read his books. Of course. Though I miss the zing of Wooster's slangy dialogue, there was an abundance of the sort of wacky mayhem for which Wodehouse is known and loved. A betrothal, a house party, a stolen artifact, and several attempts to break up young lovers and restore the artifact all add to the fun.
We are introduced to the wonderfully eccentric Earl of Emsworth and his household. The theft of a valuable scarab provides the principle plot but there is plenty of fun to be had both above and below stairs with some great comic characters. Sep 13, Sandeep rated it really liked it. The best thing about this book like Jeeves is that its the first book of a long series so yeah im in for a never ending comical treat.
My introduction to the world of Blandings Castle finally! Almost all the characters except the group of maids and valets were interesting and had a touch of eccentricity enough to tickle your funny bone. I thought there was a change of tone in writing compared to the first wodehouse book I read which was My Man, Jeeves but the writing was solid with lots of The best thing about this book like Jeeves is that its the first book of a long series so yeah im in for a never ending comical treat. I thought there was a change of tone in writing compared to the first wodehouse book I read which was My Man, Jeeves but the writing was solid with lots of quotable lines and still manage to exercise your mouth with funny situations described in the book and mental thoughts of the characters.
Only thing I disliked was the unwanted hierarchy of servants described and their conversations. Nevertheless there were lot of funny scenes and best was the one with Ashe, Emerson and Baxter meeting below the stairs haha! A must read book and great author to read that will magically make u chuckle and smile in this chaotic and stressful life.
This review is for this audiobook edition only. For my thoughts on the book, see my Kindle edition. Most other people must be experiencing something like this when they read Wodehouse. My opinions of twenty-odd years ago aren't much changed, it seems: repeating myself, but I'd read part of a Jeeves book in the public library and didn't quite understand what all the fuss was about, yet a while later borrowed Service With A Smile and loved it. Just took me an inordinately long time to get round to more.
So it's not that I can't quite warm to Wodehouse, it's that I can't [4. Given how many friends like Wodehouse, it's nice to feel clubbable in one sense rather than the other. Somewhere or other, there will still be people I'd generally like saying "I wouldn't trust anyone who didn't love Jeeves and Wooster" and it does seem, in England at least, like a significant marker of character but as GR has reminded me repeatedly, even with those who most closely share our tastes, there are always major differences of opinion over a handful of favourites.
The nearest thing to a Jeeves figure in Something Fresh is The Efficient Baxter, who is more or less the adversary of our heroes, and he, unlike Bertie's butler, succumbs to normal human frailties; the Nietzschean concept of the Superman is alluded to more than once around a minor character, Emerson - but no-one is, in the end, shown to be one in the colloquial sense. All are fallible and the more likeable for it. The audience identification character is a widely derided creation among my friends, but regardless there are two wonderful examples here, low-earning, plucky young people of middle-class upbringing whose unorthodox attempts to earn money land them in an adventure pretending to be a valet and maid visiting Blandings.
If only the ending had been tweaked a little, and there were more books about adventuress-on-a-budget Joan Valentine, I would love to read them She and Ashe Marson - as well as plenty of page time given to the servants, and a surprising wisdom about the difficulties of the non-rich make this book more inclusive than Wodehouse's reputation for writing about aristocrats might suggest. He has a good natured way of acknowledging that bigger problems than those of his characters exist in the world, and that his books are escapism.
Something Fresh (Blandings Castle #1) by P.G. Wodehouse
He was as completely happy as only a fluffy-minded old man with excellent health and a large income can be. Other people worried about all sorts of things — strikes, wars, suffragettes, diminishing birth-rates, the growing materialism of the age, and a score of similar subjects. Lord Emsworth never worried. Nature had equipped him with a mind so admirably constructed for withstanding the disagreeablenesses of life that, if an unpleasant thought entered it, it passed out again a moment later He was possibly as nearly contented as a human being can be in this century of alarms and excursions.
Her eyes were eyes that looked straight and challenged It is the compensation which Life gives to those whom it has handled roughly that they shall be able to regard with a certain contempt the small troubles of the sheltered Life, at that moment, had seemed to stretch before her like a dusty, weary road, without hope. She was sick of fighting. She wanted money and ease and a surcease from this perpetual race with the weekly bills.
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