Started by Opus106, June 19, 2009, 09:56:27 AM
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Quote from: Elgarian on June 21, 2009, 11:46:39 AMI say, Comrade Opus, it's awfully decent of you to take an interest in the activities of Psmith - but a quiet word in your shell-like, if I may: the finest tale is the first one, about Psmith and Comrade Jackson at Sedleigh school. It is a tale to gladden the hearts of men from Barsetshire to Loamshire (are you acquainted with Loamshire, Sir?) It expands before one like a beautiful flower. I earnestly commend it to you, Comrade Opus.
Quote from: opus106 on June 22, 2009, 12:14:58 AMI presume you're referring to Mike? That's the only one not featured in that volume I mentioned. It has Psmith in the City, Psmith Journalist, and Leave it to Psmith. I'll get hold of a copy soon.
Quote from: opus106 on September 30, 2009, 08:17:28 AM[Really, do you need a reason for bumping a Wodehouse thread up?
Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on September 30, 2009, 09:52:19 AMNeither stint thou on the whisky-&-splash.
Quote from: jlaurson on October 25, 2012, 09:32:22 PM??? So much new music for you? You blessed, blessed man. That's like never having read any Wodehouse.And worry not. Haydn is not an addiction. It is a blessing, it is a grace. Quote from: Brian on October 25, 2012, 05:08:30 PMNow I'm very excited as I've never read any Wodehouse.Ah! Start here, if you are intrigued... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jtZMAFA2Zo and here Richard Dawkins and Stephen Fry et al. repeat what I insinuated. :-) Takes a while to get into Wodehouse (depending on the book and your background a quarter novel, or half a novel, or max. 1 1/2...) but it's like a perfect drive in the perfect countryside. "Where are we going? Who cares. What a wonderful drive this is!"
Quote from: Brian on October 25, 2012, 05:08:30 PMNow I'm very excited as I've never read any Wodehouse.
Quote from: jlaurson on October 26, 2012, 05:49:21 AMQuote from: Opus106 on October 26, 2012, 12:25:00 AMI'd suggest him to read the books first. And as famous as they (Wooster and Jeeves) may be, the Blandings series is equally impressive.Agree entirely! The Blandings stories are probably even funnier and better... than Jeeves/Wooster. (Not that I have all those, too.) Summer Lighting, or Something Fresh are perfect starting points, I think. You read along, merrily, perhaps a chuckle here or there... and then out of nowhere, the turn of a phrase, a word, a response on pg. 158 -- not at all funny in isolation -- has you snort your morning coffee across the table to the other side of the room. The Everyman Library Edition (in England; for the US it's Overlook Press who publishes the analogue, identical, gorgeous edition) is the one to have. (Everyman-UK link | Overlook-US link)And the Fry and Laurie stuff, although I like it in is own right, gets progressively worse towards the latter seasons and you'll never get their voices out of your head, after having seen it.
Quote from: Opus106 on October 26, 2012, 12:25:00 AMI'd suggest him to read the books first. And as famous as they (Wooster and Jeeves) may be, the Blandings series is equally impressive.
Quote from: knight66 on June 21, 2009, 08:25:04 AMNot so much an insult, more a subjective description; I had assumed the following would nevertheless be in the top 20.'She has a voice like a cavalry troop charging over a tin bridge.'Also, he delightfully describes one tough minded female as being, 'a 14 minute boiled egg.'
QuoteThe language has an immense amount of life in it, constructed with great brio. It always ensure I am in a good mood, just 10 minutes with him and I am smiling.You might enjoy these short stories, 'The Oldest Member' Although I have minus interest in golf, the tales are diverting.
Quote from: Brian on October 12, 2022, 10:28:14 AMBumping this Wodehouse thread for Elgarian to find.
Quote from: Elgarian Redux on October 13, 2022, 10:09:53 AMAnd the word goes around the clubs: 'Elgarian has found the bumped thread.'Thanks Brian.I've been having a Wodehouse beanfeast these last few weeks. Starting with a reread of the Psmith books (Mike, Psmith in the City, Psmith Journalist, and Leave it to Psmith). And this has been the first time I've really enjoyed the last one, so much so that I dived deeper into Blandings Castle and read Summer Lightning and Heavy Weather for the first time, with much enjoyment. I've been searching for period editions (not expensive first editions, but just affordable hardbacks issued in the 1930s and 40s).Then I asked myself, 'What would Napoloeon have done?' I think Napoleon would have read the early school stories next, and that's what I've been doing: The Pothunters, The Gold Bat, the short story collections set at Wrykyn and elsewhere, The Head of Kays, and so on. Sheer escapist fun, beautifully written. I'm finding them a delight.
Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on October 13, 2022, 10:56:14 AMCuriously, perhaps, Leave it to Psmith was my entrée to Wodehouse, so I appreciate your de facto reminder that there are other Psmith books.
Quote from: Brian on October 13, 2022, 01:01:59 PMBetween Karl and me, we have you covered on opposite beginnings: my introduction to Wodehouse was the Summer Lightning and Heavy Weather combo. It was like walking into a gold mine. I thought Summer Lightning was just about the most perfect comedy since Shakespeare, and then I found out there are dozens and dozens more books to read.Only complaint so far: one needs a whole separate bookcase for all the Wodehouse!
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