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Service With a Smile The Final Uncle Fred Novel Marks His Return To Blandings Castle To Relieve Lord Emsworth S Woes A Nagging Secretary, Prankster Church Lads, And A Plot To Thieve His Prize Winning Sow Uncle Fred Must Serve Up His Brand Of Sweetness And Light To Ensure That Everything Turns Out Very Capital Indeed Read ✓ Longbow Girl By Linda Davies – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Prankster Church Lads !!> Read ➶ On His Naughty List ➺ Author Jessica Jarman – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk And A Plot To Thieve His Prize Winning Sow Uncle Fred Must Serve Up His Brand Of Sweetness And Light To Ensure That Everything Turns Out Very Capital Indeed One of Wodehouse s novels about Blandings Castle, another one of those wonderful country estates filled with crabby gentlemen, mixed up engagements and calm, cool butlers My favorite character is described like this I wish this was a description of me, actually I love it Of Frederick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, fifth Earl of Ickenham, a thoughtful critic had once said that in the late afternoon of his life he retained, together with a juvenile waistline, the bright enthusiasms and fr One of Wodehouse s novels about Blandings Castle, another one of those wonderful country estates filled with crabby gentlemen, mixed up engagements and calm, cool butlers My favorite character is described like this I wish this was a description of me, actually I love it Of Frederick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, fifth Earl of Ickenham, a thoughtful critic had once said that in the late afternoon of his life he retained, together with a juvenile waistline, the bright enthusiasms and fresh, unspoiled outlook of a slightly inebriated undergraduate What I love about Wodehouse s world is that the rich uptight guy always gets it somehow in the eye, the young lovers have a silly fight and yet end up together, and the butler often comes off a few pounds ahead of when he started If only real life were like that P.G Wodehouse never disappoints Uncle Fred might surpass my love even for Bertie s Aunt Dahlia, and I thought no one as delightful as her had ever come from his pen Oh well As always, the intrepid Uncle Fred had me thoroughly entertained from the very first page The books are just a delight to lose yourself in, and they never disappoint In this one, Uncle Fred is onceneeded to spread sweetness and light with a smile, of course and is called on to untangle a rather large number of m P.G Wodehouse never disappoints Uncle Fred might surpass my love even for Bertie s Aunt Dahlia, and I thought no one as delightful as her had ever come from his pen Oh well As always, the intrepid Uncle Fred had me thoroughly entertained from the very first page The books are just a delight to lose yourself in, and they never disappoint In this one, Uncle Fred is onceneeded to spread sweetness and light with a smile, of course and is called on to untangle a rather large number of messes the inhabitants and guests of his friend Lord Emsworth s ancestral home have gotten themselves in This time he has to foil a pig napping, prevent a bit of blackmail here and there, help three sets of unfortunate lovers to the altar with the right person, and solve any number of bothersome little things that just so happen wherever he goes in his incomparable way It s always a pleasure to dip back into the world of P.G Wodehouse and, in such troubled times, doubly so.Service With a Smile 1961 is the final Uncle Fred novel and the 10th Blandings Castle novel I was unsure if I d read this one before or not and was delighted to discover this one was new to me That said, the plot bore a remarkable similarity to numerous other PGW books and was all the better for it The only blot on the landscape was that PGW s loyal legion of fans were to get noU It s always a pleasure to dip back into the world of P.G Wodehouse and, in such troubled times, doubly so.Service With a Smile 1961 is the final Uncle Fred novel and the 10th Blandings Castle novel I was unsure if I d read this one before or not and was delighted to discover this one was new to me That said, the plot bore a remarkable similarity to numerous other PGW books and was all the better for it The only blot on the landscape was that PGW s loyal legion of fans were to get noUncle Fred Ah well The cast of Blandings are all in fine form, and this is another Wodehouseian delight.4 5Service With a Smile With the Duke of Dunstable trying to steal his pig to sell to Lord Tilbury, mischievous Church Lads camping in his park, his sister Constance bossing him unmercifully, and Lavender Briggs, his secretary, making life miserable, Lord Emsworth has little time to concentrate on the invasion of Blandings Castle by yet another impostor But Bill Bailey, a.k.a Cuthbert Meriwether, has inveigled himself into the castle to be with his beloved, Myra Schoonmaker, who is staying there under the eagle eye of Lady Constance, and Lady Constance is determined to thwart him. 4.5 stars for this audiobook edition, narrated by Martin Jarvis While I still have a slight preference to hear my Wodehouse narrated by Jonathan Cecil, Jarvis did an excellent job with this 9th entry in the Blandings Castle series This one not only had Lord Emsworth his pig but also Uncle Fred a delightful combination 4.5 stars for this audiobook edition, narrated by Martin Jarvis While I still have a slight preference to hear my Wodehouse narrated by Jonathan Cecil, Jarvis did an excellent job with this 9th entry in the Blandings Castle series This one not only had Lord Emsworth his pig but also Uncle Fred a delightful combination Not the best Wodehouse I ve read Still pretty fun, though Favorite quote Have you ever been engaged to two girls at the same time Not to my recollection Nor, now I come to think of it, do I know of anyone who has, except of course King Solomon and the late Brigham Young Well, that s what I am You Engaged to two girls Half a second, let me work this out There was a pause, during which Lord Ickenham seemed to be doing sums in his head No, he said at length I don t get it I am awa Not the best Wodehouse I ve read Still pretty fun, though Favorite quote Have you ever been engaged to two girls at the same time Not to my recollection Nor, now I come to think of it, do I know of anyone who has, except of course King Solomon and the late Brigham Young Well, that s what I am You Engaged to two girls Half a second, let me work this out There was a pause, during which Lord Ickenham seemed to be doing sums in his head No, he said at length I don t get it I am aware that you are betrothed to my little friend Myra Schoonmaker, but however often I tot up the score, that only makes one You re sure you haven t slipped up somewhere in your figures Archie Gilpin s eye rolled in a fine frenzy PG Wodehouse is so highly regarded by many readers that there must be something to him.But having read only two, Dr Sally and this one Service with a Smile, I find myself thinking these stories are enjoyable, well written, contain some amusing lines and pass the time amiably enough Other people see muchI may have to delve further and find out what draws such devotion from others This is in part, a pig story Lord Ickenham Uncle Fred , with Cuthbert really Bill Bailey in tow, goes t PG Wodehouse is so highly regarded by many readers that there must be something to him.But having read only two, Dr Sally and this one Service with a Smile, I find myself thinking these stories are enjoyable, well written, contain some amusing lines and pass the time amiably enough Other people see muchI may have to delve further and find out what draws such devotion from others This is in part, a pig story Lord Ickenham Uncle Fred , with Cuthbert really Bill Bailey in tow, goes to Blandings Castle, presided over by Lady Constance who provides guidance to her brother Clarence, Lord Emsworth, whose singular focus is directed towards the wellbeing and comfort of the Empress, an enormous prize winning sow, in turn the object of nefarious criminal designs by among others, the Duke of Dunstable, conspicuously lacking in social skills, who spends his time in stately homes, usually uninvited Dunstable s potential buyer is Lord Tilbury, a crass newspaper magnate.Another of Lady Constance s guests is Myra, the daughter of Lady Constance s American friend James Schoonmaker Myra is in love with Bill Bailey, but their togetherness is being thwarted by Lady Constance, who in turn is enamoured of Myra s father There are boundless sub plots, involving the ambitious and snobby secretary Lavender, small ratty boys camping on the estate and Lord Dunstable s nephew who finds himself much too engaged for complete happiness Lord Ickenham sorts all this out, ingeniously enough.What strikes me forcefully is that this story is set comfortably among the nobility who, if not necessarily the idle rich, certainly have a lot of time for their avocational activities, which of course gives Lord Ickenham the time and opportunity to set straight the course of matters romantic, bucolic and financial The setting and milieu also belong to a time long ago and probably never existed exactly in the way Wodehouse sets out, but that is not the point This is an entertainment, a gentle and amusing farce where the bad mannered and venal people are out witted by the gracious and attractive Quite satisfying on that level I re read Wodehouse regularly just to cheer myself up Lord Ickenham aka Uncle Fred is an incurable optimist In Service with a Smile he s off to Blandings Castle again to spread his form of irrepressible cheer on the inhabitants Stifled love is in the air and Uncle Fred s the man to clear it A prize winning pig doted upon by its doddering owner, an underhanded and ambitious secretary, a cantankerous brute of a Duke, love lorn young folk, a camera weilding boy with a voice like an electric razor, a beefy boxing curate, andfill the pages wit Lord Ickenham aka Uncle Fred is an incurable optimist In Service with a Smile he s off to Blandings Castle again to spread his form of irrepressible cheer on the inhabitants Stifled love is in the air and Uncle Fred s the man to clear it A prize winning pig doted upon by its doddering owner, an underhanded and ambitious secretary, a cantankerous brute of a Duke, love lorn young folk, a camera weilding boy with a voice like an electric razor, a beefy boxing curate, andfill the pages with hilarity, but it s Lord Ickenham who grabs the limelight every time Plotting with and against his acquaintances for the good of all well, mostly all is his bread and butter He s the sort of fellow who doesn t think it s sporting unless you enter your host s house under an assumed name This is not Wodehouse s most tightly wound manuscript, a few long dialogue ful scenes of exposition are required to make it work However, Ickenham s scheming provides enough unexpected twists to keep you entertained, as one comes to expect from a steady reading of Wodehouse s stock story lines RATING A very strong 3.5 stars Poor Lord Emsworth is beset with problems he has a new horrid secretary Miss Biggs who makes Baxter look nice the castle grounds are full of camping boys causing noise and mischief and the Duke of Dunstable has invited himself to Blandings and still thinks the Empress is making Lord Emsworth potty The Duke has a buyer interested in the Empress and he s willing to do whatever it takes to get his hands on that money and rid Lord Emsworth of his problem There s the usual pair of star crossed lo Poor Lord Emsworth is beset with problems he has a new horrid secretary Miss Biggs who makes Baxter look nice the castle grounds are full of camping boys causing noise and mischief and the Duke of Dunstable has invited himself to Blandings and still thinks the Empress is making Lord Emsworth potty The Duke has a buyer interested in the Empress and he s willing to do whatever it takes to get his hands on that money and rid Lord Emsworth of his problem There s the usual pair of star crossed lovers, this time Myra Schoonmaker the real one this time and her penniless suitor plus the third party in the love triangle, Archie Gillpin brother of Ricky, nephew of the Duke Fred, the Earl of Ickenham discovers his friends problems and aims to deliver service with a smile In order to do that he has to use some underhanded methods to make things come out right.This book was too long on thwarted lovers and too light on pigs It lacked a serious screwball scene and a glorious scene with the Empress that made some of the earlier books so delightful I m tired of the star crossed lovers They re all the same There s nothing to distinguish this pair from any other pair Their circumstances are the same, even if the details are different There is an unexpected plot twist I didn t see coming I still don t like Fred He s not like Gally, he s much crazier I don t like how he lies and manipulates people into doing what he wants, even if it is for good His nephew Pongo was smart to stay out of it this time It s amazing Lady Constance didn t press charges The new secretary is unlikeable and supposed to be I wanted to like her because she s a strong female character She knows what she wants and goes after it, but her methods are devious and she s a frightful snob Another new character is Emsworth s grandson George He s an annoying little kid who thinks adults are his friends and thethey rebuff him, thehe clings to them Much like my oldest niece He s a minor character but has an important role in the story I found he complicated things unnecessarily


About the Author: P.G. Wodehouse

Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career ofthan seventy years and continues to be widely read over 40 years after his death Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse s main canvas remained that of prewar English upper class society, reflecting his birth, education, and youthful writing career.An acknowledged master of English prose, Wodehouse has been admired both by contemporaries such as Hilaire Belloc, Evelyn Waugh and Rudyard Kipling and byrecent writers such as Douglas Adams, Salman Rushdie and Terry Pratchett Sean O Casey famously called him English literature s performing flea , a description that Wodehouse used as the title of a collection of his letters to a friend, Bill Townend.Best known today for the Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels and short stories, Wodehouse was also a talented playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of fifteen plays and of 250 lyrics for some thirty musical comedies He worked with Cole Porter on the musical Anything Goes 1934 and frequently collaborated with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton He wrote the lyrics for the hit song Bill in Kern s Show Boat 1927 , wrote the lyrics for the Gershwin Romberg musical Rosalie 1928 , and collaborated with Rudolf Friml on a musical version of The Three Musketeers 1928.


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