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  • Unknown Binding: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (1961)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001ORLWMS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,825,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of almost a hundred books and the creator of Jeeves, Blandings Castle, Psmith, Ukridge, Uncle Fred and Mr Mulliner, P.G. Wodehouse was born in 1881 and educated at Dulwich College. After two years with the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank he became a full-time writer, contributing to a variety of periodicals including Punch and the Globe. He married in 1914. As well as his novels and short stories, he wrote lyrics for musical comedies with Guy Bolton and Jerome Kern, and at one stage had five musicals running simultaneously on Broadway. His time in Hollywood also provided much source material for fiction. At the age of 93, in the New Year's Honours List of 1975, he received a long-overdue knighthood, only to die on St Valentine's Day some 45 days later.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ian Wood, Author of 'Here's 2 Absent Fathers' on 24 Feb. 2008
Format: Hardcover
`Full Moon' is a Wodehouse novel set at his own Garden of Eden, Blandings Castle. We last entered Blandings with `Uncle Fred in the Springtime' and although Uncle Fred is not present his understudy The Honourable Galahad is in residence along with The Honourable Freddie whom is amiably if not ably assisting him in bringing to a happy conclusion the courtship of his cousins Prudence and Veronica to Bill `Blister' Lister and Tipton Plimsoll respectively.

As ever complications come in the way of Lord Emsworth's inability to grasp or remember anything which is further mixed up by Blisters appearance under not one but three assumed names. The difficulties mount until Wodehouse and Gally pull the hug out from under them with there usual deft touch.

As well as true love the winners here are the reader with priceless prose and dialogue such as an interview between Gally and Lady Hermione on the first arrival of Blister, `Is he wanted by the Police?', `No, he is not wanted by the Police.', `How I sympathize with the Police, I know just how they feel'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Mar. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
P G Wodehouse certainly knew how to write funny books.

This time, a heap of relatives have descended upon Blandings and Clarence. His Sister Lady Hermione Wedge her daughter and her Husband and her Niece Prudence who has been sent 'down' to the Castle for attempting to marry a so called 'Commoner'. Said 'Commoner' is one Bill Lister, yet another of Gally's myriad of Godsons.

Then Freddie arrives back in the UK. He is now married and has been sent to England to convert the Brits to the brand of dog food his Company manufactures back in the US. Clarence of course is horribly shocked that Freddie might be returning to the 'nest' permanently.

Then we meet Tipton Plimsoll another American who one day develops spots on his chest so off he tootles to Harley Street to try and discover what is causing his ailment. The Physician at Harley Street tells him that if he doesn't lay off the booze he will end up having hallucinations. This is where things start to become really funny.

Gally and Bill get together to form a plan to get the latter into Blandings where he can once again court Prudence.......inevitably things go from bad to worse and T. Plimsoll Esq., is now convinced that he is seeing the face of a gorilla everywhere he looks. In fact it is poor Bill attempting to pass himself off as an artist of the porcine variety....the resulting painting of the Empress deeply wounds the Earl. So trying once more Gally comes up with a disguise for his Bill......a beard.

Tipton too has fallen in love with Veronica the rather dim daughter of Lady and Lord Wedge.

Then there is the incident of the diamond necklace which of course Clarence has managed to mess up again.

All in all this I believe is the funniest book of the 10 Wodehouse wrote.
There are a lot of typos in this book which I have informed Amazon about.............i.e. instead of Gally you keep seeing Gaily.
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Wodehouse's novels are, at heart, romances. A cast of aunts, uncles, brothers and butlers is usually there to try either to stop the couples getting together, or to ensure they do. "Full Moon", the sixth novel in the Blandings series, introduces two new Emsworth nieces, Veronica, whose mother, Lady Hermione Wedge, is often mistaken for a cook, and Prudence. Veronica, who seldom fires on all cylinders, is keen to marry wealthy American Tipton Plimsoll, while Veronica has her sights set on Bill Lister, he of the face like a good-natured gorilla, old friend of her cousin, Lord Emsworth's younger son Freddie, who is back in England to drum up business for his father-in-law's dog biscuit company. While Lady Hermione is all for the match of her daughter with Plimsoll, she has been charged with keeping Lister away from her niece. On hand to see that all goes aright is Lord Emsworth's younger brother, the irrepressible Galahad. Ensuring that the right people come together, with as much subterfuge and disguising as possible, the Hon. Galahad will go through the place spreading sweetness and light.

"Sweetness and light" is a phrase from Matthew Arnold, who was related by marriage to the Wodehouse family. Traditionally in Wodehouse, it has been Uncle Fred, Lord Ickenham, who has taken upon himself to spread sweetness and light in his wake, but in "Full Moon", the Hon. Galahad seems to have taken that mantle onto himself, and the effect is rather jarring. This is a light and charming novel, full of those verbal felicities for which Wodehouse is so well-loved, but it's hard not to feel that something is lacking. Much of the action seems repetitive and episodic and, for a Wodehouse novel, oddly unsatisfying.
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"Blandings by numbers"? To borrow a gag of Lady Hermione's, stuff and nonsense! For starters, the Empress doesn't even get pignapped. When have you ever known that not to happen? (Well, she does get put in a girl's bedroom briefly, but that hardly counts.) And if you can read even a fraction of the argument scene in Chapter 9 without guffawing like a demented baboon and being invited by your fellow passengers to leave the compartment, you're a better man than I am, Gunga Din.

No, I'd rate this one of the superior entries in the Blandings canon. The central theme is the complex pas-de-deux between the hapless suitors Bill Lister and Tipton Plimsoll, which Wodehouse choreographs to perfection. The former loves Prudence, who is guarded with Argus-eyed vigilance by an intimidating aunt; the latter loves her cousin Veronica and believes the former to be a manifestation of delirium tremens resulting from overindulgence in the old tonsil varnish. Add into the mix a misappropriated diamond necklace, Landseer's painting of the Pig at Bay (one of his lesser known works) and Freddie Threepwood doing his witlessly unintentional best to unsmooth the course of true love, and you will appreciate that Uncle Gally has his work cut out for him this time.

Oh, and this is the one whence comes the immortal line: "Prudence made a tired gesture, like a Christian martyr who has got a bit fed up with the lions."
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