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Imperial Blandings: "Full Moon"; "Pigs Have Wings"; "Service with a Smile": An Omnibus [Paperback]

P. G. Wodehouse
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4 Nov 1993
This "Blandings" omnibus, starring the further exploits of the Earl of Emsworth and his acquaintances, contains "Pigs with Wings", "Full Moon" and "Service With a Smile".

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Omnibus ed edition (4 Nov 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140173595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140173598
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 13 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,963 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for Wodehouse fans 22 May 2001
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This book is probably a dream come true for most Wodehouse fans - three hilarious Blandings novels all in the same book. All the standard Blandings characters are there - Clarence, Earl of Emsworth, Lady Hermione Wedge and her daughter Veronica, Lady Constance Keeble and her brother Galahad, and of course, the only truly sane one, the Empress of Blandings. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun at Blandings Castle 15 Dec 2004
Service with a Smile is my second favorite of the P.G. Wodehouse books about the daffy doings at Blandings Castle, and is exceeded only by Pigs Have Wings.
If you have read any of the P.G. Wodehouse books about Blandings Castle, you know that the proprietor, Clarence, ninth Earl of Emsworth, is a simple man who simply wants to be left alone to contemplate his prize-winning pig, The Empress of Blandings, who has won the silver prize three years running in the fat pigs class at the Shropshire Agricultural Show. But he is beset by sisters who want to organize his life . . . and that of everyone else. The most frequently present of these sisters is Lady Constance Keeble, who is in residence in this book.
Lady Constance is a widow and has her eye on a wealthy American, James Schoonmaker, whose daughter, Myra, has been brought to Blandings Castle by Lady Constance to keep Myra from marrying a curate, a poor but honest man. Lady Constance has no truck with poor people and she's confident that James Schoonmaker would feel the same way.
The castle also contains Clarence's secretary, Lavender Briggs, who desperately wants to start up her own typing bureau but lacks capital; the Duke of Dunstable, who thinks everyone else is potty and wants to save a penny wherever he can; and Clarence's grandson, George, who has a new movie camera from his grandfather. All will play important roles in the developing plot.
The catalyst for this marvelous story is the effervescent Frederick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, fifth Earl of Ickenham. As an old friend of the Schoonmakers, Freddie decides to bring the young people together in holy matrimony.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To be at Blandings... 4 July 2008
Of all authors, P.G. Wodehouse is perhaps the most guilty of re-cycling his plot devices. Visiting a country house under an alias, writing a scandalous memoir, weaselling out of an engagement or, of course, stealing or nobbling a pig, all occur so frequently in Wodehouse plotlines that stories can seem to merge together. As faults go it isn't the worst. Even Jane Austen wasn't afraid to lift the odd bit of a situation from book to book, though she never managed to work pig-nobbling into any. For an author of the calibre of, say, Jeffrey Archer it would be a crippling flaw but for a P.G. Wodehouse it doesn't matter a jot.
Every Story, no matter how reminiscent the plot, is a joy to read, and every character, from the stream of slightly defective pig-men to the ultimate, dapper, man-about-town Sir Galahad Threepwood, is perfectly crafted and described. Every one has its chuckle-out-loud moment and when not laughing you're smiling.
Wodehouse is the ultimate test of the "Marmite theorem": if you love one of his books you will love them all, dislike one (foul creature that you are) and you need never visit another. If you love P. G. W., buy this book - and then all the others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romance and Pignapping! 4 Nov 2004
P.G. Wodehouse was the 20th century's answer to William Shakespeare reproduced as musical comedy. In Pigs Have Wings, Mr. Wodehouse produced one of his very best efforts.
As usual, the themes involve a satire of romantic love, miscommunications between the sexes, the vapid interests of the titled class, and the silliness of people in general.
As the book opens, Clarence, ninth Earl of Emsworth finds himself faced with a threat to the supremacy of his pig, Empress of Blandings, in the Fat Pigs class at the Shropshire Agricultural Show. Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe, Bart, of Matchingham Hall, had already hired away Clarence's pig handler, George Cyril Wellbeloved . . . and Clarence is sure that some new skullduggery will soon follow. As the story develops, we find that it's all too true. Soon both pig camps are doing their best to knobble the other man's pig. With everyone else having a bet on the outcome, many other people are soon engaged in trying to sabotage one pig or the other. It's the most pignapping fun caper you can imagine!
In the background, we have all sorts of people who've become engaged to totally unsuitable people on the rebound from slights they feel from the one they really love. P.G. Wodehouse does a yeoman effort of returning all of those twisted loves to the proper party. The plot will keep you constantly chuckling throughout.
There are quite a few books based on the Empress of Blandings. So if you enjoy this one, go on to the others in the series such as the ones in this volume.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another delightful Wodehouse book! 5 Jan 2013
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Many of the familiar characters are in residence at Blandings but some new miscreants arrive on the scene to add some new twists. Trials, tribulations and ultimately (of course) triumph for Lord Emsworth and his beloved pig. A great read, one to savor...
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