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Indiscretions of Archie [Hardcover]

P.G. Wodehouse
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25 Sep 2009
It wasn't Archie's fault, really. It's true he went to America and fell in love with Lucille, the daughter of a millionaire hotel proprietor . . . and if he did marry her -- well, what else was there to do? From his point of view, the whole thing was a thoroughly good egg; but Mr. Brewster, his father-in-law, thought differently, Archie had neither money nor occupation, which was distasteful in the eyes of the industrious Mr. Brewster; but the real bar was the fact that he had once adversely criticized one of his hotels. Archie did his best to heal the breach; but, being something of an ass, genus priceless, he found it almost beyond his powers to placate the "man-eating fish" whom Providence had given him as a father-in-law. . . .

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman (25 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841591645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841591643
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,197 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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"The handsome bindings are only the cherry on top of what is already a cake without compare." (Evening Standard)

"Wodehouse's idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in" (Evelyn Waugh)

"He exhausts superlatives" (Stephen Fry)

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The book tells the story of impoverished, embarrassment-prone Drone Archibald "Archie" Moffam (pronounced "Moom"), and his difficult relationship with art-collecting, hotel-owning millionaire father-in-law Daniel Brewster, father of Archie's new bride Lucille. Archie's attempts to ingratiate himself with Brewster only get him further into trouble.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Indiscretions of P G Wodehouse 10 Oct 2007
The Indiscretions of Archie is set shortly after the Great War and Archie was recently demobbed from the trenches of France where he was `making the world safe for the working-man to strike in'. His English `people' have realised outside of the army Archie has no real worth and so have promptly despatched him to the brave new world of America to find employment or a suitably wealthy wife.

Archie has fallen in love with hotel heiress Lucille Brewster and in stark contrast to Wodehouse's usual structure they have married before the book kicks off. Mr Brewster feeling for Archie is similar to his own family and rather than be a novel at all `The Indiscretions of Archie' are a series of episodes with Archie trying and generally failing to curry the favour of his father in law. The book is basically a series of short stories with a constant theme, that's not intended as a criticism as Wodehouse is the master of the short form and as an entertainment this book cannot be better, just don't expect enlightening as to any of the words theological questions.

Archie is a self confessed `ass, genus priceless, an ass yes but not a silly ass', a sort of Bertie Wooster but with a modicum of Jeeves' insight which suggest solutions to the problems with which he is faced. More often than not inappropriate solutions, but solutions none the less. The episodes take Archie from sitting for artists, looking after a snake for Theatrical publicist Roscoe Sherriff (whom we met previously in `Uneasy Money'), industrial relations and the purchase of a worthless ornament whist bidding against his father in laws agent.

The book is possibly less satisfying than a Wodehouse novel by the virtue of not being a novel, but as a book I would still strongly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wodehouse at his best 5 Jan 2014
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Laughed from the first page. Wonderful story writer.his stories will never date. Such a welcome from the violence and sex, depicted in so many modern books.
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Essentially a series of interlinked short stories centered around a British officer, Archie, who married the daughter of a millionaire New York hotelier. Quite good plots but not laugh-aloud, worth reading and will not take you too long to do so. Set in the USA in the 1920s Prohibition era, Archie is a buffoon who somehow comes good after every scrape.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 16 Oct 2013
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Comedy genius. Wodehouse should be available on the NHS. No matter how you feel, this is pretty much certain to cheer you up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not vintage Wodehouse but worth a read. 16 Jun 2014
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Archie is Bertie but without the charm and without the genius of Jeeves. Nonetheless a WWW1 veteran set loose on an unsuspecting New York. Some pleasant interludes.
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