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Leave it to Psmith

Leave it to Psmith [Kindle Edition]

P.G. Wodehouse
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" Wodehouse is the funniest writer--that is, the most resourceful and unflagging deliverer of fun--that the human race, a glum crowd, has yet produced." --Anthony Lane, "The New Yorker"
" He who has not met Wodehouse has not lived a full life." --"San Francisco Chronicle"

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'You don't analyse such sunlit perfection: you just bask in its warmth and splendour' Stephen Fry

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (6 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS2HW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Psmith series 8 Jan 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Leave it to Psmith" concludes the evolution of the Psmith character, from Wodehouse's earliest style of writing with the "Schools" genre, to a comic character whose dialogue keeps the reader entertained throughout. This story sees Psmith enter into Blandings Castle, and though Lord Emsworth is not the dominant character he later becomes, flashes of brilliance are visible in his appearances (and in those of Lady Constance, who plays an important role in this book).
"Leave it to Psmith" is packed full of witty dialogue, readily suited to Psmith's character, and the traditional Wodehouse farce for the plot (misunderstandings, a stolen necklace, and so forth). The ending is predictable, of course, but this is hardly the point. It is the use of language that makes this such an enjoyable tale. Wodehouse connoisseurs all have their own favourite phrases, or particular sections of books that strike them as humorous from the prolific collection of Wodehouse's works. Suffice to say, several of my personal favourite sections appear in this book - Psmith at the employment agency, or describing his career as a fishmonger spring to mind. Those who enjoy the Blandings or Jeeves and Wooster series would do well to read this book.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I already tried to leave a review, which has not been published - so this is my second attempt. This is a fine book that has been horribly produced for the Kindle edition. I marked up around 60 errors of transcription and formatting. Clearly this has been scanned in but not proof read. I wouldn't mind if the edition was incredibly cheap, but for £5.33 it is shockingly sloppy. Please do not buy this in its e-book form.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Masterpiece? 17 Feb 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Introduce the wonderful Psmith into the world of Blandings Castle and the combination is comic dynamite. Whilst the Jeeves and Wooster collection is probably the finest series from the pen of P.G. Wodehouse, this simply marvellous book is arguably his finest hour. You'll never think about flowerpots in the same way again.
Read, delight and enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very very funny 30 Jun 2009
If you had to measure a book by the number of times you laugh so hard you have to put the book down, this might well come top.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Aquinas
Having read many of the jeeves stories 20 years ago and watched again recently the ITV Jeeves and Wooster starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, I thought it was time to get back to Wodehouse for some good cheer. But, I wanted to start on something different, so I decided to start with the Blandings novels - this is the second in the series. As someone who struggles to get a night sleep because of pain, it was a sheer delight for me to have the tonic of reading this book peopled with its eccentric characthers and its convoluted plot where nobody is who they claim to be.

The young upper class PSmith is the most striking characther here and has some of the best lines in the book and of course, we have Lord Emsworth appearing again - this time seeming even madder - starting lunch with a poet and continuing lunch with a different person (Psmith) who he thinks is the same person resulting in confusion and impersonation down in Blandings. But the plot about the stealing of a necklace is a real howl with everyone pretending to be someonelse and Baxter Lord Emsworth's sercretary really losing it in trying to track down the thief. I read this in 2 days and enjoyed every page. Thanks Mr Wodehouse - hope you are enjoying eternity!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leave it to Wodehouse 3 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've been reading PG Wodehouse books for years, I wish I'd come across this one sooner. An absolute gem, especially for those who favour Blandings stories. It is however, pre-pig obsessed Emsworth... If you are of a porcine bent, you may be slightly dissapointed. Don't let that put you off though, plenty of imposters and flying flowerpots will make up for the lack of the Empress.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When worlds collide 21 Oct 2007
`Leave it to Psmith' is the advertising motto of Psmith's new enterprise, he is open to all offers from running a business to walking a dog all on the behalf of his customers. His only customer is Freddie Threepwood whom is keen for Psmith to come to Blandings Castle to steal his Aunts Necklace so that Uncle Joe can sell it to make enough money for Freddie's latest scheme and for Uncle Joe's daughter to bankroll her husband, one Mike Jackson, to set up a farm. And so the Worlds of Mike, Psmith and Lord Emsworth collide in the second Blandings novel and the first to include the now world famous Drones Club favoured by the young Bertie Wooster amongst other Wodehouse regulars.

As ever no one travels to Blandings under their own name and Psmith is received as the renowned poet McTodd and in deference to his behaviour in his previous appearances in Wodehouse's work he has fallen in love with Miss Halliday who has been appointed to catalogue the library at Blandings. Also in the party is Smooth Lizzie experienced jewel thief who is also after Lady Constance's necklace with the help of Edward Cootes who is pretending to be a valet. Smooth Lizzie met Lady Constance under the name Miss Peavey, another poet of some renown, aboard the liner Atlantic.

Rupert Baxter, Lord Emsworth's secretary has established that something is not quite right with the literary guests and his attempts to establish what is going on only add to the confusion of the residents and staff at Blandings notably the dignified butler Beach. Even with the precaution of appointing a private detective as a housemaid Baxter can never equal the `vim' or `zip' of Psmith. Baxter could never imagine the conclusion Wodehouse will bring to the proceedings and although the reader will have worked most of them out whilst half way through chapter one this in no way diminishes this as one of the best entertainments ever written.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Accept it for what it is!
Lots of fun, with daft scenarios and characters. The setting is dated as would be expected and it's very 'upper crust'. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Alimags
5.0 out of 5 stars Smith with the silent P
I think it is brilliant - so funny - I am really enjoying reading about these lovable people once again
Published 1 month ago by Lynne Bellamy
4.0 out of 5 stars Read before Blandings
That was the recommendation and I followed it. A good introduction to some of the characters I had seen on the TV version of Blandings. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
A fantastic read. Absolutely splendid. All you could wish for in a great light hearted glimps of an age gone society.
Published 4 months ago by George Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
This book is hilarious. I really love the Psmith series. It is fun, well-written adventures full of "laugh out loud" moments.
Published 4 months ago by N. Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best from Wodehouse
I've loved this for 35 years ever since reading it as a small boy. Clever dialogue, wit, even for Wodehouse rather exciting gun play and romance. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gus the cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Wodehouse at his best
All of Wodehouse's books are great, but in my opinion he had a golden age of about 20 years when he produced his best work. This book was written during that golden age. Read more
Published 5 months ago by MarkD
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!
I adore P.G. Wodehouse, so I knew I would enjoy this book and ended up reading it at one sitting, fortified with plenty of tea and digestive biscuits, which are available here in... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Claire Marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem !
I read a lot of books from Wodehouse and this one is one of the best ! Delightful and witty !
Published 7 months ago by Nat
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite Wodehouse
This is my favourite PG Wodehouse: the plot has more twists and turns than normal, and Psmith was a wonderful character. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. W. Pyke
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