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Mike and Psmith [Paperback]

P. G. Wodehouse
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22 Nov 1990
It was a preference for cricket over schoolwork that united Mike and Psmith in their reluctance to attend their new school, Sedleigh. The school insists that its attendees be keen, but it is sorely unprepared for boys of such foresight and resources as Mike and Psmith who have decided to devote their energies exclusively to ragging.


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (22 Nov 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140124470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140124477
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,092,303 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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Anglo-American wit, short-story writer, dramatist and lyricist, educated at Dulwich College and chiefly noted as the creator of the efficient butler, Jeeves. He wrote more than 90 books and more than 20 film scripts and collaborated on more than 30 plays and musical comedies. His major works include Psmith in the City (1910), Very Good Jeeves (1930), The Butler Did It (1957), Bachelors Anonymous (1974), O, Kay (1926) and Rosalie (1928). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Do not be put off by the fact that this is, undeniably, a boarding school story. There is no hint of the usual 'overcoming bullies to become the pride of the school' with a bit of cricket thrown in. This is simply a very witty, slick chronicle of educational anarchy. Psmith is one of Wodehouse's best creations, and I would rank this alongside, if not above the Jeeves books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mike and Psmirh 16 Jan 2014
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I enjoyed this book as a child and still find it entertaining. I would recommend it to young and old.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I found it charming 26 July 2013
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It is not Bertie and Jeeves or Lord Emsworth, so don't expect high farce in country houses with added aunts or pigs. I'm not a Wodehouse expert so I'm really not sure who he wrote this for--schoolboys perhaps, probably not middle-aged women like me but I do find it charming. It's sort of a counterpart to girls' boarding school novels but gently funny and good-hearted.
Mike and Psmith meet at a minor public school where they've been sent after failing to shine academically at major public schools (Psmith is ex-Eton). Mike seems a typical middle-class boy who plays cricket and life with a straight bat whilst Psmith is just very strange but compelling, so they make a good pairing, who are going to come through regardless.
They have the usual scrapes with fellow pupils and fights in the dorm and run-ins with comic school masters--there's some dog painting and quite a lot of cricket. Psmith, who is as urbane as he is immaculate in all things--as well as being a Socialist (perhaps that's why he has had to leave Eton-a rebel like the poet Shelley before him) wafts through these minor adventures with poise and elegance, but ever ready to deploy his considerable tactical nouse to out-wit all and sundry for the benefit of everyone, but mostly himself (and Mike, of course).

Mike and Psmith turned out to be ideal holiday companions for me--easy to be with and undemanding. But I can imagine other readers might find the whole thing very dated and not worth bothering with or think it a Wodehousian blip. For myself, I think Psmith is an interesting character and he gets a chance to really shine in 'Leave it to Psmith' when he side-steps faultlessly into the world of Blandings to make his mark.
As a final thought I'm not sure who the lady is in the red dress on the cover! Matron? Psmith in his down-time? Curious, but all the other Psmith and Mike books in this series are so adorned as if they are high romances. One for Rosie M. Banks, I think.
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