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The Swoop! & The Military Invasion of America (Everyman Classics) [Hardcover]

P.G. Wodehouse
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27 Sep 2013 Everyman Classics

"Deep down in his heart the genuine Englishman has a rugged distaste for seeing his country invaded by a foreign army. People were asking themselves by what right these aliens had overrun British soil. An ever-growing feeling of annoyance had begun to lay hold of the nation."

Clarence Chugwater is not a Boy Scout for nothing. It is summer 1909 and everyone is too interested in the Test Match to notice that England has been invaded by the Germans. And the Russians. And the Chinese. Not to mention a 'boisterous band of the Young Turks', a mad Mullah, and a brace of North African pirates. The government has recently abolished the army so there is nothing to be done about it anyway, except give a masterly display of polite indifference. But this would be to reckon without patriotic Clarence, 'Boy of Destiny', who alone is prepared to stand up to the foe, and who devises a highly unorthodox plan to restore his country to freedom.

The Swoop! Or, How Clarence Saved England reprints the 33 black and white drawings by C. Harrison that accompanied the first edition. It is supplemented by The Military Invasion of America, in which Clarence's story is humorously transplanted across the Atlantic.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman (27 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841591904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841591902
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,163 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 Everyman edition promises to be a splendid celebration of the divine Plum" (The Independent)

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An amusing jeu d'esprit of the young Wodehouse, which satirizes the popular 'Invasion literature' of the era while poking gentle fun at English (and Foreign) manners and generally revelling in absurdity

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2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely for completists only 7 Jan 2014
It is rare that I find myself bemoaning the fact that I just HAVE to read a book to the finish. To be honest if I'm not enjoying a read i will put it aside, but because this one's by Wodehouse I kept on going and well... Put it this way, it hasn't dated well, it is an obvious spoof on the like of HG Wells and it just isn't that funny. There's a reason that this book is being published towards the end of the Everyman series and that is because it is possibly the worst thing Wodehouse wrote? I believe it was well received in its time but I'm afraid even if I try and imagine myself reading this back in the day as it were, I'm not sure I'd have a higher opinion of it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Early satire from Pelham 25 Nov 2013
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Thankfully Wodehouse abandoned this style of writing and never again attempted to satirise the gullible. Best left to sharper tongues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a read 17 Jun 2014
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i am an avid PGW fan. i wish to read all his books. and to read a beautifully bound , classic print is always a pleasure.
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