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Mr Mulliner Speaking [Paperback]

P.G. Wodehouse
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7 Aug 2008

A Mulliner collection

In the bar-parlour of the Angler's Rest, Mr Mulliner tells his amazing tales, which hold his audience of drinkers (referred to only as Pints of Stout and Whiskies-and-Splash) in the palm of his expressive hand. Here you can discover what happened to The Man Who Gave Up Smoking, share a frisson when the butler delivers Something Squishy on a silver salver ('Your serpent, Sir,' said the voice of Simmons) ­- and experience the dreadful Unpleasantness at Bludleigh Court. Throughout the Mulliner clan remains resourcefully in command in the most outlandish situations, making for a vintage collection of hilarious Wodehouse.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (7 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099514060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099514060
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,716 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Relief at the Angler's Rest 18 Nov 2007
In the bar-parlour of the Angler's Rest the efficient barmaid Miss Postlewaite was asking if the world had possibly had it's fill of the Mulliner family after reading the first volume `Meet Mr Mulliner'. A Port and Lemon ventured that `it would be criminal if the story of Archibald's impersonation of a laying hen was not published', `Surely the tale of Ignatius giving up smoking should be committed to the printed media?' suggested a surly Gin and Tonic, `Would the world must wish to hear of the unpleasantness at Bludleigh Court?' questioned an aggressive half of Mild. `Fear not my friends,' announced Mr Mulliner walking through the lounge bar door, `I've just returned from the publishers whom have offered me favourable terms to publish a second volume.' The bar erupted with congratulations and slipped off before Mr Mulliner had time to remove his coat and regale them with further stories of his family.

If the book could be said to have a flaw it is in Mr Mulliner encroaching on the territory of the Oldest Member to tell a golfing story of Agnes Flack and Sidney McMurdo. Despite this it is still a terrific read and `Mr Mulliner Speaking' follows on in very much the same way as `Meet Mr Mulliner' and in very much in the mould of its predecessor is a huge success. This book also contains the Wodehouse debut of Bobbie Wickham, whom later becomes a menace to Bertie Wooster, in three of the better stories. To give the last word to Mr Mulliner `Every other fellow who comes in contact with Bobbie finds himself sooner or later up to the Adam's apple in some ghastly mess.' The bulk of the stories are up to Wodehouse's usual standard and the Bobbie Wickham ones are the jewel in the crown.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful comedic shorts 5 Sep 2012
By Jasper
Mr Mulliner is a great raconteur and in this collection he reminesces about a wide variety of matters. It's an incredibly funny book and the stories involved contain the usual amazing Wodehouse wit. This is sheer pleasure from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Wodehouse 4 Mar 2013
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The Mr Mulliner stories as related by him in his local hostelry about various relatives, is a vehicle for P G Wodehouse to tell a short yarn about characters other than the familiar Emsworth clan, Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, Ukridge or Psmith. Since PGW is the real storyteller, each is beautifully constructed, and wittily told. If you are going to read just one to sample the product to see if it is to your taste, the literary chef recommends "Unpleasantness at Bludleigh Court". Charlotte Mulliner's poem alone is worth the price of admission. Should this prove as anticipated to your taste, the rest of the book is a guaranteed success.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FUNTASTIC 4 Feb 2012
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I do voluntary work with children, encouraging them to enjoy the delights of reading. Wodehouse's brilliance reminds me what reading is all about, when at my mature years I can continue to get such a kick from his story telling. The youngsters I read with have all of this pleasure to come; 'Lucky Blighters'. Everyone should meet Mr Mulliner and sample his extaordinary repartee as exemplified by Mr Wodehouse (SIR).
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4.0 out of 5 stars More mayhem with the Mulliners 2 May 2007
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Whatever the topic of conversation in the bar-parlour of the Angler's Rest, Mr. Mulliner always has something to say. So sit back and listen as he relates the trials and tribulations of his extended family.

This book contains the following short stories:

The Reverent Wooing of Archibald

The Man Who Gave Up Smoking

The Story of Cedric

The Ordeal of Osbert Mulliner

Unpleasantness at Bludleigh Court

Those in Peril on the Tee

Something Squishy

The Awful Gladness of the Mater

The Passing of Ambrose

The stories range from amusing to laugh-out-loud hilarious.

More of Mr. Mulliner's tales can be found in "Meet Mr. Mulliner" and "Mulliner Nights". A few of the Mulliner stories were dramatized for the television show "Wodehouse Playhouse" now available on DVD and highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Plum from Plum... 29 May 2014
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I am a fan. Wodehouse cheers when nothing else helps. This is a fine read from the Master. And, a nicely-made edition.
5.0 out of 5 stars P.G. Wodehouse at his brilliant best! 22 April 2013
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These stories are immortal comedy. They still raise a chuckle. Wodehouse's humour is endlessly inventive and always fresh. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good condition. 12 April 2013
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Book as described on website. No problems with quality or delivery. The Mulliner stories are not as famous as the Jeeves stories, but are actually better in many ways.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wodehouse at his best 27 Mar 2013
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Mr Mulliner narrates these fine stories of his numerous relatives and their travails in love. Each short story is a hilarious anecdote about his nephews, nieces, cousins, uncles, etc etc and despite the shear volume of stories they never cease to feel fresh and funny.

I am a huge fan of Wodehouse and though most people were introduced to Wodehouse via Jeeves and Bertie Wooster my first experience was Mr Mulliner. The Mulliner short stories truly are Wodehouse at his peak, and were written during the hey day of his popularity. I say this as someone who has read almost every story Wodehouse has written from the Picadilly Jim to Sunset at Blandings. The prose is excellent, the hyperbole magnificent. The stories told by Mr Mulliner concerning his various relatives are fast paced, witty, bright, and they never feel contrived or forced. In addition Wodehouse and his prose manage to evoke emotions, surprise, and amazement in a way not even the excellent Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie can replicate on screen. In fact despite the quality of the various screen adaptations of Wodehouse's work nothing can compare to Wodehouse's words.

This particular collection contains my all time favorite short story "The Unpleasentness at Bludleigh Court". This is a tale of two sensitive poetic souls and the unholy influence of of the sportsmen at Bludleigh court. Summarized in the poetic lines "When life is dark and all is black, how sweet it is to pot a yak". In this story Wodehouse manages to satirize and parody both the poets of his day and the aristocratic sportsmen and country gentry.

Even if you do not take the time to read every Mulliner short story you should definately jump in and read at least a few of the wonderful short stories as told by Mr Mulliner.
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