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Pearls, Girls and Monty Bodkin [Paperback]

P G Wodehouse
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25 July 1974
Written to celebrate the author's ninety-first birthday - a flawless piece of classic comic writing. What happened to Monty Bodkin's love for Hockey International Gertrude Butterwick? His year in Hollywood completed, he leaves behind his heartbroken secretary, Sandy Miller, and arrives in London to claim his Amazon's had. However, teh Bodkin road to happiness is arduous, and pitfalled through and through

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (25 July 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140038353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140038354
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 775,931 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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PG Wodehouse was born in Guildford, Surrey, in 1881 and educated at Dulwich College. He was created a Knight of the British Empire in 1975 and died on St. Valentine's Day in the same year at the age of ninety-three. His novels are translated into every language and are frequently adapted for radio and television. In Jeeves and Wooster he created two of the best known and best loved characters in twentieth century literature.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A sequel only in name 13 Aug 2006
By WJ
Format:Paperback
A sequel to the hilarious 'Luck of the Bodkins', this book shifts the scene from an ocean liner to the country house of a conventional Wodehouse novel. Similarly, the original chaotic but credible plot gives way to a much more familiar storyline, involving burglars, imposters and a young man who wants to break off an engagement. In other words, this could just be another Blandings story. Alas, it contains no equivalent to the stock of great characters at Blandings and suffers badly in comparison to Wodehouse's masterpieces. The plot seems rather disjointed, its potential undeveloped, and the characters far from memorable.

The dictum that sequels are never as good as the original is utterly false when applied to the Jeeves and Blandings series, but, sadly, it is true in this case.

Nonetheless, Wodehouse's standard of writing is so consistently high that even a weak specimen like this one still contains a lot of laughs and is a pleasure to read. I would certainly recommend it to a devotee of Wodehouse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Last of the Bodkins 26 July 2011
By Paul D
Format:Paperback
When last seen, Monty Bodkin was on board an ocean liner with a cast of notables including Ivor Llewellyn, owner of the Superba- Llewellyn motion picture company in Hollywood, and his fiancée, Gertrude Butterwick. Her father, disapproving of the match, has forbidden the marriage unless Bodkin can hold down a job for twelve months. This Bodkin endeavoured to do by arranging for Llewellyn to take him on in his company. Now, however, Butterwick has decided that Bodkin got his position by foul means, and arbitrarily decides to discount it, meaning Bodkin must once again find paid employment for a year. Conveniently, Bodkin arranges to work for Llewellyn once again, this time as his secretary, needed because Llewellyn has decided to publish a history of his motion picture company. Meanwhile, Sandy Miller, who is in love with him, has got a post as Mrs Llewellyn's social secretary. Now staying in England at Mellingham Hall, they are joined by crooks Dolly and Soapy Molloy, and Chimp Twist, the last once more posing as private detective J. Sheringham Adair, with Mrs Llewellyn's prize pearls as their target. Monty soon realises that he returns Sandy's feelings, but how is he to break the news to la Butterwick?

Written in 1972 to mark his ninety-first birthday, Wodehouse is still in fine comic form. Some aspects of the story echo "Money in the Bank". Monty Bodkin is one of the master's most agreeable creations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laughs, Loves and P G Wodehouse. 4 July 2008
Format:Paperback
`Pears, Girls and Monty Bodkin' continues one year after the business in `The Luck of the Bodkins' concluded and it tells the continuing story of Monty Bodkin and his engagement to Gertrude Butterwick which relies on his remaining in someone's employ for a whole year. Monty secured a position with movie mogul Ikey Llewellyn after unwittingly smuggling some jewels for his wife Grayce. Gertrude's father, J. P. Butterwick has decided to consider the evidence of employment inadmissible due to the way it way gained and so Monty is charged with maintaining a further year of receiving the old envelope.

Further complications occur when Monty is re-employed on a more traditional basis by Ikey on the recommendation of Sandy Miller whom has fallen in love with our hero. The love is returned but Monty cannot initially see it, as indeed no one sees the trio of confidence tricksters whom are out to steal Grayce Llewellyn's jewels. Step forward Dolly the Dip, Soap Molloy and Chimp Twist whom we met previously in `Sam the Sudden'; `Money for Nothing'; `Hot Water'; `Money in the Bank' and `Ice in the Bedroom'.

If the plot appears complicated you should try the resolution. Definitely one of the masters most overlooked master pieces and one of my own personnel favourites, probably only bettered by its predecessor `The Luck of the Bodkins' or possibly the Blandings story that first introduced us to Monty, `Heavy Weather'.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An assorted cast of characters 23 Sep 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
P.G. Wodehouse outdid himself when he wrote this story about a young man who has to WORK for a year in order to win the girl he loves. Monty gets a job at Ivor Llewelwyn's Hollywood studio and basically does nothing but receive a paycheck. While there his secretary falls in love with him. She is saddened though because she knows he loves Gertrude. Monty does his year of work and hottails it back to England only to find out Gertrude's father doesn't think his work counted. Sandy goes to England and gets Monty a job as Llewelwyn's personal secretary. In a short amount of time Mrs. Llewelwyn's pearls are seen as up for grabs by the underworld, Monty falls out of love with Gertrude and into love with Sandy, and Llewelwyn still searches for a way to get past his wife's strict diet. Wodehouse characteristically sums it all up at the end in a masterful fashion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read! 11 Jan 2013
By Mark Nenadov - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Measured on a scale of sheer humor, this may not be one of Wodehouse's best works. There is good humor here and a good sized dash of Wodehouse's typical genius, but the main selling point on this book is the delightful way the plot thickens and complicates towards the end. I've read lots of P.G. Wodehouse books, but this is the first one I've tackled in quite a while. It wouldn't necessarily be my first recommendation, but it was enjoyable!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pearls, Girls, & Monty Bodkin 29 May 2009
By SMF - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
PG Woodhouse i always entertaining, guaranteed to make you laugh. As usual, there is a young man, madly in love, having to go through several adventures to get the woman he loves --that is until he falls in love with someone else.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A really funny book ! 23 Mar 2013
By Robert E,. Molumby - Published on Amazon.com
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As a collector of P.G.Wodehouse stories, I was pleased to add this book to my collection of Wodehouse's stories and books.
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