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A Pelican at Blandings [Hardcover]

P.G. Wodehouse
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28 May 2010
Blandings Castle lacks its usual balm for the Earl of Emsworth, as his stern sister Lady Constance Keeble is once more in residence. The Duke of Dunstable is also infesting the place again, along with the standard quota of American millionaires, romantic youths, con artists, imposters and so on. With a painting of reclining nude at the centre of numerous intrigues, Gally's genius is once again required to sort things out.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman (28 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841591696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841591698
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,000 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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"Wodehouse's idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in" (Evelyn Waugh)

"The Everyman edition promises to be a splendid celebration of the divine Plum" (The Independent)

"Sublime comic genius" (Ben Elton)

"The finest and funniest writer the past century ever knew" (Stephen Fry)

"Wodehouse is the greatest comic writer ever" (Douglas Adams)

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A Pelican At Blandings forms part of the Blandings Castle saga, being the tenth full-length novel to be set there, the last one fully completed by Wodehouse. The title refers to Galahad Threepwood, survivor of the notorious Pelican Club.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Predictable Fun 20 Mar 2008
The ninth of Wodehouse's "Blandings" series is pretty much exactly what you would expect from the master of the light comic novel. Once again, we meet the mild and much put-upon pig fancier Lord Emsworth, as his 52-room ancestral abode is descended upon by all manner of family, pushy neighbors, mountebanks, and assorted hangers-on. The titular pelican is Lord Emsworth's younger brother Galahad, whose membership in London's Pelican Club propels him into all manner of misadventures, often involving various godsons. That's the case here, as one of these godsons prevails upon him to advance his case for marriage to the niece of another guest, an odious Duke. Galahad is also involved in a complicated scheme to swap a painting in the gallery before the Duke can sell it to a lovelorn American. The usual Wodehousian complications are unleashed on two sets of young lovers, and Galahad is prevailed upon to sort out all the imposters and guide events to a happy conclusion. As usual, an entirely enjoyable bit of fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dashed good reading in true Wodehouse style. 18 Jan 2001
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If you like PGW, this will send you into transports of delight. If you have never read any Wodehouse this is a great place to begin. At age thirteen, it was my first Wodehouse and I've been hooked ever since. The plot is marvellously twisted and every character is woven wonderfully and interwoven with the plot and other characters splendidly. It is advisable not to read this book in public or they might cart you away. Even in private be forewarned of extensive internal injuries from laughing too hard. The book will keep you going from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Blandings cracker 5 May 2010
By Aquinas
When one has read a few of Wodehouse Blandings one knows precisely what to expect: pure potiness, romance and impersonation. This book is no different. Indeed, on reading many of them in a row, I have real trouble keeping the books separate in my mind - in fact I would say it is almost impossible - each book being a variation on a theme. I suppose one would have to admit that the plots are formulaic and there is a certain sameness, but so what, you get precisely what it says on the tin. What is extraordinary though is that this book written about 50 years after the first book retains the self same atmosphere as the first and subsequent books - the seismic changes in modern history simply have no impact. In that sense the books are more akin to fantasy.

Thanks again go to Fr James V Schall for getting me back into Wodehouse after a 20 year gap.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Nudes is Good Nudes. 4 July 2008
Rather than be a visiting wild fowl the titular Pelican is Galahad Threepwood, brother of Lord Emsworth, on hand at Blandings to make sure the course of true love runs smooth and that a forged painting is replaced by the original without the owner becoming aware of its origin. The painting in question is a reclining nude which explains the American title of this Blandings farce `No Nudes is Good Nudes'. As ever a Blanding's romp wouldn't be complete without a number of imposters and in this case Galahads godson Johnny Halliday is impersonating Roddy Glossop's assistant whilst Howard Chesney is hiding his light of being a crook under a bushel and Miss Polk's father is not the man quoted as Mr Polk in `Who's Who'.

Written when he was 87 Wodehouse had put his best writing behind him but re-visiting old friends at his Eden of Blandings has brought out the best in him and this can stand up with the Blandings stories written in his greatest period. The outcome won't surprise anyone and the plot mechanics have been used by Wodehouse throughout his career but somehow seem fresh here. The last completed Blandings story is still a great addition to the saga and should be enjoyed by anyone wanting to dip into Wodehouse's utopia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another 'bally' good romp......... 2 Mar 2013
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through the ancestral halls of Blandings Castle.

Clarence, the Earl, is still as dotty as ever and every waking hour of the day, he would, if he could, spend with his pig, The Empress of Blandings.

His Brother, Galahad has been approached by one of his numerous Godsons to help him out of a tight spot........obviously this ends up in all sorts of japes and tomfoolery. Connie, Clarence's imperious Sister now married to an American is holidaying at Blandings for the Summer and has brought along with her a young lady she met on the journey over. This young lady professes to be the daughter of a very rich man which of course pleases Connie tremendously.

Then there is the odious Duke who has managed to inveigle himself into Blandings after a portion of his ancestral pile burnt down.
Another female turns up at Blandings too........a girl recently engaged to Galahad's Godson. The engagement is now off owing to a strange circumstance. Then there is another person who turns up apparently sent to Blandings by Freddie. There is also another American who has turned up who is desperately trying to regain something that the Duke bought at auction by outbidding him.

All of these various characters appear to have some kind of hidden agenda and most certainly one of them is a crook.

Galahad must play sleuth and 'Agony Uncle' to find out exactly what is going on. Clarence of course would be no help at all because as soon as he is spoken to, he forgets what has been told him and starts wittering on about pigs again. A thought, it must be lovely to go through life like Clarence!

All of these books are laugh out loud material and I caution against reading them in public places. You may be thought a 'bally fool'.
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Published 16 months ago by Dr. Peter J. Harland
5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeously written piece of classic humour
Galahad Threepwood - the Pelican in question - is one of my favourite Wodehouse creations. Debonair, indefatigable and a source of endless anecdotes, this wildly behaved man is at... Read more
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Published 23 months ago by Paul D
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally hilarious and utterly brilliant
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4.0 out of 5 stars Imposters Find True Love!
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