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  • Unknown Binding: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (1957)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001ORR4IY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ian Wood, Author of 'Here's 2 Absent Fathers' on 28 Mar. 2008
Format: Hardcover
`Pigs Have Wings' is the seventh novel to be set in the grounds of Blandings Castle and by this time not only are the characters familiar but the plots are as well, and yet, I can't help but love these books.

Once again the Empress of Blandings, Lord Emsworth's celebrated pig, is again out to win the fattest pig award despite Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe importing an outsider to order. Galahad Threepwood with eminent assistance from Beach, the butler, and Jerry Vale, Lord Emsworth's latest in a long line of secretary's who are present under false pretences to woo the daughters of the extended family who have been sent for the seclusion, will endeavour to ensure the Empress wins for the third year in a row and so clean up at the bookies.

As the story opens three couples are engaged to be married due to misunderstanding, mistake or pique and at the end three couples are still engaged but now to the right people for the right reasons, God in his heaven and all is right with the world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aquinas on 3 May 2010
Format: Paperback
Pigs nearly always feature in the Blandings novels because Lord Emsworth is simply potty about his prize pig, the "Empress of Blandings". In this novel, his rivalry with his neighbour who is also in possession of a pig which he hopes will defeat the Empress in the next competition, reaches boiling point. At the centre of the novel we have a double stealing of pigs and the usual romantic entanglements. Anyway, this is simply delicious fun, a perfect tonic. Woken up by pain as I am, I find no better tonic than to tuck into a Wodehouse novel with its nonsence.

Thanks Fr Schall for reintroducing me to Wodehouse - it makes me wonder why I waited 20 years to return to him.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Nov. 2004
Format: Hardcover
P.G. Wodehouse was the 20th century's answer to William Shakespeare reproduced as musical comedy. In Pigs Have Wings, Mr. Wodehouse produced one of his very best efforts.
As usual, the themes involve a satire of romantic love, miscommunications between the sexes, the vapid interests of the titled class, and the silliness of people in general.
As the book opens, Clarence, ninth Earl of Emsworth finds himself faced with a threat to the supremacy of his pig, Empress of Blandings, in the Fat Pigs class at the Shropshire Agricultural Show. Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe, Bart, of Matchingham Hall, had already hired away Clarence's pig handler, George Cyril Wellbeloved . . . and Clarence is sure that some new skullduggery will soon follow. As the story develops, we find that it's all too true. Soon both pig camps are doing their best to knobble the other man's pig. With everyone else having a bet on the outcome, many other people are soon engaged in trying to sabotage one pig or the other. It's the most pignapping fun caper you can imagine!
In the background, we have all sorts of people who've become engaged to totally unsuitable people on the rebound from slights they feel from the one they really love. P.G. Wodehouse does a yeoman effort of returning all of those twisted loves to the proper party. The plot will keep you constantly chuckling throughout.
There are quite a few books based on the Empress of Blandings. So if you enjoy this one, go on to the others in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Poldy on 25 May 2012
Format: Paperback
Clarence, Earl of Emsworth, as vague and woollen-headed as ever, is set on his pig, Empress of Blandings, winning First Prize in the fat pigs section of the Shropshire Agricultural Show for the third year in succession. So is his brother, that effervescent beau sabreur, Sir Galahad Threepwood, who stands to win a large sum should the Empress triumph a third time. The fly in the ointment is neighbour Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe, who has bought a new pig to exhibit in the show, going against the spirit, if not the letter, of the rules. Not only that, but Lord Emsworth's new pig-keeper is a young woman who is not only totally unsuitable for the post, but is also Sir Gregory's cousin. Naturally, Lord Emsworth and the ever-resourceful Gally, are on the alert for any attempt by Sir Gregory to nobble their pig, and as everyone knows, the best form of defence is attack.

"Pigs Have Wings" is the seventh Blandings novel, published in 1952 when Wodehouse was seventy-one. Although he had already published seventy books, he was still at the height of his powers and the plot rolls neatly along in its well-worn groove. All the great Blandings cast are here: Lord Emsworth, as hare-brained as ever; Gally, the beau sabreur; their sister, the domineering Lady Constance; and Beach the Butler, always ready, however reluctantly, to be pressed into service for the good of his employer, before taking solace in a refined glass of Port. The residents are augmented by the usual group of young - and not-so-young - lovers and nefarious villains. The plot, as always with Wodehouse, becomes ever more tangled as the story unfolds, but few writers have been better at complicating, then resolving, their plots. This is one of Wodehouse's best novels, and a highlight in the Blandings saga. No lover of fine comic writing will want to miss this visit to Wodehouse's eternal paradise of Blandings Castle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2013
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It is the time of the year for the Fattest Pig Competition and Lord Emsworth once again is worried that his adversary Sir Parsloe Parsloe will win with his pig. When he discovers that Parsloe has bought in a new, fat pig his world nearly comes asunder. He also finds that his pig girl is on speaking terms with his enemy and worries that she will somehow slim The Empress. Something must be done and fast!

Riding to the resuce so to speak, comes the redoubtable Gally his Brother. He has a scheme to outwit Parsloe which ends up involving Beach the Butler, Lord Emsworth's latest secretary Jerry and himself. Of course nothing ever goes to plan and the whole scheme ends up as a farce. There is of course a girl involved as there is in every Blandings story.

Of all the Blandings novels I have read to date, this has to be one of the funniest ones I have read. Pigs being moved under the cover of darkness, pigs being fed odd substances.........bally funny what ho!
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