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Service with a Smile: (Blandings Castle)

Service with a Smile: (Blandings Castle) [Kindle Edition]

P. G. Wodehouse
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* Martin Jarvis carries it all off once again with the consummate ease of the great entertainer he is. * No one can do the milky, imperious voice of a marriage-brokering aunt like Martin Jarvis. What a good egg he is! The Observer * Wodehouse brightens up the dullest day and lightens the heaviest heart. * This delightfully finny audiobook is not to be missed Publishers Weekly

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More comic capers from the master. Lord and ladies and loonies abound.....

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 341 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (27 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099513994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099513995
  • ASIN: B0031RS2CW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,588 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 wodehouse on top form 18 May 2001
By A Customer
it seems odd to be reviewing this book a whole 35 years after it was published, but here goes: if you are fond of wodehouse, then read it, and if you've not tried him, what took you so long?!
as ever, this book is full of elegant wit and gentle humour, as it follows yet more adventures in the life of lord emsworth, his beloved pig, and his nearest & dearest.
of course, the main plot line is much the same as ever for blandings books, but its the subtleties and delivery that are pure brilliance. read and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Service Included. 23 May 2008
`Service with a Smile' marks Uncle Fred's third visit to Blandings in his quest to spread sweetness and light by bringing to a suitable conclusion Bill Bailey's wooing of Myra Schoonmaker. Myra Schoonmaker was a Blandings no show from `Heavy Weather' when she was impersonated by Sue Brown under the influence of Galahad in order to marry Ronnie Fish. Here Myra appears under her own colours whilst Bill assumes the name of Brazilian Cuthbert Meriwether. The marriage has been forbidden by Lady Constance who ends up becoming betroved to James Schoonmaker under instruction from Uncle Fred. A further engagement brought to fruition is that of Archie Gilpin and Millicent Rigby.

As Fred puts it `There is always apt to be trouble when you start spreading sweetness and light. You find there isn't enough to go around and someone has to be left out of the distribution. Very difficult to get a full hand' and so there is no happy ending for Blandings regulars Lord Tilbury, of the Mammoth Publishing company whom we met previously in `Bill the Conqueror', `Sam the Sudden' and `Heavy Weather', or the Duke of Dunstable whom appeared in `Uncle Fred in the Springtime'.

As with most Wodehouse, and particularly Blandings, the plot is of little consequence and we are generally delighted by the casts most eccentric characters on being given an airing and the show here is stolen by Uncle Fred and Lord Emsworth but especially George Threepwood, Emsworth's grandson, and his Hollywood gangster dialogue and his employ of said on Dunstable, now that he has graduated from shooting people with his air gun (`The Crime Wave at Blandings') to his camera.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last of Uncle Fred 25 May 2012
By Paul D
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We're back at Blandings and, as usual, things aren't going well for woolly-headed peer Lord Emsworth. He has Wellbeloved back as pig-man, but he also has a domineering secretary, Lavender Briggs, who needs five-hundred pounds to set up her own secretarial bureau, and isn't above arranging the kidnapping of Lord Emsworth's prize pig, Empress of Blandings, to get it. He also has to cope with the domineering Alaric, Duke of Dunstable, who has once again invited himself to Blandings, and who is still under the impression that his pig-obsessed host is dotty, and is still determined to get said pig away from him, especially now that he has a buyer willing to pay good money for it. Meanwhile, Myra Schoonmaker, daughter of a rich American businessman, has been removed to Blandings by Lord Emsworth's formidable sister, Lady Constance, to keep her away from the man she loves, penniless curate Cuthbert "Bill" Bailey. Lady Constance hopes Myra will fall in love with Dunstable's nephew Archie. As if all this weren't enough, Lord Emsworth has to cope with the Church Lads' Brigade, who are camped en mass on the Castle grounds. Lucky, then, that, while on an enforced visit to London for the opening of Parliament, Lord Emsworth should encounter his fellow Earl, the irrepressible Frederick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, fifth Earl of Ickenham, who agrees to travel back to Blandings with Lord Emsworth to help sort out the tangle and spread sweetness and light the way only he can.

This is the eighth Blandings novel, and the last of four to feature that most delightful of Wodehouse creations, the Earl of Ickenham, better known as Uncle Fred. Although Wodehouse was eighty-one when he wrote this novel, there is no sign of his powers failing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing and undemanding 22 Mar 2012
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This was a pleasant read, after a recent heavy diet of Dickens, full of good writing, wit and wry humour. The story line is really irrelevant, being in the traditional Blandings format, but I found the book relaxing and undemanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love his witty writing 13 July 2014
By Hugh
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It's a Wodehouse, I love his witty writing, and this is no excepton.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny always makes me laugh 27 Mar 2014
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PG Woodhouse, one of the best writers of his time. Love listening to his stories when baking and doing household chores, makes the time fly.
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