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Something Fresh: (Blandings Castle)

Something Fresh: (Blandings Castle) [Kindle Edition]

P.G. Wodehouse
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* On Summer Lightning: Get it soonest, Jarvis is the lick The Guardian * On Service with a Smile:Martin Jarvis carries it all off once again with the consummate ease of the great entertainer he is

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'You don't analyse such sunlit perfection: you just bask in its warmth and splendour' Stephen Fry

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 350 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (6 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS49I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,349 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silly nonsence that warms the soul 23 April 2010
By Aquinas
Having read many of the jeeves stories 20 years ago and watched again recently the ITV Jeeves and Wooster starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, I thought it was time to get back to Wodehouse for some good cheer. But, I wanted to start on something different, so I decided to start with the first of the Blandings novels. As someone who struggles to get a night sleep because of pain, it was a sheer delight for me to have the tonic of reading this book peopled with its ecentric characthers and its zany plot. Lord Emsworth is the most striking characther here - he is completely potty, not realising he has stolen an american collector's egyptian scarab. The book is about the collector getting the scarab back and it really is hiarlous at times. I will say though that having just read "Leave it to Psmith" that, if anything, the series gets better with its more complex and convoluted characthers with impersonation being a key theme. Anyway enjoy to your heart's content!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Something Fresh 10 Mar 2013
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This is a very early Blandings book, and in my opinion Wodehouse has not yet got into his stride. The characters are slightly unfamiliar to readers of the later and better known Blandings novels - Lord Emsworth's sister in this story is Lady Anne, a nonentity, and not the terrifying Lady Constance of the later novels; Beach is a pompous hypochondriac with little effect on the events of the story; there is no Empress of Blandings; Baxter is held in high regard by Lord Emsworth - and so on. The main narrative revolves round visiting strangers and not the Threepwood family.

The main disappointment of this book, however, is the language. It entirely lacks the sparkling inventiveness of the later novels, and the comedy resides in the action rather than in the words.

This book is worth reading as a curiosity - Wodehouse feeling his way - but I would not recommend it to someone who wants something as funny as Summer Lightning or the Wooster novels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 27 Mar 2011
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A real gem. Simply a great read. It begins dotting from extraordinary character to extraordinary character bringing them together to Blandings Castle where drama, romance and farce is dished up in equal measure. Something happens on every page and like all good novels, the end will leave you missing the principals who you now know so well. Wodehouse is good enough not to disappoint and write another 13.5 Blandings novels.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High jinks at Blandings Castle 11 Sep 2011
In the first book in P. G. Wodehouse's Blandings Castle saga, the Hon. Freddie Threepwood, the youngest son of the incredibly vague Earl of Emsworth has just got himself engaged to a very nice American girl, Aline Peters. Of course, this means that Aline and her rather overbearing father have to come to Blandings Castle to meet the family and all might have gone well if Lord Emsworth hadn't absentmindedly walked off with Mr Peters' priceless Egyptian scarab.

Mr Peters daren't kick up a fuss about this in case Lord Emsworth uses this as an excuse to call the engagement off and so he hires Ashe Marson to steal the scarab back and takes them to the castle in the guise of his valet. Naturally, Ashe isn't the only imposter at the castle trying to steal the scarab and the resulting confusion gives a funny and witty story with the inevitable happy ending that makes Wodehouse one of my 'go to' comfort authors.

Although I think the Jeeves and Wooster books are very fine, Blandings Castle is my real home. Just writing the review makes me want to go and read another one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT a TV tie-in! 22 April 2014
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This is an excellent novel, Wodehousian in every way and thoroughly enjoyable. Souffle-light, witty to the nth degree and an absolute pleasure.

Well worth the full five stars, even if, and I agree about this, we are not here in the masterpiece league of the Jeeves and Wooster series.

Also, if you're coming to this from the latest BBC 'Blandings' series, beware: Lady Ann makes no appearance; the Empress is not, I think, even mentioned; Lord Emsworth takes only a minor role. All these delights await in future novels in the series ...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A twisted plot of romance, deceit and pigs! 17 Sep 2000
By A Customer
There is always at least one imposter at Blandings in this book! Mr. Peters hires Ashe to steal a scarab, while Aline hires Joan to do the same. The reward for returning it to Mr. Peters is £1000 and neither knows that the other is after the money too. Freddie is engaged to marry Aline, but first he must make sure that there is no chance of a breach of promise case, and to do that he must make contact with the chorus who he sent love letters to in his younger days! A wonderful book. A book with such a twisted plot is yet to be written!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Birth of a legend 18 Oct 2007
`Something Fresh' is the first book in what was to become the Blanding's Saga, at the time it was written Wodehouse obviously had no idea how popular the Threepwood family were to become and consequently it does not really fit into the Saga as a whole. In `Something Fresh' Blanding's Castle is no more than a setting for Wodehouse's latest farce and Lord Emsworth one of many comic characters to sit in the background to entertain whilst the romance of Ashe Marson and Joan Valentine is played out.

That is no to say it is a weak novel, it stands head and shoulders above the books Wodehouse was writing at that time and points to the heights he was about to climb. In future Blanding's books the central romance was generally submerged in the tapestry as a vehicle for the members of the household to perform the business of a comedy, here the leads have more work to do and go about it in a workman like way.

Ashe Marson has come to Blanding's posing as valet to J. Preston Peters who has actually employed him to retrieve his priceless Egyptian scarab from Lord Emsworth's collection. Joan Valentine is posing as maid to J. Preston Peter's daughter Aline in order to retrieve the scarab herself and separate the millionaire from a fortune for securing it's return. Matters are confused further by Freddie who is engaged to Aline but is living in fear of been sued for breach of promise by Joan to whom he sent compromising letters when she served in the Chorus on the London Music Hall Scene.

Lord Emsworth is entirely unconscious of the tangle that he initiated by absent-mindedly taking the scarab from Peter's home under the impression it was given to him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
The first Blandings novel, perhaps not the best but a delight nonetheless. Go Beach!
Published 11 days ago by Jasper
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Fresh
Being housebound for several weeks I found this an extremely entertaining and amusing book. I shall read more PG Wodehouse
Published 1 month ago by janet taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant story from Wodehouse
PG Wodehouse, one of the best writers of his time.This is such a good CD I listen to it at night when I am unable to sleep.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Jeeves?
Start of the Blandings saga. I wasn't encouraged by the TV series so was surprised how good this was. Read more
Published 4 months ago by RBK
4.0 out of 5 stars First outing for Blandings
Wodehouse creates worlds as bizarre and improbable as any form of science fiction. The world of Blandings is forst revealed in this novel. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. M Errington
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures the era!
Just the best storyteller of his kind, it beats Downton for enjoyment and authenticity. I'll be getting some more soon.
Published 6 months ago by AndyW
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and Entertaining
What do you get if you take a poor tutor called Ash and a penniless gentlewoman called Joan, reveal that both of them write serial stories for magazine and hate the work, then... Read more
Published 7 months ago by LadyPenelope
4.0 out of 5 stars Something fresh blanding castle
4 star this book is like a breathe of fresh air, I loved the bit were George Emerson, the efficient Baxter and as he mars ton all collide in the middle of the night waking up the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. M. Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
As with all PGW's books a light, enjoyable and amusing read in a well made compact edition set in Caslon an old, unusual and very easy to read font .
Published 10 months ago by alanjohn
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for dad
Gift for my father, he is particularly into P G Wodehouse right now so this was an easy gift. He was very happy to receive it and has spoken highly of it
Published 15 months ago by Slizzle
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