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The Girl in Blue [Hardcover]

P.G. Wodehouse
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Book Description

24 Sep 2010
The vintage plot concerns a Gainsborough miniature, a mouldering country house, an overweight solicitor, a fortune-hunter, a butler who isn't a butler, an American corporate lawyer and his kleptomaniac sister; but the heart of the story - in every sense - concerns Jerry West and his determined pursuit of air hostess Jane Hunnicutt, the eponymous Girl in Blue. When Jane unexpectedly becomes a millionairess, Jerry despairs of wooing her, but the sun never goes behind a cloud for long in Wodehouse: Jerry gets his Jane in the end, but only after a series of trials which raise the comic stakes to the author's highest level.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Everyman (24 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841591718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841591711
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 13.4 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,875 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)

"A handsome, collectable hardback edition" (Lynne Truss The Times)

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This charming novel is one of Wodehouse's best late works.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wodehouse in the Pink. 4 July 2008
By 1970 at the age of eighty eight I don't think anyone would be surprised that Wodehouse was not the writer he had been and indeed two of his three last novels `Company for Henry' and `Do Butlers Burgle Banks?' although by no means stinkers had been a blot on the old escutcheon but returning to Blandings with `A Pelican at Blandings' had reengaged his muse and `The Girl in Blue' is one of his greatest works.

`The Girl in Blue' is a Gainsborough miniature which has gone missing and the suspicion is that it has been stolen from Willoughby Scrope and transported to Mellingham hall, seat of his brother Crispin Scrope. Their nephew, Jerry, is charged with recovering the picture and though he doesn't find it he finds love and a Broker's man posing as a butler. All would be well in Jerry's world except that he is already engaged to Vera Upshaw whom greatly admires his trust fund enormously and Wodehouse must disentangle him before he can join his soul mate in the best of all possible worlds.

A Wodehouse original novel which despite a casual reference to Johnny Halliday from `A Pelican at Blandings' doesn't rely on any of the masters stock characters and even if it does dip into his stock of plot mechanisms it does leave us in the pink rather than the blue.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Silliness 16 Jan 2011
Anyone who reads a lot of Wodehouse learns quite quickly that you need to give yourself breaks. If you read two or three in a row, as I have done a few times, you find that characters begin to blur and plot structures become so familiar you find yourself predicting the next unlikely scrape that will befall our hapless characters. If, however, you read plenty of other authors and genres and then return to PG for some light entertainment you simply cannot go wrong. 'The Girl in Blue' is one of his stand-alone books, not connected with any other work but nevertheless is of course populated with many familiar Wodehouseian characters. Our happily inadequate hero Jerry must track down the despicable individual who has stolen a Gainsborough miniature, the `girl in blue' of the title, from his Uncle. As usual confusion and misunderstanding abound and of course Jerry has problems of his own. Having fallen in love at first sight whilst serving as a juror he must disengage himself from his shallow betrothed and her harridan of a mother before his love can be his.

Not one of the best but worth reading as always, just don't read too many back to back...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Girl in blue, Reader in the pink 6 July 2010
It's quite remarkable that nearly 70 years after his first book was published, and a year shy of 90, Wodehouse was still able to turn out such a warm and delightful tale. The tangled plot revolves around the theft of a Gainsborough miniature from a wealthy solicitor, and pulls together a wonderful crowd of characters from the upper echelons of Brtish and American society. Suspicions of who the thief is lead to different but linked parties attempting its recovery, all while staying in the country pile of the solictor's brother. Chaos is guaranteed, but out of it may come love and happiness for all concerned. Light, airy and uplifting!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 18 May 2010
By Aquinas
Perhaps I have read too many Wodehouses recently but I found this a little disappointing. This is a very late one in Wodehouse's career and I really felt as if the magic had almost disappeared - the effortless humour and timeless atmosphere was no longer there and it was if this was just another one he was churning out. The usual features are here: a possible theft, in this case of the girl in blue, a Gainsborough minature, engagements and broken engagements and, of course, a country house (with fake butler). Anyway whilst the story was entertaining I finished with a sense of deflation and with a sense of loss that comic greatness had departed, so to speak.
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