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The Girl on the Boat [Kindle Edition]

P. G. Wodehouse
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The girl of the title is red-haired, dog-loving Wilhelmina "Billie" Bennet, and the three men are Bream Mortimer, a long-time friend and admirer of Billie, Eustace Hignett, a lily-livered poet who is engaged to Billie at the opening of the tale, and Sam Marlowe, Eustace's dashing cousin, who falls for Billie at first sight.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 817 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Publisher: SMK Books (10 Jun. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DVTX38I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,331 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The Girl on the Boat is the story of Billie Bennett whose search for a Galahad or Lancelot lead her to be engaged to three men is three weeks much to the discord of her father. Her first suitor was Eustace Hignett who was discovered not to be of the round table order when he jilted Billie as his mother stole his trousers to prevent him leaving his room. Next up was Sam Marlowe who it transpired was Billie's ideal, unfortunately she only realised this after a misunderstanding allowed her to break the engagement only to become engaged to Bream Mortimer to teach the unfortunate Marlowe a lesson.

The action moves from America via Ocean liner to English country home using all the Wodehouse signatures except a stolen necklace to bring Billie Bennett and Sam Marlowe back together. Possibly too much stage craft is employed by Wodehouse so we never spend enough time with any of the characters to decide what our true sentiments towards them are. Wodehouse possibly felt the same way and none of these characters appear in the saga running though his great body of work.

Not the most satisfying of Wodehouse's novels but a pretty good read and worth reading just to see how he would use less of the mechanisms employed in this novel to greater effect in later works.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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A tale about a woman who serially breaks off her engagements. Funny, as all Wodehouse is, but lacking just a touch of the genius which he has shown elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read 13 Jan. 2014
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Few slight racist comments because of the era it's set in but that aside the book itself is fun easy to read classic Wodehouse.. leaves you ready for a cooked breakfast 1920s style
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's P. G. Woodehouse; need I say ... 5 July 2014
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It's P.G. Woodehouse; need I say more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read 28 Jun. 2014
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good read, interesting title from well know Author. Not the usual PG Wodehouse. I will keep on the lookout for similar titles
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anything he writes is magic 2 May 2014
By Sybil
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My Dad used to read P.G. before T.V. he would sit chuckling away to himself, I am now enjoying these books and understand my Dad's amusment.
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1.0 out of 5 stars BORING 28 April 2014
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Having read some works of Wodehosue I looked forward to this but oh dear what a boring book, It was lioke a stage play with six characters with a plot that got no where at all. I gave up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Woodhouse 21 April 2014
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The usual mix - this time several love struck men and one girl. No, two girls! A domineering father, confusion and misunderstood motives. A jolly romp and a good read.
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