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The Gold Bat
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
One of the very early Wodehouse books, this is a bit rough around the edges but displays a lot of the sparkle and sheer good humour and positivity that the author is renowned for. Mind you, this has substantial elements of the "mystery story" about it which just about works but it is the humour that shines through. Although none of the major characters Wodehouse introduces us to later in his career are present you can see early stirrings of Psmith and of course the language is suitably "plummy". Wodehouse managed to get lots of golf into subsequent stories and wrote eloquently on cricket but this is the first time I've seen him take on rugby, even though he erroneously calls it football - though he probably called the round ball game "soccer", and the description of the rugby match is particularly entertaining. Although considered one of Wodehouse's lesser works, this is a delightful book by anyone's standards.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2011
I have read this light school story several times. If you are a fan of old school stories you can't go past this. The story, characters, and plot are well thought out and ring true, even though this tome is a century old. I came to it after reading an intro in a Folio edition of Leave it to Psmith. I was hooked straight away. Wodehouse's school stories pay a comically ironic homage to old school stories such as Tom Brown's Schooldays and the books of Talbot Baines Reed. And, as you expect from these older serialised novels, there is always a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter.

Give it a go, it is delightfully light reading and exhibits some of Plum's future techniques.
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on 29 May 2014
Was a very pleasant surprise as cover doesn't indicate that it is an English setting. Back in another era and a very good read
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on 11 May 2014
I always enjoy P.G.Wodehouse and this has been no different I wish that more of his earlier books were also available.
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on 2 August 2014
Although the subject matter was not what I would generally select, PGW is such a peerless wordsmith, pleasure's always guaranteed
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on 5 February 2015
I wondered where it was going at first, but I soon got into it.. It was a good easy read and much enjoyed
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2014
I know Wodehouse stories are of a certain genre. However, this seems as long winded and pointless a story as I have read in many a year. No surprise that it is one of the cheaper books by PG Wodehouse on Kindle.
I can't recommend it, sorry Wodehouse lovers.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 2014
Not as good as had hoped for. When compared to his classics this lacks something. However as with all his wokrs it is not a hard read.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2014
Only of interest for researchers, dull insipid cardboard characters, exemplifying a class that ought to have gone the way of the guillotine, though, alas, it seems that the chinless wonders of the British Public School system are still running the country with a less than straight bat, to say nothing of balance of trade tampering. It stinks. It's Billy Bunter with less laughs than you get at the average morgue.
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