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5.0 out of 5 stars You may recognise some of the plot, 25 Mar 2011
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Big Jim "Big Jim" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ice in the Bedroom (Hardcover)
I started reading this and thought, I've read this before, but I couldn't have as it has only just been published. As I continued there were bits that I didn't recognise and I became increasingly confused. I did some digging and lo and behold this is virtually the same plot, location and has many of the same characters as "Sam the sudden" written about 30 years before. So was Wodehouse resting on his laurels and re-gurgitating old stuff? Perhaps, but nevertheless this book works because it has the usual misapprehensions, confusions, beautiful language and daft scenarios described as "Wodehousian" To make an analogy with music this could be seen as the Rolling Stones releasing a re-mixed version of say "Goats Head Soup" but with half a dozen new tracks added. What I mean is that Sam the Sudden is not one of Wodehouse's best works, but is still darned good by any standard, and it has been given a buff up with some new strands of plot and new characters introduced.

The bottom line is that if you have read Sam the Sudden you would be missing a real treat if you didn't read this as the differences are sufficient reward.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Drones of Suberbia., 23 May 2008
This review is from: Ice in the Bedroom (Paperback)
Rather than be a confessional on the sexless lives of his hero's `Ice in the Bedroom' is the first full length outing of Freddie Widgeon of the Droves Gentleman's club whom had been troubling Wodehouse readers in his short story collections from `Young Men in Spats' and `Lord Emsworth and Others' through to `Nothing Serious' and `A Few Quick Ones'. In all of his previous intrusions into Wodehouse's Eden Freddie was always found falling in and out of love and this is no exception but here he has a bigger scope for getting into compromising positions with a multitude of blondes to the displeasure of current beau Sally Foster rather than long suffering off on fiancé Mavis Peasemarch. Sally sums up the problem in a nutshell `It is common knowledge that if all the girls you've loved were placed end to end, they would reach from Piccadilly Circus to Hyde Park Corner.'

No Freddie Widgeon story would be complete without the Drones only millionaire, Oofy Prosser, to deny Freddie the assistance, both financial and moral, he needs to make sure the wedding banns ring out for all to hear.

Also on hand to ensure the course of true love fails to run smoothly for Freddie are recidivist criminals Dolly the Dip, Soap Molloy and Chimp Twist whom we met previously in `Sam the Sudden'; `Money for Nothing'; `Hot Water' and `Money in the Bank'.

The action takes place in that great Wodehouse suburb, Valley Fields, in the three adjacent houses belonging to ex-butler Keggs of `The Good Angel'; `A Damsel in Distress'; `The Coming of Bill' and `Something Fishy' fame. Keggs is off on a cruise and so misses the wonderful farce that is `Ice in the Bedroom', I, for one, wouldn't miss it for the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super book and pleasantly surprised when I got it, 10 Dec 2013
This is one of my fav PGW classics. The icing on the cake was a great dust jacket on the Firat Edition which I was not expecting!
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