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Indiscretions of Archie
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Indiscretions of Archie is set shortly after the Great War and Archie was recently demobbed from the trenches of France where he was `making the world safe for the working-man to strike in'. His English `people' have realised outside of the army Archie has no real worth and so have promptly despatched him to the brave new world of America to find employment or a suitably wealthy wife.

Archie has fallen in love with hotel heiress Lucille Brewster and in stark contrast to Wodehouse's usual structure they have married before the book kicks off. Mr Brewster feeling for Archie is similar to his own family and rather than be a novel at all `The Indiscretions of Archie' are a series of episodes with Archie trying and generally failing to curry the favour of his father in law. The book is basically a series of short stories with a constant theme, that's not intended as a criticism as Wodehouse is the master of the short form and as an entertainment this book cannot be better, just don't expect enlightening as to any of the words theological questions.

Archie is a self confessed `ass, genus priceless, an ass yes but not a silly ass', a sort of Bertie Wooster but with a modicum of Jeeves' insight which suggest solutions to the problems with which he is faced. More often than not inappropriate solutions, but solutions none the less. The episodes take Archie from sitting for artists, looking after a snake for Theatrical publicist Roscoe Sherriff (whom we met previously in `Uneasy Money'), industrial relations and the purchase of a worthless ornament whist bidding against his father in laws agent.

The book is possibly less satisfying than a Wodehouse novel by the virtue of not being a novel, but as a book I would still strongly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2013
Essentially a series of interlinked short stories centered around a British officer, Archie, who married the daughter of a millionaire New York hotelier. Quite good plots but not laugh-aloud, worth reading and will not take you too long to do so. Set in the USA in the 1920s Prohibition era, Archie is a buffoon who somehow comes good after every scrape.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2014
Laughed from the first page. Wonderful story writer.his stories will never date. Such a welcome from the violence and sex, depicted in so many modern books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2013
Comedy genius. Wodehouse should be available on the NHS. No matter how you feel, this is pretty much certain to cheer you up.
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on 19 March 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it was a pleasure from start to finish. Archie is a typical Wodehouse upper class loafer, well meaning and radiating bonhomie but turning everything he touches into farce. His harebrained schemes get him into terrible scrapes from which he is invariably rescued by fate or his own ineptitude and he is joined along the way by a rich cast. Funny , charming and gentle
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on 6 September 2014
PG Wodehouse again and I generally enjoyed the read but as mentioned in other reviews I prefer the Blandings stories. This was OK but seemed a little "removed" due to the main action being in USA.
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on 16 June 2014
Archie is Bertie but without the charm and without the genius of Jeeves. Nonetheless a WWW1 veteran set loose on an unsuspecting New York. Some pleasant interludes.
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on 18 July 2014
It's OK but not Wodehouse at his best. felt like he had lost faith in his old style but couldn't think of another style.
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on 23 February 2014
I enjoyed this book very much and it found it very funny. Poor Archie! I enjoyed the character development of Brewster.
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on 30 January 2014
This was a relaxing entertaining short read- just the thing at Christmas time when you need time out from eating.
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