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The Girl in Blue Paperback – 2 Oct 2008
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This is another utterly delightful read from the master; first published in 1970 this would definitely be considered one of Mr Wodehouse’s later works, but it remains as fresh and uplifting as any of his early masterpieces. The cast of characters is many and varied, and they all have their own issues to be dealing with; what follows is farce, misunderstandings, deceptions and the course of true love, which never did run smooth. But at the end, we know that everybody will be where they’re supposed to be, and all will be right with the world.
Iit was a real joy to find, on page 16 of this book a reference to the case of Onapoulos and Onapoulos versus the Lincolnshire and Eastern Counties Glass Bottling Company. The reason I found this so funny was that Gerry West, a key character in this book is on the jury of this case, and the Bottling Company is being represented by Johnny Halliday.Read more ›
`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.
Not one of the best but worth reading as always, just don't read too many back to back...
My main issue with the Wodehouse novels I've read over the past few years is how similar they are, but that might be an artefact of my buying them as a set. However they make for pleasant light reading and remain an enjoyable and relaxing read.
With this particular novel, I felt that the ending was rather abrupter than I'd expected, with plenty of plot points going unresolved, which left me a little frustrated. Overall though a happily spent few hours with some of the lovely turns of phrase that Wodehouse scatters throughout his work.
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What one would expect from Wodehouse. A treat for fans, though perhaps an acquired taste for more modern readers.Published 2 months ago by Xenophon
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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... Read morePublished on 18 May 2010 by Aquinas
It seems harsh awarding four stars for what is, after all, a thoroughly enjoyable novel. It is very good but perhaps the loss of a star is due to the fact that it cannot be placed... Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2010 by Censuwine