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What Ho!: The Best of P.G.Wodehouse Paperback – 26 Apr 2001

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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (26 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140297480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140297485
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4.6 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,044,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sublime comic genius . . . light as a feather, but fabulous" (Ben Elton)

"P.G. Wodehouse wrote the best English comic novels of the century" (Sebastian Faulks Independent on Sunday)

"Wodehouse is the greatest comic writer" (Douglas Adams)

"The funniest writer writer ever to put words on paper" (Hugh Laurie)

"Witty and effortlessly fluid. His books are laugh-out-loud funny" (Arabella Weir) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A compilation of the best writing from perhaps the funniest writer we've ever had. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
The only complaint that I have of this book is that it isn't long enough. Simply marvellous from beginning to end, focussing on all of Plum's characters from Psmith to Jeeves. The selection of letters and unfinished notes for novels (does anyone else really want to read "Help Yourself"?) provide a fascinating insight into the mind of Wodehouse, and the introduction by Stephen Fry is a charming tribute from one comic genius to another. Oh, and the short story "Uncle Fred Flits By" is not to be missed. Buy it
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Format: Hardcover
Steven Fry's touching introduction to this excellent collection is worth the price alone. As seasoned readers will agree gategorising or even explaining Wodehouse is impossible. All I can say is that like for many of the very best things in life, I almost envy those who have never experienced Wodehouse for the pleasure they have ahead. I am a relatively old hand, so for me his writing is like womb music - no matter how bad things get I can always take pleasure and relaxation from the writing, the charm and the great good humour of these innocent stories. They penetrate the human condition in a way that simply makes me feel better.
If you have not read Wodehouse before you may as well start here and save money and time by buying the hardback - you will need to replace soft backs at least once every couple of years.
Enjoy
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This book was the first introduction I ever had to P.G. Wodehouse's writing; I by chance took a glance at it during a holiday in a moment of boredom, and was laughing myself stupid by the second paragraph. I am not a very easy person to please when it comes to comedic writing, but this is simply class, Wodehouse manages to create humour out of virtually nothing.
I for one adore this book in particular, because it is a concentration of excerpts of the author's best stories, so, rather than dragging on for ages and boring the reader - something impossible with Wodehouse anyway - each new chapter brings with it fresh, incredibly funny antics of the equally incredible characters.
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Format: Paperback
Much as I generally enjoy Wodehouse I am unsure what this publication achieves. If you are already a Wodehouse fan the likelihood is that you will have already read many of the stories and extracts the book contains. If new to Wodehouse you might be better reading a complete story rather than chapters from several. Whether the selection constitutes the best of Wodehouse is inevitably a matter of opinion; much of it is not what I would have chosen and I don't think picking chapters here and there really works. There is some "new" material but it is very questionable whether you would put it under the title of "best". A cynic might think that the purpose of the publication is mainly to rake in some cash by trading on a famous name.
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Format: Paperback
A visit to a once upon a time world that was never there but would have been such fun to have spectated. The writing is simplicity but so sophisticated. It trips off the eye into the mind like a smooth sherry slides through the mouth. The images persist; the plots..what plots?..fade..A much maligned man lives again.

My one criticism is the quality of the book. The paper, the typescript, the binding; all shoddy. Can Amazon not also sell a better presented book?
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Format: Paperback
I'm rather torn by this anthology. It's been put together by the voting of P.G Wodehouse societies, and that shows.
On the one hand, they've selected the gems. Here we have not only Jeeve's most brilliant moments, but also the side-splittingly hilarious pick of the Blandings stories, and a good selection of other, lesser known, but simply brilliant P.G. Wodehouse. This is him at his best. Beautifully written, utterly hilarious, and a wonderful evocation of a world of lazy, rich aristocrats whose greatest tribulations come from having to avoid their overbearing aunts.
On the other, there's a fair bit of stuff that would only appeal to the most devoted of P.G. Wodehouse fans - the kind who join P.G. Wodehouse societies, in fact. Most people who buy a book like this are looking for an introduction to Wodehouse, a way to explore an author who has written reams and reams of books. But here we have his golfing stories (dull, unless you like P.G. Wodehouse and golf); selections from his diaries (mildly interesting accounts of Hollywood in the thirties, but a far cry from his hilarious stories) and generally a good, representative selection of all the things he did that aren't famous because they aren't as good.
If you are happy to read the first half and drop it, this is a marvelous, utterly hilarious introduction to a brilliant author. If you want to read some of Wodehouse's more obscure pieces without tracking down complete books, it's ideal.
But if you're new to Wodehouse, I'd start with the marvellous 'Inimitable Jeeves'
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