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The Girl on the Boat (Everyman's Library P G WODEHOUSE)
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on 7 June 2017
Always love P. G Wodehouse, never disappointed with his work, which is always enchanting.
We are collecting all of his Books!
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on 8 November 2014
Classic Wodehouse to be enjoyed for many years yet to come.
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The Girl on the Boat is the story of Billie Bennett whose search for a Galahad or Lancelot lead her to be engaged to three men is three weeks much to the discord of her father. Her first suitor was Eustace Hignett who was discovered not to be of the round table order when he jilted Billie as his mother stole his trousers to prevent him leaving his room. Next up was Sam Marlowe who it transpired was Billie's ideal, unfortunately she only realised this after a misunderstanding allowed her to break the engagement only to become engaged to Bream Mortimer to teach the unfortunate Marlowe a lesson.

The action moves from America via Ocean liner to English country home using all the Wodehouse signatures except a stolen necklace to bring Billie Bennett and Sam Marlowe back together. Possibly too much stage craft is employed by Wodehouse so we never spend enough time with any of the characters to decide what our true sentiments towards them are. Wodehouse possibly felt the same way and none of these characters appear in the saga running though his great body of work.

Not the most satisfying of Wodehouse's novels but a pretty good read and worth reading just to see how he would use less of the mechanisms employed in this novel to greater effect in later works.
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on 22 December 2013
A tale about a woman who serially breaks off her engagements. Funny, as all Wodehouse is, but lacking just a touch of the genius which he has shown elsewhere.
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on 13 January 2014
Few slight racist comments because of the era it's set in but that aside the book itself is fun easy to read classic Wodehouse.. leaves you ready for a cooked breakfast 1920s style
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on 5 July 2016
These early Wodehouse books are fascinating. The classic ingredients are all in place: the lovers' misunderstanding and its resolution, the statutary collection of nutty supporting parts, a frightening dog and everyone collected in a country house. Most wonderful of all - a resourceful manservant. All that it needs is more of the Wodehouse rapier wit, but it emerges once in a while: A says 'I didn't know Sir Mallaby was your father!' B reples 'I've known it all along'.
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on 28 April 2014
Having read some works of Wodehosue I looked forward to this but oh dear what a boring book, It was lioke a stage play with six characters with a plot that got no where at all. I gave up.
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on 21 April 2014
The usual mix - this time several love struck men and one girl. No, two girls! A domineering father, confusion and misunderstood motives. A jolly romp and a good read.
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on 22 July 2014
Humour, and command of the English language at its very finest. Stunningly creative imagination. Appealing to virtually all ages,delightfully comforting
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on 9 September 2014
Wodehouse on top form without Wooster, Jeeves, Blandings and the rest of the gang! A well consttructed and amusing yarn as ever from the great man.
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