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`A Few Quick Ones' is, like `Nothing Serious' before it, a mixed bag of Wodehouse short stories of his, and our, favourite stock characters. Unlike earlier collections the stories are mixed rather than be so many Drones followed by so many Oldest member etc., this actually makes for a better collection as four golf stories on the bounce do have a tendency to drag on like a Wagner opera.

Freddie Widgeon of the Drones, opens the collection with `The Fat of the Land' which gives him a deserved victory over Oofy Prosser in the fat uncle sweep stake. A Crumpet was heard to tell Oofy `You can't be sick here.' `Oofy was not so sure. He was feeling as if he could be sick anywhere'. The status quo is maintained in `Oofy, Freddie and the Beef Trust' and he fares little better in his two entries in this volume in which he stars with Bingo Little.

`Jeeves makes an Omelette' is more involved than the title suggests and in fact Bertie delivers up to us the stock Wodehouse tale of faking the theft of an unfortunate oil painting but with himself in the lead role.

As ever we have the Oldest Member regaling us with a couple of stories of love and golf and love of golf which, as ever, feature Agnes Flack and Sidney McMurdo. Reluctantly coming between them is Harold Pickering who asks of Sidney `And is he-er-at all inclined to be jealous?' `Othello took his correspondence course.' Mr Mulliner gives us a few tales of his boundless collection of relatives and there love lives. Ukridge is, as ever, involved in another money loosing scheme in `A Tithe for Charity' which is one of the better tales of the collection.

A great collection which leaves us hoping for a few more quick ones.
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on 28 September 2010
Wodehouse didn't write poor books. This might be a bit patchy and not one of his best, but he set the standard so high that still means that what's here will be a delight to relax with and read. Each story contains that inimitable precision, pacing and wonderful light bit slyly deft style of prose that makes the author so appealing. (And Jonathan Cecil reads them so well if you can find his 'spoken' version.)
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on 16 June 2010
A collection of short stories from Wodehouse's timeless universe featuring all the major characters: the witless Wooster, the peerless fish eater Jeeves, Mr Mulliner with his array of relatives for all occasions and the oldest member has a tale or two while Bingo Little gets a couple of outings too. A wonderful way to spend a sunny afternoon basking in the master's prose and an excellent introduction for the unfortunate wretches whose lives have been bereft of Wodehouse and his children.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 30 April 2014
I’m enjoying catching up with some old friends, and some new acquaintances among P G Wodehouse’s masterpieces. This book, originally published in 1959 has a collection of stories, featuring among others Jeeves, the Oldest Member, Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge, Mr Mulliner and of course the members of the Drones Club. These include Freddie Widgeon and his idea for a ‘Fat Uncles’ sweepstake, Oofy Prosser and his aversion to wrestling matches, and Bingo Little and his infant son Albergnon Aubrey.

These are gems from the pen of the Master, PGW, and it’s lovely to be able to dip into this collection in one edition. They are feature brilliantly conceived and lovingly written characters, and witty and funny stories. Definitely recommended.
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In the Wodehouse novels, the plots are merely superstructure upon which to develop hilarious characters, ridiculous situations, side-splitting slapstick and delicious irony about the "upper" classes. In a short story, a Wodehouse plot plays a bigger role.
P.G. Wodehouse obviously had that point in mind when he designed and wrote the stories for A Few Quick Ones. To make the collection a treat, he has given you a sampler of his best characters. Unless you are a devoted Wodehouse reader, you probably don't know about some of these characters. I recommend that you become acquainted because you may discover many Wodehouse classics that you would otherwise have not met.
As a result, the stories will be the most fun for those who already know the stories well. Happy memories from other books and stories will help evoke chuckles where others may only grunt and smile.
But, that wasn't enough. What else could he do? Well, he could vary the way he plotted the stories so that it was less predictable what was coming next. In the process, he indulged himself in creating delicious ironies. At the same time, several of the stories contain as detailed a plot as occurs in any of his novels.
The book's opening story, The Fat of the Land, is an excellent example. Oofy Prosser, the Drone's club millionaire, is determined to win the fat uncles contest . . . and no amount of skullduggery and oiliness is too much for him. Will he succeed?
The Oldest Member stories are a treat for all those who love golf, but many people don't know the stories. Mr. Wodehouse included Scratch Man and Joy Bells for Walter which eloquently show how the divine game and love can go hand-in-hand . . . but not in the ways you expect. There can be danger, too!
The Right Approach develops a theme that Mr. Wodehouse repeats in the book; don't assume that you know what someone else is thinking. Much like Shakespeare's confused lovers, the addled male, Augustus Mulliner, finds himself faced with a horrible contretemps when he attempts to press his suit.
Jeeves Makes an Omelette is the book's only story involving the inimitable Jeeves, and Jeeves swings into action in an unmistakably effective way. The story is made more delightful by one of Aunt Dahlia's daffy schemes.
The inimitable Bingo Little also does his stuff in two stories involving his far from beautiful baby son, Algernon Aubrey Little. In both cases, Bingo's tendency to wager his last cent on a losing nag is the source of the problem. The first is The Word in Season which shows how timing can be everything. The other is Leave It to Algy where Bingo becomes a baby judge.
Big Business is one of the book's best stories. The book's theme relates to whether the male or the female of the species is the stronger and wiser.
A Tithe for Charity is a delicious bit of irony about that famously poor man, Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge, in which he temporarily has some funds.
Oofy, Freddie and the Beef Trust is one of the best developed of the stories and has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing what might come next for days . . . even though you will read the story in minutes.
Unless you don't like to laugh, you should read this book!
By the way, I had to search a bit to find a copy. It was worth the tracking down I had to do.
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on 5 March 2016
I'm working my way around to getting every Wodehouse in the series, replacing tatty old paperbacks with hardbacks (and filling in the blanks in my collection).

The books are a fantastic read, and this edition will please every Wodehouse fan.
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on 4 May 2015
I apologise for my Audible review, Wodehouse became 'Woodhouse' due to Auto spell-check!
Wodehouse - GENIUS - a Timeless Classic.
What more needs to be said?
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IIn the Wodehouse novels, the plots are merely superstructure upon which to develop hilarious characters, ridiculous situations, side-splitting slapstick and delicious irony about the "upper" classes. In a short story, a Wodehouse plot plays a bigger role.
P.G. Wodehouse obviously had that point in mind when he designed and wrote the stories for A Few Quick Ones. To make the collection a treat, he has given you a sampler of his best characters. Unless you are a devoted Wodehouse reader, you probably don't know about some of these characters. I recommend that you become acquainted because you may discover many Wodehouse classics that you would otherwise have not met.
As a result, the stories will be the most fun for those who already know the stories well. Happy memories from other books and stories will help evoke chuckles where others may only grunt and smile.
But, that wasn't enough. What else could he do? Well, he could vary the way he plotted the stories so that it was less predictable what was coming next. In the process, he indulged himself in creating delicious ironies. At the same time, several of the stories contain as detailed a plot as occurs in any of his novels.
The book's opening story, The Fat of the Land, is an excellent example. Oofy Prosser, the Drone's club millionaire, is determined to win the fat uncles contest . . . and no amount of skullduggery and oiliness is too much for him. Will he succeed?
The Oldest Member stories are a treat for all those who love golf, but many people don't know the stories. Mr. Wodehouse included Scratch Man and Joy Bells for Walter which eloquently show how the divine game and love can go hand-in-hand . . . but not in the ways you expect. There can be danger, too!
The Right Approach develops a theme that Mr. Wodehouse repeats in the book; don't assume that you know what someone else is thinking. Much like Shakespeare's confused lovers, the addled male, Augustus Mulliner, finds himself faced with a horrible contretemps when he attempts to press his suit.
Jeeves Makes an Omelette is the book's only story involving the inimitable Jeeves, and Jeeves swings into action in an unmistakably effective way. The story is made more delightful by one of Aunt Dahlia's daffy schemes.
The inimitable Bingo Little also does his stuff in two stories involving his far from beautiful baby son, Algernon Aubrey Little. In both cases, Bingo's tendency to wager his last cent on a losing nag is the source of the problem. The first is The Word in Season which shows how timing can be everything. The other is Leave It to Algy where Bingo becomes a baby judge.
Big Business is one of the book's best stories. The book's theme relates to whether the male or the female of the species is the stronger and wiser.
A Tithe for Charity is a delicious bit of irony about that famously poor man, Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge, in which he temporarily has some funds.
Oofy, Freddie and the Beef Trust is one of the best developed of the stories and has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing what might come next for days . . . even though you will read the story in minutes.
Unless you don't like to laugh, you should read this book!
By the way, I had to search a bit to find a copy. It was worth the tracking down I had to do.
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on 25 February 2017
As funny as ever PGW is. A real treat.
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In the Wodehouse novels, the plots are merely superstructure upon which to develop hilarious characters, ridiculous situations, side-splitting slapstick and delicious irony about the "upper" classes. In a short story, a Wodehouse plot plays a bigger role.
P.G. Wodehouse obviously had that point in mind when he designed and wrote the stories for A Few Quick Ones. To make the collection a treat, he has given you a sampler of his best characters. Unless you are a devoted Wodehouse reader, you probably don't know about some of these characters. I recommend that you become acquainted because you may discover many Wodehouse classics that you would otherwise have not met.
As a result, the stories will be the most fun for those who already know the stories well. Happy memories from other books and stories will help evoke chuckles where others may only grunt and smile.
But, that wasn't enough. What else could he do? Well, he could vary the way he plotted the stories so that it was less predictable what was coming next. In the process, he indulged himself in creating delicious ironies. At the same time, several of the stories contain as detailed a plot as occurs in any of his novels.
The book's opening story, The Fat of the Land, is an excellent example. Oofy Prosser, the Drone's club millionaire, is determined to win the fat uncles contest . . . and no amount of skullduggery and oiliness is too much for him. Will he succeed?
The Oldest Member stories are a treat for all those who love golf, but many people don't know the stories. Mr. Wodehouse included Scratch Man and Joy Bells for Walter which eloquently show how the divine game and love can go hand-in-hand . . . but not in the ways you expect. There can be danger, too!
The Right Approach develops a theme that Mr. Wodehouse repeats in the book; don't assume that you know what someone else is thinking. Much like Shakespeare's confused lovers, the addled male, Augustus Mulliner, finds himself faced with a horrible contretemps when he attempts to press his suit.
Jeeves Makes an Omelette is the book's only story involving the inimitable Jeeves, and Jeeves swings into action in an unmistakably effective way. The story is made more delightful by one of Aunt Dahlia's daffy schemes.
The inimitable Bingo Little also does his stuff in two stories involving his far from beautiful baby son, Algernon Aubrey Little. In both cases, Bingo's tendency to wager his last cent on a losing nag is the source of the problem. The first is The Word in Season which shows how timing can be everything. The other is Leave It to Algy where Bingo becomes a baby judge.
Big Business is one of the book's best stories. The book's theme relates to whether the male or the female of the species is the stronger and wiser.
A Tithe for Charity is a delicious bit of irony about that famously poor man, Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge, in which he temporarily has some funds.
Oofy, Freddie and the Beef Trust is one of the best developed of the stories and has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing what might come next for days . . . even though you will read the story in minutes.
Unless you don't like to laugh, you should read this book!
By the way, I had to search a bit to find a copy. It was worth the tracking down I had to do.
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