Nothing but trouble can ensue when Bertie Wooster's Aunt Dahlia instructs him to steal a silver jug from Totleigh Towers, home of magistrate and hell-hound, Sir Watkin Bassett. First he must face the peril of Sir Watkin's droopy daughter, Madeleine, and then the terrors of would-be Dictator, Roderick Spode and his gang of Black Shorts. But when ...Read MoreNothing but trouble can ensue when Bertie Wooster's Aunt Dahlia instructs him to steal a silver jug from Totleigh Towers, home of magistrate and hell-hound, Sir Watkin Bassett. First he must face the peril of Sir Watkin's droopy daughter, Madeleine, and then the terrors of would-be Dictator, Roderick Spode and his gang of Black Shorts. But when duty calls, Bertram answers, and so there follows what he himself calls the 'sinister affair of Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeleine Bassett, old Pop Bassett, Stiffy Byng, the Rev. H. P. ('Stinker') Pinker, the eighteenth-century cow-creamer and the small, brown, leather-covered notebook'. In a plot with more twists than an English country lane, it takes all the ingenuity of Jeeves to extract his master from the soup again.Read Less
How many books make you laugh out loud today.
Wodehouse's books contain some of the broadest, most imaginative and most enjoyable imagery and his original use of simile is unique.
If you have never read Wodehouse you are missing a treat. You will have to search hard to find his equal anywhere else in the whole of English literature."
May 28, 2009
One of Plum's Best
This is a classic humorous novel in the finest traditon of Bertie Wooster-Jeeves. It is truly one of PG Wodehouse's best - and that is saying a lot. The plot is just convoluted enough, the characters a joy to get re-acquainted with and the language of course is peerless.
Publishers Weekly, 2012-05-28 Given the scrupulous care Wodehouse gave to plotting his hilarious screwball farces, and the unique narrative voice of his hapless hero, Bertie Wooster, the very notion of an abridged recording of one of his best books will offend purists. But that publishing choice aside, Martin Jarvis-a veteran narrator for this author-is once again outstanding in conveying all the elements that make Wodehouse one of the most memorable writers in all of English literature. Wooster, a well-meaning but clueless member of the British upper class, is once again roped into another harebrained scheme, this time by his Aunt Dahlia. Her deceptively simple request-that he go into an antique shop and "sneer at a cow-creamer"-proves anything but, and listeners will be captivated by the ensuing complications. The rich source material is more than done justice by Jarvis, who lends pitch-perfect, distinct voices to Wooster, Aunt Dahlia, and the omnipotent gentleman's gentleman, Jeeves, who can always be relied upon to extricate Wooster from any mess in which he finds himself stuck. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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