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Leave it to Psmith by P. G. Wodehouse

Leave it to Psmith

by P. G. Wodehouse

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Series: Blandings Castle Novels (book 2), Psmith (4)

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Early Wodehouse, not as stereotyped as some later stories, especially in the character of Psmith (he added the P to be distinctive) a clever, ambitious young man hired to fake the theft of a necklace. Those who hire him --Freddie Threepwood and his uncle --are more typical Wodehouse characters who reappear frequently in later books, as does the Blandings Castle setting. ( )
  antiquary | Nov 15, 2013 |
It's remarkably funny, and there are no dull spots at all. I found myself laughing out loud frequently. Amazing! ( )
  PMaranci | Apr 3, 2013 |
The famous butler Jeeves and his devoted employer Bertie Wooster are of course Wodehouse's most famous inventions, but for myself I prefer the strange inevitability of the adventures that befall R. Psmith.
Psmith (pronounced "Smith") is featured in several novels [Mike and Psmith, Psmith in the City, Psmith Journalist:] but the best of them is Leave it to Psmith.
This episode finds Psmith, weary of his job in the fish market, placing an advertisement that reads, in part:

Psmith Will Help You
Psmith Is [b:Ready For Anything|2581|Ready for Anything 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life|David Allen|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1161107581s/2581.jpg|6547]
Whatever Job You Have To Offer
(Provided It Has Nothing To Do With Fish)

What with one thing and another, he gets hired to come to Blandings Castle to steal a valuable necklace, but of course it turns out that he is far from the only party with an interest in the jewels. Initially he poses as the poet Ralston McTodd, who penned the immortal verses beginning "Across the pale parabola of joy" (this is as far as Psmith ever reads of the poem) but when McTodd shows up in person, only someone as clever as Psmith could escape unscathed, return the necklace to its rightful place, and also find true love! ( )
  JenneB | Apr 2, 2013 |
Another humorous tale from Wodehouse. This time, Psmith gets himself invited to Blandings Castle by posing as a famous Canadian poet. He pursues the local pretty girl, who is working to catalogue the castle's library. Meanwhile, both of them are enveloped in a plot to steal Lady Constance's jeweled necklace in order to fund several worthy projects. ( )
  Pferdina | May 28, 2012 |
An absolute corker!
Another visit to Blandings Castle and in the company of that most debonair of flaneurs, Psmith. This is a joy from start to finish, with the efficient (although flowerpot throwing) Baxter, Lord Emsworth (who has not yet become obsessed by pigs, but who is instead obsessed with flowers), Beach the butler.
The plot very loosely involves the theft of Lady Constance's diamond necklace and related romantic sub-plots, but is a joy as Wodehouse really has hit his stride, creating some wonderful set pieces as well as many witty one-liners. Wonderful. ( )
  CarltonC | Jul 24, 2011 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Wodehouse, P. G.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abbate, JudithDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cecil, JonathanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cox, PaulIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Devecseriné Guthi, ErzsébetTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hegedüs, IstvánIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riddell, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tuomikoski, AinoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wielek-Berg, W.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Woodson, MatthewCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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At the open window of the great library of Blandings Castle, drooping like a wet sock, as was his habit when he had nothing to prop his spine against, the Earl of Emsworth, that amiable and boneheaded peer, stood gazing out over his domain.
"Other men love you. Freddie Threepwood loves you. Just add me to the list. That is all I ask. Muse on me from time to time. Reflect that I may be an acquired taste. You probably did not like olives the first time you tasted them. Now you probably do. Give me the same chance you would give an olive."
I'm as broke as the ten commandments!
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It all starts with an umbrella, the best to be found in the Drones Club. From such an innocent beginning Wodehouse weaves a comic tale of suspense and romance involving one of his most distinctive early heroes, Ronald Eustace Psmith, monocled wit and devil-may-care boulevardier. Unusually for Wodehouse, this is not only a light comedy but also an adventure story in which crime and even gun-play drive the plot.
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One of the most perennially popular of all the Wodehouse titles, Leave it to Psmith, according to Wilfrid Sheed, "helps to usher in the Wodehouse golden age" -- the age of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, Blandings Castle and all the rest, among whom the ingenious Psmith ("The p is silent, as in phthisis, psychic, and ptarmigan") is entirely worthy to be counted. A debonair young Englishman who has quit the fish business, "even though there is money in fish and decided to support himself by doing anything that he is hired to do by anyone, Psmith, wandering in and out of romantic, suspenseful and invariably hilarious situations, is in the great Wodehouse tradition.

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The Hon. Freddie Threepwood is poised to make his debut as a jewel thief, but he is not alone. Blandings Castle is full of criminals and impostors, intent on stealing Aunt Constance's diamond necklace and it is up to Psmith to catch the thief.

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