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A Few Quick Ones by P. G. Wodehouse
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Great mix of stories from all the different worlds of Wodehouse. Jeeves and Wooster are untouchable, but the Mulliner stories have a special place in my heart. The constant battle spread over several stories between Freddie Wigeon and Oofy Prosser is prodigiously silly, but in Wodehouse's moral universe, greed never wins. Plots are recycled, surely, but the execution simply overrides that fact.

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  cjsdg | Apr 23, 2013 |
'A Few Quick Ones' is a collection of short stories featuring several of Wodehouse's best loved characters. Amongst these are Jeeves and Wooster,Ukridge,Oofy Prosser,Bingo Little and The Oldest Member. Add to these,assorted members of the Drones club and you have the right mix for a ripping read. That being said,this is not the master at his best and I felt that some of the stories dragged somewhat. if you settle down with Jeeves for instance,then a full volume of Jeeves exploits is what you want. The same applies to most of the others too. The short visits to their world weakens them quite a lot. ( )
  devenish | Oct 20, 2012 |
The market for short stories after the second world war was much more limited than in the thirties, so Wodehouse concentrated on novels, and this 1959 collection brings together practically all of his short fiction from the forties and fifties (the next collection, Plum Pie, had to be fleshed out with bits of journalism to get it up to book size). The stories are beautifully crafted, as ever, with some very nice twists of language and any number of good jokes, but they aren't quite as breathtakingly lively and original as what he was writing twenty years earlier. There is a sense of the old formulas being churned out: it is actually rather startling when we are jerked out of the "timeless" prewar world by references to contemporary things like television. We get a decent cross-section, all the same: there are a couple of golf stories, a Mulliner story, a Jeeves story, and a few Eggs, Beans and Crumpets, as well as a late outing for Wodehouse's first important recurring character, Ukridge. The Ukridge story, although predictable, is neatly handled, but the best things in this collection are perhaps the two stories featuring Freddy Widgeon and the Drones Club's resident millionaire, Oofy Prosser, "The fat of the land" (all manner of underhand skulduggery in a "fat uncles" competition) and "Freddy, Oofy, and the beef trust" (where we meet the "greasy bird", Jas Waterbury, again, in a Ukridge-like role as a promoter of all-in wrestling). ( )
  thorold | Aug 10, 2009 |
This was my first experience of Wodehouse outside of the Jeeves & Wooster books (although this does contain a few stories involving the duo) and I greatly enjoyed it. Wodehouse remains one of the few authors who can make me laugh out loud, regardless of where I am or who's around. ( )
1 vote harumph | Jan 1, 2009 |
Entertaining collection of short stories. Mix of Mulliner, Oldest Member, Freddie Widgeon and Bingo Little yarns. ( )
  ianw | Sep 13, 2008 |
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A collection of stories from the famed English comic writer includes favorite characters from his previous works, including Jeeves and Wooster, Mr. Mulliner, Ukridge, and the Drones, who reappear in deliciously absurd situations.

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