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Piccadilly Jim (Penguin Books) (original 1917; edition 1995)

by P.G. Wodehouse

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Title:Piccadilly Jim (Penguin Books)
Authors:P.G. Wodehouse
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (1995), Paperback, 240 pages
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Great fun, a story full of impostors: a millionaire pretending to be a butler in New York so he can take in the World Series instead of pandering to the ambitions of his social-climbing wife in London; a young man who, in brief, is impersonating himself; a female detective posing as a particularly unconvincing parlourmaid; and a rather questionable English lord. There's a kidnapping plot involving a kid who's more obnoxious than the protagonist of Ransom of Red Chief. A very amusing story, and pleasant to read because Wodehouse's command of his characters' language is so sure. The Americans talk like Americans of their respective classes (with a few British expressions from the expats, and more than a few from the ambitious social climber) - very few British writers can manage that. ( )
  muumi | Oct 17, 2014 |
This is one of the rare occasions when the audiobook was less enjoyable than reading the book in print. Although Frederick Davidson's normal speaking voice is fine, the voices he uses for some of the characters were off the mark and in some cases irritating. Too bad, as this is a very funny book with mostly American characters. ( )
  leslie.98 | Feb 10, 2014 |
A non-series Wodehouse set in New York with sy story aspects buut the usual humor ( )
  antiquary | Nov 20, 2013 |
Jim is an American who causes waves by going to England and tying one on. His parents are not amused. He comes back to the US and woos a fair maiden who he previously knew.... oh well, too complicated to say all the things that happen. Needless to say, it all comes out ok in the end. Pretty formulaic, but still amusing. ( )
  stuart10er | Nov 5, 2013 |
The man can do no wrong - another corker!
This is a story of farcical mix ups between an American and English extended family, when the antics of James Crocker (the eponymous Piccadilly Jim) in London upsets his step-mother when his antics may cost his American father an English Lordship.
James Crocker shamed by his behaviour therefore takes ship for New York, meets the girl of his dreams on the ship, who he had upset five years earlier writing a biting review of her book of adolescent verse. She does not recognise him, so he pretends to be the son of his parent's butler (Bayliss - a precursor of Beach in the Blanding novels), but then is asked to pretend to be James Crocker (yes, himself!) in order to gain access to his aunt and uncle's house (they have never met him) to kidnap the extremely badly behaved son of his aunt, who is making his step-father's life a misery.
Of course, it is more complicated than the above even begins to convey and yet it is written with such ease, when you are reading it it all makes perfect sense and it is so funny.
Although not in one of the series for which he is better known, this is an excellent stand-alone Wodehouse. ( )
  CarltonC | Oct 29, 2011 |
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Piccadilly Jim was a gossip columnist's dream. His life was one breach of promise after another drunken brawl. His rather Victorian aunt was not amused. So she decides to reform him. Unfortunately, she happens to choose a time when Jim has fallen in love and has decided he will reform himself. Life becomes complicated. With a beautiful piece of Wodehouse twisted logic, Jim ends up having to pretend he's himself. Whether this is the apex of honesty or the most base example of dishonesty only you can decide. Whatever it is, it's hilarious.

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This sparkling story of transatlantic manners follows the fortunes of playboy Jimmy Crocker in England and America. When Jimmy falls for a girl in London and vows to reform himself as a result, the quest for love leads him to his Aunt Nesta's house in New York.… (more)

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