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A damsel in distress (original 1919; edition 1919)

by P.G. Wodehouse

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Title:A damsel in distress
Authors:P.G. Wodehouse (Author)
Info:George H. Doran Company, Digitized from 1919 volume, 374 KB
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A Damsel in Distress by P. G. Wodehouse (1919)

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Unusually for Wodehouse, this is essentially a love story. George Bevan is a likeable young man who has made his fortune by writing popular music. He is beginning to feel a bit jaded when, to his astonishment, a beautiful girl leaps into his cab and asks him to hide her.

George rises to the occasion with aplomb, and ends up captivated by the girl, who soon disappears. But he manages to discover who she is, and rents a cottage in the neighbourhood of her home...

Cue typical Wodehouse misunderstandings and confusion as George arrives, and is mistaken for someone else.

In Wodehouse’s hands this story is a wonderful comedy of errors, with his usual subtle and not-so-subtle references to literary figures from works as diverse as the Bible and dubious limericks.

There are one or two unexpected developments in this book, but with Wodehouse it’s not the plot that matters so much as the mixture of people and the surreal situations which, in his hands, seem all-too-real. However the ending was most satisfactory, even if there was a bit of political incorrectness along the way.

Very enjoyable to read on my Kindle - highly recommended to all who enjoy this writer. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Laugh out loud funny! Twists, turns, subterfuge, and romance. Always a happy ending! What more can you ask for? Fredrick Davidson is a wonderful reader. Really captured the characters. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
As always Wodehouse's descriptions of characters and sitautions are hard to beat. ( )
  helynrob | Aug 13, 2013 |
It’s a long time since I read any PG Wodehouse but finding this one on my shelf I put aside a few hours to read it. I took a while to get into it, wondering how far the ‘deuce’s’ and ‘bally’s’ were simply of the era or if they were part of Wodehouse’s caricaturing of the landed gentry. It all seemed rather too obviously artificial.

Still, by the time I was halfway through, I found myself enjoying it more. I guess Wodehouse aficionados enjoy his style – the lightly humorous comparisons he makes, for example. I liked the way there was an echo of Victorian novels in his writing with the voice of the author clearly present, often at the start of chapters where he makes some sort of generalisation about human behaviour as a lead-in to what happens nest.

Then there were all the allusions to golf, another indication, perhaps, at Wodehouse’s intended audience. I can see that what this author does, he does well, but his very gently satirical look at human behaviour in the early 1900s now seems past its use by date to me. ( )
  evening | Aug 3, 2013 |
This is a great non-Jeeves story.... and Wodehouse also collaborated on the 30's movie version with Fred Astaire, George Burns, and Gracie Allen! Both book and movie are worth your time ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 26, 2013 |
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In as much as the scene of this story is that historic pile, Belpher Castle, in the county of Hampshire, it would be an agreeable task to open it with a leisurely description of the place, followed by some notes on the history of the Earls of Marshmoreton, who have owned it since the fifteenth century.
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Unfortunately, in these days of rush and hurry, a novelist works at a disadvantage. He must leap into the middle of his tale with as little delay as he would employ in boarding a moving tramcar. He must get off the mark with the smooth swiftness of a jack-rabbit surprised while lunching. Otherwise, people throw him aside and go out to picture palaces.
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The Earl of Marshmoreton's lively daughter - the damsel of the title - thinks she is in love with one Geoffrey Raymond, but a cheerful American song-writer called George Bevan knows better. After one meeting with her, when she climbs into his passing cab to escape from her pompous brother in London, George is dazzled. He pursues her to the family seat in Hampshire and does battle for her hand with her brother, their snobbish aunt and a father who would do anything for a quiet life. Love triumphs in the end with the unwitting help of a sporting butler, and a page boy with golden curls and no conscience, making this one of Wodehouse's most charming early comedies.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 014001599X, Paperback)

There are some rather unusual things going on at Belpher Castle ...For one thing, the Earl's sister is set on pairing off her stepson, Reggie, and niece, lady Patricia (known as Maud). Maud, on the other hand, is after Geoffrey Raymon, and she is also being pursued by the unacceptable composer George Bevan. Love, anarchy, machiavellian plots, silly asses ...perfect Wodehouse reading.

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When Maud flings herself into George's car in Piccadilly, he starts believing in damsels in distress. He traces his mysterious travelling companion to Belpher Castle where things become severely muddled.

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