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A Gentleman of Leisure by P. G. Wodehouse
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A Gentleman of Leisure (1910)

by P. G. Wodehouse

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When Jimmy Pitt bets an actor friend that any fool could burgle a house, a feat which he offers to demonstrate that very night, he puts his reputation on the line. Although he hires the services of a professional burglar, the difficulty is increased when he has the misfortune to select Police-Captain McEachern's house. And imagine Jimmy's consternation when he learns that McEachern's daughter is none other than the beautiful Molly, whom he has worshipped from afar for quite some time. From New York the action of the story moves to Dreever Castle in Shropshire, England, where Jimmy's bird comes home to roost--with a vengeance.… (more)
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Terrific! As always we are ready to start again at the beginning and listen all over again. No one beats PG Wodehouse for a fabulous turn of phrase. Just wonderful in all ways! ( )
  njcur | May 5, 2020 |
Competent heroes for Wodehouse don't seem right, somehow. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Aug 13, 2019 |
Enjoyable but not one of Wodehouse's best. Mark Nelson did a very good narration in this LibriVox edition. ( )
  leslie.98 | Mar 28, 2018 |
Part of a series of reprints; this story was originally published in 1910. In spite of the reviews I read after I bought the book (fortunately), I'm enjoying it.

Some thoughts while reading: Wodehouse assumes the reader is intelligent and that he doesn't need to explain everything. I am, however, a bit perplexed about why a smart young man, who briefly was a reporter, is unable to discover the name of the woman he saw from afar on a ship: weren't passenger lists with addresses available? And once he learns that her father is a policeman, couldn't he contact a newspaper colleague to see who was known to demand payments from thieves if they wanted to operate in New York. (While Bertie Wooster only suspected that judges got rich pocketing the fines they gave out, here we have a policeman who definitely becomes wealthy by collecting graft. Wodehouse doesn't seem to have any ethical problems with this, although the character does keep his activities secret from his daughter.)

Having finished the book, it turns out, that in spite of all the complications, everything works out very nicely. ( )
  raizel | Jul 22, 2016 |
"The Intrusion of Jimmy" is in my opinion one of P. G. Wodehouse's weakest novels. Apart from a few flashes of brilliance here and there, I found this somewhat dull. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Jun 30, 2015 |
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The main smoking-room of the Strollers' Club had been filling for the last half-hour, and was now nearly full.
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The novel was provisionally titled Black Sheep prior to publication. UK title 'A Gentleman of Leisure', US title 'The Intrusion of Jimmy'.

It is a substantially revised and expanded version of an earlier novella called 'The Gem Collector.' "The Gem Collector" is substantially different and should not be combined here.

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