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Uncle Fred in the Springtime: A Blandings…

Uncle Fred in the Springtime: A Blandings Story (original 1939; edition 1976)

by P. G. Wodehouse (Author)

Series: Uncle Fred (book 1), Blandings Castle Novels (book 5)

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Pongo Twistleton is in a state of financial embarrassment, again. Uncle Fred, meanwhile, has been asked by Lord Emsworth to foil a plot to steal the Empress, his prize pig. Along with Polly Pott (daughter of old Mustard), they form a deputation to Blandings Castle, bent on doing a bit of good.
Title:Uncle Fred in the Springtime: A Blandings Story
Authors:P. G. Wodehouse (Author)
Info:Penguin Books (1976), 224 pages
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Uncle Fred in the Springtime by P. G. Wodehouse (1939)



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Wodehouse, P. G. Uncle Fred in the Springtime. 1939. Norton, 2012.
Once again, the Earl of Ickenham, better known as Pongo Twistleton’s Uncle Fred, is out spreading “sweetness and light,” good works that are not always appreciated by poor Pongo. It seems that a windfall of 250 pounds is needed to save some romances, and this may involve stealing Lord Emsworth’s prize sow, pretending to be a psychiatrist, and cheating some people at cards. As I said—sweetness and light. Oh, go ahead, read it. It is fun. ( )
  Tom-e | Jul 7, 2020 |
Fred, fairy uncle
reuniter of lovers
vanquisher of debts. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
Couldn't ask for more! A hilarious and twisty tale. Such genius has not been equaled. My husband and I are both ready to drop everything and start this one again at the beginning. Highest of all recommendations! ( )
  njcur | Oct 31, 2019 |
"My mistake," said Lord Bosham. "I thought she might be Imposter D."
"George, you're an idiot!"
"Right ho, Aunt Connie."
"Bosham, you're a damned fool!"
"Right ho, Duke."
"Right ho, Miss Twistleton." ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Oct 11, 2019 |
This is a so-so story from Wodehouse. It has the usual set of people, country house, engagements on and off, loopy uncle, brain doctors, butlers and aunts. And they are doing the kinds of thing that only really happen in Wodehouse novels. Kidnapping pigs, betting on outfits, deceiving dukes and generally behaving in a manner unbecomming. This story lets itself down in that the last we see of the Empress of Blandings, she is trotting out of a ground floor bedroom suite. Does she make it to her sty? Will she be pig-napped again? It all becomes rather far-fetched.
And yet, despite all that, it remains fun and the light hearted spirit in which these stories are told went a long way to enliven a dreadfully long return train journey. Not the best, I think the Jeeves books have that edge, but I've read many a worse book. ( )
  Helenliz | Jul 3, 2018 |
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Cecil, JonathanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cox, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The door of the Drones Club swung open, and a young man in form-fitting tweeds came down the steps and started to walk westwards.
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Pongo Twistleton is in a state of financial embarrassment, again. Uncle Fred, meanwhile, has been asked by Lord Emsworth to foil a plot to steal the Empress, his prize pig. Along with Polly Pott (daughter of old Mustard), they form a deputation to Blandings Castle, bent on doing a bit of good.

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Uncle Fred book 1, Blandings book 5
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'I don't know if you happen to know what the word "excesses" means, but these are what Pongo's Uncle Fred, when in London, invariably commits.' When the dastardly Duke of Dunstable plots to steal Lord Emsworth's pig, Empress of Blandings, the wily Uncle Fred - aka the Earl of Ickenham - is called in to thwart him. To that end, the Earl arrives at Blandings Castle under false pretences, posing as pompous 'loony-doctor' Sir Roderick Glossop, accompanied by two other imposters, one of them the unfortunate Pongo; a bookie turned private detective; an angry sixteen-stone poet; a suspicious dancing secretary, and Lord Emsworth's pink-faced heir who will keep pointing his gun in the wrong direction. In other words, business as usual in Wodehouse's enchanted England.
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