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Barmy in Wonderland by P. G. Wodehouse

Barmy in Wonderland (1952)

by P. G. Wodehouse

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Great fun in this Wodehouse novel about NY theater business. If only this had been narrated by Jonathan Cecil, it might have been a 5*! Not that Simon Vance's narration was bad (far from it!). ( )
  leslie.98 | Aug 1, 2017 |
I am a huge fan of Wodehouse. What makes him so great is not his plotting, or even the characters, but the arch manner in which he approaches the story. I don't think there is any humorist more adept at turning an otherwise mundane situation into farce, or finding just the exact way to find the maximum comedy in the description of any person or thing. I am constantly amazed at how well Wodehouse's humor stands the test of time. The strength of "Barmy" is a witty female love interest whom the reader himself can easily fall in love with. The dialogue in one scene alone is worth the price of the book, that is, when Barmy first meets his love interest. In all the "meet cute" movies Holywood has churned out, no couiple has ever met cuter--or funnier. ( )
  charlie2010 | Feb 24, 2011 |
Nice tight story, very easy reading. Follow the exploits of Barmy Fotheringay-Phipps (pron. Fungy-Phipps). ( )
  ianw | Sep 13, 2008 |
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UK title 'Barmy in Wonderland', US title 'Angel Cake'

Wodehouse paid George Kaufman for the right to adapt his play The Butter and Egg Man into a novel, originally titled Wonderland, hoping to place it as a 60,000 word serial with the Saturday Evening Post, but it was rejected. He then rewrote it as a 30,000 word piece for Colliers, which then rejected it. He revised the text to 75,000 words and it was published as a novel under the above titles in the UK and US.
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A penniless Englishman falls in love with a lively American girl, loses her, finds her again, is rejected, but finally discovers true love with her after many comic adventures--Publisher's description.

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