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Something Fresh by P. G. Wodehouse

Something Fresh (original 1915; edition 2000)

by P. G. Wodehouse

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Title:Something Fresh
Authors:P. G. Wodehouse
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2000), Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:My Library, Read in 2010
Tags:Humor, Classics

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Something Fresh by P. G. Wodehouse (1915)



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Early Wodehouse, most amusing. Doesn't have the economy of plot & characters that later works do, but still quite funny. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Jun 13, 2017 |
Delightful! I'm thrilled to read the first of this wonderful series of books. I did listen to the author's preface in the edition read by Frederick Davidson and then the rest of the book narrated by Jonathan Cecil. Both are wonderful readers. The author's preface was a wonderful introduction to Blandings Castle's beginnings. Typical Wodehouse, a laugh a minute. Don't drive while listening. You might end up laughing so hard you can't see. I am constantly astounded by his use of language. There is just nothing like it. ( )
  njcur | Mar 8, 2017 |
This review is for this audiobook edition only. For my thoughts on the book, see my Kindle edition.

I love Jonathan Cecil's narration for Wodehouse & this is no exception. One aspect I noticed is that Chapter 9 & 10 differed a fair amount from the text in my Kindle edition from Project Gutenberg -- I wonder if the Gutenberg edition was a revised 'American' edition... ( )
  leslie.98 | Feb 8, 2017 |
This story would make an excellent script for a comedy movie. In reading it however it is a bit slow although the style is still fresh. 3.5 stars really. ( )
  stef7sa | Jan 5, 2017 |
This is my first PG Woodhouse book, as well as a first "Blandings Series" book. It was a very good book with good humorous instances, thoughts...
The people and storyline starts from different sides and end up joining like the puzzle pieces falling together...
Totally a good book.. ( )
  PallaviSharma | May 9, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Wodehouse, P. G.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cecil, JonathanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davidson, FrederickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hegedüs, IstvánIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hitch, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lynn , DebraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Révbíró, TamásTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tuomikoski, AinoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vandersluys, W.N.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The sunshine of a fair Spring morning fell graciously upon London town.
I have always had the idea that Lorimer must have been put in a receptive mood the moment he saw the title page.  My pulp magazine stories had been by 'P. G. Wodehouse", but Something Fresh was the work of: PELHAM GRENVILLE WODEHOUSE, and I am convinced that that was what put it over.

A writer in America at that time who went around without three names was practically going around naked.  (Preface, Wodehouse on the first time that his work was accepted by George Horace Lorimer, the editor of the prestigious Saturday Evening Post)
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UK title 'Something Fresh', US title 'Something New.'  Although the canonical title would normally be Something New, it seems to be most often known under the UK title.

It was first published as a book in the United States, by D. Appleton & Company on 3 September 1915, under the title Something New, having previously appeared under that title as a serial in the Saturday Evening Post between 26 June and 14 August 1915. It was published in the United Kingdom by Methuen & Co. on 16 September 1915 as Something Fresh - Wikipedia
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Overlook Press blurb:
The first of the Blandings Castle novels, introducing Lord Emsworth, his family, his secretary - the Efficient Baxter - and the mandatory Wodehouse cast of butlers, aunts, younger sons, detectives, lovers and imposters. Take the 4.15 from Paddington Station to Shropshire and arrive in heaven.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140050353, Paperback)

The one thing that could be expected to militate against the peace of life at Blandings is the constant incursion of imposters. Blandings has impostors like other houses have mice.

On this particular occasion there are two of them - both intent on a dangerous enterprise. Lord Emsworth's secretary, the Efficient Baxter, is on the alert and determined to discover what is afoot - despite the distractions caused by the Hon. Freddie Threepwood's hapless affair of the heart.

The first Blandings castle novel sets the standard for the parade of impostors on the premises.

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One thing that constantly dis- rupts the peace of life at Blandings is the constant incursion of impostors. Blandings has impostors like other houses have mice. Now there are two of them?both intent on a dangerous enterprise. Lord Emsworth's secretary, the efficient Baxter, is on the alert and determined to discover what is afoot?despite the distractions caused by the Honorable Freddie Threepwood's hapless affair of the heart.… (more)

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