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The Swoop! or How Clarence Saved England (a Tale of the Great Invasion) (edition 2008)

by P. G. Wodehouse

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Only a comic genius of the magnitude of P.G. Wodehouse could take a weighty subject like war and turn it into a rib-tickling joyride. The Swoop! is an account of a fictionalized invasion of England by several enemy armies -- and of the indomitable Boy Scout leader who uses psychological warfare to turn the leaders of the invading forces against one another.… (more)
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Title:The Swoop! or How Clarence Saved England (a Tale of the Great Invasion)
Authors:P. G. Wodehouse
Info:Tark Classic Fiction (2008), Paperback, 68 pages
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Excellent satire written in 1909 that is still valid today. In this smallish book, England is invaded by no less than 8 nations. Fourteen year old Clarence saves the day! ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
Fun satire of England's pre-WW1 military readiness which also includes other British habits (such as the desertion of London during the summer).

Although peppered with typical Wodehouse silliness, this is a more serious book than most of his.

Kristen Hughes does a good (but not great) narration in this Librivox recording. ( )
  leslie.98 | Apr 28, 2015 |
A ſatire on war literature, ſpecially invaſion literature made between ðe French revolution and the fall of ðe Soviet empire, which was quite popular from the Franco–German war of 1 870 and the Great War. ( )
  leandrod | Feb 10, 2015 |
On the most part I found this story muddled, messy, and mundane.

The tale starts well but after the opening scenes with Clarence the story goes downhill.

Because of the occasional amusing dialogue I’ve rated this two stars instead of one.

For me “The Swoop” is an example of a great author on one of his off days. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Dec 28, 2014 |
The Swoop is a parody of a little remembered genre called "Invasion Literature" which was popular from 1871 to 1914. Members of the genre deal with England being invaded by foreign powers. France was the typical villain early in the history of the genre, with Germany becoming dominant in the early 20th century, Two of the better known examples of the genre are Erskine Childer's "The Riddle of the Sands" and Saki's "When William Came: A Story of London Under the Hohenzollerns." The title of Wodehouse's parody is derived from "The Swoop of the Vulture" a novel by James Blyth. Wodehouse also has one of his characters refer to the Blyth novel. I can't recommend this book for general readers, it just isn't that funny. It is filled with topical humor that has lost its luster after a hundred years. If you are a fan of "Invasion Literature" or have a compulsion to read everything by Wodehouse, then go ahead and read "The Swoop," But fair warning, this book is far below the Jeeves and Wooster, and Blanding books. Come to think of it, "The Swoop" isn't as funny as the Wodehouse radio broadcasts from Nazi Internment camps, during WW II, and those broadcasts nearly lead Wodehouse to be tried for treason. ( )
  whmcew | Jan 5, 2010 |
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It may be thought by some that in the pages which follow I have painted in too lurid colours the horrors of a foreign invasion of England. (Preface)
August the First, 19--

Clarence Chugwater looked around him with a frown and gritted his teeth.
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This is a parody of the genre of invasion literature popular in England before World War I. Invaded by nine armies, the English are more or less oblivious, but the invaders are beaten back by 14-year-old Clarence Chugwater with the aid of his fellow Boy Scouts.

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