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A Gentleman of Leisure (1910)

by P. G. Wodehouse

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Also published under the title A Gentleman of Leisure, The Intrusion of Jimmy plumbs the depths of misbegotten romantic entanglements with a level of skill and virtuosity that only famed British humorist P.G. Wodehouse could pull off without a hitch. After falling in love with a comely fellow passenger on a sea voyage, wealthy gadabout Jimmy Pitt is sucked into a downward spiral of unfortunate events and bad decisions while trying to woo his beloved.

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OK, but not as funny as a lot of Wodehouse. After seeing a play featuring a gentleman burglar, Jimmy, an American of means, bets his friends that he could break into a residence only to find a burglar breaking into his own a bit later. He enlists the help of the burglar in achieving his bet only to find himself caught in the act by the owner of the home, a police commissioner. To further complicate matters, the commissioner's daughter is a young woman on whom Jimmy has developed a serious crush. It gets more complicated from there as the action moves to England and involves a few aristocratic types. I would have likes to have seen a simpler plot and more genuine humor than what resulted. ( )
  AliceAnna | Feb 4, 2024 |
Enjoyable but not one of Wodehouse's best. Mark Nelson did a very good narration in this LibriVox edition. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 27, 2023 |
See my review under A Gentleman of Leisure, the same story under a different title.
  raizel | May 10, 2022 |
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 |
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To Douglas Fairbanks who many years ago played 'Jimmy' in the dramatised version of this novel
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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.

The book was later adapted as a play and retitled Thief for a Night. This should also not be combined.
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Classic Literature. Fiction. Romance. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:

Also published under the title A Gentleman of Leisure, The Intrusion of Jimmy plumbs the depths of misbegotten romantic entanglements with a level of skill and virtuosity that only famed British humorist P.G. Wodehouse could pull off without a hitch. After falling in love with a comely fellow passenger on a sea voyage, wealthy gadabout Jimmy Pitt is sucked into a downward spiral of unfortunate events and bad decisions while trying to woo his beloved.

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