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The Pothunters (edition 2010)

by P.G. Wodehouse

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Title:The Pothunters
Authors:P.G. Wodehouse
Info:Overlook Hardcover (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 256 pages
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Tags:fiction, humour, Wodehouse

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The Pothunters by P. G. Wodehouse

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    Mike and Psmith by P. G. Wodehouse (MrsPlum)
    MrsPlum: In Mike and Psmith (previously serialised under different titles), Wodehouse perfects the School Story genre, which he began in The Pothunters.
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Very amuſiŋ comedic adventures of Engliſh public boardiŋ ſchool boys. ( )
  leandrod | Feb 10, 2015 |
School story featuring Tony Graham; Allen Thomson and his brother Jim Thomson; Welch, Morrison, MacArthur known as the Babe, Reade, Dallas, Vaughan, Plunkett, Charteris, Barrett, and others. A few brief appearances by Inspector Roberts, Scotland Yard. The first chapter is an introductory opening which details a boxing match between Tony and Allen; a fine stand-alone example of Wodehouse's storytelling of sporting events. The school's "pots" (trophies) have been stolen from the pavillion; Barrett finds them in a hollow trunk but can't tell anyone because he was "out of bounds" and trespassing on the grumpy Sir Alfred Venner's lands. Suspicion falls on Jim, especially from Mr. Thompson, master of the sixth form, who is doing a little amateur detecting and discovers that Jim is short of funds to pay a debt; but Inspector Roberts makes short work of Thompson's career in detection. Roberts discovers the culprit and the pots are restored while Jim is missing, having sprained his ankle coming back from a friend's house. A search eventually turns him up. He is still, however, short of funds, so Charteris organizes an all night work party to produce a special edition of the Glow Worm, a "strictly unofficial" monthly magazine, the proceeds of which retire Jim's debt. ( )
  charliesierra | Sep 17, 2014 |
One of P. G. Wodehouse's very early "school" stories -- the British genre set at what in the U.S. would be called "prep schools" (this is also the genre parodied by Rawlings' Hogwarts). They follow this tradition by focusing heavily on sports and boyish politics and regarding students who take studying series (like Plunkett in this story) with disdain. This story involves boxing (in the opening) foot races, and the theft of some sports trophies, so it has a mystery aspect. This was printed in 1972 when the older Wodehouse was approaching the end of his career, but was originally written in the early 1900s. ( )
  antiquary | Aug 23, 2014 |
This was his first published work and truly lacks the humor of later works. There are some small indications of things to come, but no laugh out loud moments. This story of young men at a boy's school felt more like Horatio Alger than Wodehouse. ( )
  AliceAnna | Aug 17, 2014 |
'The Pothunters' was Wodehouse's first publication, dating back to 1902.

At times it felt like I was reading a book by the great author that P. G. eventually became, but mostly I felt bored by this tale of college life, featuring various sporting activities, with too many characters.

The absence of female characters, other than the odd cameo, naturally removed any potential love interest that Wodehouse became so good at.

So worth reading to see how this great author got his first footing on the literary ladder, but otherwise I found this novel mildly interesting at times, tedious on the whole. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Jan 30, 2014 |
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"Where have I seen that face before?" said a voice.
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Being a miserable day boy he had had no experience of the inner life of a Boarding house, which is the real life of a public school.
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The first P.G. Wodehouse story published in book form, the Pothunters is the first of Wodehouses' highly regarded school stories.
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Set at a boarding school, The Pothunters is Wodehouses's first novel. The boys of the school are happy to study and take part in their school's boxing and running teams, but when a clan of burglaring ne'er- do-wells steals the school's sports trophies-"pots"-the students join in the hunt for the thieves. Sparkling and witty, The Pothunters is a treat for any Wodehouse fan and offers an unique glimpse into the mind of the writer.

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