The Old Reliable

The Old Reliable➾ The Old Reliable Free ➵ Author P.G. Wodehouse – Heartforum.co.uk King Solomon, Brigham Young and Henry VIII may have enjoyed marriage but Smedley Cork had doubts much to the regret of Wilhelmina Bill Shannon Other people had their problems too, at the Hollywood hom King Solomon, Brigham Young and Henry VIII may have enjoyed marriage but Smedley Cork had doubts much to the regret of Wilhelmina Bill Shannon Other people had their problems too, at the Hollywood home of Adela Shannon, Empress of Stormy Emotion, The Old PDF \ none than Phipps, butler extraordinary and safe cracker cum laudeWhen Smedley found the revealing diary of a torrid film star, eagerly sought after by the Studios in exchange for cash by the handful, it looked as though joy would be unconfined for the many Yet, as some wise bird once said, there s many a slip and Phipps proved a very slippery customer indeed.

Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career ofthan seventy years and continues to be widely read over years after his death Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during The Old PDF \ his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse s main canvas remained that of prewar English upper class society, reflecting his birth, education, and youthful writing careerAn acknowledged master of English prose, Wodehouse has been admired both by contemporaries such as Hilaire Belloc, Evelyn Waugh and Rudyard Kipling and byrecent writers such as Douglas Adams, Salman Rushdie and Terry Pratchett Sean O Casey famously called him English literature s performing flea , a description that Wodehouse used as the title of a collection of his letters to a friend, Bill TownendBest known today for the Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels and short stories, Wodehouse was also a talented playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of fifteen plays and of lyrics for some thirty musical comedies He worked with Cole Porter on the musical Anything Goes and frequently collaborated with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton He wrote the lyrics for the hit song Bill in Kern s Show Boat , wrote the lyrics for the Gershwin Romberg musical Rosalie , and collaborated with Rudolf Friml on a musical version of The Three Musketeers .

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  • Paperback
  • 240 pages
  • The Old Reliable
  • P.G. Wodehouse
  • English
  • 25 May 2019
  • 0099999803

10 thoughts on “The Old Reliable

  1. Benita Prins says:

    Well, this is P.G Wodehouse It goes without saying that it s brilliant Whilst I give it five stars, however, the ending seems a teeny bit, ever so slightly, abrupt Other than that characterisation, superb Use of English language, already classified as Wodehouse and therefore skilful and elegant And plot, classic Wodehouse.Everyone around Adela Cork s home is poor except for Adela Cork who s rolling in the stuff Adela s brother in law Smedley s dreams hinge on the diary of Carmen Flores Well, this is P.G Wodehouse It goes without saying that it s brilliant Whilst I give it five stars, however, the ending seems a teeny bit, ever so slightly, abrupt Other than that characterisation, superb Use of English language, already classified as Wodehouse and therefore skilful and elegant And plot, classic Wodehouse.Everyone around Adela Cork s home is poor except for Adela Cork who s rolling in the stuff Adela s brother in law Smedley s dreams hinge on the diary of Carmen Flores, the movie star who originally owned the Cork home and led a wild life Smedley s reasoning goes that he could blackmail any number of people thanks to the information in this diary He just has to find where Flores hid it Bill a.k.a Wilhelmina, Adela s sister and Joe want to run a literary agency they just need the 20,000 to buy it What shall we do Why, help Smedley find the diary and then touch him for that measly sum, of course.But they don t reckon on Phipps, the evil genius.Always include your English butler in the equations for your get rich quick schemes

  2. Melissa says:

    It s nice to know that a Wodehouse book need not contain a Bertie, a Baxter, an Emsworth, or a perfunctory P to be uproarious This happens to include a woman named Bill, a former queen of the silent screen, and Phipps, who I have on good authority is not the world s only safe cracking butler in retrospect, why shouldn t there be dozens of safe cracking butlers provided that they have better morals than Phipps does Ah, Hollywood, Hollywood, said Bill Home of mean glories and spangled wr It s nice to know that a Wodehouse book need not contain a Bertie, a Baxter, an Emsworth, or a perfunctory P to be uproarious This happens to include a woman named Bill, a former queen of the silent screen, and Phipps, who I have on good authority is not the world s only safe cracking butler in retrospect, why shouldn t there be dozens of safe cracking butlers provided that they have better morals than Phipps does Ah, Hollywood, Hollywood, said Bill Home of mean glories and spangled wretchedness, where the deathless fire burns for the outspread wings of the guileless moth, whose streets are bathed in the shamed tears of betrayed maidens Or something along those lines

  3. Iblena says:

    Entretenida, divertida y amena comedia de situaciones, que recuerda mucho a esas peliculas de principios de los a os 40 s Humor inteligente,mordaz e ingenioso No para re rse a carcajadas, pero si capaz de provocar muchas sonrisas Phipps y Wilhelmina Bill Shannon, los mejores personajes.

  4. Michael Baranowski says:

    I was feeling a little low, I hadn t read any Wodehouse in a while, and there was The Old Reliable sitting on my shelves, calling to me Not at the level of his best work, but even mediocre Wodehouse is awfully good stuff.

  5. Joe Stevens says:

    What elevates this stand alone Wodehouse aka no Jeeves, Blandings, Uncle Fred novel from some of his lesser stand alones is that this time he makes us care about the inhabitants If I m rooting for the slightly barmy characters that people a novel, I m muchlikely to have a good time Never mind that the plot is a bit slender as it allows forhumorous turns of phrase and pithy descriptions at which Wodehouse was the master.As I ve worked my way through the complete works of PG and mo What elevates this stand alone Wodehouse aka no Jeeves, Blandings, Uncle Fred novel from some of his lesser stand alones is that this time he makes us care about the inhabitants If I m rooting for the slightly barmy characters that people a novel, I m muchlikely to have a good time Never mind that the plot is a bit slender as it allows forhumorous turns of phrase and pithy descriptions at which Wodehouse was the master.As I ve worked my way through the complete works of PG and moved into the 1950s, I ve started to worry that I m too far into the downhill side of his career for too manyreally funny novels Spring Fever, a less funny version of this book really, Nothing Serious with its unfunny golf stories and even the Wooster novel The Mating Season were decent reads but lacking that sparkle that makes Wodehouse such a wonderful read Fortunately the riotous Uncle Dynamite and the sparkling humor of Old Reliable have given me hope for the last 25ish works of fiction in The Master s amazing career

  6. Arthur Pierce says:

    Another pleasant but unremarkable post WWII Wodehouse novel It is chock full of the typical Woodhousian farcical situations, but none of the characters is particularly likable, and the story doesn t build to a logical by the standards of P.G Wodehouse climax There are no great moments, and one senses by the midway point that this story really isn t going anywhere Still, it s never dull, and the author has a way with words that can t help but amuse Incidentally, I have never encountered a Another pleasant but unremarkable post WWII Wodehouse novel It is chock full of the typical Woodhousian farcical situations, but none of the characters is particularly likable, and the story doesn t build to a logical by the standards of P.G Wodehouse climax There are no great moments, and one senses by the midway point that this story really isn t going anywhere Still, it s never dull, and the author has a way with words that can t help but amuse Incidentally, I have never encountered a Wodehouse story withreferences to contemporary celebrities Given that many of the leading characters are or were involved in the movie industry, this makes a certain amount of sense But it s almost as if the author made a conscious decision to pepper the text with the names of movie, TV, and literary notables This in no way detracts from the story it may, in fact, ADD to the reader s enjoyment , but I did find it curious

  7. Daniel says:

    Pretty sure this is my first Wodehouse without any of the series characters Enjoyed it very much This one stands out for being set in California instead of England, though an English butler features prominently and one of Wodehouse s typical goofy young English upper class men also features, somewhat less prominently Not sure if I ll do a proper review later, not a lot to say beyond it s Wodehouse and it s hilarious.

  8. Patressa Kearns says:

    I liked The Old Reliable a lot What s not to like about any P G Wodehouse story I did find it to be very similar to Wodehouse s Spring Fever, which I read recently many of the same plot elements But that s OK, because, really, do we read Wodehouse for Wodehouse s great character development anyway No, we do not We read Wodehouse for fun and to for the tight, fun plot lines and uber snappy dialogue I especially loved the Bill character.

  9. Diskojoe says:

    An apt description of the author himself Excellent summer reading for putting the mind in Neutral luxuriating in the prose of the Master An apt description of the author himself Excellent summer reading for putting the mind in Neutral luxuriating in the prose of the Master

  10. Vicki says:

    Set in Hollywood in the late 1940s, just before Wodehouse became an American citizen The butler in the story is not Jeeves but a reformed safe cracker.

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