The Old Reliable




      The Old Reliable
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, 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 New Download [ The Old Reliable ] Author [ P.G. Wodehouse ] – heartforum.co.uk

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 40 years after his death Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during 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 career.An 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 Townend.Best 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 250 lyrics for some thirty musical comedies He worked with Cole Porter on the musical Anything Goes 1934 and frequently collaborated with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton He wrote the lyrics for the hit song Bill in Kern s Show Boat 1927 , wrote the lyrics for the Gershwin Romberg musical Rosalie 1928 , and collaborated with Rudolf Friml on a musical version of The Three Musketeers 1928.

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  • Paperback
  • 240 pages
  • The Old Reliable
  • P.G. Wodehouse
  • English
  • 27 March 2018
  • 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 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 the...

  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 It s nice to know that a Wodehouse book need not contain a Bertie, a Baxter, a...

  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 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...

  6. 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 Englis...

  7. 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 Wodeho...

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Eadie says:

    Book Description Following the death of Carmen Flores, the lubricious Mexican star, Adela Cork buys her Hollywood house Hoping to escape from the domineering Adela, her brother in law Smedley, who has lived with her since losing his money, searches the house for Carmen s legendary lost diary, in the belief that its scorching revelations about the sex life of her fellow stars will make him millions He is helped and hindered by a safe blowing butler, a pompous movie mogul, a posse of unemployed Book Description Following the death of Carmen Flores, the lubricious Mexican star, Adela Cork buys her Hollywood house Hoping to escape from the domineering Adela, her brother in law Smedley, who has lived with her since losing his money, searches the house for Carmen s legendary lost diary, in the belief that its scorching revelations about the sex life of he...

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