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It was his experience that almost any communication from Freddie indicated trouble. Lord Emsworth was not the man to exhibit the vultures gnawing at his heart to a babbler like the Hon.
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Here are a dozen stories to delight all Wodehouse addicts A crooning tenor is attempting to captivate the affections of the Rev. Rupert Bingham’s fiancee, Lord Emsworth is striving to remove a pumpkin-shaped blot on the family escutcheon, the Hon.
Freddie Threepwood is making a last-ditch attempt to convert Lady Alcester to the beneficial quality of Donaldson’s Dog-Joy, Here are a dozen stories to delight all Wodehouse addicts Freddie Threepwood is making a last-ditch attempt to convert Lady Alcester to the beneficial quality of Donaldson’s Dog-Joy, and in the bar-parlor of the Anglers’ Rest, Mr.
Mulliner fascinates everyone with the secret history of old Hollywood. Paperbackpages. Published July 2nd by W. Norton Company first published amd Blandings Castle 3Mr. FotheringayJoseph MullinerMiss Stern To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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To ask other readers questions about Blandings Castleplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Did I enjoy Blandings Castle? Oh I say, rather! I’ve been to Blandings before, usually with Uncle Fred, but this is the first time I’ve felt like a resident of the asylum. Lord Emsworth, aka Clarence Threepwood, blandingz Earl of Emsworth is the principle character and a good ol’ bean.
In some stories he comes off as a doddering old Methuselah, but apparentl Did I enjoy Blandings Castle? In some stories he comes off as a doddering old Methuselah, but apparently he’s meant to be only in his 60s.
Irregardless of whatever story you’re reading, Emsworth has a fairly one-track mind, he worries over his prize pig, the Empress of Castld. If it’s not the pig, then cxstle a pumpkin, but elsewnere it’s the pig. Hardships and annoyances are tossed at him from every corner, yet he casgle keeps his eyes on the prize Some of the hardships and annoyances include his constantly pestering sister Lady Constance Keeble, his good-for-nothing young son Freddy, his gravelly-souled gardner Angus McAllister, and bank holidays in August.
When Emsworth and his pig and pumpkin are not the focal point of the story, the topic almost inevitably is love. Some young couple, or rather I should say, some young trio is always falling in and out of love in Wodehouse’s wlsewhere. Just as often as not, the young lovers are running from engagements as they are running to them. I can’t count the number of times I’ve read about Bertie Wooster making a near escape from the alter. Rounding out the cashle of tales in Blandings Castlenearly half the book to be castls precise, are stories centered around the Hollywood movie scene of the early days.
Wodehouse wrote a film script or two and committed his experiences to paper in the form of fictional, wacky misadventures. Some good satirical barbs at the industry provide a few laughs. However, good as these stories are, I can’t help but feel that they are a tack-on to pad bkandings the elsewhete total to make up a full book. That said, it’s a very enjoyable book!
Addendum For Your Viewing Pleasure: I almost elsewher, did you know there’s a BBC tv cxstle based on the Blandings books? I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s a comin’ via the Netflix. I am however tempering my excitement, knowing full well that it will probably be flawed as any Wodehouse adapted story for the screen has been.
Without his witty narration, it just isn’t the same. View all 7 comments. It’s a long time since I have read a Wodehouse book afresh – I have finished them all long back so I have to do with re-reads. This was also one, but since there was thirty-five year gap between my previous perusal during my college days and this, most of the stories were forgotten and came across as fresh. Of the dozen stories in this volume, half are dedicated to Blandings Castle and its vacuous peer, Lord Emsworth – attended by his ever-faithful butler Beach, the redoubtable head-gardener An It’s a long time since I have read a Wodehouse book afresh – I have finished them all long back so I have to do with re-reads.
Of the dozen stories in this volume, half are dedicated to Blandings Castle and its vacuous peer, Lord Emsworth – attended by his ever-faithful butler Beach, the redoubtable head-gardener Angus MacAllister, his pig-man Cyril Wellbeloved, his prize pig the Empress of Blandings and – to the chagrin of the easy-going peer – his gorgon of a sister Lady Constance Keeble and the blot on his sunshine, his younger son the Hon.
For the earl is not fond of his younger progeny: Unlike the male codfish, which, suddenly finding itself the ad of three million five blancings thousand little codfish, cheerfully resolves to love them all, the British aristocracy is apt to look with a somewhat jaundiced eye on its younger sons.
And Freddie Threepwood was blsndings of those younger sons who rather invite the jaundiced eye. In the opening story, that jaundiced eye falls on the young aristocrat in close embrace with an unsuitable female – the cousin of the head gardener, no less!
By the time the affair is satisfactorily settled, Emsworth is called in to heal the rift between his son and his fiance, in a hotel suit infested with snapping toy dogs and gun-wielding females. Even anx irritating is the changed Freddie, the go-getter marketing executive of Donaldson’s Dog-Joy biscuits. No wonder we find the earl musing thus: Years before, when a boy, and romantic as most boys are, his lordship had sometimes regretted that the Emsworths, though an ancient clan, did not possess a Family Curse.
How little had he suspected that he was shortly about to become the catsle of it. No sooner than he had managed in getting rid of Freddie, Lord Emsworth is tasked with acting as jailer to young nieces who have been dumped into his home to save them from unsuitable alliances by his formidable sisters: One could almost feel that this is some kind of Russian tragedy, with the inexorable hand of eleewhere grinding the poor souls beneath its iron heel.
But as with any Wodehouse tale, everything elsewhrre out dlsewhere the end, with God in his heaven and everything right with the world. Bobbie is being compelled by her mother, the forceful Lady Wickham, to marry the unspeakable Clifford Gandle – however, she has other plans and manages to thwart authority in her own typically idiosyncratic way.
The other five are narrated by that gentleman of the bar parlour of Angler’s Rest, the redoubtable Mr. As blandjngs, he speaks with complete honesty about the escapades of his nephews and cousins, this time in Hollywood. And as one can expect with the dream city, everything is a bit larger than life. We have weddings proposed in gorilla cages; child stars who are actually midgets; temperamental lady stars out to brain people with roman swords, people virtually imprisoned to write nonexistent scripts, and the strangest of them all, the Yes-Men and the Nodders.
It is not easy to explain to the lay mind the extremely intricate ramifications of the personnel of a Hollywood motion-picture organization. Putting it as briefly as possible, a Nodder is something like a Yes-Man, only lower in the social scale. A Yes-Man’s duty is to attend conferences and say “Yes. The chief executive throws out some statement of opinion, and looks about him expectantly. This is the cue for the senior Yes-Man to say yes. He is followed, in order of precedence, by the second Yes-Man – or Vice-Yesser, as he is sometimes called – and the junior Yes-Man.
Only when all the Yes-Men have yessed, do the Nodders begin to function. In fact, business as usual in Hollywood.
My personal opinion is that it is his consummate mastery over the English language that does it. The following passage serves to illustrate how his prose takes on the wings of poesy even while describing something as mundane as a pig at the feeding trough.
They looked at him, awed. Slowly, fading across hill and dale, the vast bellow died away.
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And suddenly, as it died, another, softer sound succeeded it. A sort of gulpy, gurgly, plobby, squishy, wofflesome sound, like a thousand eager men drinking soup in a foreign restaurant. And, as he heard it, Lord Emsworth uttered a cry of rapture. The Empress was feeding.
Wodehouse’s books are as good as Jeeves’s pick-me-ups to raise one from the dumps. The Custody of the Pumpkin: It seems Lord Emsworth was a pumpkin enthusiast before he acquired his pig fixation.
He fires the groundskeeper because Freddie Threepwood’s in love with a cousin of his. Soon Emsworth fears for his pumpkin’s health and goes to London to re-hire McAllister. The Earl is in all his absent-minded glory in blanvings one.
Freddie and his wife have a spat and Freddie ends up back in London. The ninth The Custody of the Pumpkin: The ninth Earl initiall decides not to intervene but does so when it dawns on him that Freddie intends to return to Blandings if his marriage fails.
Couple this with a Jeeves-eque side plot where Beach is thinking about quitting elxewhere Emsworth grew a beard blnadings there you have it.