Summer Lightning

Summer Lightning The Honourable Galahad Threepwood has decided to write his memoir a tell all that could destroy polite society Everyone wants this manuscript gone particularly Lord Emsworth s neighbor Sir Gregory Pa

  • Title: Summer Lightning
  • Author: P.G. Wodehouse
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Honourable Galahad Threepwood has decided to write his memoir a tell all that could destroy polite society Everyone wants this manuscript gone, particularly Lord Emsworth s neighbor Sir Gregory Parsloe Parsloe, who would do anything to keep the story of the prawns buried in the past But the memoir isn t the only problem A chorus girl disguised as an heiress, a doublThe Honourable Galahad Threepwood has decided to write his memoir a tell all that could destroy polite society Everyone wants this manuscript gone, particularly Lord Emsworth s neighbor Sir Gregory Parsloe Parsloe, who would do anything to keep the story of the prawns buried in the past But the memoir isn t the only problem A chorus girl disguised as an heiress, a double dealing detective, a stolen prize winning sow, and a crazy ex secretary are only a few of the complications that must be dealt with before everyone can have their happy ending.

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    1. tells me i've now read seventeen wodehouse books, with sixteen of those being novels and short stories -- the other is a wonderful collection i can only highly recommend, called Wodehouse On Wodehouse that is part memoir of his time writing for musical theatre, and partly selected letters, and also part sort-of autobiography. so it should be obvious that i love a good wodehouse novel. but i'm coming to terms that i have certain favourites and that wodehouse has a cast of archetypes for his ficti [...]

    2. I'm only as reliable as Lord Emsworth when it comes to judging which among Wodehouses's numbers is his best, but I believe this one is right up there among his finest. As if Lord Emsworth, Hon Galahad and the efficient Baxter weren't enough material, there were atleast a dozen other weapons of mass amusement that were thrown in for good measure, on the whole building up enough ammunition to take eons of pent up stress to the cleaners.

    3. Even more like A Midsummer Night's Dream fortified with extra McGuffins than all the other Wodehouses I've read so far. Would not be surprised if that was the intention here.It seems my enjoyment of the Blandings stories is partly dependent on the characters of the [usually young] people staying at the house and causing havoc. Something Fresh remains my favourite of the novels so far because I liked Ashe and Joan so much - nor was anyone else notably objectionable. Ronald Overbury Fish, however, [...]

    4. The Blandings Castle books are often overshadowed by the more popular Jeeves and Wooster series, but deserve a visit in their own right. As is true of most Wodehouse, the zaniest of machinations fail, then succeed, true love wins in the end, and the aristocracy bumble their way through life saved only by the wisdom from the service class. Very enjoyable characters and strong writing throughout. Very, very funny.

    5. For less than the price of a cup of English tea:Each book that PG writes, proffers hours and hours of delightful entertainment.This accomplished and sophisticated writer always delivers.Highbrow, erudite comedic writing is difficult to summit even once.And yet, Mr. Wodehouse is a singular Sherpa in this vocation.A tip of my ‘bowler’ to you, again, sir.

    6. Although I can see why I don’t usually partake of a steady diet of any genre much less author, there is something to be said for immersing oneself in a ‘serious study’ of comedy. For one thing it recognizes comedy as art and as such not to be viewed lightly, however much it entertains. For another, constant exposure to the medium has the effect of reducing one’s susceptibility to the comic influence through immunity thus allowing for greater objectivity in viewing what has facilitated ou [...]

    7. Cu personaje şi intrigi dense şi colorate, fir epic bogat şi mult dialog, acest volum scris aproape în întregime în manieră dramaturgică mi-a dat senzaţia, încă de la prima pagină, că îl citesc pe Moliere.Lectură uşoară şi amuzantă, ideală pentru vacanţă. De citit şi celelalte volume din serie.

    8. I needed a diversion for a couple of days from the national tragedy that is unfolding before our eyes and figured some Wodehouse would help.Sir Galahad Threepwood is writing his Reminiscences, much to the horror of his sister, Lady Constance Keeble. As she tells her “strangely sinister” sycophant Rupert Baxter, the former hated private secretary to her pig obsessed brother Clarence, Lord Emsworth, she must get her hands on Gally’s manuscript because it “is full from beginning to end of l [...]

    9. Summer Lightning is one of Wodehouse's Blandings Castle series, a series which is slowly replacing Jeeves & Wooster in my affections.Most of the stories in the Blandings Castle series use the same plot devices: a broken engagement (or two), an imposter (or two), and the kidnapping of Lord Emsworth's pig, the Empress of Blandings. Summer Lightning is no different. Wodehouse gets a lot of mileage out of the old formula but it never fails.Hugo Carmody and Ronnie Fish both end up on the outs wit [...]

    10. 2.5 stars for this audiobook edition (review below); 4 stars for the book itself.I was disappointed that I couldn't find a Jonathan Cecil narration of this second book in the Blandings series (GR includes the Psmith books in the Blandings series but I prefer the Fantastic Fiction" organization of Wodehouse's books). John Wells was truly terrible in his choice of voices for these characters, making Lord Emsworth sound like a petulant teenaged girl, his niece Millicent talk with a lisp, and other [...]

    11. Absolutely wonderful. It's my first Wodehouse novel since I finished the Jeeves books and it didn't disappoint, it's just as hilarious and lovely. I very much enjoyed the language in this, as well as the characters (going so far as growing very fond of a pig). Great stuff, I'm so happy I finally stepped into Blandings!

    12. It was going to be a three-star, but after those last few chapters, with Lord Emsworth brandishing a gun, Baxter under the bed and people generally sprinting in all directions through the halls of Blandings, I had to tack on the fourth. :)

    13. If you've forgotten (or sadly have never known) what it's like to read something smartly light and funny and delightful give this little piggie a go.

    14. Perfect book for lazy Sundays, warm afternoon and, lots and lots of tea.Light, funny, tongue in cheek, witty and absolutely hilarious.

    15. Ronnie Fish wants to marry a beautiful chorus girl named Sue Brown, but he knows the family won't approve. He needs money from his trustee, Lord Emsworth, in order to marry Sue. All Lord Emsworth is concerned with is his prize pig, The Empress of Blandings. Ronnie gets the bright idea to steal the Empress and hide her away then find her. His uncle will be so grateful, he will give Ronnie a reward. Ronnie's friend Hugo Carmody wants to marry his cousin Millicent but the family wants Millicent to [...]

    16. ‘Summer Lightning’ is the third novel in the Blanding’s saga and the fist in which the residents of Blanding’s themselves take centre stage. In ‘Something Fresh’ Blanding’s was a standard Wodehouse setting for a typical Wodehouse farce and in ‘Leave it to Psmith’ the family and staff were acting as supporting roles for Psmith to bring home his typical ‘vim and vigour’. After writing ‘Leave it to Psmith’ Wodehouse had written a series of magazine stories based on the Thr [...]

    17. My first Blandings novel after a long time, and apart from the rather obvious fact that it is a snorter, corker and a capital, capital, capital good egg of a book, what really struck me is the lyrical beauty that Wodehouse regularly manages to conjure up. For Example, this is how the book begins:Blandings Castle slept in the sunshine. Dancing little ripples of heat-mist played across its smooth lawns and stone-flagged terraces. The air was full of the lulling drone of insects. It was that gracio [...]

    18. it always used to annoy me when people would talk about Jeeves and Wodehouse and how witty they were, and it just sounded soooo pretentious and Anglophile and all. But then I heard an audiotape of one of the Jeeves books (Jonathan Cecil is the best), and I became one of those people because Wodehouse is just hilariously, deliriously funny in a kind of screwball way that never feels icky & isn't precious at all. I love "Summer Lightning" for its amazing characters, including The Empress of Bl [...]

    19. So much love for Wodehouse! I've actually only ever read one Wodehouse book, and it was a Jeeves and Wooster. I much preferred this one, actually, probably because it was not so much isolated episodes as it was a real novel. The characters are, of course, completely stereotypical, especially Lady Constance and Lord Emsworth, but when written in Wodehouse style, they become completely fresh and hilarious again. And I'll say it again--enormous pigs called the Empress of Blandings are always, alway [...]

    20. "Nevertheless, it seemed to me that they, like you, lacked vision, This pig, you see, is a prize pig. Don't picture to yourself something with a kink in its tail sporting idly in the mud. Imagine, rather, a favourite daughter kidnapped from her ancestral home. This is heavy stuff, I assure you. Restore the animal in time for the Agricultural Show and you may ask of Lord Emsworth what you will, even unto half his kingdom."

    21. Any book that can make you laugh at loud multiple times is a winner. I loved this book. Dad has tried to get me to read Wodehouse stories for a while now, but I only just got around to it. Wodehouse is ingeniously funny and his complex tale of the lives of members of the idle British nobility keeps you guessing and laughing the whole way through. The preface alone should sell any reader on his humor. I will be reading MUCH more P.G. Wodehouse, definitely. Would highly recommend!

    22. One of Plum's best, with mistaken identities, stolen prize pigs, resentful ex-secretaries, and a private detective with a deplorable mustache. Simply delightful.

    23. I imagine that P.G. Wodehouse could probably knock a novel out like this without too much difficulty.  I say that not as a bad thing, but one gets the feeling in reading this novel that the author was comfortable and familiar with his characters and enjoyed throwing them together to see what interesting things would happen, with romantic (and other) subplots intersecting with each other as Lord Emsworth valued peace and quiet while no one else let him have it [1].  Wodehouse's choice to have a [...]

    24. My first Wodehouse without Jeeves and Wooster. I missed them.This is a funny book. But the lack of Jeeves is painful. But I still enjoy PGW.

    25. So much fun! Lots of misunderstandings leading to a lot of hilarity. Just what I needed for an escape from the real world. Love Wodehouse's way with words.

    26. If I could give this book more stars, I would. I THOROUGHLY enjoyed Summer Lightning. This is BY FAR one of P. G. Wodehouse's best works, and a great follow-up to my favorite Wodehouse piece, Leave It To Psmith. Wodehouse is one of the very few authors who can leave me laughing out loud, and this piece drew forth many such wonderful moments. Summer Lightning is a MUST-READ!

    27. Typical Wodehouse and extremely funny. Bit of a slow start, sometimes a bit silly, but getting funnier and even more funnier along the read. Wodehouse introduces all sort of types, let them come together, creates misunderstanding, chaos and a happy ending. I would give it 4.5 out of 5.

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