The Gem Collector
Spike gasped. His world was falling about his ears. Now that he had met Mr. Chames again he had looked forward to a long and prosperous partnership in crime, with always the mastermind behind him to direct his movements and check him if he went wrong. He had looked out upon the richness of London, and he had said with Bl]cher: "What a city to loot " And here was his leader...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Echo Library
(first published 1909)
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First version of Wodehouse's The Intrusion of Jimmy. I will say it's very confusing to read this book right after The Intrusion of Jimmy, until you figure out this is obviously another version of the same story. I think he improved on it in the second version, since I like that one much better.
Not PG's best, but not his worst either. A gentle piece that mixes New York criminals and minor English aristocrats together to see who gets the girl. The best of Wodehouse creates comic tension in one of two ways: either he throws so many obstacles in the way that you read to the end to delight in the genius it takes to unscramble the problems, or he has so many plot lines going at once, that you wonder how all of them will be resolved together, in time, and without too much reaching. This book...more
Another Wodehouse -- Kindle allows you do download them for free so I did -- again, I am impressed with Wodehouse's stories, as well as his characters. A common burglar in NYC returns home to England, a baronet on the death of his uncle -- and is tempted by a pearl necklace worth $40,000 -- should he or should he not? The house where he is invited is owned by a former NYC policeman -- the verbal battles these two have, complicated by the romance of the cop's daughter and the new baronet, are enl...more
Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more than seventy years and continues to be widely read over 30 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 so...moreMore about P.G. Wodehouse...