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Bachelors Anonymous

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  480 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
Launched on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death, each Overlook Wodehouse is the finest edition of the master's work ever published.


Much-married American movie mogul Ivor Llewellyn depends on his friends at Bachelors Anonymous to keep him out of romantic entanglements. But when devoted bachelor Trout takes it upon himself to thwart a romance between Pickering and a be
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Hardcover, 176 pages
Published August 16th 2012 by The Overlook Press (first published 1973)
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F.R.
Sep 01, 2015 F.R. rated it really liked it
Ivor Llewelyn is a movie producer, apparently he’s Welsh but clearly he’s been Hollywood-based for a fair old while as he now speaks and acts like your stereotypical movie studio head. Following his fifth divorce, he is approached by his lawyer, a Ephraim Trout, who reveals he is a member of a club called Bachelors Anonymous – a group of like-minded men who have sworn off marriage and are keen to get other men to join their group. Now in the hands of another author, the notion of like-minded men ...more
Rick
Apr 15, 2014 Rick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I should probably start this review by admitting that I would happily read a shopping list written by P.G. Wodehouse - and I'm pretty sure that I'd smile all the way through it.

I am a complete fan boy when it comes to the writings of "Plum" Wodehouse and have read all the Jeeves and Worcester books as well as a considerable amount of his other output - so I was pleasantly surprised to come across a number of more obscure P.G. books on a recent visit to an Oxfam Bookshop (always a source of inter
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Jerry
Jul 05, 2010 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love quadrangle (or more) amuses in silly Wodehouse farce!

PGW's books rarely fail to amuse and entertain, and certainly "Bachelors" is no exception. Big-time Hollywood producer Ivor Llewellyn, a five-time divorcee (due to a compulsion to propose over dinner) is off to London where his California divorce lawyer, Ephraim Trout, fears he might fall to the wiles of yet another woman. Trout belongs to "B.A.", patterned after AA, which helps men prevent getting married off. He suggests Llewellyn look
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Chris Eastvedt
Mar 21, 2012 Chris Eastvedt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
A comedy of errors in true Wodehouse form.

Bachelors Anonymous is a self-help group of gentlemen that believes a celibate life is the best life. These saintly marauders are not only there for each other, they will also cheerfully intervene on behalf of any man, saving him from the horrors of marriage whether welcomed or not. In their eyes even one date is cause for alarm because as we all know, dinner leads to marriage. When one such man deemed to be of high risk (he’s been married five times pre
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Ian Wood
Jun 29, 2008 Ian Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
Wodehouse first introduced us to movie mogul Ikey Llewellyn in ‘The Luck of the Bodkins’ smuggling some jewels for his wife Grayce and again in ‘Pears, Girls and Monty Bodkin’. In both these he is a bit player supporting the hapless Monty Bodkin but here he moves up to be the second name on the bill, top billing going to Joe Pickering. Ikey has recently being divorced by fifth wife Grayce and is concerned that due to his inability to talk of other matters that he will shortly be proposing again ...more
Trixie Fontaine
A tight, entertaining little book but not my favorite form of Wodehouse; I definitely prefer the short episodes in the Jeeves & Wooster books and Young Men in Spats. This being one whole story made it too tense and Three's-Company like for me. I really prefer reading one little story before bed and having all of the troubles, miscommunications and loose ends neatly wrapped up before I go to sleep.

I imagine this book gives you a good idea of what a Wodehouse play might have been like. It's al
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Stephen
May 02, 2015 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, britain
It is never agreeable for a man who is engaged to one girl and has just proposed to another to find himself in the company of both of them."


Ivor Llewellyn and his lawyer Mr. Trout have been through five divorces together, but it's time to say goodbye. Llewellyn is headed for England, but he leaves with parting advice from his good friend Trout: for heaven's sake, man, steer clear of marriage! Trout's own secret at avoiding matrimony is simple: he belongs to a discrete club of gentlemen who, when
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Andrés Delgado
Sep 05, 2014 Andrés Delgado rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor-novels
The book lends itself for a fast and enjoyable read. Compared to other novels of the same author (judging only from the size of the spine, this is barely my second Wodehouse novel) this one is shorter and the language is perhaps lighter, possibly due to the authors long settlement in the United States after his stay in Germany. Despite this, Wodehouse manages to take us to the 1960s London and show us through its characters the changes taking place in English society: rich Americans searching fo ...more
Michael Wilton
Feb 06, 2014 Michael Wilton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before seeing his client Ivor Llewellyn off at Los Angeles Airport bound for London, where he is intent on gingering up the English end of his business, notably as head of Superba-Llewellyn studios, Mr Ephraim Trout has a word of warning for his old friend about the dangers of marrying again. He advises him to get in touch with a good firm of solicitors as soon as he gets there. Although he belongs to Bachelors Anonymous – the equivalent of Alcoholics Anonymous – he is worried that after five di ...more
Iris
Dec 23, 2012 Iris rated it liked it
Bachelors Anonymous is a comedy of errors and coincidences. Joe Pickering is hired to protect Ivor Llewellyn, a Hollywood producer, from proposing marriage for a sixth time. At the same time, Pickering is hoping to propose to a young lady he has fallen for. Unfortunately, one of Llewellyn's friends is of the belief that bachelorhood is always to be preferred. His interference complicates things for both men. Bachelors Anonymous is fast, fun read. Cautions: none. ...more
Kaylie
Dec 15, 2015 Kaylie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before dying at 93 in 1975, humorist P.G. Wodehouse wrote countless plays, songs, and books. He is probably best known for his Jeeves collection. His literary career spanned decades, and he was even knighted for his contributions to English literature and culture. Bachelors Anonymous was one of his final books, published in 1973, and it marks my first Wodehouse.

Bachelors Anonymous is about the life and times of men who have sworn off marriage by developing an alcoholics anonymous-style organiza
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Douglas Dalrymple
“As the days went by, he had become more and more alive to the perils inseparable from association with Miss Dalrymple.”

I consider it a great honor that Mr Wodehouse saw fit to create a character – Vera Dalrymple – with my own last name. She’s not the best character in this otherwise fine comic novel. But I like to read the sentence above and imagine the hell my daughter’s future suitors will suffer at my hands.
Ensiform
Dec 10, 2011 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A humorous non-Bertie piece, about a movie mogul who, having been married five times, is determined never to again and hires a young man to stop him from proposing, which he usually does when he runs out of things to say to a woman. The young man, however, himself falls for a girl, and the mogul’s lawyer decides he must protect him, too. It all, of course, turns out Right at The End.
An Odd1
Mar 07, 2014 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fun
At 92, author still surprises, pulls switcheroos, pops happy endings. For near a century, valet Jeeves smartly kept Wooster single. Antics still inspire silly slapstick 2014 TV Blandings http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWkcz8... (Some videos "not available in your country") . Warm honeymoon first-love feelings are like spring to winter.

Joe, lawyer on two-week vacation to put on his play, cauliflower ear and flat nose from boxing, is more than pretty fribble. Three times the charm, he bumps into
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Cindy
Jun 12, 2008 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, funny, 888
Just read this one last night. It's not as funny as Jeeves and Wooster, but it was still good. I think it would have been even better as an audiobook. About a Hollywood movie executive who visits London and needs help to prevent him marrying for the 6th time. Lots of funny characters.
Judy"Intergalactic Bookworm"
Sep 01, 2007 Judy"Intergalactic Bookworm" rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: P G Wodehouse Fans,
Shelves: fiction
This isa fun take on support groups. Instead of havig a typical support group setting, like Alcoholics Anonymous (not singling out this group; just using it as an example), Wodehouse takes the theme and applies it to a situation that some men (and women) fear: never marrying. A fun read.
Miriam
Aug 26, 2012 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, humor
There are some very funny parts to this book, and the plot is very clever, but it isn't my favorite Wodehouse. I think part of the problem is that it is very short, so things don't have time to develop the way they usually do. A good book, but not his best.
David
Dec 18, 2012 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and certainly requires no effort. Not typical Wodehouse characters, but the usual bright wordplay and amusing take on life. Fluffy to the max . . . farce all the way. Looks like something easily adaptable to dinner theatre. No surprises in plot!
Tony
BACHELORS ANONYMOUS. (1974). P. G. Wodehouse. ***.
A man visiting California from England on business falls in love with a young woman. He is ready to propose marriage to her over coffee at dinner the next night. Fortunately, he meets with one of his American lawyers, who tells him that he needs the services of Bachelors Anonymous, an organization based on the same principles as Alcoholics Anonymous. When a member of AA feels the urge to take a drink, he calls up one of the other members and gets
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Megan Larson
Jan 19, 2012 Megan Larson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-for-fun
My bedtime reading having been rather heavy of late, I decided to pull out this refreshingly quirky book full of the perfectly dry yet ridiculous humor of Wodehouse. He is so evocative, I cannot help giggling (even with a sleeping husband beside me). "The effect of these words on Joe was somewhat similar to that which would have been produced by a blow on the bridge of the nose by a wet fish. His jaw fell. His eyes bulged. He tottered and might have fallen had he not clutched at the umbrella sta ...more
Shari
Apr 10, 2011 Shari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this book, as outlined on the jacket-flaps of my library's copy, is that there exists a club by the name of Bachelors Anonymous, whose members call on each other for a bit of support whenever they waver in their commitment to bachelorhood (in much the same way an AA member calls their sponsor when they're thinking of succumbing to the siren song of a tumblerful).

That, right there? Is the coolest idea EVER. (A confirmed bachelor myself, I want nothing more than to start a local cha
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Ann
Dec 03, 2012 Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: anglophilia
I am always particularly interested in the non-Jeeves Wodehouse books. Although this one was written in the 1970s, it takes place in that timeless Wodehousian universe of rich uncles, dyspeptic millionnaires and amorous young men. The book starts with Hollywood millionnaire LLewellyn taking off for England after his fifth divorce. His lawyer, Ephraim Trout, can't shake his concern that Mr. Llewellyn might propose to another xanthippe if left unguarded, and soon follows him. For Mr. Trout is a pr ...more
Phair
Aug 24, 2014 Phair rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While written in the early 70s this retained the feel of the earlier era. Not as funny as the Jeeves books. very much a farce with all sorts of crossed paths, misunderstandings & connections to be sorted out. While I didn't find as many of the clever turns of phrase / bon mots as usual I was impressed with the abundance of classical and literary allusions popping up all over the place.
Suzanne Stluka
Jul 24, 2014 Suzanne Stluka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Wodehouse, and this is a fine example of his work. Light, frothy, silly even, but exquisitely written and delightful to read. An exceptionally pleasant way to pass an afternoon, which is about how long it took to read this book.
Libbeth
Oct 21, 2008 Libbeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1991, humour
I will use this "review" for all the P. G. Wodehouse I have read. I read them all so long ago and enjoyed them so much that I have given them all 5 stars. As I re-read them I will adjust the stars accordingly, if necessary, and add a proper review.
When I first discovered P. G. Wodehouse I devoured every book I could find in the local library, throughout the eighties and early nineties. Alas, this means that I have read most of them and stumbling across one I have not read is a rare thing. I'm su
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John
May 18, 2015 John rated it liked it
Very late Wodehouse (1970s) though the plot might just has well have been set in the 1920s. Quite good fun but all rather predictable - probably just what his audience wanted by this point.
Kim Greenhalgh
Jun 25, 2013 Kim Greenhalgh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a delight! The entire time I was reading I pictured it in my mind's eye as 1940s Frank Capra slapstick. Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant and Priscilla Lane, oh my! It would have been a terrific movie.

This was a great little comedy that bounced around like a pogo stick. Short and sweet and worth an evening's reading time this little drama makes quick work of professional bachelors (excluding Ivor who cannot help but propose to women and marry them! lol).

I have not indulged in P.G. Wodehouse before
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Trish
Mar 14, 2014 Trish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! A great read for a rainy day or if you need some cheering up, complete with a good satisfying ending.
Ardesia
Mar 11, 2011 Ardesia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xxxbc
Commedia che scorre via rapida in un vortice di continui capovolgimenti di situazione e di coincidenze sempre al limite del paradosso che tessono una rete di relazioni fra i vari personaggi. Più che di leggere un libro sembra di essere al cinema a vedere un film di un "Woody Allen d'oltre manica" che ama farcire le situazioni che ha sapientemente estratto dal sua cappello a cilindro, con tutta una serie di citazioni alle opere di Shakespeare e di altri scrittori come E.A.Poe ("Mai più!), senza t ...more
John Uzzi
Mar 26, 2016 John Uzzi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a delight; tongue firmly in cheek. There is never enough Wodehouse.
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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 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 so ...more
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