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Leave It to Psmith (Psmith #4)

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  4,890 ratings  ·  354 reviews
Ronald Psmith (“the ‘p’ is silent, as in pshrimp”) is always willing to help a damsel in distress. So when he sees Eve Halliday without an umbrella during a downpour, he nobly offers her an umbrella, even though it’s one he picks out of the Drone Club’s umbrella rack. Psmith is so besotted with Eve that, when Lord Emsworth, her new boss, mistakes him for Ralston McTodd, a ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 2nd 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1923)
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In trying to explain to my husband exactly why I find Wodehouse so laugh-out-loud funny, I used this passage: "One uses the verb 'descend' advisedly, for what is required is some word suggesting instantaneous activity. About Baxter's progress from the second floor to the first there was nothing halting or hesitating. He, so to speak, did it now." This is a brilliant example of Wodehouse's ability to put it just so, - how can you explain this any better? "Planting his food firmly on a golf-ball w ...more

It is the opinion of most thoughtful students of life that happiness in this world depends chiefly on the ability to take things as they come.

When his life starts to smell too strongly of Fish, Psmith feels the need for a change of scenery. I have become acquainted with Psmith (the 'P' is silent) during his college days at Wreckam where he dazzled his colleagues with his nonchalant atitude, his well-cut suits, his ability to fast-talk his way out of the troubles brought about by his love
This was a delightful book, quintessential Wodehouse. The hero, Psmith ("the p is silent, as in phthisis, psychic, and ptarmigan"), is a triumph of characterization, urbane, resilient, clever, utterly unflappable, altogether unlike Bertie Wooster (perhaps somewhat closer to Jeeves, though not a valet), from the same pen. I believe that this is only one of a series of novels PFW wrote featuring Psmith, and I would love to read more.

I struggle to understand and describe what makes Wodehouse such a
Reading P. G. Wodehouse can dispel the clouds, bring tulips into bloom in the dead of winter, make adorable putti with parchment scrolls fly around your head, and elicit a hardy laugh at all times. If you have never read Wodehouse, I am deeply sorry for you.

Leave It to Psmith is not the best of his novels, but it is as good a place to start exploring his inexhaustible array of country houses, eccentric gentry, American gunmen and their molls, deranged poetesses, rank impostors, hateful and effic
Idyllic Blandings Castle is to play host to literary guests, including poets and poseurs, much to Lord Emsworth's dismay. His sister, Lady Constance Keeble, organises their arrival at Blandings, mostly for her own amusement. Lady Constance owns a valuable diamond necklace that she wishes to wear at the house party. Word of this necklace gets about! The entangled plot involves imposters, secretaries, poets, burglars, butlers, maids and a budding romance.

Wodehouse writes with beautiful description
No one does British humor better than P.G. Wodehouse. His books consistently make me laugh out loud. Best known for the Jeeves and Bertie Wooster series (which is also excellent), Wodehouse wrote over 90 books in his career as well as a few different series. One of these series were the Psmith books. In my opinion, Psmith (pronounced "Smith," with the "p" being silent but giving proper distinction)is his most eccentric, charming, and original character. Because Psmith is so original and clever a ...more
Word goes 'round the net . . . Don loves this book!

I highly recommend this one over all of the Jeeves and Wooster novels. Psmith must have been the inspiration for Bugs Bunny, not in the sense of wacky antics, but more in his ability to talk himself into or out of any situation. Psmith's misplaced self-confidence is the perfect vehicle for Woodhouse's dry British humor. The language alone is worth experiencing.
4.5 stars
What a relief to read something genuinely funny and enjoyable! P.G. Wodehouse is incredible.
Leave it to Smith is a rambling, interconnected story about a diamond necklace, several schemes to steal said necklace, and a man named Psmith (the P is silent) hired to assist with those schemes. Though I suppose Psmith is the main character, the novel does an incredible job narrating several plot points and providing a great, entangled romp of a story.
If I have one complaint, it would be that
Dan Schwent
Leave it to Psmith is probably the best of the best as far as P.G. Wodehouse goes. If only he'd written more than four Psmith books.
Two Bibliomaniacs
Have we mentioned before that we love P.G. Wodehouse? No? Hummmm, well, our research department is woefully underfunded and we’re far too lazy to delve back into the archives ourselves... Just in case, we’ll mention it again. We love P.G. Wodehouse.

Fed up with the fish trade, eccentric good guy, Ronald Psmith is keen on a career change. To facilitate this urge, he takes out a classified add offering a rather ambitious range of services:

“Leave it to Psmith. Psmith will help you. Psmith is ready f
Wodehouse. He is a genius.

Please know that I do understand what the word "genius" implies, and in his field, this man was a genius. Yes, he is funny. That is now far beyond scrutiny. Yes, he has some pretty clever ideas for stories. But both of these things only give a very limited vision as to the magnitude of his abilities. He knows just how to turn a phrase. A simile, a statement of fact, a single, simple description--these are things that Wodehouse knows how to convert from the mundane, ord
Harv Griffin
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My dad was always after me to read P.G. Wodehouse, particularly the Psmith novels. Dad would say, "The P is silent like in swimming."

LEAVE IT TO PSMITH is by far my favorite Wodehouse novel. Chasing a girl, Psmith follows her to a mansion, where he blithely impersonates a poet to gain access.

When I first read this in college, during a lazy day when I had spare moments, I laughed so hard at one of the descriptions that I fell out of bed. I remember wheezing uncontrollably on the floor until it ac
Annie Hawthorne
Wodehouse is the genius of British humor. I can't believe I've existed for twenty years without ever reading his books before. What was wrong with me? Needless to say, if you have yet to read any of his thoroughly delightful works, fix that before you're a month older.
Do. It.
His writing is hysterical and a breath of fresh air. But be warned, reading Wodehouse whilst cooking a meal is a bad idea. Not if you want your food to survive.
In all of the Wodehouse canon, Psmith may arguably be his greatest creation. He's certainly my favorite, along with the Blandings crew -- and in this book, we get to see them unite in one of the most whimsical romps ever written. Priceless.
Another excellent dose of Wodehousian medicine. Psmith is hilarious per usual and makes me wonder why I do not read Wodehouse more often.
So far, very funny. I wish this showed my cover. It has a picture of the most dapper, dandyish dandy that every dapperly dandied.
S Prakash
A laugh a line is what makes it a riot of raucous laughter. Psmith( P silent as in Psychology), with his entourage of friends, acquaintances, buffoons and imposters sets the stage for non stop guffaws at Lord Emsworth's Blandings Castle. Each of the characters have singular obsessons; like Lord Emsworths passion for his garden, Lady Constanance for the company of poets, Threepwood for movies only to be matched by the singular aversion for fish by Psmith.

The setting of Wodehouse's novels in the p
Chinmay Pangarkar
This is hands down the best Wodehouse book I've read! This is saying a lot, coming from an ardent Wodehouse fan. The story has all the usual impostors, burglars and romances; the usual inanities, twists and hilarity. [return][return] The Hon. Freddie Threepwood, the second and perennially impecunious son of Lord Emsworth has come up with a magnificent scheme to raise two thousand pounds to finance his dream of becoming a bookie. With his Uncle Joe (the devoted but hen-pecked husband of Lady Cons ...more
BJ Rose
This is a charming comedy of errors, told as only P.G. Wodehouse can do. I did a lot of chuckling, and had some laugh-out-loud moments as I read about the enterprising Psmith *"the 'P' is silent, as in psychic and ptarmigan"* as he carried out his plan to get out of the fish business and make something of himself. His campaign began when he placed an advert in the newspaper, offering to do anything for anyone provided it had nothing to do with fish. He is soon off to Blandings to steal a necklac ...more
Leave It to Psmith by P. G. Wodehouse (1923) is my second foray into the adventures at Blandings Castle. This one follows the intrepid Psmith--one-time heir to a grand estate which his father heartlessly speculated away; most recently a monger of fish; and now a man of business. What kind of business?

Why, any at all. Just read his advertisement:


Psmith Will Help You

Psmith Is Ready For Anything


Someone To Manage Your Affairs?

Someone To Handle Your Business?

Someone To
I re-read this on July 23, 2012, and loved it, maybe even more than the first time. It takes a few chapters for the hilarity to really get going, but after that it's a real classic.

I think I especially enjoy this Wodehouse novel because Psmith is, in a way, the ultimate fantasy hero for someone who makes a living with words. Psmith regularly finds himself in impossibly difficult situations, but he has a really remarkable ability to work through them successfully with a flood of oratory. (Of cour
It’s been quite a while since I’ve read any Wodehouse, so when I saw this at the library book sale, I picked it up and was immediately taken with the line “the ‘p’ is silent, as in pshrimp.” This is just what one would expect: mistaken identity, an absent-minded peer, an imperious dowager, young love, a fluttering poetess, laugh-out-loud lines, and a picturesque English manor as the main setting.
Lee Ann
Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!! Oh, this was so funny! This is a stand alone novel within the Wooster world. There are overlapping characters and, of course, the inimitable Drone's Club. You will love this one even if you haven't read any Bertie. You haven't read Bertie? Go away. Seriously. Just go. Back to Psmith, this book is kind of the anti-Bertie. There are the several plotlines resolving into one but with all the motives and resolutions reversed. Psmith is seeking love instead of fleeing it, seeking e ...more
Jamie Grefe
Thankfully, we still have used book stores where the employees know how to recommend a book! I went in looking for a dash of Wodehouse and the young man heartily suggested I read this, "Leave it to Psmith," that it would satisfy my Wodehousian cravings. Indeed, it did and does. If you are a fan of the Jeeves novels/stories, you will love Psmith, the fishmonger, the young gentleman, the problem-solver extraordinaire. I've only read a handful of Jeeves/Wooster books, but this one holds up with the ...more
DP Newell
I love the Psmith stories.
Genius, of course
Jul 19, 2015 Rajan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: bliss
Reading Wodehouse is pure bliss. His writing style seems simple but it is not. Wodehouse is a genius and he painstakingly creates humor out of ordinary everyday situations. It is not slap stick, satire or comic. It is pure unadulterated humor. Reading Wodehouse is the best stress buster and anti-depressant. He doesn’t claim to very highly literary writing prowess. In his own words “I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring r ...more
Paula Apynys
Leave it to Psmith was my first Wodehouse and I will never forget the sense of discovery I enjoyed when reading it.

Just the idea of Psmith: "the p is silent" -- introducing himself to people and their reactions -- priceless.

This was the second Blandings novel and we again meet Lord Emsworth, Freddie Threepwood, the beleaguered Efficient Baxter and Beach the Butler. The juxtaposition of Psmith -- an extreme eccentric, with the gang at Blandings -- just read it.

Across the pale parabola of Joy...
This is a new all-time-favorite fiction book. I like the story. I also like his sunny vision of life and how much he likes his characters.

I have been reading and rereading some of Wodehouse because,for me, he did the same things I enjoyed in the work of Douglas Adams. Interesting, the character of Psmith looks a lot like Adams' Dirk Gently, right down to some of the phrases the characters use. It was almost like having a new Dirk Gently novel to read.
Eustace Psmith (he 'P' is silent, as in psychic and ptarmigan) is down and out. He quit the family fish business where he had been obliged to start from the bottom up. He hopes his friend Conrade Jackson will help but Jackson is not as wealthy as he appears because he's wife's stepfather is married to Lady Constance Threepwood, who holds the purse strings. Eve Halliday is also down and out. She turns to her friend Phyllis Jackson for support and Phyllis confides in her friend that her husband wa ...more
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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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“We must always remember, however,' said Psmith gravely, 'that poets are also God's creatures.” 8 likes
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