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Mulliner Nights (Mr. Mulliner #3)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  1,186 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
Mr. Mulliner is the genial Scheherazade of the Anglers' Rest, a bucolic English pub. Each evening, sipping his Scotch and lemon, Mr. Mulliner tells of an adventure that once befell a nephew, a cousin's son, or some other un-stuffy younger relative. Mr. Mulliner's narratives showcase Wodehouse's particular genius for fetching whimsy and eccentric shenanigans.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 12th 2005 by Vintage (first published 1933)
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F.R.
Jun 03, 2015 F.R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful collection of stories from The Angler’s Rest. Here, for your enjoyment, are quotes from each tale:

The Smile That Wins
“There was enough of the financier to make two financiers. It was as if Nature, planning a financier, had said to itself: ‘We will do this thing well. We will not skimp.’”

The Story of Webster
“The real objection to the great majority of cats is their insufferable air of superiority. Cats, as a class, have never completely got over the snootiness caused by the fact
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Tosh
Oct 30, 2007 Tosh rated it it was amazing
P.G. Wodehouse. The man was a genius and one of the great writers of the 20th Century. Period. Boris Vian loved him. Pynchon, I bet, loves him. In fact I suspect he's a writer's writer. If not, then there is something wrong with contemporary writing.

One can choose any title -and it's all the same. In one word, great! For whatever reason, I find Mulliner Nights my favorite. Why? I don't know why. All I can tell you is that it is a set of stories where Mr. Mulliner is in his favorite pub and he s
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Bruce
Aug 03, 2008 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is collection of nine short stories, all told by Mr. Mulliner to his buddies (entourage) at the Anglers' Rest pub while he sips his hot Scotch and lemon. Each member of his audience is identified by his drink - Pint of Stout, Whisky Sour, Mild and Bitter. The stories are all about Mr Mulliner's relatives (usually nephews) and are triggered by comments made by his friends. The stories are most amusing, as one might expect, often involving hapless males in pursuit of bright young females.

This
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X
Aug 13, 2011 X rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing deep here, but it was a fun collection of stories (my favorite being "Best Seller" which had such a sweet, happy ending!) and was nicely written and nicely British as well.
Spiros
Jun 23, 2015 Spiros rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those with a penchant for silly asses
Shelves: freebox, comicgenius
I have, over the years, read a lot of Wodehouse. I have read all the Jeeves & Wooster (and one hamfisted pastiche which came out a coupe of years ago), all of the Blandings, all of the Psmith; I have read anything Drones Club related, all of Uncle Fred, and many one-off novels. I have even read all of the School stories, and a couple of Plum's ill-considered autobiographical writings. What I have been sedulously avoiding, for reasons that are now unclear to me, are the Mulliner stories, the ...more
Gerald
Aug 06, 2013 Gerald rated it it was amazing
The real tabasco! Top hole! Wise not to mix metaphors, mind you. Putting tabasco in any of your holes not advised.

This is a collection of stories told around the fireplace at the Angler's Rest pub by the loquacious but mild-mannered Mr. Mulliner. Each story features one of his relatives, each with a particular personal quirk or ill-starred circumstance.

My fave in this stewpot is "Best Seller." A literary critic chap falls in love, making sure at first his intended has no intention of writing a r
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John Upton
Mar 11, 2015 John Upton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The main reason for me deciding to read this was the strength of the drunk cat illustration on the front. Needless to say I wasn't disappointed.
Richa
Mar 11, 2015 Richa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All sweetness and light here. Alas, it is the third and last book of Mulliner's anecdotes.
Gayatri
Dec 05, 2016 Gayatri rated it it was amazing
Wow. I LOVED reading this book. Each story in this book is unique and I enjoyed reading them all. Simply awesome. :D
Mr. Mulliner, his nephews and cousins never cease to amuse you. I wish The Anglers' Rest was real and I could visit it and give the almighty Mr. Mulliner a much deserved bow.
I am smiling even while writing this review, such is the magic of P.G.Wodehouse! Hats off, sir!
Phil Syphe
Nov 27, 2016 Phil Syphe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of the three short-story collections about the Mulliners, this is the one I rate the highest.

Webster the cat, who appears is two tales, is my favourite character.

Not sure which story I liked best, as they were pretty much on par with each other.
Amanda
Three things drew me to it. 1) It was under $5, 2) The cover has a cat drunk on whiskey on it, 3) I had just read Love Among the Chickens by Wodehouse, which was my first encounter with him, and found him hilarious. Given this trifecta, I couldn’t resist. I’m glad I didn’t, as this short story collection didn’t disappoint.

Don’t worry about this being the third in a series. The only connection among the short stories is the main characters are all a Mulliner (or married to one). It was completely
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Jayesha
Aug 04, 2015 Jayesha rated it really liked it
Reading Wodehouse on public transport inevitably leads to multiple stares being concentrated on one's person as one tries and fails miserably to keep spurts of laughter at bay. When Lancelot Mulliner's uncle, the Bishop of Bongo-Bongo, entrusts him with his cat Webster (as austere in personality as the Bishop) by means of a letter, he writes:

"His advent, indeed, I venture to hope, will be a turning-point in your life. Thrown, as you must be, incessantly among loose and immoral Bohemians, you wil
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Nigel Bird
Jun 16, 2013 Nigel Bird rated it it was amazing
Here’s a book that glitters. It sparkles with humour and the quality of writing and the pure pleasure that comes across in the telling of this collection of tales.
Mulliner hangs about in The Angler’s Rest chewing the fat, only there is no fat in the book, rather it’s all lean meat.
Whatever the subject, Mulliner can relate a tale of one of his relatives who has experienced something similar.
There are common threads that possibly relate to the gene pool: the wooing of a ladies, sturdy butlers, gen
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Ian Wood
Dec 17, 2007 Ian Wood rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: regulars at the Anglers Rest
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
In the bar-parlour of the Angler’s Rest the efficient barmaid Miss Postlewaite was asking if the reading public had had enough of the Mulliner family after ‘Meet Mr Mulliner’ and ‘Mr Mulliner Speaking’. A Gin and Tonic ventured that ‘it would be criminal if the story of Webster the cat and his influence over young Edward Mulliner was not brought to the public attention’, ‘Surely the tale of Sacheverell Mulliner and his phobia of Headmasters should be committed to the printed media?’ suggested a ...more
Nicola
Sep 17, 2010 Nicola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading three books from Stephen Fry and daily blog posts from That Kind of Girl whose writing is very much inspired by the inimitable Wodehouse, it was time to test the waters.


The trouble with Wodehouse is picking a title. With a career that spanned 70 years and produced close to 100 published novels and short story collections, it's difficult to know where to begin. My choice was made for me, however, as I came across a copy of Mulliner Nights for the princely sum of 2 tucked away on a b
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Aash Dhariya
Jul 31, 2013 Aash Dhariya rated it really liked it
This book is a simple, light and amusing read. Mr. Mulliner, here, is seen narrating the stories of his related mulliners (cousin, nephew, sister, uncle, etc) and their adventures. Its a collection of short stories, each based on a new protagonist, who, himself/herself is a mulliner. All of the stories involves different ways in which the the main character of the story, wins back his love. Almost every story start with a well set plan to be undertaken by the central character to work things out ...more
Peter
Jul 19, 2014 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
PWG in top form, including a pair of stories about Webster, a black cat with a vicarish mien until he discovers a taste for whiskey and turns full on bohemian. Webster's natural enemy is a tabby named Percy: "Orange of body and inky black of soul, he lay stretched out on the rug, exuding arrogance and hate… One could picture him stealing milk from a sick tabby."

Wodehouse delivers the goods early and often:
"The Lady Bishopess pursed her lips, displeased. She was a woman of ample and majestic buil
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Wolfman
Apr 13, 2008 Wolfman rated it really liked it
Right-ho!
At first, I was pretty disappointed when I realized that P.G. Wodehouse had written a book that was not about the inimitable Jeeves and Bertie Wooster, and that I was reading it. That lasted for about a page until a wave of good cheer came over me.

Mulliner Nights is a series of stories told by a loquacious regular at the Angler's Rest by the name of Mulliner. There are no recurring characters between stories, although the theme of matrimonial difficulty between young lovers permeates
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Madison Vander Dussen
Aug 20, 2016 Madison Vander Dussen rated it it was amazing
I've heard before that P.G Wodehouse is funny, but it wasn't until half a story and a few laughs into the book when I realized just how funny. As anyone could expect when reading a book of short stories, there were some I liked more than others, but each one had an aspect I very much enjoyed. Sometimes it was the situations Wodehouse created and other times it was his delivery and clever use of vocabulary which captured my attention. Also for someone who likes cats, I was very happy to read two ...more
Chris
Aug 29, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it
This collection of short stories, the third featuring Mr. Mulliner, is from 1933. It is very rewarding, and filled with many, many inventive phrases and jokes which remain fresh. There are no disappoinments in this volume, except perhaps the final short story, "Gala Night", which I could not really get into. It's possible that, by the time I reached "Gala Night", I was fatigued by the previous stories. Sometimes it's useful to take a break from Wodehouse, so that when you return to it, the ...more
Elisha Condie
Jan 08, 2011 Elisha Condie rated it really liked it
Another lovely Wodehouse. This one is a collection of short stories told by Mr. Mulliner, as he sits in a little British pub, entertaining the patrons there. All the stories have to do with another Mulliner, an uncle, cousin, or whoever. Some of the stories I really loved and others not as much, but it was a great book.

I'm kind of on a short story kick. I may never read a novel again. Short stories are just so gratifying. You can start and finish several in one night, and for me, it's a rare
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Victoria Jackson
Apr 08, 2016 Victoria Jackson rated it really liked it
Very easy read. Separate chapters about Mulliner family members in amusing situations, I love the names given to characters in the Anglers' Rest based on their drinks: Pint of Stout, Whisky Sour, Pint of Bitter, Small Bass, Whisky and Splash, music-loving Stout and Mild, a grizzled Tankard of Stout, Stout and Bitter, Lemonade and Angostura, Draught Stout, a genial Sherry and Bitters, and finally the Sage of the bar-parlour. Usually stories about trying to woo and marry a lady without having any ...more
Roberta
Jun 17, 2015 Roberta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, uk
Un cuore allegro fa bene quanto una medicina

Quanto vorrei anch'io un sorsino di tonico Mulliner! Se non perdo la mia moltezza è grazie a libri come questo, che sono una vera e propria coperta di Linus.
Le sere di Mulliner è una deliziosa raccolta di surreali siparietti, uniti dalla cornice del pub chiamato Anglers' Rest, in un Inghilterra tanto più preziosa in quanto inesistente. Qui il signor Mulliner si riunisce con alcuni compaesani che allieta raccontando storie di vita vissuta da qualche ap
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Jim
Jul 15, 2010 Jim rated it really liked it
The opening story, "The Smile that Wins," is very good (I'd actually read it before, in another collection), and all the stories are funny, though generally a bit too short to allow Wodehouse to develop the excellent plot structure that makes his best work so amazing. The real gems of this collection are the two stories centering on Webster the cat--particularly the second, "Cats Will Be Cats." Wonderful.
Jimeetgandhi
Dec 23, 2014 Jimeetgandhi rated it it was amazing
OMG! This one had me in splits. My fellow commuters wondered with an incredulous expression on their naive faces whether I am still not too old for the lunatic asylum across town. Webster, who has the highest sense of uppitines; interviewers who go into bouts of depression on interviewing soupy authoresses; people who enrich a nephew on just seeing his all-knowing smile; on reading this, why will you not be perceived so?
Bonnie
Mar 29, 2016 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The books by Mr. Wodehouse that I've listened to have been rather hit or miss. Some of them have been extremely funny while others have been merely okay. This one is quite funny. Expect his usual cast of high class twits who by some amazingly lucky chance come out ahead. I wondered about the title. It's because Mulliner regales the habitues of a local pub with nightly tales of the adventures or misadventures of his relatives.
Elizabeth Nesbit-comer
haha drunk cats and evil grinning men, you just can't beat a good wodehouse story for quick comedy.

this collection is mostly made up of him telling stories of his relatives blunders in getting the girl they love,sometimes they wittingly get the girl, and sometimes they need to flee the country from their disaterous circumstances.
Alex Sarll
One of Wodehouse's characters with whom I was least familiar, but let's face it - this is Wodehouse, so whatever the framework, you know what to expect. More delightful tales of posh young men getting into (and sometimes out of) ludicrous predicaments. And thank goodness there are some things on which one can rely.
Faizah Roslaini
Dengarnya Wodehouse amat diminati pelakon utama siri House. Atas sebab itu dan juga sebab sebab lain aku pun trylah. Kelakar buku ini macam kelakar "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrel' not quite as brutal tetapi dari aspek cerita-cerita di dalamnya memihak kepada protagonis sebab keadaan dan kebetulan. Aku pasti ada perkataan yang sesuai untuk apa yang aku try nak bagitau. Overall, boleh la.
Stacy
Jan 10, 2014 Stacy rated it really liked it
Who doesn't love a good P.G. Wodehouse? I suppose if you didn't you wouldn't bother reading this book. A collection of short stories told by Mr. Mulliner about the hilarious escapades of various family members. The characters adhere to the usual formula of witty conversation and preposterous situations. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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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 ...more
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