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The Girl in Blue

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  1,085 ratings  ·  112 reviews
When a chap is short of a crust -- and in love, to boot -- he's usually willing to embark on any money-making venture suggested...even if it means ransacking a lady's bedroom.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 1970)
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This is my first Wodehouse read, and I will most certainly read more! Such a fun, snappy little book; I was entertained throughout. Here, Wodehouse created some quirky, memorable characters who found themselves in and out of one mishap and misunderstanding after another, revolving around money issues, romance confusions, and a valuable Gainsborough miniature titled "The Girl in Blue". I recommend for a quick diversion on a cold winter day.
Homer Pyle’s sister Bernadette has been caught shoplifting at a top department store in New York and needs a place to go to get out of the way. Homer is traveling to Brussels to the P.E.N conference so he brings his sister to England to stay at Mellingham Hall, the estate of Mr. Crispin Stokes. Crispin’s younger brother Willoughby, a wealthy solicitor, is excited to show off his new purchase, a Gainsborough miniature of his great-great (possibly great) grandmother. Gerald West meets Jane at jury ...more
It is always a delight to read Wodehouse. As rightly pointed out, nothing bad ever happens in Wodehouse land. He makes you laugh and smile and gives the reader pure enjoyment.His wit is unmatched and his signature style of expressing things in the most funny ways is remarkable. Even though "The Girl in Blue" might not be his best, there is always that touch of wit and the Wodehouse signature expression in all his books. When Jerry West find himself in a critical position of being engaged to some ...more
I’ve recently found that no one can make me laugh with such highbrow British humor like P.G. Wodehouse can. While his stories can sometimes seem (to steal a term from a fellow reviewer) formulaic, they are nevertheless entertaining each time, with characters that delight and plot twists that leave you giggling and groaning with anticipation at what zany fiascoes will pop up next. Nothing is ever quite what it appears or as easy as you hope in the Wodehouse world, and we readers are the better fo ...more
Reading the girl in blue was like listening to soul soothing music!....
If u do not want to know anything about the plot, read no further.
I quote this part because it was so lovely....
Crispin goes to his brother to ask for a loan and the build up is terrific..... Crispin is an agitated man....
And then his brother just nods and gives him the cheque....
' .......but, mingled with the joy, relief and ecstasy that surges over him a borrower of money cannot help experiencing a certain sensation of flat
(err..spoilers ahead)

What do you get when you mix together a morose America corporation lawyer who brightens whilst writing poetry, who is troubled mainly because he is saddled with a sister who shoplifts out of academic interest, a golden hearted British Lawyer whose life has just brightened because he has acquired "The girl in Blue", his elder brother who is saddled with an estate with a beautiful lake which he wishes he could drain away and who wants two hundred and three pounds, six shilling
Krishna Kumar
The title refers to a miniature painting that is the center of focus of activities of the chief protagonists. The action quickly moves from New York to London to country houses. Although it has the customary Wodehouse mix-up plots, there are a few disappointments. Primarily, it does not contain any of the regular Wodehouse characters. Plot points with tension are resolved rather quickly, instead of prolonging them to create more suspense. There are very few twists in the tale, or at least which ...more
Michael Clemens
Utterly light and frothy like most of Wodehouse's society farces, with all the formulaic elements: wooing lovers, crossed signals, people with more money than sense, and colorful comic dialogue. The titular Girl is nothing more than a MacGuffin that Wodehouse hangs the plot from -- it's quickly introduced and as easily forgotten. You won't mind.

Not as strong as his other works, since it lacks a central narrator's voice like the much-praised Jeeves stories. A fine way to pass the time, and a self
Ron Arden
Reading PG Wodehouse is such a delight and makes me think that I am in the presence of literary genius. No one writes quite like him and no one conjures up such laughter and insanity either.

This story has so many characters it's hard to keep them all straight. I could have easily substituted Bertie Wooster for one or two of them and not missed a beat. The first set of characters are a brother and sister from the US. She has a shoplifting habit, even though she's wealthy, and he needs to get her
My new office is a multi-company space, largely filled by an architecture firm that surrounds the walls + crevices + overhangs with towers and bridges and skyscrapers. The rest of the space is filled with a combination of tech companies, start-ups and one non-profit. There is a free, one-cup-flowing-a-plenty coffee maker within the kitchen/staff room and a large, flat screen TV adorning the wall. And while all these things are welcome and quite an upgrade from past work environments – my favorit ...more
The Girl in Blue by P. G. Wodehouse was snapped up from the library expressly to fulfill the "blue" catergory in my Color Coded Reading Challenge. Since it is not set at Blandings Castle, I'm afraid it won't count towards my Wodehouse Challenge, except perhaps as a bonus read.

Wodehouse has a way of taking a single theme and working it in many different variations. Even though this is not a Blandings Castle book, it still follows the general theme of the books I have read so far. Young man in nee
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Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 5 Story: 3

Fans of P.G. Wodehouse will find this book slightly referential to earlier works, while lacking some of the punch and pure fun of his earlier works, even though the man still writes a beautiful line of prose. Typical Wodehouse in terms of characters and events, with several slapstick movements and dialogue that feels completely British in both delivery and use: this is not the story I would chose to suggest to someone who is unfamiliar wi
Ian Wood
By 1970 at the age of eighty eight I don’t think anyone would be surprised that Wodehouse was not the writer he had been and indeed two of his three last novels ‘Company for Henry’ and ‘Do Butlers Burgle Banks?’ although by no means stinkers had been a blot on the old escutcheon but returning to Blandings with ‘A Pelican at Blandings’ had reengaged his muse and ‘The Girl in Blue’ is one of his greatest works.

‘The Girl in Blue’ is a Gainsborough miniature which has gone missing and the suspicion
Although Wodehouse was amazingly consistent in quality over a very lengthy career, his milieu of the idle rich worked better in their untroubled pre-World War 2 idyll. After that, with their stately homes only kept up for Americans to rent and good domestic staff hard to find, his inconsequential froth begins to jar slightly against reality.

So, finding that the heroine in this story is an air hostess is a disappointment. Air travel should have no part in Wodehouse’s world. He’s also guilty of pi
Dan Glover
I feel like I always say this about non-Wooster & Jeeves Wodehouse books, but...

If this were written by anyone other than Wodehouse, I'd probably be so excited to have found another author who is nearly as funny as Wodehouse that I'd have given this book 5 stars. So the only reason this is getting 3 stars is because I've already read many Wodehouse books, including several of the Jeeves & Wooster stories, and they are 5+ stars for funniest stuff I've ever read, bar none.

I really wish so
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Absolutely nothing happens in this book. All the issues are resolved within the first ten pages and the crises that occupy the rest of the story never actually existed, the characters only thought that they did, while the reader knows the whole time that nothing is actually at stake. I can't decide if this was actually very clever of Wodehouse, or if he was just phoning it in.
Bluerose's  Heart
I discovered that Wodehouse's writing is kind of slow reading for me. I couldn't just sit and devour the story. I DID enjoy it, though, and I had fun reading The Girl in Blue. It kind of surprised me that I had a hard time getting into it. I love many of the actors considered to have a dry, British humor(Hugh Laurie, Ricky Gervais, for example), so I had no doubt I would love these books, even though it was my first attempt at reading that type of humor. When I first started reading, I was afrai ...more
Oh you know, it's got everything you want and need from a Wodehouse novel - simplicity, cleverness, laughs, no effort at character development whatsoever, and dialogue so effortlessly entertaining it feels like Wodehouse must reel this stuff off in his sleep.
I polished this off in two days, and it was like my brain was on vacation. In the English countryside.
Surbhi Verma
I concur with the person who has truly summarized Wodehouse to the hilt. "“You should read Wodehouse when you're well and when you're poorly;when you're travelling, and when you're not;when you're feeling clever, and when you're feeling utterly dim. Wodehouse always lifts your spirits,no matter how high they happen to be already.”
Nivedita Barve
‘The Girl in Blue’ is the story of Jerry West a young man who has fallen in love with an heiress. The path of love is full of hurdles for Jerry; the first being the girl with whom he is already engaged, and the next being his inheritance which is taking far too long to come into his possession. To add to the troubles, Gainsborough’s miniature ‘The Girl in Blue’ has been stolen and it is up to Jerry to bring it back to its owner. Add to that mix an American corporation lawyer enamoured by a beaut ...more
Good solid Wodehouse. Not his absolute stellar best (those are six stars). What's that? Haven't read Wodehouse? DROP EVERYTHING AND GET YOURSELF A COPY. Of, well, just about anything the man wrote. Read. Laugh. Weep with joy over the brilliant use of language.

Seriously. Go now. Why are you still reading this?
Andrea Johnson
Entertaining as Wodehouse always is. Not, I dare say, as good as the Jeeves and Wooster stories. And I definitely recognized several phrases as ones I've heard uttered by Jeeves and/or Wooster, so those felt a bit recycled. (Not sure which story used them first, but recycled one way or another.)
Although I really enjoyed my first encounters with P.G. Wodehouse (some short stories featuring Wooster and Jeeves), even the Brittish humour gets a little boring after a while; it leaves me the impression that I have been reading the same (love story) over and over again.
The Girl in Blue is a pretty typical Wodehouse farce. Young Jerry West has a poor uncle with a big house, a rich uncle who is withholding his inheritance, a gold-digging fiancé and has just fallen in love. Combine this with a missing miniature portrait, a dodgy butler, a policeman and a stream, leave to settle and you have one very entertaining novel.

While maybe not vintage Wodehouse, this novel still has all elements of a good, entertaining light read. You can polish it off in a few hours, and
Misconstrued intentions, way-laid plans and false observation. Mix that with love triangles and it makes this eccentric book so much rollicking fun.

I hadn't read any P.G. Wodehouse until the other day. The Girl in Blue so far is my favorite.
I can't believe I didn't discover PG Wodehouse until last year. This one was funny and entertaining and so full of perfect 20s vernacular I could cry.
I chose this book because I needed an audio book right away. It was pretty good. Quirky funny characters in England finding romance. Humorous and light. Also short.
Jayprasad Hegde
How can a book capture your interest when the story is quite basic and simple? A good question. The answer lies in this book.

A simple miscommunication, a tangled love story, and three intertwined stories.

The plot unfolds beautifully in an expected way. However, the beauty is in the imagination used by Wodehouse for the discussions, and for the articulation of several scenes; the metaphors and digressions used to describe analogous situations are quite hilarious.

Crispin Scropes's butler, Chippe
Stephen Dawson
Typically enjoyable light Wodehouse, though lacking a certain something to give it real sparkle.
Christopher Roden
This later Wodehouse novel really pulled all of the threads together nicely, and it was nice to move away into the realm of unfamiliar characters for a while.
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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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