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Summer Moonshine

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A full cast of Wodehouse creationsincluding tyrannical relatives, beastly acquaintances, demon children, and literary fatheadsreturn for further near catastrophes and sparkling comedy

A Gentleman of Leisure is a comic novel dedicated to Douglas Fairbankswho starred in the film versionand concerns a young man, his love life, and a burglary. Famiiliar Wodehouse characters fr

Hardcover, 318 pages
Published March 31st 2003 by Overlook Books (first published October 8th 1937)
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Dan 1.0
Sir Buckstone Abbott is in dire financial straits and wants to unload his dilapidated country home as soon as possible. Meanwhile, his daughter Jane is engaged to a man who's also engaged to a woman thinking of buying the house but enamored with another man, Joe Vanringham. Additionally, Mrs. Abbot's brother is lurking in the background and Tubby Varingham is secretly in love with Buckstone's secretary. Can Abbot sell his house and get out of his money woes without condemning his daughter to an ...more
This was my first encounter with Wodehouse.........and it got me addicted instantly....can never forget this one.....!! too good..!!
Elisha Condie
Another Wodehouse book for perfect summer reading. This one doesn't feature Jeeves & Wooster, but I really liked it.

The plot is this: Lord Buckstone wants to sell his hideous country house to Princess Dwornitzcheck who is engaged to Adrian Peake. Adrian Peake is also engaged to Buckstone's daughter Jane, who has won the affection of Joe Vanringham, the Princess' stepson. And Joe's brother Tubby is staying at Buckstone's house where a misunderstanding with his fiancee, Buckstone's secretary
Luciano Losiggio
Wodehouse es un capo. Luna de verano es una cruza entre comedia de enredos y cuento de hadas capitalista, que en ningún momento aburre, y además, está escrito con maestría. Pum para arriba.
(er.. spoilers ahead)

Jane has her hands full, what with talking to publishers who add extra expenses to her father Sir Buckstone (alias Buck)'s book about tigers NOT in Africa, listening to stories of Poona from Colonel Tanner, and putting her fiancee Adrian Peake's mind to rest about rats in a houseboat he is inhabiting. And on top, she is pursued by a determined young man Joe who either wants to propose to her or read her notices of his successful play, unless he is occupied by drawing mousta
Michael Bafford
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Very well written. The twists and turns in the plot had me laughing all the way. Looking forward to reading other books by P.G.Wodehouse.
This is one of Wodehouse' very best. If you only read one Wodehouse, read this one. Or Girl in Blue. But preferably this one.
Got in a little LOLing trouble with Bone throughout this one. Delightful beach reading.
Just what I needed. Nice, light, funny, happy ending.
Reader of this review, beware! I am inextricably, undeniably, and wholly biased towards anything that left the fingertips of P.G. Wodehouse and found itself somehow in print.

I always knew that I had an undeniable bent towards anything Wodehouse, but I think this reading experience somehow confirmed it more than any other. The reason for this? I chose this as the next book on the list of books for my wife and I to read together. The result? Complete and utter failure. We couldn't get past the fir
Javier Jiménez
Este libro es una novela de humor en la que participan una gran cantidad de personajes los cuales constantemente están inmiscuidos en una serie de enredos y confusiones. El humor es blanco, tipo el de los Looney Tunes, por mencionar la primera comparación que se me ocurre.

Algo que me gustó de la novela fue la habilidad de Wodehouse para crear tantos personajes diferentes y cada uno con su toque especial de humor. Mi personaje favorito fue Sir Buckstone Abbott, el cual es el dueño de una vieja y

Not quate (sic) as the sand in the Civilization’s Spinach,
Not quate (sic) like the lunatic furies of the Royal Baronets,
But rather like words slipping from a tongue lubricated by unaccustomed Bollinger,
Pours out the words from a Master Storyteller.

What Ho!
The one author whose works I immensely love is that of P.G. Wodehouse. Stephen Fry has rightly said, “You don’t analyse such sunlit perfection, you just bask in its warmth and splendour.” Well, so much I loved the ‘Summer Moonshine’ that I got
Mary Catelli
Sir Buckstone Abbot's hideous Victorian country house might be salable, in which case, he might not live in poverty -- he's stuck now, taking in boarders. His daughter Jane is engaged to a man who's also engaged to a widowed princess with two grown stepsons, and is the woman Sir Buckstone hopes to sell it to.

Jane sets out to argue with a vanity publisher who charged Sir Buckstone for publishing his memoirs. There she meets Joe, one of those grown stepsons, who is leaving its employ to be a play
Ian Wood
Jan 20, 2008 Ian Wood rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
‘Summer Moonshine’ is one of Wodehouse’s most underrated novels. Without a connection to any of the Wodehouse Saga’s it has a tendency to be overlooked, which is a shame because as Joe Vanringham would put it, it’s a ‘corker’.

To summarise a Wodehouse plot is a bit like vivisection, the whole is greater and certainly more animated than the sum of its constituent parts. However, in brief, Joe Vanringham is in love with Sir Buckstone’s daughter Jane who has had the misfortune of becoming engaged to
Delightful and hilarious! One of the best Wodehouse books I've ever read. The witty dialogue and the funny situations just kept me chuckling all the time. It amazes me how brilliantly the author takes a cast of characters, all with their own agenda and wants, and weaves a plot of silly mistakes and coincidences, so that each character interacting with the others on different levels finally arrives at the desired destination, whether good or bad for heroes or villains. Just wonderful!
This was even fluffier than "Jill the Reckless" (which I didn't realize was possible) and not as well constructed but was vastly entertaining and still had some great, great moments. A couple of highlights were the posh tones of Miss Whittaker ("Quate" made me giggle every time) and the pencil artwork adventures of Joe.
Buuuuuut while typing this review I realized I'd almost forgotten Joe's name already, and I just finished the book yesterday. So that says it all, I guess.
Craig Shier
One of PGW's best. A playwright and his brother, an impoverished baronet and his former-chorus-girl wife, their daughter, a jilted secretary, a widowed princess, a gigolo and a plasterer are the central characters in this romp. Misunderstandings, schemes and pranks add spice. All comes right in the end though. If you need a quick cheer-me-up, this will do nicely.
Mar 13, 2012 Spiros rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone looking for an example of mastery of plot
Somehow this one sneaked past me, hitherto. With amazing adroitness, Plum manages, in his inimitable style, to keep five or six plot lines spinning, platelike, before resolving them in the final couple of chapters. And despite borrowing heavily from his stock repertoire of character types, he even manages to invent an entirely formidable new harridan: the Princess von und zu Dwornitzchek, who is even more ruthless and cunning than Lady Constance Keeble and Bertie Wooster's Aunt Agatha. Despite t ...more
If there's ever an author whose writing will make you laugh until you cry--and I mean this literally--it's P.G. Wodehouse. I picked this up as a tonic for the winter blues, and it was just the thing.
Summer Moonshine and French Leave tie for favorite Wodehouse of all time.
Robert Manners
Not one of the best, but you can't go far wrong with Wodehouse.
Diana Voelkel
I needed something light to listen to and this was very good. Funny, imaginative plot, and wonderful writing.
Classic Wodehouse - complete with Love At First Sight, Impoverished Peers of the Realm, Highly Embarrassing Americans, and confusions galore :)
This was fun, light entertainment, but definitely not the best I've heard by Mr. Wodehouse.

gardening/deckchair/dog walking mp3

Due to the weather this uber-pink mp3 reader read was:

shivering/settee pod/dog kicking: periodically out the door to battle with bullet rain/ extreme sudoku-ing.

hah! It can rain all it likes until Wednesday, then it must stop for four and a half holiday weeks ...

Another brilliant Wodehouse novel. 'Nuff said.
jillian nessie
Synonyms of "funny": amusing, absurd, clever, diverting, entertaining, hilarious, humdinger, hysterical, jocular, knee-slapper, laughable, ludicrous, merry, mirthful, playful, priceless, rich, side-splitting, silly, waggish, witty, P.G. Wodehouse, etc...

This is the first Wodehouse I have ever read, but I promise you this: it won't be the last! He has been placed on my "favourite authors" list, quite near the top, and I have no plans to move him anytime within the foreseeable future. Obviously,
Patty Demaria
A fabulous early Wodehouse, loaded with laughs!
Sir Buckstone Abbott is forced by financial necessity to take in paying lodgers in his hideous ancestral home so when it looks like a rich (but awful) princess might buy it, he's overjoyed. Breach-of-promise suits, houseboats, and romance between his daughter Jane and the playwright Joe ensue. In true Wodehouse fashion, this was a clever and funny trifle. Wodehouse captures the characters' essence in a few lines and dispenses plot twists in an elegant and humorous fashion. A superior summer read ...more
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