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Piccadilly Jim

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,801 ratings  ·  114 reviews
The fall brings four more antic novels from comic genius, P. G. Wodehouse. In Picadilly Jim (soon to be a major motion picture), Jimmy Crocker has a scandalous reputation on both sides of the Atlantic and must do an about-face to win back the woman of his dreams. Uneasy Money sees the hard-up Lord Dawlish off to America to make a fortune, while in Cocktail Time events turn...more
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published October 21st 2004 by Overlook Hardcover (first published 1917)
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Kaph
Verdict: Smashingly written and exquisitely crafted Fop-y Fun.

Any friend of Stephen Fry's is a friend of mine (as life mottos go, it's not a bad one) so I was happy to indulge in this, my first literary taste of Wodehouse. I say literary because I've previously encountered it in other media; namely the exquisite 'Jeeves and Wooster' series and a stack of book-on-tape cassettes my father periodically digs out to entertain the family during road trips to Colorado. Had I my druthers I would have st...more
Manoj
Bertie Wooster is fond of remarking to his butler, after the latter has extricated him from yet another hole, "Jeeves, you stand alone." This could just as well be said about the author, P G Wodehouse. He stands alone. No other author approaches his perfection of the turn of the phrase, his talent for comic timing, his ability to string together remarkably complicated plots, and the individuality and personality he endows in each character. Remarkably, no two Wodehouse heroes are exactly the sam...more
Libbeth
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...more
Qnpoohbear
Piccadilly Jim is a screwball comedy of errors type story that can be enjoyed by teens and adults. The story starts off a little slow with lots of exposition, but once we meet Jimmy, the story takes off. It captured my attention enough to know how Jimmy got out of his predicament and hopefully won the hand of the woman he loves. Jimmy's scrapes are comical but not really laugh out loud funny but they did make me giggle towards the end. The romance develops nicely into a true meeting of minds. Sh...more
Ian Wood
Oct 17, 2007 Ian Wood rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
‘Piccadilly Jim’ is the story of Jimmy Crocker and how his love for Ann Chester saves him from a life of little more than one drunken brawl after another. Things are never straight forward in Wodehouse’s world and Ann is not only under the impression that Jimmy is in fact called Bayliss but also that she despises Jimmy for a piece of journalism he wrote some years previously.

Add to this that international thief Gentleman Jack is also in residence as Lord Wisbeach in order to steal the explosive...more
Mark Desetti
Interesting reviews on here from people who see to think this is not the best Wodehouse. I beg to differ. This is superb Wodehouse. Published in 1918, Piccadilly Jim is classic Wodehouse. A young man loves a young woman who loathes him and goes to extraordinary lengths to win her. In this case hides his identity yet eventually winds up pretending to impersonate himself. Half the characters are impersonating someone else! And while the whole thing is entirely absurd, the way Wodehouse writes it,...more
Thom Swennes
First published in 1917, Piccadilly Jim is another winner and just brimming with class and humor. I picture Wodehouse as the Mozart of literature as he seemed to create with complete ease. I don’t get the feeling of an unrelenting battle for perfection but rather a flow of words and images that seen as natural as a babbling brook. This story takes the reader from England to New York where a man tries to change his life. Characters intertwine is a most unusual (and sometimes confusing) fashion, k...more
PenNPaper52
This book is so hilarious. I had never heard of Wodehouse or knew he was the brains behind the Jeeves and Wooster TV series I used to watch when I was young. The story starts with playboy Jim who sets his eyes on Ann Chester. Ann despises Jim for a piece of article he had written some years back. So Jim comes up with a pseudo for himself to get close to Ann. That's when things get complicated and starts to get funny. There is also a nice little piece of animated work that depicts the family in a...more
Michael
I couldn't (easily) find a publisher's blurb for this book-- and when I started trying to write one of my own (for my reading blog), I realized what a daunting task it is! This story defies easy, concise introduction. It's a tangled tale of characters pretending to be other characters-- mistaken identity-- kidnapping plots-- young love-- international spies-- high explosives-- and more! Above all else, it's P.G. Wodehouse (albeit early Wodehouse), so there's plenty of lighthearted fun.

Highly rec...more
Marfita
Premises don't get much more convoluted than this. It took 20 minutes just to set up the explanation to my husband. Then it all unravels at once, to the consternation of the private investigator and, perhaps, the reader, who would like it to go on a bit longer.
Jim has to adopt a false name to prevent the typical Wodehousian redhead he's fallen in love with from finding out what a rotter he is (rather, was). Then he has to adopt his true identity as a false one at her urging. Women! Honestly.
Somdutta
Feb 10, 2014 Somdutta rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Wodehouse fans.
What a series of confusion! A gang of impostors collected themselves in the Pett household. Half way through the book I wondered how Wodehouse was finally going to sort the confusions which were getting more complex by each chapter. As it is a classic Wodehouse style, things got sorted out in an effortless manner. At the end all was shinning and bright for the members of the Crocker and Pett family.
Andrew
it's been a while since I have read a wodehouse tome and apart from a couple of jeeves and Wooster bits plus a psmith novel I have in truth read very little by him.
that said I'm glad I did give this one a shot as I have enjoyed the others and enjoyed this just as much,this is still the sort of whimsical jape synonymous with the author and yet it some ways despite the latter parts it's less farce and seems to have more substance.
many twists are typically delivered and the characterisation and plo...more
Scot
Another delightful Wodehouse farce. Although published in installments during WW I, there is absolutely no awareness or recognition of any military conflict or worries in this escapist novel concerning the transatlantic traipsings of New York millionaire family the Peets and their various wards, protégés, and distant relatives. Predictably, although subplots involve international spies, kidnapping rings, and the plight of henpecked husbands, the main focus in this comedy is a love story between...more
David
I've long been a PG Wodehouse fan, having first discovered many of his famous "classics" as a teenager - The Code Of The Woosters, Summer Lightning, Joy In The Morning etc - and have read some of them many times over, but in recent years I've been working my way slowly through the rest of the oeuvre.

What I've discovered is that while his best books are peerless works of comic genius, any writer as prodigious as Wodehouse - he published nearly 100 books (novels and collections of short stories) o...more
David
Ah! It's so refreshing reading a good Wodehouse story. With "Piccadilly Jim," P.G. Wodehouse has done it again. A nicely intertwined set of plots with interesting characters and excellent descriptions -- all done with wit and charm. I'm rating the book at a Very Good 4 stars out of 5. But, it's probably about a half a star better. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is that I felt the beginning was a bit slow and I disagreed a bit with what his father did. Minor gripes. So, since the book...more
Clover White
Somehow, this P. G. Wodehouse was new to me! I was quite sure there wasn't any new ones out there I hadn't read, so this was quite a treat. James Crocker was an interesting Wodehouse character-- he had the same aversion to hard work that Bertie Wooster possessed, but there was also the "man earns the woman" angle of so many of the stand-alone novels. Not my favorite novel ever, but it was still a Wodehouse, full of lines worthy of re-reading many times!
Valerie
There are few Wodehouse books I haven't read. Access to my uncle's home library gave me a good grounding.

This is one of those I haven't encountered before. I'm interested in learning how and why one character ends up having to impersonate himself.

I can see why people are disappointed by this book. It's certainly not up to Wodehouse's later breezy style. He seems to have mellowed a great deal later. The contempt and cruelty in this book are (at least to me), very offputting. I may not even keep t...more
Rupansh
P.G. Wodehouse's typical witty and descriptive style of writing makes this story enjoyable and worth reading. The story is full of interesting and funny coincidences. This story makes the reader realize that the world is "really small". Wodehouse has used amazing and interesting examples to depict the situations and circumstances that confronted various characters in the story.
The story flows around a beautiful, but a strong willed girl Ann and a spoilt brat James Crocker, famously known as Pic...more
Scilla
This is a typical Wodehouse yarn with a lot of humor. Picadilly Jim has a habit of getting himself in trouble. His father has married a very rich woman and moved the family to London where she is trying to make her husband a peer. The wife's sister, Mrs. Pett is in NY, and gets annoyed seeing articles about Jim. She goes to London with her husband, son, and Ann, the daughter of a close friend, to bring Jim back to NY. However, her sister won't send him. After a particularly bad scrape, Jim decid...more
Mason
Wodehouse is comfort, plain and simple. As with damn near all his work, Piccadilly Jim is endlessly amusing, surprisingly wise, and filled with deceptively simple prose that bends the English language like a funhouse mirror (on the Bohemian lifestyle: "Men with new religions greeted women with new hats"). Of all the great prose stylists, he is the easiest to read and the hardest to put down--after a couple consecutive readings of, say, Faulkner, you're bound to go a little meshugenah, but you...more
Leslie
This is one of the rare occasions when the audiobook was less enjoyable than reading the book in print. Although Frederick Davidson's normal speaking voice is fine, the voices he uses for some of the characters were off the mark and in some cases irritating. Too bad, as this is a very funny book with mostly American characters...
Karen Woolf
This type of story is exactly what people love about a Wodehouse book. Lots of fun twists and full of humor. When I'm reading I never know if I really like it or not because I kind of want to pull my hair out at how everything goes wrong. Luckily, everything always turns out great...so that is comforting. One thing I really loved about the book was how Wodehouse doesn't explain everything right away. He'll present a scenario and move on to something else, then suddenly mention something in passi...more
Rachel
Sep 04, 2013 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Funny in places and in others some of the situations are quite drawn out. There is plenty of identity switches and lots of entertainment value from the situations which arise, in order to protect each other. You do need to focus in places to work out who is who and which identity they have, including the lead character Jim impersonating himself and his father pretending to be a butler, and why they needed these different identities.

As with a lot of Wodehouse’s stories it focuses on the upper cla...more
Gibin

Loved it !

This is my third Wodehouse story and I should say I enjoyed it well.It is a wonderful story which becomes equally humours and interesting with the entry of Jim in Mr Prett's house.The character of butler Skinner(Mr Crocker in disguise) enhances humor in this story.No wonder why he is considered as one of the great writer in comedy gentre.

I will rate this 4/5.
Amanda Allen
So, here's the problem. Is it fair to rate a book against other books by the author? Cause if so...this book is 3 stars. Against all books everywhere? This book is clearly 4 stars. Wodehouse is damn brilliant. This one is a perpetual case of hiding who we are. Jim pretends to be Algernon. And then pretends to be Algernon pretending to be Jim. His Dad decides to skip out on his life and pretends to be a butler--to his sister-in-law. The investigator pretends to be a parlor maid. Gentleman Jack pr...more
Suriya Gayathri
The story starts off a little show but the second half is totally interesting with laughable happenings. He has an amazing style of writing; the way he portrays his characters and the imagination in which he renders the plot are wonderful.
Chaitanya Somalwar
It was my first book by PG Wodehouse. He is a fantastic, humorous writer. The plot is set in England and America.It is a story of a troublemaker 'Jimmy Crocker' nicknamed as the ' Piccadilly Jim' by the newspapers.He is a heart breaker, a breaker of promise, who ends up beating lordships. Soon his Aunt Nesta, who is a popular crime writer in America, enters the plot. She decides that Jimmy must at one mend his ways. Mistaken identity, confusion and humor is what follows. Soon Jimmy finds himself...more
Lindley Walter-smith
Most of the this book, a sequel of sorts to "The Little Nugget", is typical of Wodehouse's early stuff before he fully hit his stride and found his voice - light comedy with occasional flashes of brilliant writing. Readable, but not great or memorable. All of a sudden, however, in the final third or so, there's a properly Wodehousian plot, with multiple characters impersonating multiple other characters, and one, in a flash of true brilliance, somewhat unconvincingly impersonating himself.

I woul...more
Meghna Sinha
The master of wit and humour churns out a typical yet unique - I do not know how he does it - plot, yet again. From the beginning to the climax Piccadilly Jim will keep you engrossed, at times even make you bite your fingernails with its on the edge twists and turns. Wodehouse presents a farrago of characters crafted with such detail that while you're at it you may just reach out and touch them. It would be criminal to give out even the slightest hint of the story, but this one's a must read. De...more
Vishal Padwal
A classic from Wodehouse. Its lovely to see how different threads of the plot get entangled and situational comedy occurs.
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