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Something Fishy

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  334 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews

Something Fishy is top-notch Wodehouse. When Keggs was a butler he eavesdropped on a meeting between his employer, J.J. Bunyan, and a covey of tycoons--J.J. and his associates each agreed to put up fifty-thousand dollars, the total to go to whichever of their sons was the last to marry. Thirty years later, Keggs wants to cash in on what he knows.

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 31st 2008 by The Overlook Press (first published January 1st 1957)
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Dan Schwent
Apr 23, 2009 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
Shelves: wodehouse
J.J. Bunyan and his cronies each put $50,000 dollars in a fund just before the stock market crash and form a tontine. The last of their heirs to get married wins the whole pot, expected to be one million dollars when considering compound interest, etc. Years later, only two heirs remain...

Like all Wodehouses, this one delivers the laughs. Bill Hollister is the dashing leading man, Jane the fiery heroine, and Lord Uffenham is the much abused nobleman. The younger Bunyan keeps trying to get the mi
In September 1929 a bunch of millionaires got together to decide what to do with their money. The only non-millionaire in attendance, Mortimer Bayliss, proposes a tontine: each one pays $1 million into a pool and the last one left living gets the lot. The millionaires disliked the scheme, so Bayliss proposed a new scheme to benefit their heirs: the money will go to the last of their sons to marry. This plan met with approval and by 1955 there are two heirs left on the market: Roscoe Bunyan, a th ...more
Feb 16, 2017 Okey rated it liked it
An genuinely funny book (occasionally 'laugh-out-loud' funny) with a page-turner of a plot.

I liked this book a lot: while keeping a some things fairly simple (character development, for example - it's a short book at just over 200 pages), it delivered a fairly complex plot and gave me some characters who I really enjoyed spending a few hours with. I really prefer this to the Jeeves books, which I just couldn't quite get into - something about the fixation on the butler/aristocrat relationship j
Mar 03, 2012 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of humor
Shelves: fiction, anglophilia
I like all PG Wodehouse's books, except perhaps the golf stories, but this is one of my favorites. It is less formulaic than some of the Jeeves books, and although it was written in the late fifties, it isn't as anachronistic as some of his other books from that period.

The plot, as usual with PG Wodehouse, is too rocambolesque for a review. Suffice it to say that right before the 1929 crash, a group of inebriated American millionnaires make a wager that will result in about a million dollars goi
Ian Wood
Mar 28, 2008 Ian Wood rated it it was amazing
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
‘Something Fishy’ is the sequel to ‘Money in the Bank’ and once again Lord Uffenham is short of money and has had to let out his country pile but this time rather than hunting for diamonds Lord Uffenham intends to revive the family fortunes by the sale of some forged paintings. Once again a further niece is engaged to the wrong man and Lord Uffenham must right this wrong while ensuring that his finances will stretch to the wedding.

Another Wodehouse campaigner of old, Keggs, the esteemed butler o
Nov 18, 2011 Spiros rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of George, 6th Viscount Uffenham
Strangely for Wodehouse's asynchronous universe, the action in this novel takes place in a specific timeframe; to wit, 1957, or 28 years after Wall Street laid its proverbial egg. A group of 10 wealthy financiers lays a tontine wager: the surviving male off-spring of the gathering that is last to marry will scoop a $500,000 bundle, plus accrued compound interest. This wager leads to all kinds of machinations on the part of Keggs the butler, who is always on the look-out to increase his earnings. ...more
May 14, 2016 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How can any mystery-lover resist a book on the library shelf called The Butler Did It? It proved to be witty and entertaining, with no murders at all! Instead, the mystery centers
around a pact, a tontine, in which several millionaires had put up money, and it goes on accumulating until the last of their sons marries, and he gets the lot. Of course, the sons don’t know this – more’s the fun – and the tontine will now go to either Bill Hollister (our hero) or Roscoe Bunyan (our villain). Mixed up
Dec 10, 2015 Phillip rated it it was amazing
This is one of the exceptional stand-alone books by Wodehouse. It is so good that the used copy I ordered from Abebooks came on Thursday (BTW, in disappointing shape. Some curl folded back pages and left smears on some.) and I have finished reading it on Sunday. But I do feel virtuous. I completed my reading as research for my papers, wrote and polished an abstract, revised the 16th draft of a paper--all this week. Pleasure reading is okay. Anyway, it has another crafty butler only this one is s ...more
Dan Glover
Oct 25, 2010 Dan Glover rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, humour
One of the funnier non-Wooster/Jeeves books of his I've read...and I've read a bunch...and they're all very funny. The thing with Wodehouse is that if anyone today wrote one of his least funny works, they'd be named the best living humour writer. Really, the only reason I don't give 5 stars to every Wodehouse book I read is because I am comparing them to other Wodehouse books. Memorable language to be worked into my everyday vocabulary: He had recently published a second edition of his chin.
J. Alfred
Jan 07, 2015 J. Alfred rated it really liked it
Choosing which Wodehouse novels are more enjoyable than others is like picking the best apple of the bunch; it misses the point. The apples are all appley. Enjoy them as they come.
This one is a strong specimen without any wormholes or bruise-spots. It features a lovable old uncle with a bewildering accent whose marked characteristics are "yerss" and "yer" and who is at one point pictured as gazing benevolently down and saying "Bless yers, my children." An enjoyable apple in a healthy bag of app
Jan 30, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wodehouse
Wonderful wonderful wonderful. If we all read a bit of Wodehouse, perhaps this bloody recession would solve itself, because we'd all be in a good mood.

This is part of my New Year's resolution. I am aiming to read one Wodehouse a month. Given the sheer numbers, this resolution will extend into other years, thank goodness Plum lived so long. An integral part of this resolution is to buy all of the Overlook Press reprints, as they are very lovely on the outside and have a pleasant internal layout.
Mar 08, 2011 Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent fairly late Wodehouse 1957. This one stars the Wodehouse second eleven, no one as famous as Jeeves or Lord Emsworth, but instead we get Keggs, Lord Uffenham and Percy Pilbeam. The set up is slightly contrived but Wodehouse delivers the goods and his touch is as light and as airy as at any point in is career.
Jan 25, 2011 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Most of his acquaintances would have preferred far less of this singularly unattractive young man, but he had insisted on giving full measure, bulging freely in all directions. His face was red, the back of his neck overflowed his collar, and there had recently been published a second edition of his chin."
Aug 22, 2009 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This one has a lot of the elements that show up in many Wodehouse novels, but the plot is a little more complicated than some of his works. It is a fun book, and would be worth four stars if anybody else had written it, but it isn't one of my favorites.
Sep 28, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
Read this as "The Butler Did It." Why, oh why, do my book titles never agree with Goodreads?

One of my favorites. I had been growing bored with Wodehouse--you always know how it will end---but this had a few surprises and lots of charm and wit.
Zen Cho
May 03, 2010 Zen Cho rated it liked it
Shelves: comfortreading
Ahhhh, Wodehouse is the best comfort reading. It's interesting reading a Wodehouse book set in the 1950s -- not that it makes any actual difference to the feel of the book. The lexis is increasingly American, though the syntax is British as ever.
Krista Ivy
A hysterical look at society through the eyes of the romantic and the greedy with a side of comically steaming plot.
Sep 14, 2014 John rated it really liked it
Bit more of clever plot than is often the case though the central young couple are as stereotypical as ever. Why is the young man invariably called Bill?
This was my first novel by P. G. Wodehouse and enjoyed it immensely. Definitely going to read other titles by him.
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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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