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Preview — Hot Water by P.G. Wodehouse
In Hot Water, J. Wellington Gedge is the man who has everything-but finds himself caught in a series of international events which will, if he doesn't put a stop to them, leave him wearing the sissy uniform of the American ambassador to Paris.
That none of Wodehouse’s regular characters appear is no doub ...more
The only problem with his books is how quickly you get through them, even when you're making an effort to savor them. Still, in the end, you're left with a warm, satisfied fe ...more
Subtle humour is probably the most challenging kind of humour there is. The art of making people laugh with simple, but insightful observations as opposed to crude, in-your-face one-liners has been attempted by many, but mastered by few. The stalwart of subtle humour in the vocal form is undoubtedly Jerry Seinfeld. In literature, there is no one to match the genius and the cutthroat delivery of P. G. Wodehouse.
“Hot Water” is a work testimonial to Wodehouse’s impeccable writing flair. After Senat...more
The story recounts the various romantic and criminal goings-on during a house party, hosted by the Vicomte Blissac. It was another reminder to me what a ‘serious business’ comedy is. Supposedly one of Wodehouse’s more elaborate farces; I appreciated ‘visiting with a very different set of characters—not that I don’t enj ...more
Just the quality of the prose, which flows so elegantly mixing deep satire with nonsensical farce in a light way that is so easy to read, makes this worth the read alone. Add to that some of Wodehouse's most ridiculous coincidences and a brand new range of typecast yet strangely three-dimensional characters, and you have a real gem.
For the stalwarts - there are no regul ...more
Usually his characters are flawed, but have a bit of charm (or they are just really evil), the one's in this book were just kind of "icky" is all I can say.
Not giving up on Wodehouse though - just need a break.
Anyway, I think this was the most elaborately plotted piece of his I've read, and I'm not going to attempt any sort of summary. Suffice it to say that I wanted all the t ...more
Unfortunately, today, O'Sullivan is best remembered as the mother of Mia Farrow but, in her prime, she was Jane to Johnny Weissmuller's Tarzan and MGM's top ingénue starlet. She emitted a certain romantic vulnerability that attracted the ...more
Two American criminals are hanging out in St. Rocque -- Soup Slattery and Oily Carisle -- and meeting up in a foreign land ...more
The story is set in the seaside town of St. Rocque in France, where a Mr. and Mrs. Gedge have rented the Chateau Blissac and are inviting guests for ...more
Hot Water is a novel set in the background of France, filled with unexpected twists and turns. Every turn is filled with fun and good moments to laugh. The way of narration is special and the author, P.G. Wodehouse, has shown his class with each chapter. The book will be a great one to read for people who love Wodehouse books. The unexpected turns in the story filled with fun really will help us have a nice time. The huge vocabulary of words possessed by Wodehouse has ...more
Caught up in her dilemma, Packy Fra ...more
It's got the usual boy meets girl story and lots of twists and t ...more
Our hero, Patrick Franklin (Packy), an American engaged to the beautiful Lady Beatrice Bracken, is an amiable fellow, and enjoys an adventure and a good time.
Beatrice, having told him to practice the cultured life and to spend time with Blair Eggleston, a writer, while she is overseeing arrangements for a family houseparty.
While seeking Eggleston, Packy impersonates a barber and me ...more