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Psmith, Journalist (Psmith #3)

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The story begins with Psmith accompanying his fellow Cambridge student Mike to New York on a cricketing tour. Through high spirits and force of personality, Psmith takes charge of a minor periodical, and becomes imbroiled in a scandal involving slum landlords, boxers and gangsters - the story displays a strong social conscience, rare in Wodehouse's generally light-harted w...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published November 3rd 2006 by Hard Press (first published September 29th 1915)
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Dan Schwent
I'd start a paper just to get Psmith working on it.
Melissa
The cry goes round Cambridge: "It's the Gangs of New York by Wodehouse!"
""I fear that you have allowed constant communication with the conscienceless commercialism of this worldly city to undermine your moral sense. It is useless to dangle rich bribes before our eyes. Cosy Moments cannot be muzzled. . . From the hills of Maine to the Everglades of Florida, from Sandy Hook to San Francisco, from Portland Oregon, to Melonsquashville, Tennessee, one sentence is in every man's mouth. And what is tha...more
Harish Kumar Sarma Challapalli
Not a great book!! This book has lesser humor quotient when compared with the other two in the series!! At times, i felt very miserable and blindly skipped few pages till i find a new chapter!! But Psmith, as always, a graceful character has enlighted the plot with his wit and charm!!

The narraation was very dull. Til the entry of psmith, i checked many times, if i am reading Psmith series or something else. Very pathetic opening!! This is a bad work from Mr. Wodehouse!! A fan like me, never expe...more
Chris
This is Wodehouse's third Psmith book, published in the US in 1912 and the UK in 1915, and thus Wodehouse's 18th published novel. However, it was written in 1909, after his very first visit to America, which lasted from April 25th to May 20th 1904, and allowed him a glimpse of New York street gangs and the boxing scene. Into this turn of the century New York he inserts, somewhat improbably, his then best comic creation, the loquacious, audacious, monocle-wearing Psmith, a kind of foppish adventu...more
Ian Wood
Oct 20, 2007 Ian Wood rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
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‘Psmith in the City’ is the sequel to ‘Mike and Psmith’ and is effectively still a Wodehouse ‘School’ story except rather than be set in a school the setting is a Bank and Mike and Psmith are the office juniors. The boys are still too young to have turned their interests into love and sex and so continue in the same vein they did at school with Mike being unable to concentrate on anything except cricket and Psmith’s only interests being insolence, checking his superiors and flirting with the sac...more
Matt
This one's tricky. There are some really amazing parts -- I mean, for heaven's sake, the book is about Psmith taking over a sappy newspaper called Cosy Moments and turning it into a muckraking journal that gangsters are trying to shut down -- but there's also a big flaw. This book has a big helping of casual 1915-style racism that's really, really distracting. It's so ancillary to the story that it's annoying how heavily it weighed on me while I was reading the book, but it just really jars and...more
Leah R
While Psmith is the same unflappable dignified madman as ever and gets up to plenty of his deadpan hijinks, this book takes a surprisingly serious turn to grapple with serious social issues that I was not expecting. Stepping away from England and the hearty games of cricket, Mike tours around America and Psmith takes on...a slumlord of all things. To improve the lives of the poor living in dreadful squalor so the mysterious owner can profit. And the stakes are raised unimaginably in this book as...more
Meave
"Cosy Moments cannot be muzzled!" Could you dream up a more ridiculously, wonderfully assonant name for a muckraking paper than Cosy Moments? I'd give it five stars for being about journalism and doing away with the cricket, except dear Wodehouse replaces the pages and pages of wickets with pages and pages of "authentic New York street-tough" dialect, which is really awful, and tosses in a spoonful of racism for relish. Boo. It's no Thank You, Jeeves, but that one really stands alone.
Sarah
Although not a favorite on my Wodehouse shelf, this one's a lively read, packed with zingers of the first degree:

"I am Psmith,", said the old Etonian reverently. "There is a preliminary P before the name. This however, is silent. Like the tomb. Compare such words as ptarmigan, psalm, and phthisis."
Robert Corzine
Another entry in Plum's chronicles of the irrepressible Psmith. This volume stands out from the bulk of Wodehouse's work in showing a very real concern with the social troubles that he saw in contemporary New York City: poverty, violent gangs, new unassimilated immigrants, and rife political corruption and graft. Into this bustling mob breezes Psmith on his summer vacation from Cambridge and looking for something interesting to tackle. On a chance meeting in a cafe he sees his chance and places...more
Lynn
Hilarious, as expected.
Daniel
Hot off of the press. Real factual snippets about me relinquished from my upcoming unpublished autobiography:

My passionate, well-informed and vivid testimony obviously made an indelible impression upon my esteemed high school peers as I was voted 'most likely to marry herself out of the trailer park.'

I never hand change to the homeless because change comes from within.

In Fly Like an Eagle, Steve Miller noticed that "...time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' into the future," and, to be hone...more
Thom Swennes
“The names have been changed to protect the innocent.” This maxim could be use to describe this novella. Of all of the colorful characters created by P.G. Wodehouse, my favorite would have to be Rupert (Ronald Eustace in Leave it to Psmith, the fourth and last story) Psmith. The ingenious idea to change one of the most common names to one of pure uniqueness by the simple addition of a letter deserves much credit to its creator. The man with the monocle is, in my opinion, an epic creation and fla...more
Marty
Having enjoyed Psmith's antics in Leave it to Psmith, I felt I needed to hunt down more of his tales. Psmith, Journalist came up and I downloaded it to my Kindle. Then, I waited. The next thing I knew I had read Oscar Wilde's dark but interesting Picture of Dorian Gray, and then the dense and epic Fellowship of the Ring. I was ready for something light. I was dying for a Wodehouse. Psmith, Journalist was clearly up to bat.

Then, I started it and felt that it was rather slow. I guess, with Wodehou...more
Pat
I picked this up after Neil Gaiman recommended it in his blog as his favorite P.G. Wodehouse book. He likes it, he says, because it's "about something." (I suspect another reason he likes it is because it's about a Brit living in America...)

The joy of Wodehouse, though, is in his clever language and in his light-hearted lampooning of British high society in the early 1900's. Disappointingly, Psmith, Journalist does very little of either.

The book is about Psmith, a Cambridge student who goes on a...more
Grampy
Psmith, Journalist, is a secretly very wealthy man whose sole ambition is to be a journalist on a big New York newspaper. He even appended the silent "P" in front of his otherwise common name, just to have some kind of hook so he would stand out from the competition while job-seeking. If it all worked out the way he hoped, there would be no need for this book. But, of course, a number of roadblocks precluded his finding gainful employment at a large paper. So, what's a fella to do? You'll have t...more
Himanshu Modi
The adventures of the very loquacious PSmith, the one with the silent “P”, continue in his American jaunt which lands him in an unlikely profession of journalism, a whim exercised solely to keep himself busy while his childhood friend Mike played cricket across the American lands. Now you wouldn’t imagine Wodehouse to get himself messed up with Godfather-ish stories of the underworld, talk about the workings of the mafia and much less so, let his hero wander in the dirty lanes of crime. But that...more
Poppy
A follow-up to Psmith in the City, Psmith Journalist takes place in New York, where after a chance meeting with the acting editor of a sentimental weekly magazine, Psmith takes over and promptly begins crusading against tenement housing.

Psmith and Uncle Fred are my favorite Wodehouse characters. Frankly, a bit more Psmith and a bit less of this Bertie Wooster person would have suited me right down to the ground. Not that I mean to offend anyone's religious beliefs or anything like that.

Speaking...more
BJ Rose
I seem to be reading this series backwards. At the time I read Leave It to Psmith, I did not realize it was book 4 of a series, but I enjoyed it almost as much as the Jeeves' books, so when I saw Psmith, Journalist I grabbed it. However, it did not grab me as strongly as I anticipated - maybe it was his remove to New York and the gangster talk. The Wodehouse humor did show through enough that I will try to 'finish' this series by looking for books 1 & 2.
Dave Peticolas

Psmith buys a newspaper. In America, no less. Wodehouse's attempt to render the New York vernacular leaves something to be desired, but it's an enjoyable outing anyway.

David
A very different Wodehouse from the ones I've read recently. It's earlier (1915), is set in the U.S. (rather than the U.K), and deals not with the love travails of the petty aristocracy but with the seamy underbelly of New York society. The main character, Psmith, is a delight, and brings not a small bit of humor to the topic of rotten politics and the world of the east side tenements. It's hard to tell after all these years whether the book's critical assessment of New York politics was cutting...more
Zsuzsi
Miért a magas rating? Egy egyszerű könyvecske arról, hogy egy viktoriánus gentleman túljár mások eszén. A humorforrás az angol gentleman/Sherlock Holmes/Crocodile on the Sandbank stílusú nyelvezet (... tehát viktoriánus nyelvezet?)
Leandro Guimarães Faria Corcete DUTRA
New York turn of ðe century gangs & ſlums under an Engliſh eye. A few Deus ex machina ſituations, but quite enternatainiŋ & even informative.
H. M. Snow
Having read many of Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories, I was curious to know what this Psmith character was all about. When I began Psmith, Journalist, I wasn't aware that it was the third in a series. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it. I enjoyed it greatly. Psmith himself is delightful, if rather long-winded. His ability to talk himself out of nearly any situation was very entertaining, as was the fact that he needed a translator when attempting to communicate with the New York City toughs. I'll...more
Julie
Well-written, but I just couldn't get in to the story.
Caroline
Cosy moments cannot be muzzled!
Harry Rutherford
This is as close as Wodehouse gets to writing hard-boiled detective fiction, and I don't think it plays to his strengths. Apart from anything else, the joke of the Psmith character is his extravagant verbosity, and it doesn't particularly ring true when he's confronting a tough in a New York back alley. No one ever seems to interrupt him.

And I'd also enjoy it more without the racial and ethnic slurs which Wodehouse included as a bit of local colour.

But it has its share of entertaining moments,...more
Charly
"Billy Windsor had started life twenty-five years before this story opens on his father's ranch in Wyoming. From there he had gone to a local paper of the type whose Society column consists of such items as "Pawnee Jim Williams was to town yesterday with a bunch of other cheap skates. We take this opportunity of once more informing Jim that he is a liar and a skunk," and whose editor works with a revolver on his desk and another in his hip-pocket."

Oh, Wodehouse. You're so quotable.
Megan
I quite liked the story. Psmith amiably talking his way through the seedy underbelly of early 20th century New York City was as funny as expected, and I enjoyed seeing him take up a cause. Lots of fun. Mike wasn't around much, but Psmith had an entertaining cast of new characters with whom to interact.

The racism was unignorable in this book, unfortunately, and while I read Wodehouse for the delights of language, I don't count learning ethnic slurs among said linguistic delights.
Suzannah
Psmith Journalist sees Psmith holidaying in New York City, where he meets a Wild West journalist, Billy Windsor, chafing silently in the undereditorship of a cozy little paper for cozy little families. With the Editor away on a rest cure, Psmith entices Windsor to leap into a little psensational journalism.

Read the rest of my review at my blog, In Which I Read Vintage Novels.
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“I am Psmith," said the old Etonian reverently. "There is a preliminary P before the name. This, however, is silent. Like the tomb. Compare such words as ptarmigan, psalm, and phthisis.” 60 likes
“It soon became apparent that the light of the lamp, though bestowing the doubtful privilege of a clearer view of Mr. Repetto's face, held certain disadvantages. Scarcely had the staff of Cosy Moments reached the faint yellow pool of light, in the centre of which Mr. Repetto reclined, than, with a suddenness which caused them to leap into the air, there sounded from the darkness down the road the crack-crack-crack of a revolver. Instantly from the opposite direction came other shots. Three bullets flicked grooves in the roadway almost at Billy's feet. The Kid gave a sudden howl. Psmith's hat, suddenly imbued with life, sprang into the air and vanished, whirling into the night.” 0 likes
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