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Pigs Have Wings (Blandings Castle #8)

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Lord Emsworth's quick-witted brother must stop the portly Sir Gregory Parsloe's plan to slim down Emsworth's prize porker with a new miracle weight-loss drug.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Penguin Books (first published 1952)
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Dan Schwent
What have I learned from this book? Wodehouse gets lightyears of mileage out of the same basic plot time and time again. Pigs Have Wings has the same plot elements as the other Blandings Castle books:

1) a pig napping
2) a broken engagement
3) an imposter at the castle

Here's how it went down:
Sir Gregory Parsloe brings in a ringer for the Fat Pig contest in an effort to keep the Empress of Blandings from three-peating. Clarence, Earl of Emsworth, is outraged. Not only that, Parsloe's niece is the p
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Arwen
Nov 14, 2007 Arwen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes to smile, anglophiles in particular
Shelves: thecanon
The first Wodehouse book I ever read. I was in love from page 1, and subsequently read almost all of the eighty-odd books he ever wrote. Full of absurd, wildly wonderful plots, quirky characters, and wit so dry you could burn your fingers on it. P.G.'s books always have a happy ending, so be prepared to walk with a lighter step when you're done.
Peter Krol
Aug 03, 2008 Peter Krol rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I simply love Wodehouse. I haven't read a bad book by him, although I'm sure they exist. This book is so much fun, if you enjoy British humour. Here's why:

[A man and woman discussing a mutual acquaintance:]
"I was at school with him."
"You were, were you?...Did you kick him?"
"Of course I didn't kick him. I loved him like a brother."
"The chance of a lifetime thrown away," said Miss Salt with bitterness. "If Orlo Vosper in his formative years had been thoroughly kicked twice a day, Sunday included,
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Melissa
Feb 16, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: ah-deadly
"No," said Lady Constance, after a moment's thought. "No, I shall not dismiss Beach. I take the view that he was led astray by Galahad. Galahad! I remember, when we were children," said Lady Constance wistfully, "seeing Galahad fall into that deep pond in the kitchen garden. And just as he was sinking for the last time, one of the gardeners came and pulled him out," she added, speaking with a sort of wild regret. It was plain that she was in agreement with the poet that of all sad words of tongu ...more
Jim
Apr 28, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Evelyn Waugh had it right when he wrote, "For Wodehouse there has been no fall of man ... the gardens of Blandings Castle are the original gardens of Eden from which we are all exiled." True it is! The very idea of ten or more novels centered around the love of a dotty old earl for his prize pig sets one's mind areel!

P.G. Wodehouse is probably one of the funniest writers who have ever lived -- only S.J. Perelman can compare with him -- and some of his inventions still stick in my mind after thir
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Rajan
Jul 19, 2015 Rajan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bliss
Reading Wodehouse is pure bliss. His writing style seems simple but it is not. Wodehouse is a genius and he painstakingly creates humor out of ordinary everyday situations. It is not slap stick, satire or comic. It is pure unadulterated humor. Reading Wodehouse is the best stress buster and anti-depressant. He doesn’t claim to very highly literary writing prowess. In his own words “I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring r ...more
Davidg
Jul 10, 2015 Davidg rated it it was amazing
To summarise.

The regular cast
The Empress of Blandings blithely eating her way to the Fat Pigs Contest
Lord Emsworth doddering his way, his mind set only on his pig
Beach always on hand to serve drinks at 9:30
Galahad conspiring to keep everybody happy
Sir Gregory Parsloe bringing in a rival pig to steal the trophy
Lady Constance disapproving of everything

The sundered hearts
Penelope Donaldson American heiress in love with
Jerry Vail a penniless artist but Lady Constance wants her to marry
Lord Vosper w
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Brendan
Feb 07, 2015 Brendan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, humor, 2015
Two gentlemen with big manors face off in a legendary fat pig growing contest, and right in the middle is the brother of one of the men, Gally Threepwood. Of course, there’s some confusion with mis-matched lovers, a farce involving an uptight butler and stolen pigs, and an awful lot of bally great language. A few thoughts:

- I don’t like these quite as much as the Jeeves and Wooster novels. Gally Threepwood isn’t quite as goofy or dopey as Bertie Wooster, and Beach is no Wooster. Of course, I sho
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K.
Jul 02, 2014 K. rated it it was amazing
Finding that while all of the Blandings Castle books run on the same spool I can still enjoy, laugh out loud, not regret moments of indulgence therein. I've also had some glimpses of influence Wodehouse had upon Rowling. "Constant Vigilance" used as a defense against pig-stealing instead of dark wizards notwithstanding, the phrase is always wonderful.

My ratings on these books reflect pure entertainment and the amount of joy received.

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"With a hollow groan Sir Gregory took another for-full of sm
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Sun
Oct 15, 2010 Sun rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookaweek2010
In "Pigs Have Wings", all is not well at Blandings Castle. The Shropshire Show is coming up and while Lord Emsworth is certain that his pig Empress will once again carry away first prize, his brother Galahad suspects foul-play on the part of neighbour and fellow pig-shower Sir Gregory Parsloe.

There are hijinks involving diet pills, two butlers, a sober pigman, and pig-pinching. There are subplots involving three romances and it all gets very complicated. I confess that while I adore Wodehouse,
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Anukriti
Feb 28, 2014 Anukriti rated it it was amazing
The ONLY thing better than a Wodehouse bookis a trillion American Dollars in your bank account. And especially in the case of Blandings. Over the years I have read, Re-Read and then read AGAIN, the plethora of his works. And yet for all the Jeeves fans, I find Lord Emsworth and his prize pig the "Empress of Blandings" to be the true raillery of his works. It is classic Wodehouse- Pig-napping, rescuing, the amazingly quaint Emsworth and the BAT Constance Keeble (Sisters are a mistake!). Here's th ...more
Cindy
Jul 02, 2008 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, funny, england
This is another hilarious story set at Blandings Castle with the usual suspects - the Hon. Galahad Threepwood, his dragon of a sister, Lady Constance, and his brother Lord Emsworth. The real story centers around the drama of the Fat Pig Contest - can Lord Emsworth's beloved sow The Empress of Blandings pull off an unprecedented three wins a row this year? Only if his hated rival, Sir Gregory Parsloe, can be stopped from his evil schemes. And since this is Wodehouse, we have two or three sets of ...more
QNPoohBear
The same old story of lovesick young people and pigs, with a twist! This time the Empress has a rival! Sir Gregory Parsloe has imported a new pig for the Shropshire Agricultural Show. The Queen of Much Mathingham threatens to be even larger than the Empress! The Empress has lost a succession of her beloved pig men and is left with a girl who refers to her as a "piggy wiggy." Naturally Galahad smells a plot and is determined the Empress should win, by fair means or foul. There are also several ot ...more
Michael
Dec 04, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
Another day, another pig-napping plot (or two). It's business as usual at Blandings Castle. We have lovers torn asunder by interfering relatives, lack of funds, and unfortunate mix-ups-- espionage and intrigue in the high-stakes world of competitive pig-fattening-- and more.

(This was a shared read, as per usual for Wodehouse.)

I enjoyed it, but if Goodreads enabled half-stars, I'd have rated this one as 4.5 stars. Instead, I'm reminded of the many, many laughs and rounding it up to 5 stars.

Why t
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Jilly Gagnon
May 17, 2015 Jilly Gagnon rated it really liked it
I love Wodehouse, and for whatever reason, this just didn't take off with me like nearly every other one of his books has. A winner for diehards, not my first recommendation for a Wodehouse virgin.
Chinmay Sane
Nov 12, 2015 Chinmay Sane rated it it was amazing
First P. G. Woodhouse book that I read, and this one is a delight. Not laugh-out-loud comedy, but a lot of smiling
Ankit Sharma
Aug 01, 2015 Ankit Sharma rated it it was amazing
Having read so many Books based on Blandings, I am itching to have a look at the Empress. I picture myself going to the pig's sty and watch it devour 57000 calories worth of food.

That is the power of fantastic storytelling. The same premise - threat to the pig, emsworth's sisters not letting love blossom, on and off engagements, yet no reluctance in picking up the next book in line. I do know for a fact that when i finish the last of the lot, the world would become duller. I say this because I r
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Gry
Jan 18, 2016 Gry rated it it was amazing
This was my first foray into the world of P.G. Wodehouse. I have to say that initially I was taken aback by his language usage. As a teacher of writing, I realize the importance of using rich word choices, but in Wodehouse's books, every word is a rich word choice. It gave the book a bit of a slow start for me, but as the plot began to hit its stride, and I became used to the vocabulary, things picked up quickly.

Wodehouse was a master of complex plots, and this book is no exception. Not having p
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Valerie
I've been poking the booksellers around my neighborhood to get more Wodehouse. I acquired this volume as a result.

I've always loved Blandings Castle. Blandings Castle, it's said, has impostors like other places have mice.

The real hero of these stories is the Empress of Blandings. She has only one task: to thrive. The fatter she gets, the happier (many) people are. Try getting YOUR doctor to recommend a diet of 57,000 calories a day, as one of the pig experts in this book does.

The rest revolves
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Frank O'connor
Sep 27, 2008 Frank O'connor rated it it was amazing
Wodehouse once described his way of working as 'making a musical comedy without the music' - which, as is typical of his phrasing, is literally true, but suggests another world of possibility. His books sing with the music of words, a light playfulness and an absolute mastery of ironic shadow. It's a joy in a language for its own sake that's evident here, in addition to a high level of comic skill.

Take this, for example:

"Sudden joy affects different people in different ways. Some laugh and sing.
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Toni
Mar 05, 2014 Toni rated it it was amazing

Pick up any of P. G. Wodehouse's stories and prepare to enter the comedy equivalent of a Steven King chiller interpreted by the Marx Brothers masquerading as British Nobility with no-holds-barred attitudes about whatever idiosyncratic necessity rears its impolite peril to challenge the "felicity of their unbounded domesticity." King's horror stories chill the bones, but Wodehouse's humor sticks to the ribs and fills the most famished of funny bones.
In this book, the Empress of Blandings, two-tim
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Marty
Feb 06, 2008 Marty rated it it was amazing
I had been reading too many serious books lately. Of course I do enjoy being intellectually stimulated, but not to the point where it is stifling. The solution, then? P.G. Wodehouse. If ever there were an author that fit my tastes better than Wodehouse, I don't think I've found him or her. Wodehouse's characters are so, absolutely, silly. The situations so trivial. And yet you are invested from the start to the finish in the crazy way that it all plays out. And it is crazy. And the whole time, t ...more
Kornela
Mar 17, 2015 Kornela rated it really liked it
Pigs Have Wings, a tale from Wodehouse's Blandings Castle series, serves as one of his funniest stories and involves romance, masked identities, and yes... pigs. This is one of the later Blandings chronicles, but just like with Wodehouse's other series, it doesn't matter if you start with this particular book or read the series in order. Wodehouse quickly sorts everything out for you and draws you into the thick of the plot.

As usual, Clarence, Ninth Earl of Emsworth, is a bit dazed and confused
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John
Mar 16, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blandings Castle is the ancestral home of Lord Emsworth, an elderly, absentminded, shabbily dressed pig connoisseur. Unfortunately, it is also the home of his overbearing sister Constance, whose mission in life is to lecture her brothers on their numerous faults and to make sure the younger people in the castle marry suitably and not for love.

Their younger brother Galahad, a bon vivant, visits and convinces Emsworth that a neighbor and rival in the annual Shropshire Fat Pigs Contest, Sir Gregori
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Ian Wood
Mar 24, 2008 Ian Wood rated it it was amazing
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
‘Pigs Have Wings’ is the seventh novel to be set in the grounds of Blandings Castle and by this time not only are the characters familiar but the plots are as well, and yet, I can’t help but love these books.

Once again the Empress of Blandings, Lord Emsworth’s celebrated pig, is again out to win the fattest pig award despite Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe importing an outsider to order. Galahad Threepwood with eminent assistance from Beach, the butler, and Jerry Vale, Lord Emsworth’s latest in a lo
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Sharada
Jan 28, 2016 Sharada rated it it was amazing
Wodehouse is one of my favourite authors, someone you just keeping going back to for comfort (the real equivalent of comfort food!) and a few light-hearted moments. All hos books are wonderful, some more than the others, of course, but what strikes one is his total mastery of the English language. He sort of twists and turns the phrase but always falls back on his feet, coming out with some incredible and never-thought-of constructions. What I say here is valid for almost all his books
Jeff Crompton
Jan 31, 2014 Jeff Crompton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a previous review, I divided Wodehouse's output into the best, the good, and the weak. Pigs Have Wings is in the second category. I might have put it into "the best" until the last few chapters; there the action becomes rushed and uninspired. But up to that point, there's a lot to enjoy. The setting is Blandings Castle, so of course, there are imposters afoot, and the long-suffering Empress of Blandings, Lord Emsworth's prize pig, is kidnapped. Worth a read, if you have read some of Wodehouse ...more
Rae
Sep 22, 2014 Rae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny-stuff, 2014
Galahad Threepwood's convoluted machinations save the day when Gregory Parsloe's attempt to slim down the Earl of Emsworth's prize pig, Empress, is discovered. Purloined porcine plots abound.

Somehow I missed this Blandings novel. I thought I had read them all. I have discovered a couple more that I need to add to my list as well. Wodehouse always lifts my spirits and makes me gleeful.

A funny read.
Megha
Feb 02, 2016 Megha rated it really liked it
Confusions and misunderstandings , unwarranted accusations and assumptions - only an author as brilliant as PG Wodehouse can serve us a treat using the above ingredients. He tells the story in his usual witty and comical way, the one we have all become so accustomed to, making the book enjoyable and fun to read. As more actors add to the stage called Blandings castle, the more fun it turns out to be!
Will
Jul 25, 2014 Will rated it liked it
Recommended to Will by: 132
This Wodehouse comedy illustrates the point made in H. Beam Piper "The Ministry of Disturbance".... when you have a few problems, they are trouble, but when you have a lot of problems, they start solving each other. In this case, involving pigs, upper-class twits, pigs, a dotty earl, exploding engagements, and, of course, pigs.
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