This paperback edition forms part of a boxed set of facsimilies of the first ten Penguin Books, published to mark the Penguin's fiftieth anniversary.
Published December 1929 by Penguin
(first published 1929)
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Linklater, Eric. POET’S PUB. (1930). ****. This was Linklater’s early breakthrough novel that was extraordinarily popular in its day. It holds up very well. I’m amazed it is still out of print since it reads very much like a Wodehouse novel – which now seem to be all the rage in their rediscovery. The story is really about a pub called “The Downy Pelican,” but was run by Mr. Saturday Keith, a poet of no great achievement, but an excellent publican. His real attraction to the owner of a chain of...more
Nov 25, 2011 Heather rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Saturday Keith (his parents' seventh son, named after the day of his birth) is a poet, but he's feeling glum after some less-than-flattering reviews of his latest book. He's quit his job at a shipping/exports company, and ends up getting set up as manager of a fancy pub/inn owned by the mother of one of his novelist-friends. As the manager of the Pelican, Keith gets to see bits of people and their lives; so do we, as readers. But it's not just ordinary daily life and love and meetings that we se...more
I found this book boring. It read a lot like a play, now that I think of it. It's a charming comedy of errors, I guess you could say. I think the most entertaining character was the blue cocktail (yes, I'm referring to an inanimate, albeit alcoholic, object).
This spirited farce is fun from the first page to the last. The cover describes it as a “literary Cheers,” but I think a closer movie/TV comparison might be Bringing Up Baby. There are misunderstandings and a comic chase, and throughout the kind of snappy and hilarious dialogue that you can imagine Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant delivering. I was not ready for the book to end, and sorry that there wasn’t a sequel.