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Leave It to Psmith (Psmith #4)

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  4,600 ratings  ·  331 reviews
The Hon. Freddie Threepwood is in financial difficulties of his own devising, along with his henpecked uncle. Dim brained Freddie wants to marry the elusive Eve Halliday, while his Uncle Joe wants to raise money to help out his runaway stepdaughter.
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Published March 1st 2008 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 1923)
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Melissa
In trying to explain to my husband exactly why I find Wodehouse so laugh-out-loud funny, I used this passage: "One uses the verb 'descend' advisedly, for what is required is some word suggesting instantaneous activity. About Baxter's progress from the second floor to the first there was nothing halting or hesitating. He, so to speak, did it now." This is a brilliant example of Wodehouse's ability to put it just so, - how can you explain this any better? "Planting his food firmly on a golf-ball w ...more
Algernon
[9/10]

It is the opinion of most thoughtful students of life that happiness in this world depends chiefly on the ability to take things as they come.

When his life starts to smell too strongly of Fish, Psmith feels the need for a change of scenery. I have become acquainted with Psmith (the 'P' is silent) during his college days at Wreckam where he dazzled his colleagues with his nonchalant atitude, his well-cut suits, his ability to fast-talk his way out of the troubles brought about by his love
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Bruce
This was a delightful book, quintessential Wodehouse. The hero, Psmith ("the p is silent, as in phthisis, psychic, and ptarmigan"), is a triumph of characterization, urbane, resilient, clever, utterly unflappable, altogether unlike Bertie Wooster (perhaps somewhat closer to Jeeves, though not a valet), from the same pen. I believe that this is only one of a series of novels PFW wrote featuring Psmith, and I would love to read more.

I struggle to understand and describe what makes Wodehouse such a
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Jim
Reading P. G. Wodehouse can dispel the clouds, bring tulips into bloom in the dead of winter, make adorable putti with parchment scrolls fly around your head, and elicit a hardy laugh at all times. If you have never read Wodehouse, I am deeply sorry for you.

Leave It to Psmith is not the best of his novels, but it is as good a place to start exploring his inexhaustible array of country houses, eccentric gentry, American gunmen and their molls, deranged poetesses, rank impostors, hateful and effic
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Kornela
No one does British humor better than P.G. Wodehouse. His books consistently make me laugh out loud. Best known for the Jeeves and Bertie Wooster series (which is also excellent), Wodehouse wrote over 90 books in his career as well as a few different series. One of these series were the Psmith books. In my opinion, Psmith (pronounced "Smith," with the "p" being silent but giving proper distinction)is his most eccentric, charming, and original character. Because Psmith is so original and clever a ...more
Don
Word goes 'round the net . . . Don loves this book!

I highly recommend this one over all of the Jeeves and Wooster novels. Psmith must have been the inspiration for Bugs Bunny, not in the sense of wacky antics, but more in his ability to talk himself into or out of any situation. Psmith's misplaced self-confidence is the perfect vehicle for Woodhouse's dry British humor. The language alone is worth experiencing.
Two Bibliomaniacs
Have we mentioned before that we love P.G. Wodehouse? No? Hummmm, well, our research department is woefully underfunded and we’re far too lazy to delve back into the archives ourselves... Just in case, we’ll mention it again. We love P.G. Wodehouse.

Fed up with the fish trade, eccentric good guy, Ronald Psmith is keen on a career change. To facilitate this urge, he takes out a classified add offering a rather ambitious range of services:

“Leave it to Psmith. Psmith will help you. Psmith is ready f
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Marty
Wodehouse. He is a genius.

Please know that I do understand what the word "genius" implies, and in his field, this man was a genius. Yes, he is funny. That is now far beyond scrutiny. Yes, he has some pretty clever ideas for stories. But both of these things only give a very limited vision as to the magnitude of his abilities. He knows just how to turn a phrase. A simile, a statement of fact, a single, simple description--these are things that Wodehouse knows how to convert from the mundane, ord
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Bokeshi
In all of the Wodehouse canon, Psmith may arguably be his greatest creation. He's certainly my favorite, along with the Blandings crew -- and in this book, we get to see them unite in one of the most whimsical romps ever written. Priceless.
Dan 1.0
Leave it to Psmith is probably the best of the best as far as P.G. Wodehouse goes. If only he'd written more than four Psmith books.
Carla
So far, very funny. I wish this showed my cover. It has a picture of the most dapper, dandyish dandy that every dapperly dandied.
Chinmay Pangarkar
This is hands down the best Wodehouse book I've read! This is saying a lot, coming from an ardent Wodehouse fan. The story has all the usual impostors, burglars and romances; the usual inanities, twists and hilarity. [return][return] The Hon. Freddie Threepwood, the second and perennially impecunious son of Lord Emsworth has come up with a magnificent scheme to raise two thousand pounds to finance his dream of becoming a bookie. With his Uncle Joe (the devoted but hen-pecked husband of Lady Cons ...more
Harv Griffin
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My dad was always after me to read P.G. Wodehouse, particularly the Psmith novels. Dad would say, "The P is silent like in swimming."

LEAVE IT TO PSMITH is by far my favorite Wodehouse novel. Chasing a girl, Psmith follows her to a mansion, where he blithely impersonates a poet to gain access.

When I first read this in college, during a lazy day when I had spare moments, I laughed so hard at one of the descriptions that I fell out of bed. I remember wheezing uncontrollably on the floor until it ac
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BJ Rose
This is a charming comedy of errors, told as only P.G. Wodehouse can do. I did a lot of chuckling, and had some laugh-out-loud moments as I read about the enterprising Psmith *"the 'P' is silent, as in psychic and ptarmigan"* as he carried out his plan to get out of the fish business and make something of himself. His campaign began when he placed an advert in the newspaper, offering to do anything for anyone provided it had nothing to do with fish. He is soon off to Blandings to steal a necklac ...more
Bev
Leave It to Psmith by P. G. Wodehouse (1923) is my second foray into the adventures at Blandings Castle. This one follows the intrepid Psmith--one-time heir to a grand estate which his father heartlessly speculated away; most recently a monger of fish; and now a man of business. What kind of business?

Why, any at all. Just read his advertisement:


LEAVE IT TO PSMITH!

Psmith Will Help You


Psmith Is Ready For Anything


DO YOU WANT


Someone To Manage Your Affairs?


Someone To Handle Your Business?


Someone To
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Jim
I re-read this on July 23, 2012, and loved it, maybe even more than the first time. It takes a few chapters for the hilarity to really get going, but after that it's a real classic.

I think I especially enjoy this Wodehouse novel because Psmith is, in a way, the ultimate fantasy hero for someone who makes a living with words. Psmith regularly finds himself in impossibly difficult situations, but he has a really remarkable ability to work through them successfully with a flood of oratory. (Of cour
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Julie
It’s been quite a while since I’ve read any Wodehouse, so when I saw this at the library book sale, I picked it up and was immediately taken with the line “the ‘p’ is silent, as in pshrimp.” This is just what one would expect: mistaken identity, an absent-minded peer, an imperious dowager, young love, a fluttering poetess, laugh-out-loud lines, and a picturesque English manor as the main setting.
Lee Ann
Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!! Oh, this was so funny! This is a stand alone novel within the Wooster world. There are overlapping characters and, of course, the inimitable Drone's Club. You will love this one even if you haven't read any Bertie. You haven't read Bertie? Go away. Seriously. Just go. Back to Psmith, this book is kind of the anti-Bertie. There are the several plotlines resolving into one but with all the motives and resolutions reversed. Psmith is seeking love instead of fleeing it, seeking e ...more
Jamie Grefe
Thankfully, we still have used book stores where the employees know how to recommend a book! I went in looking for a dash of Wodehouse and the young man heartily suggested I read this, "Leave it to Psmith," that it would satisfy my Wodehousian cravings. Indeed, it did and does. If you are a fan of the Jeeves novels/stories, you will love Psmith, the fishmonger, the young gentleman, the problem-solver extraordinaire. I've only read a handful of Jeeves/Wooster books, but this one holds up with the ...more
DP Newell
I love the Psmith stories.
Anu
Genius, of course
S Prakash
A laugh a line is what makes it a riot of raucous laughter. Psmith( P silent as in Psychology), with his entourage of friends, acquaintances, buffoons and imposters sets the stage for non stop guffaws at Lord Emsworth's Blandings Castle. Each of the characters have singular obsessons; like Lord Emsworths passion for his garden, Lady Constanance for the company of poets, Threepwood for movies only to be matched by the singular aversion for fish by Psmith.

The setting of Wodehouse's novels in the p
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Phillip
This is a new all-time-favorite fiction book. I like the story. I also like his sunny vision of life and how much he likes his characters.

I have been reading and rereading some of Wodehouse because,for me, he did the same things I enjoyed in the work of Douglas Adams. Interesting, the character of Psmith looks a lot like Adams' Dirk Gently, right down to some of the phrases the characters use. It was almost like having a new Dirk Gently novel to read.
QNPoohBear
Eustace Psmith (he 'P' is silent, as in psychic and ptarmigan) is down and out. He quit the family fish business where he had been obliged to start from the bottom up. He hopes his friend Conrade Jackson will help but Jackson is not as wealthy as he appears because he's wife's stepfather is married to Lady Constance Threepwood, who holds the purse strings. Eve Halliday is also down and out. She turns to her friend Phyllis Jackson for support and Phyllis confides in her friend that her husband wa ...more
An Odd1
The era is as fantasy now, impeccable manners from wealthy wastrels of peachable virtue in idyllic rural summer. Delightful chappy babbles incessantly, peers thoughtfully through his monocle. Love at first glance after madcap rough and tumble daring is rewarded.

R. Smith upscales his surname with a silent p like psychic psalm, to Psmith. This "very tall, very thin, very solemn young man, gleaming in a speckless top hat and a morning -coat of irreproachable fit" p 41 departs uncle's fish empire t
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Jeff Crompton
One of my favorite Wodehouse offerings, read again for the umpteenth time. This 1924 novel is kind of a transitional book, bridging gaps between several periods of Plum's output. His first books were stories of English boarding school life - that's what he knew at the beginning of his career, after all. Psmith (the p is silent, as in pshrimp) had his origins in the school stories. Wodehouse moved on to write romantic comedies, and finally found his real voice writing farces. Leave It to Psmith s ...more
K.
Jun 08, 2014 K. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brit-wit fans, Wodehouse lovers
Shelves: smart-humor
Darling. Five for inability to rate Wodehouse lower... entertainment AND beautiful words. I have a little crush on Psmith. At least I wish he were a real-life fried of mine. I would be absolutely delighted to know someone who talks like he does...t'would be such a treat.

Reading a delightful, delightful series. This is #2 in the Wodehouse "Blandings Castle" novels. Actually, I don't think, in some circles, this is counted as an official Blandings novel, but I'm so glad the list I found included
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Joan
P.G. Wodehouse is one of my favorite authors, and has been ever since I began reading him over a year ago. This book had me laughing out loud so often that it could probably be prescribed as an antidote for severe depression.

Psmith is a socialist and has just succeeded in quitting his job at the fish-packing company owned by his uncle. He's willing to do anything, except work with fish, so when the Hon. Freddie Threepwood, a young man short on both brains and money, asks him to come down to Blan
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Cé
As always, Wodehouse leaves me cozily and hilariously satisfied. This book was perhaps not the best of Wodehouse's, as the plot didn't tie itself up too well at the end, but oh! still, what a book!

It is unfortunate that Wodehouse is now gone, I would have liked to send him a fan letter.
Laurie
My Uncle Bill gave me a beat up copy of this when I went to London last fall, and it provided many hours of solace and laughter. Mostly laughter. Wodehouse is brilliantly funny, Psmith is one of my favorite characters, and I need all of you to read it as soon as you possibly can. Seriously.
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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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