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Three Men and a Maid

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  1,000 ratings  ·  129 reviews
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 18th 2008 by BiblioLife (first published January 1st 1922)
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It is hard not to like a good Wodehouse novel - as he says himself somewhere, his books are basically set in a world where romantic comedies come into being. This isn’t one of the series of books he writes, there are no Jeeves or Woosters or Blandings of Blandings Castle. No need to tell you the plot of this one, really, the plots of a Wodehouse novel (although always masterfully plotted) aren’t really the main interest. There are some brilliantly funny lines, some leg crossingly acute observati ...more

What to expect in a P.G. Wodehouse book?

Lots of crazy characters..
Some Crazy situations..
Some laugh out loud moments..
Some eye rolling romance..
some giggles..
and lots of confusion..
which sums up to give a perfect romantic comedy.

Well, this book had all the above mentioned ingredients hence it was “fun”:) !
Billie - also known as Wilhelmina Bennett - is engaged to a young man whose mother is an eminent writer and lecturer in an obscure field. And she does NOT want her son married. Another young man is also in love with Billie, and ensures that the wedding does not happen... and while this doesn't sound like the opening to a humorous light-hearted novel, in the hands of PG Wodehouse the most sombre of plots take on an amusing hue.

Most of the story takes place on a cruise ship, where romance blossom
In this reliably entertaining romantic comedy from Wodehouse, Billie, the redhaired ingenue referenced in the title, gets engaged to three different young men in a remarkably short span of time--and they all end up on the same oceanliner bound from New York to England. Once there, the action soon shifts to an archetypical beautiful country estate, which Billie's rich hypochondriac of a father believes he has legally rented out for the summer. Guess who all turns up there? To add to the fun, thro ...more
Another excellent Librivox reading of an early Wodehouse, this time by Kara Shallenberg (kayray).

Amazing that a frolic written almost a century ago is as fresh and hilarious as ever. In fact, it's pleasant to inhabit this idyll of slow Atlantic crossings and English country houses lit only by oil-lamps and candles (such possibilities for farcical misapprehensions).

Five chuckles.
Standard Wodehouse, great for a rainy day, a nice light read. Still, I’m not rating this one as high as other Wodehousian works. The plot developed a bit slower, and while it got pretty funny at the end, there were long pauses between laughs. I also felt that the characters were a bit undeveloped for Wodehouse. Normally the characters represent a joke each, but you still very sympathetic with them, and feel that you have a good grasp on them; I felt that this was lacking here. Still you’ll crack ...more
Perry Whitford
Mrs. Hignett won't allow her son Eustace to marry with the future of her adopted home, the incomparable 'Windles' in Hampshire, at stake. Provided he continues with a bachelorhood expertly stage-managed by his mother thus far, the house remains in estate and she can lord (or should that be lady?) over it, but should he marry, the family pile would pass to him.
But she's in for bad news. Accompanying her on a lecture tour of America, Eustace falls in love with a girl in New York who he tries to ma
Vintage Wodehouse. A beautiful red-haired girl in search of her Galahad. A hypochondriac American in search of a peaceful summer of health and relaxation. And 3 young men in search of the redhead. Only one of the men is right for Billie, the redhead, but she doesn't know it, the others have their persuasive points, and the Atlantic crossing takes 9 days on the slow boat. Charming and easygoing, like a Tanqueray and tonic on a warm summer night.
Not P.G. Wodehouse's best, but still a nice summer read. Great ending. Billie, the female all the men love, wants a Sir Galahad type. Sam Marlowe, decidedly not Sir G., at the end decides to kidnap her dog and then rescue the dog to show his bravery. Pure Wodehouse. Of course it all goes wrong, and Sam Marlowe ends up hiding first in a closet and later by donning a suit of armor that happens to be in the hallway. He's become Sir Galahad at last!
For the first half to two-thirds of P.G. Wodehouse's "Three Men and a Maid," I was pretty happy. Yes, the main protagonist is an oaf and the heroine a high-maintenance princess. But, the writing is pretty good. The book doesn't really have the usual Wodehousian intertwined plots, but, instead, has intertwined characters. But then things changed. Suddenly, the main protagonist added a few more adjectives to himself: liar, idiot and self-centered. I can tolerate an oaf for a main character. But, n ...more
Bill Ward
A fun little book by Wodehouse about some rather silly men and their hair-brained schemes to woo a girl. But that describes just about every Wodehouse book, doesn't it? It's literary candy.
Pure fun.

Wodehouse's mastery of the English language will be appreciated by all intelligent readers: his use of inventive figurative language is especially delightful.
Marts  (Thinker)
Yet another enjoyable Wodehouse read... this time we connect with the likes of Billie, Sam, Eustace, and others, finally ending in an eventual love affair...
There is simply no way to be unhappy when you are reading one of Wodehouse's novels. They are joy distilled through a fine sieve of musical comedies and poured into your brain. Or some such rot.

The Girl on the Boat is not part of any series (Jeeves and Wooster, Mr. Mulliner, Psmith, etc.) and stands alone. As such it seems best to compare it to other Wodehouse solo novels like The Girl in Blue and Quick Service.

So I will.

I like Quick Service better, but like this book better than The Girl In Blu
I love Wodehouse. I love boats. To top it off, I love girls--particularly my wife. It stands to reason, then, that I would have no choice but to enjoy Wodehouse's The Girl on the Boat. Without any choice in the matter, I did just that.

The Girl on the Boat is a merry, though admittedly forgettable, romp through a cast of lively characters, flippantly crazy plot lines, plenty of neatly crafted sentences with wickedly clever word play, and a healthy use of an always engaging and affable narrator. I
Ian Wood
Oct 07, 2007 Ian Wood rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Wodehouse's stage craft
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
The Girl on the Boat is the story of Billie Bennett whose search for a Galahad or Lancelot lead her to be engaged to three men is three weeks much to the discord of her father. Her first suitor was Eustace Hignett who was discovered not to be of the round table order when he jilted Billie as his mother stole his trousers to prevent him leaving his room. Next up was Sam Marlowe who it transpired was Billie’s ideal, unfortunately she only realised this after a misunderstanding allowed her to break ...more
An amusing comedy of errors! Wilhemina Bennett is the title girl, who is the source of, by turns, much admiration and consternation for three young men - Bream Mortimer, Eustace Hignett, and Samuel Marlowe. After a broken engagement for one pair of them, orchestrated by another among them, all four find themselves on an ocean liner headed to England from America and...romantic shenanigans ensue.

I could have used more of Mrs. Hignett and the dashing Jane Hubbard, but I appreciate that the book is
Wodehouse’s prose is delightful and he delivers the story gleefully, making fun of all the characters (right down to the dog). I quite enjoy his narrative style. However, I’m only giving this book three stars because I didn’t feel for any of the characters, and I was quite indifferent as to who would get the maiden in the end, which kind of defeats the whole purpose of the book really. “Damsel in Distress” (by the same author) is a much better read in my opinion, with characters that are much mo ...more
Maria Thermann
I hadn't expected to read a romance type story from Mr Wodehouse, but that's just what this is. Poor girl gets rich, finds man, loses man, loses fortune, eventually finds herself and the man she's really been in love with all the time without knowing it.

As it typical with Wodehouse characters, they are all very well connected and "just so" (top drawer, don't you know, old bean). While they may be rather dated, they are still enjoyable for the farcical elements of his main and sub-plots. All his
I enjoyed reading this book, it was laugh-out-loud funny in parts -- the comedic visual imagery is great, especially with regards to the cheerful dog Smith. There was melodrama, a parrot personified, and literally a knight in shining armor. There were coincidences and twists in the plot that tease the reader and then play out in ways I did not expect! I was pleased to enter into the author's world. I listened to this one at work, and it made my tasks more enjoyable.
Just another great Wodehouse effort. A bit different than a lot of his other work, but every bit as entertaining. It's not long, so why don't you download a copy, or borrow one from your local library, or in a worse case scenario, buy one. You shouldn't have any problem finding free e-books to download, and if you don't have a portable e-reader, you can always download a free "app" for your computer, usually from whatever website you find the book at. (I know, you're not supposed to end a senten ...more
Sheela Word
Hilarious in the same way as every other Wodehouse novel I've ever read. Upper-class young people fall in and out of love and make fools of themselves. Upper-class older people are dictatorial and quarrelsome and make fools of themselves. The servants display good sense and breeding when guiding their "betters" to a happy ending. Every thread in a convoluted plot, rife with coincidences, is tied up neatly and cleverly. What could be more fun?
Matthew Hurley
Fun and lively, with robust, amusing characters and hilarious, well-crafted scenes.

His descriptions of Jane Hubbard are my favorite.

"She as a thoroughly wholesome, manly girl, about the same age as Billie, with a strong chin and an eye that had looked leopards squarely in the face and caused them to withdraw abashed into the undergrowth, or wherever it is that leopards withdraw when abashed."
Thom Swennes
This is a purely delightful and extremely humorous tale of love won and lost; a game of high stakes that crosses international boundaries as if they don’t exist. The story begins with an ignominious sea voyage from New York to England where three love-sick suitors ply for the beautiful redheaded damsel; Billie. Billie is in search of a white knight and discovers, to her horror, that all of her suitors fall well short of the mark. Wodehouse is a master at creating and subsequently describing uniq ...more
K.V. Johansen
Wodehouse is one of my favourite authors, but this one didn't appeal much to me. It was Wodehouse, and so of course funny, clever, elegant in both plot-crafting and prose, but I didn't find any of the characters very sympathetic -- aside from Smith the bulldog. Smith the bulldog I would have liked to see more of, but all the assorted young lovers struck me as rather selfish and silly, and they were all rather dim-witted and worse, flat. I ended up feeling Sam and Billie deserved one another, and ...more
Dec 05, 2012 Spiros rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who doesn't object to slightly greenish Plum
Shelves: comicgenius, strand
A very strange, and slightly unripe, Plum. For Wodehouse, a lot of air leaks into the story, as he sort of jollies things along with an intrusive narrative voice; in a sense, this is reminiscent (or rather a precursor to) the Oldest Member stories. The eponymous character, Billie Bennett, seems to me a cross between Honoria Glossop and Madeleine Bassett, the kind of girl any right thinking Wodehouse male would fight like blazes to avoid. All that being said, there is some comedy gold in here, mo ...more
Another hilarious romp from Wodehouse. I suspect the heroine of this piece might be a real pain to be married to, though, with her obnoxious little dog and intolerance for any lapses by her various fiances.
Lois A. Seketa
Funny but dated

Typical Wodehouse story. Humorous and interesting. Very much a 1930s style book, but still holds your interest. And the price is right.
Sam Marlowe, Bream Mortimer, and Eustace Hignett, and all three, at one time or another, engaged to Billie Bennett, who is looking for her Sir Galahad. In the end it's only the one hiding in a suit of armor that wins her hand. But Jane Hubbard may be the bravest of them all.
J. Kevin
A charming little romp, sort of a romantic comedy of errors. Starts out as a love triangle, but unlikely complications keep piling up until it's more like a love dodecahedron. Every time you think you know where it's going, Wodehouse throws a new monkey wrench into the works. All narrated in that dry, deadpan, uniquely British voice. Wodehouse makes frequent asides to the reader, apologizing for his digressions, scolding the characters for being too harsh, and even grumbling about the changes th ...more
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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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“Billie knew all. And, terrible though the fact is as an indictment of the male sex, when a woman knows all, there is invariably trouble ahead for some man.” 9 likes
“Bream Mortimer was tall and thin. He had small bright eyes and a sharply curving nose. He looked much more like a parrot than most parrots do. It gave strangers a momentary shock of surprise when they saw Bream Mortimer in restaurants, eating roast beef. They had the feeling that he would have preferred sunflower seeds.” 7 likes
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