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Uneasy Money

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Uneasy Money sees the hard-up Lord Dawlish off to America to make a fortune.
Hardcover, Everyman Wodehouse, 256 pages
Published by Overlook Press (first published January 1st 1916)
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Pramod Nair
Aug 05, 2015 Pramod Nair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Pramod by: Rajan
Uneasy Money is a standalone romantic comedy novel from P.G. Wodehouse, which can be regarded as one among his best works with his signature humor and twisted plots. Written in 1916 this is one of those self-containing titles from Wodehouse, which is not part of any of his usual series of narratives with recurring characters. By utilizing his usual charming way of narrative and his knack in creating loveable characters to the maximum, Wodehouse creates a warm romantic novel, brimming with romanc ...more
Jason Koivu
Sep 12, 2016 Jason Koivu rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Uneasy Money is easily my least favorite P.G. Wodehouse book in the history of me reading P.G. Wodehouse books!

The characters are flat. The writer's trademark humor is almost completely absent. The story is boring.

This rags-to-riches, boy-meets-girl tale unnecessarily drags on at a languid pace. The premise is ridiculous, yet not ridiculous enough to be funny. Unlikely romances in which the rich guy falls for the poor girl were all the rage in the early 1900s, so I'm led to understand, and this
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Dave Law
Sep 23, 2011 Dave Law rated it it was amazing
Others have commented on the plot so I will comment on aspects of this novel that I enjoy. I love books where the main characters are decent and good people, and you cannot find more decent individuals than the hero and heroine of this book. It is also so refreshing to read a story where a woman can be strong in her femininity and a man in his masculinity, without either trying to take the roll of the other. Both Bill (Lord Dawlish) and Elizabeth Boyd are well portrayed and a joy to read about. ...more
Laurel Hicks
Jun 24, 2016 Laurel Hicks rated it it was amazing
Well done, Plum!
Scilla
Oct 16, 2010 Scilla rated it liked it
This early Wodehouse is a humorous story about Lord Dawlish (Bill), his actress first fiancee Claire, and how how he finds his true love. Bill is loveable, sympathetic, and generous. His fiance won't marry him until he gets more money and encourages him to do things to get money which aren't in Bill's character. When he is told he has inherited a huge sum of money from a man he met once and cured of his golf slice, he tries to give the previous heir (Elizabeth Boyd) half the money. When she ...more
Dani
Jul 24, 2011 Dani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though less hysterical than some other Wodehouse novels, this was thoroughly captivating and delightful. It wouldn't be Wodehouse without a case of concealed identity and more zany coincidences than one can count. And just when you think the plot couldn't get any more ridiculous, someone goes and shoots a monkey in an outhouse in the dark. But the romance in the second half is what really gives this tale heart. It's sweet, whimsical, and authentic -- just the kind I like.
J B Mills
Nov 18, 2008 J B Mills rated it really liked it
He's known for his Jeeves series, but seriously, his novels rock! The new characters keep them from being to formula driven. And there are so many memorable lines. My favorite quotation:

"Boyhood, like measles, is one of those complaints which a man should catch young and have done with, for when it comes in middle life it is apt to be serious."

Does it get better than that?
Allie
Apr 01, 2012 Allie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Thom Swennes
Nov 15, 2016 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lord Dawlish (Bill) is an easy-going, generous, and financially destitute member of England’s aristocracy. His financial deficiencies don’t really bother him as he has just enough to meet his modest life's needs. Claire, his fiancée, isn’t so tolerant of his pecuniary circumstances and refuses to set a date for their wedding until he improves this state of affairs. He hits upon the idea of travelling to America, as he had heard that fortunes were there for the taking. Before his departure he ...more
Whitney
Dec 29, 2015 Whitney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Solid Wodehouse formulas are here. Protagonist Lord William Dawlish actually prefers to be called Bill, and actually he has no money--just a job in a London club, and honestly he's not incredibly smart at all. Okay, full disclosure, he's a dumb schmuck. But luckily he's engaged to the gorgeous Claire who has plans to help him rise to the top of society.

Okay, full disclosure--Claire is a mean-spirited, money-grabbing GOON.

Luckily they both go on simultaneous journeys to America--unbeknownst
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Jenn Estepp
Last night, I couldn't figure out what to read and the feeling of reading ennui was great upon me. So I decided to be logical and unemotional about it and read the oldest-thing-on-my-Kindle-that-I-haven't-read-yet and it was this. Because I am an idiot. Or, rather, when I went on my "Free Wodehouse!" binge upon first getting my Kindle, I moved on to other stuff before reading this one.

So, there you go. I think maybe I expected it to be more about golf, since it's mentioned in the beginning and
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Tony
Aug 22, 2015 Tony rated it really liked it
UNEASY MONEY. (1917). P. G. Wodehouse. ****.
This adventure features Lord Bill Dawlish. Bill is a straight-forward guy. But, unfortunately, has a title but no money. On a short seaside vacation, he takes the time to show a fellow golfer how to eliminate his slice. Turns out that this golfer was so pleased that someone would do that out of the goodness of his heart that he made his will leaving all of his $5 million estate to Bill. In so doing, he cut off his rightful heirs. When Bill learned of t
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Knitme23
Apr 21, 2015 Knitme23 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Chose this as a quick commute filler after I finished "Silkworm," so I suppose some letdown was inevitable, but still: Uneasy Money is *not* one of Wodehouse's best. There are a few guffaw-inducing lines, but overall, it's a mere nothing of a story that is not redeemed by enough of his usual wit. I'm glad it was a freebie from the good people at Librivox!

**Note: I did NOT listen to this edition of the audio; mine was read by Tim Someone of "Big Bible" through Librivox.**
Noam
Dec 29, 2014 Noam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
getting back to the mike and psmith early days heights! not as blatantly hilarious every fourth or fifth page as some of the other books, but super playing out of the intricate plot... crowd-pleasing stuff, golly
Ruth
Jul 27, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-humor
Good. Lots of fun but like others much more.
Caroline
Feb 01, 2014 Caroline rated it really liked it
Early days here. Bit rough on the monkey.
Bitsy
Oct 01, 2016 Bitsy marked it as to-read
1916
Mary Catelli
Jun 11, 2013 Mary Catelli rated it it was amazing
Lord Dawlish's fiancee Claire disapproves of his handing out shillings to the poor. Then, he is the second poorest peer in England. She is quite certain that if he bestirred himself he could get some money.


Lord Dawlish -- alias Bill -- gets an American friend of his to write him a letter of introduction under a false name, because he hopes to make some money in New York. And then he discovers that a capricious millionaire had left him his entire fortune -- minus twenty pounds for a nephew -- cut
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J. Boo
Jan 11, 2016 J. Boo rated it really liked it
Better than average Wodehouse on the romantic side - the relationship is completely believable and rather charming. Yes, I rooted for them both.

It wasn't, however, as funny as some of his other works, with the exception of a stunningly humorous and true-to-life passage where an adventuress tries to get her hooks back into her target. (Placing a sample in a spoiler, although frankly this is one of those books where honestly very little about the plot will be suprising. (view spoiler)
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Ian Wood
Oct 12, 2007 Ian Wood rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
Uneasy Money is the story of Bill Dawlish who is left Ira Nutcombe’s entire fortune. Ira wrote his niece out of his will in favour of Bill when he cured him of his ‘slice’ on meeting at the Golf links at Wodehouse’s seaside resort Mavis Bay. Bill is not overly comfortable with coming between Elizabeth Pickering and the inheritance she was due, and when his offer to split the money is refused by return of post he sets of to America to right the wrong.

As with all the great Wodehouse stories, Bill
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Jonathan
Jun 18, 2015 Jonathan rated it really liked it
A nice early book set partly in New York which I generally favour in the Wodehousian oeuvre. This was the usual lark of money, love and mix ups set in England and the US but had a slightly more romantic tone than later books. There seemed to be a more distinctly sentimental and slightly mushy than usual flavour to the scenes between Lord D and Elizabeth, I couldn't help wondering if this related to a romantic period in a youngish PGWs life.

What I love about his early books is the sheer relish fo
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Spiros
Nov 22, 2012 Spiros rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who dote on the amatory adventures of silly asses
Early Plum, and a corking good yarn. Our hero is Bill, Lord Dawlish; a bit of an ass, don't you know, but with a heart of gold, who has unconscionably gotten engaged to a hard-as-nails English showgirl, who can't abide Bill's tendency to spread his nonexistent largesse on anyone who happens to be harder up than he is. Bill has, through no fault of his own, dispossessed a couple of Americans, and so he ventures across the Pond to see whether some formula might not be worked out. Complications ...more
Maria
Jun 01, 2010 Maria rated it really liked it
Shelves: humorous
Although an earlier work of P. G. Wodehouse, this book is the funniest I have read so far (only the 5th though). A delightful romp that begins in England and then travels to New York and ends on Long Island, it is full of humorous characters from different avenues of life. The only fault I found was that the waiter was introduced by name as if there would be something more from and about him in the remaining pages of the book, yet he disappears without making a ripple on the events of the story. ...more
astaliegurec
Mar 28, 2014 astaliegurec rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
P.G. Wodehouse first published "Uneasy Money" back in 1917, so it's long out of copyright and freely available on the web. I'll say up front that even though I'm rating it at a Very Good 4 stars out of 5, I'd really like to give it a half star less (i.e., 3-1/2 stars). It has the characteristic Wodehouse intertwined plots, interesting characters, and wonderful descriptions. It also has a very nice ending. Unfortunately, it comes with quite a few painful situations that keep hovering with an ...more
Scot
Aug 14, 2010 Scot rated it really liked it
A fun Wodehouse romp from 1916. The foil is an actress, the heroine a petite but jaunty beekeeper on Long Island whose very rich uncle seems to have cut her out of his will at the last minute and left everything to some unknown Englishman who, although a stranger, stopped and helped him correct his golf slice one day. That unexpected heir, the hero, comes to New York to try to resolve things with the beekeeper, and is befriended by her wild partying brother who the doctors have warned he really ...more
Lynette
I do always like to see what Plum has written, but this one will not go down as one of his ten best. It was a little syrupy, like a romance, and a little short on the humor. However, the man does know how to write a sentence, and did so even during his early days, so in that regard, the book does not disappoint. One does want to wring Nutty's neck, and Elizabeth is so sappy and over-the-top goody two shoes, that the reader is almost tempted to root for Claire. Other than that, and the ...more
Linda
Dec 21, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing
A marvelously funny comedy of errors in which an eccentric American millionaire wills all his money to the titled, but impoverished, William Chalmers, Lord Dawlish. Bill feels guilty about depriving the niece, Elizabeth Boyd, of money he feels is rightfully hers, so he offers to give her half. Being a proud and independent woman, Elizabeth refuses. Bill goes to Long Island and becomes acquainted with her as Bill Chalmers, not "Lord Dawlish". In the course of events, they fall in love, and Bill ...more
Cindy
Feb 12, 2016 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1900-present
I liked the book, it was nice to read a light, humor book that is written in the old fashioned way. This was more of a romance, comedy story. Did not have much of the slap stick humor as most Wodehouse stories. He is a master of characterization. I felt sorry for Lord Dawlish, he had a title and not much money. He was generous to a fault. I did not like Claire Fenwick. She was engaged to Lord Dawlish but would not marry him because he did not have money. She got engaged to another man who was ...more
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