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A Pelican at Blandings (Blandings Castle #11)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  1,432 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Crisis, wearing a variety of habits, saunters in to Castle Blandings and upsets the hard-won applecart of the peace-loving thirteenth earl.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 28th 2010 by Overlook Books (first published 1969)
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May 23, 2012 Tom rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: humour
I almost put my rating as three stars but then I realised that I did actually enjoy this book a great deal and the only way I could criticise it is in comparison with Wodehouse's earlier books. Therefore, although this review will sound critical, it's sort of like pointing out that Mont Blanc is rather short in comparison with Everest. It's still a damn big mountain and this is still a damn fine book.

PG was, I think, in his eighties when he wrote this, and his writing, while still sprightly, has
Jul 20, 2014 K. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brit wit fans. Wodehouse lovers.
Near the end of the lovely Blandings series. Five stars for enchantment and delight. I think I may have mentioned this in other Blandings reviews, but this series is 11 books of the same plot just told another way. The genius is that Wodehouse CAN tell it a different way and does so with freshness and fun.

Gally: "Do you mean Dunstable?"

Lady Constance started irritably, like the Statue of Liberty stung by a mosquito which had wandered over from the Jersey marshes. She spoke with the petulance
Hilarious. I have never before read anything by Wodehouse. Found this on audiotape while making a basement cleaning attempt recently and thought, Why Not? Have no idea how it got into my basement, but I have made similar improbable "finds" in the past - who knows what treasures you will find in boxes that haven't been opened in 20 or 30 years?

Wonderful snide/snark/silliness. Sort of a mashup of Downton Abbey and the Marx Brothers. Ridiculously convoluted plot, but only reason for plot was to adv
Perry Whitford
Dressed like a tramp and tucking into an extra jammy Rolly-Polly Pudding in the solitude of his library, the ninth Earl of Emsworth was enjoying one of those salad days which can only be had in the complete absence of Dukes and sisters from Blandings Castle.

But of course it can't last. Not having bothered to open the letter informing him of her intention to holiday away from New York and spend her summer at Blandings, Clarence wasn't prepared for the arrival of the most Fuhrer-like of all his si

'I don't think i can go as far as that,' he said,'but he certainly ought to see a psychiatrist.'
'A what?'
'One of those fellows who ask you questions about your childhood and gradually dig up the reason why you go about shouting "Fire" in crowded theaters. They find it's because somebody took away your all day sucker when you were six.'

It's always fun to come back to P.G. Wodehouse's works after a while. Read this on a two day long journey in train while getting the looks of fellow passengers as
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
I started mid-reading review, which is out of tradition for me. I add books on Goodreads mostly AFTER I finish reading them. But, was compelled to share some of Wodehouse's amusing sentences.

"It appears that there is harmless innocent American of the name of Wilbur Trout whose only fault is that he marries rather too often, which is the sort of thing that might happen to anyone."

"Thomas Hardy would have seen in the whole affair one more of life's little ironies and on having it drawn to its atte
Ian Wood
Rather than be a visiting wild fowl the titular Pelican is Galahad Threepwood, brother of Lord Emsworth, on hand at Blandings to make sure the course of true love runs smooth and that a forged painting is replaced by the original without the owner becoming aware of its origin. The painting in question is a reclining nude which explains the American title of this Blandings farce ‘No Nudes is Good Nudes’. As ever a Blanding’s romp wouldn’t be complete without a number of imposters and in this case ...more
Luffy Monkey D.
Whether Shropshire is fictional or purely not, I'm not going there ever again - figuratively. The goalposts have moved. I think Wodehouse will be one of the first big names that no one remembers in the coming centuries. Summer Lightning was good - not great. Pigs have Wings was nice to read. What passed for entertaining literature no longer cuts the mustard nowadays. The worrying thing is that something else should and must occupy the vacuum left behind by authors like Wodehouse, Doyle, and the ...more
Clarence Threepwood, Lord Emsworth is tickled to have the Castle to himself for the first time ever. He can relax in his old, worn out clothes and eat plain English food in the library. The Empress is eating well and on her way to being a silver medal winner for the fourth time. Life is good! Not so fast! First, Lady Constance returns bringing a guest and announcing she's staying for the whole summer and her husband will join her; then she announces the Duke of Dunstable has invited himself and ...more
One of Wodehouse's later books does not have the sparkle of earlier works, but still mildly enjoyable. I admit that the plot has not stayed with me after a mere day or so but it is of a pleasant sort - dotty Emsworth, bossy Connie, young lovers with an impediment to their betrothal, someone or two under false pretenses, a theft being required. And an appearance by the Empress. And Gally to the rescue.

I suppose there is a certain comfort to the predictability, the Alexander McCall Smith of his da
Douglas Wilson
Great. I had read before in the early eighties under another title. Lotsa fun.
Dan Schwent
Once again, Lord Emsworth and Uncle Galahad produce the laughs.
Peter Krol
Wodehouse appears to be losing his touch late in life. But I had to read this anyway to bring closure to my friendship with the good folks at Blandings Castle. I don't think I'll ever read Sunset at Blandings; I can't stomach unfinished novels.

But here are the obligatory quoterrific highlights:

"'Are you under the impression,' she said, 'that it is my intention to marry that ruddy Gawd-help-us? If so, here is something for your files. I wouldn't marry him to please a dying grandmother. If I saw h
A nice light read.
Emily Crow
I was probably at a disadvantage with this one, as it's my first book by P.G. Wodehouse, written late in his career and, according to some, far from his best. Even so, I found this tale of the eccentric doings of several upper-crust people (and those who are visiting Blandings castle under false pretenses) mildly amusing.

The plot? It would probably take me longer to try to explain it than it did to read this slender novel. There's Lord Emsworth worrying about his prize pig, and his formidable si
Due giorni. L'ho letto in due giorni. Questo basta a farvi capire fino a che punto non fossi in grado di staccarmene, una volta iniziato. E sì, va bene che ero anche nei due giorni di riposo e non avevo altro da fare, ma questo è un altro discorso.
Continua la saga ambientata nel castello di Blandings, popolato da personaggi tanto assurdi da poter essere tranquillamente reali: lo svanito conte Clarence, suo fratello minore e scavezzacollo Galahad, la sorella terribile Connie e la consueta girando
Sue Berg
while i associate the voice of Martin Jarvis, narrator, with another book -- I enjoy his readings of the few Wodehouse abridged productions he did . I'm not sure if i've encountered an unabridged production of this book or not. this one is very enjoyable ... full of typical wodehouse mayhem and sisters, with the added enjoyable presence of Galahad who has come to the rescue of his brother, Lord Emsworth ...
Jann Barber
I love all things Wodehouse. As always, I smiled and laughed my way through this book. I've never met a Wodehouse book I didn't like!

"When Lord Emsworth's delectable solitude at Blandings Castle is shattered by the arrival from America of his bossy sister, Connie, soon followed by the scheming Duke of Dunstable and the assorted impostors who are never far from Blandings, trouble is bound to follow - the sort of trouble which, in a Wodehouse novel, involves loony doctors, stolen paintings, young
The last of the Blandings books (at least, the last to be finished). PG at the top of his form. I concede that it may have seemed so because I've had a long -- too long -- break between his books, and I may be starved for those Wodehouse sentences and characters and plots. I was surprised. I laughed. All the old familiar stuff was there, as well as some stuff that seemed, to me, new and interesting.
A late Wodehouse. Atypical in a few ways; typical, perhaps when one looks at the stage of life the Master was at. Into his late eighties when this was written, Plum, not unlike musicians who practice their art well into the twilight of their lifetimes, takes a while to warm up. Once he gets going, however, the fare is thoroughly enjoyable. The trademark confusion is not at the heights that one might have come to expect from his earlier works but it is, after all, a PGW, and in PGW's world, the s ...more
I didn't find Frederick Davidson's narration to be quite as good as Jonathan Cecil's reading of Wodehouse. I did appreciate his snorts and "hrmphs" as the Duke of Dunstable. This 11th entry in the Blandings castle was still a lot of fun if you like Wodehouse's brand of craziness!
My copy of this was titled, "No Nudes is Good Nudes." Needless to say, I was unable to take this with me to work at school!

I've read enough Wodehouse by now to know his formula, but this still carried some surprises and plenty of laughs! I just adore him to pieces. :)
"Аз пиша това, което е широко известно като "лековато четиво" и на правещите това – наричат ги хумористи понякога – интелигенцията гледа отвисоко и с презрение." - П.Г.Удхаус

Това е една забавна и интересна книга, която бих прочела отново.
I'm a huge Wodehouse fan and rate his best work as among the finest of 20th century literature. But this is far from his best work. It's a late addition to the Blandings canon and there's a strong impression of retreading a well worn path. Familiarity with recurring characters is part of the charm of Wodehouse but this feels tired. The writing lacks the zest and verve of Wodehouse at his peak, and Blandings and the Earl of Emsworth feel more than ever like relics of a bygone age.

Not a bad book
Note to self: time to start rereading all the Blandings books again. Wodehouse is always like slipping into a comfortable chair and napping, a la the Earl.
A fairly good Wodehouse novel, though it fell somewhat short of other works of his that I've read. Every other Wodehouse book I've read has been five star level in my opinion.
This slim volume is my first introduction to the witty pen of P.G. Wodehouse, perhaps best known now for his creations Jeeves and Wooster. Listening to the audio edition, superbly performed by Martin Jarvis, was like watching it unfold on the silver screen! It is a double comedy, in the Shakespearean application of the term. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud episodes in which surprise guests appear and disappear as well as belongings. In a way it made me think of the hilarious film "What's Up D ...more
Gibin Mathew

An enjoyable read !

This is second PG Woodhouse book,hence my expectations was little high.This story is plain and a fast read.I felt the shades of my previous PG story in this.I rate this 3/5.
I have been reading this between nineteenth-century novellas, journal articles and animal criticism. I needed something to salvage my sanity, and P.G. Wodehouse is just what the doctor ordered. I've been having to stifle my giggles while perusing this in the library -- and not wholly successfully. If you've never read this underrated gem of an author, I'd highly recommend you do so (and I'd start with any of the Blandings Castle tales). Wodehouse is perfect for a rainy day. Stephen Fry said it b ...more
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