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The Pothunters and Other School Stories (School Stories)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  340 ratings  ·  37 reviews
'You have been misinformed, I fear, Sir Alfred. I have not trespassed in your grounds for—ah—a considerable time.' The Head could not resist this thrust. In his unregenerate 'Varsity days he had been a power at the Union, where many a foeman had exposed himself to a verbal counter from him with disastrous results. Now the fencing must be done with buttons on the foils.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 5th 1986 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 1902)
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Sherwood Smith
Two longish novellas and a series of short stories make up this volume of Wodehouse's school stories, written before he became famous. One can see the master forming his distinctive voice, and working out the brilliant intricacy of his plotting, in delightfully clear prose. Really, one has to read school stories of that period, most written in either lugubrious late Victorian trainloads of subordinate clauses, or the awkwardly purplosity of the cheap magazine story, to realize how extraordinary ...more
Evan Leach
When Douglas Adams calls you the greatest comic writer ever, that is pretty high praise in my book, and Adams’ high opinion of P.G. Wodehouse led me to take the plunge and try his first novel. Wodehouse was truly prolific, writing nearly 100 books over the course of his seven decade career, but I decided to start from the beginning with his debut, The Pothunters, first published all the way back in 1902.

This book is set at an English boarding school, and is categorized as one of Wodehouse’s “sch
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Dave
"The Pothunters" was the first book that P. G. Wodehouse had published. It was first published in the U.K. on September 18, 1902, and featured the students and staff of St. Austin's, a school in England. Prior to that, it had appeared as a serial in "Public School Magazine" starting in January of 1902. Wodehouse had published stories about St. Austin's prior to this one, starting with "The Prize Poem" in July of 1901, but this is his first published in book form. Though this book clearly has som ...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Jun 24, 2013 Jayaprakash Satyamurthy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jayaprakash by: jayaprakash@gmail.com
I own a different edition, an Indian one from Jaico Publishing with truly preposterous cover art.

When I first encountered Wodehouse's school stories, I was a fan of his Jeeves & Wooster and Blandings novels (as well as of the Mulliner tales), but these books didn't draw me in, largely because of how they all seemed to revolve so much around sports. I still don't care for sports, but now I'm able to enjoy Wodehouse's prose in its nascent stage, already most smooth and well paced and showing
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Matt
This is Wodehouse's first book, a pippin of an idyll of Edwardian public school life, and one that still glows with sunshine and inconsequence, lo these hundred years. More a set of sketches than a proper tale, The Pothunters ostensibly recounts the search for a sackful of school sporting trophies ('pots') that are burgled from the campus of St. Austin's, the first of Wodehouse's fictional boys' schools, each of which seems to exist on the banks of the river time in some changeless pastoral swar ...more
Scott
PG Wodehouse was only twenty when his first book, The Pothunters (1902), appeared in the bookshops. Though he had shown remarkable promise as a student at Dulwich, and seemed destined for a 'Varsity education, upon graduation he reluctantly accepted a minor position at a bank, opening mail and filling ledgers. His hopes of higher education had been dashed by his father’s reluctance to support both Plum and his older brother at Oxford at the same time.

His hands may have been in the City, but his
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Leandro Guimarães Faria Corcete DUTRA
Very amuſiŋ comedic adventures of Engliſh public boardiŋ ſchool boys.
Jann Barber
I am challenging myself to play Book Bingo. One of the squares lists "First Book by Favorite Author." I LOVE P.G. Wodehouse and have many of his books. The Pothunters was his first book. The version I have does not contain other school stories and is not paperback, as is the stand alone volume offered on Goodreads.

Anyway...

If my first experience with Wodehouse had been this book, I doubt I would have read any more. The reader can spot places where Plum's clever use of words peeked through, but I
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Nachikethas
Vintage Wodehouse. But then again, I am very partial to Wodehouse. This is, perhaps, not the first book of Wodehouse you should read, but well worth it if you've tried his other works and liked it.
Phil Syphe
'The Pothunters' was Wodehouse's first publication, dating back to 1902.

At times it felt like I was reading a book by the great author that P. G. eventually became, but mostly I felt bored by this tale of college life, featuring various sporting activities, with too many characters.

The absence of female characters, other than the odd cameo, naturally removed any potential love interest that Wodehouse became so good at.

So worth reading to see how this great author got his first footing on the lit
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Marfita
Reading this just takes me back to Palin/Jones and "Tomkinson's Schooldays." Oh, and "If" - of course. What with all the sports (boxing, track) and the vocab, it's hard to picture these characters as kids. They sound more like college (oh, sorry, it is "college") - I mean, university students. I don't think it was adequately explained why Plunkett felt obliged to enjoy his crafty pipe-smoke not only out-of-bounds, but on the property of the crankiest anti-trespasser in town. Lovely period piece! ...more
Marty
After several books of assigned reading (self-assigned, sure, but assigned none-the-less), I was hardly in the mood for any more academic or serious reads. The endless antidote? Wodehouse. Always Wodehouse.

The Pothunters is, as far as Wikipedia tells me (and really, should I go through all the effort of checking to see if Wikipedia tells the truth? No. If my students don't, why should I?), the first book published by Wodehouse. It shows. Here, his writing style is restrained. Not the confidant n
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Ian Wood
Oct 06, 2007 Ian Wood rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: P G Wodehouse obsessives only
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
The Pothunters was P G Wodehouse’s debut novel based on the occupants of St Austin’s public school which he had written about in various magazines at that point. None of the wit, farce and language that came to be synonymous with Wodehouse are present and it stands as merely an up-date on Tom Browns School Days with it’s public school morals with the central message been that you can rag all you like providing you play the game and do the square thing for your house and the school.

The plot invol
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Jilly
Let's get things straight: I love P.G. Wodehouse.

Love him.

But this book, one of his earliest efforts, I think, suffers from being VERY much of its time and place.

In some way all his books are of a time and place - the earlier parts of the century, amongst non-working, moneyed aristocratic twits. But that's a mythical world, anyway, and one that non-brits can wrap their heads around.

The stories in this book are very much dependent on interest in and/or knowledge of british public schools around 1
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Scot
One of Wodehouse's earlier novels that conveys life at an early 20th century British public school (what Americans would know as a boarding school). This one lacks a specific hero, moving around among a range of boys, and includes glimpses into aspects of this cultural experience I have not seem emphasized in some of his other contributions in this genre--the sport of emphasis here is track, the plot device is an unsolved mystery of some trophy cups stolen from the pavilion and how various boys ...more
Shoshana
3.5 stars.

I've been intending to read P.G. Wodehouse for yonks; I'd only heard of the Jeeves series, but my store didn't have any, so I decided to start with his earliest novel, "The Pothunters." I was pleased to find it totally entertaining and readable. It took a little bit to get used to the British schoolboy jargon, and I'll admit keeping track of the characters was a bit of a feat, but ultimately it all comes together quite nicely. (I did have to turn to Wikipedia for some of the more dated
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Godo Stoyke
Wodehouse's first book. Tried this twice, but just found it too boring.
Neil
Wodehouse's very first book and like all of his first five or six, of which it is actually one of the better ones, a public school story. A likeable story of stolen sports trophies (the "Pots" of the title) it's only really let down by a remarkably dull ending, in which things are sorted out without any input from the major characters at all! You can see glimpses of the Wodehouse to come in the writing, in fact his later style owes much to the style of the turn of the century public school story ...more
A.J.
Didn't enjoy this one as much as some of the other P. G. Wodehouse school stories. Perhaps because it was his first published book and he wasn't really into his stride as a writer. It didn't hang together as well as his later works, and I never really felt that I cared very much about the characters, perhaps because the point of view chops and changes a fair bit.

Interesting to read about 'jellygraphing' as an early form of duplication though...
John
A delightful introduction through his first published school stories from 1902-03. I love the wit in the stories, particularly when the boys were chatting with each other. It was more difficult to relate to all the cricket and rugby action and references, and there were a ton. Definitely looking forward to some more P.G. Wodehouse in my future.
Spiros
Nov 27, 2013 Spiros rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: aficionados of School Fiction
Wodehouse's first published book: green, very unripe Plum. The dialogue is there from the beginning, although not as individuated as would later be the case. Where the book is weakest is in plot; by and large, Plum works here by fits and starts. It lacks the zip which characterizes Classic Plum, which would come very soon in his amazing career.
Mailis Viiand
If Wodehouse wasnt dead Id marry him in a heartbeat...there isnt anyone in this world that can make being English sound so lucrative and homey...he has the way with humor and situations that ring true and make you nod your head while having a quiet smile... i wish i lived in wodehouses books...there is always a happy ending...
Garry
I thought I would try a Wodehouse without Jeeves & Wooster. Though I enjoyed the book typical posh english schoolboy tale, School tropies pinched and all teh pranks of finding them.
Christa Van
I do love P.G. Wodehouse and have decided to start from the beginning. This book was published in 1902 and is certainly not his best but still enjoyable.
Robbie
Definately not for everybody. . . mainly those with a thirst for the archaic. Great insight into school life in England in very early 20th century.
Papias
This is Wodehouse's first novel an it shows. I'm sure that I'd enjoy it much more if I had attended a turn of the century English Prep school.
Paul
An interesting, charming read, though the combination of British and late 19th century slang made it more than a bit difficult to follow.
Rickeclectic
Dec 08, 2008 Rickeclectic rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Only Wodehouse diehards
Shelves: wodehouse
Very early Wodehouse. Only interesting to diehard Wodehouse fans and those interested in early 20th century british schools.
jonathan
the very first wodehouse novel. fun for a fan, but his work defiantly got better with age.
Scott Thrift
A pleasant little read, but nothing near the scope or wit of Wodehouse's later stuff.
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