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A Prefect's Uncle (School Stories)

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  256 ratings  ·  27 reviews
At Beckford College, where the pupils seem to be spending most of their time playing cricket, Gethryn is faced with this younger uncle arriving at the school.

The novel takes place at the fictional "Beckford College," a private school for boys. The action begins with the arrival at the school of a mischievous young boy called Farnie, who turns out to be the uncle of the old
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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 28th 2010 by Overlook (first published September 11th 1903)
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Evan Leach
A Prefect’s Uncle is Wodehouse’s second book, first published in 1903. Like Wodehouse’s other early work, this is a “school story” – a tale set at an English boarding school, probably written with younger readers in mind. Gethryn has a pretty great thing going at Beckford College: he’s a good athlete, popular, and a school prefect. But his world turns upside down when his uncle, a younger boy named Reginald Farnie, shows up at school and promptly causes all kinds of problems.

I was impressed by
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Lindsey
Jun 17, 2011 Lindsey rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cricket fans
Not much of a plot in this one. I hope you're a cricket fan if you read it! It looks like from many of the reviews that this is nowhere near what Wodehouse's popular works are like, so I won't write him off completely. Plus, you have to give someone a second chance when Douglas Adams has called him the greatest comic writer ever.

Some bits of this book here and there were delightful to read, but most was "beastly". (That would be one of the delights of the book for me, whenever someone called so
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Phil Syphe
“A Prefect's Uncle” was P. G. Wodehouse’s second publication and was first released in 1903. This isn’t a novel with a single plot featuring a hero and a heroine – in fact no female characters appear – but is rather a series of events, featuring several characters, held together with a stream of continuity.

This is nothing like the tales Wodehouse would become famous for writing but his unique style is apparent nonetheless. The story is set in an all-boys’ college. Most characters are aged 17-18,
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Michael
The book has a lot of schoolboy slang that took some getting used to, including the term "fag", which from context, cleary did not carry the same meaning as the contemporary American usage of the term. I even looked it up because I was curious. Apparently it means "a younger pupil in a British public school required to perform certain menial tasks for, and submit to the hazing of, an older pupil." And it looked like it was a pretty formal relationship back in the day, so in that sense, I don't e ...more
Dave
“A Prefect’s Uncle” was the second book that P. G. Wodehouse had published. As with “The Pothunters” it is a story which features boys at a school as the main characters. It was first published in the U.K. on September 11, 1903, and this time it takes place at Beckford College. Though in some ways improved over his first published book, there are many of the same problems with this story as existed in his first book.

This story focuses on Gethryn, the new Prefect of Leicester’s House at Beckford
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Ian Wood
Oct 06, 2007 Ian Wood rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pothunter fans only
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
A Prefect’s Uncle was P G Wodehouse’s second school novel based on the occupants of Beckford College rather than St Austin’s of his ‘The Pothunters’ debut. Little distinguishes the two public schools and the schoolboys them selves are cast from the same die. Wodehouse’s change of location serves very little apart from giving himself the nightmare of thinking up more names.

The Prefect of the title is ‘Bishop’ Gethryn and his Uncle is the younger Farnie whom embarrasses his nephew with his constan
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S Prakash
All I can say is that this could be the maestro's worst ever written. Though it did start off well initially and raised few good laughs, it meandered and meandered to turn out to be a damp squib. Its about a School, its houses and cricket matches amongst the houses. School boy kinships, rivaleries and wode house mark goof ups( though not so good and many of them). Absoulutely an avoidable read.
Neil
Very early Wodehouse, his second book. Only really of value when he gives a hint of the greatness that was to come. A public school novel with fairly uninteresting characters. The "prefects uncle" by the way is younger than his nephew and unaccountably is dropped from the narrative in the second half of the book. The book opens with one of the characters talking to the school caretaker, the pupil is a bit of what Wodehouse would come to call a "buzzer." It makes a charming and hopeful first page ...more
Scot
Wodehouse's second novel, published in 1903. The hilarious tone he is loved for hasn't developed much yet--this is a predictable public school tale of adolescent boys' virtues and proper manners, sort of along the lines of Tom Brown's Schooldays. The setting is Beckford, a public school. A harbinger of the conniving lad that will become a staple in many later Wodehouse tales can be found in the character Farnie. There is quite a lot of slang discussion of cricket matches in the dialogue here as ...more
Leandro Guimarães Faria Corcete DUTRA
A more benign view of life in Engliſh public ſchools at the beginniŋ of the XX century, in Wodehouſe’s pleaſant humour.
John
A trivial tale which squandered its original premise for interminable descriptions of sporting fixtures
Caroline
Cricket. Some charm, but mostly cricket.
Meghan
Many Wodehouse fans do not care for his school stories, dismissing them as mere juvenilia. I am not among their number. There is nowhere on earth Plum was happier or more comfortable than the studies and cricket pitches of the British public school, and it shows.

This is a particularly early effort and structurally, it shows. It is not sound. It rattles along, like Gethryn's bicycle with the punctured tire. But it has lovely Wodehousian sentences and boys and cricket and pretty much does what it
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Somdutta
Apr 23, 2011 Somdutta rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wodehouse fans, for light reading.
This is one of Wodehouse's school stories. It involves the students of Beckford college participating in various activities, cricket being one of the most important apart from football and writing poetry for the ones in Upper Fifth. This book is for light reading and it is a better if the reader is well aware of the rules of the game of cricket and football, because few chapters concentrate on the conditions on the field when these games are being played.
Janice
One of Wodehouse's early, public school works, the blow-by-blow descriptions of cricket matches (at least I think that's what they were) make for slow going; the flashes of wit that later became synonymous with Wodehouse's writing are especially welcome when they surface. The prefect's uncle himself (a delightfully underhanded and conniving character) disappears after the first third of the book, disappointing this reader.
Mailis Viiand
Putting aside the full-length cricket extravaganza the dynamics of happenings an human vices are full of humor and Wodehouses trademark happy ending will put you in a good mood every time...being a person of zero knowledge of cricket it is hard to follow the thread of thought sometimes sadly in this one...one cant help feeling thats shes missing something of the story...
Cody Moseley
Lots of cricket in this book, and I don't know much about the sport. Interesting to see the similarity between this book, Tom Brown's school days (rugby), and Harry Potter (quidditch). All English, light-hearted, and contain descriptive scenes of the team sports they play.
Amanda Patchin
Definitely not one of Wodehouse's best. The virtuosic writer is at work but the cricket/rugby enthusiast carried him away. Far too much technical terminology involved for most readers.
matthew
this book largely consists of descriptions of sporting events (and not even ones i might understand!), and still manages to be very funny. for me, that's saying a great deal.
Jenna
Definitely not Wodehouse's best, though there were entertaining moments. Not knowing anything about cricket made several of the chapters practically unintelligible for me.
Matt
A LOT of cricket in this one... I actually went to YouTube to watch a "Cricket Explained" videos so I had a better idea of what was going on.
Douglas Wilson
One of his early school boy stories, before he found his distinctive voice. Still, there were glimmers here and there of what was to come.
A.J.
Fun - though it might help if you know a bit more about cricket and rugby than I do.
Trudy Pomerantz
A pleasant read - as I find most of Wodehouse.
Erin M.
I still do not understand cricket.
Emily
Recommended for the cricket-obsessed.
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