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A Prefect's Uncle (School Stories)

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  354 Ratings  ·  36 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
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
Jun 17, 2011 Lindsey rated it it was ok
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
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,
Leah A. A.
One of Wodehouse's early novels set in English public schools, and probably aimed at boys of prep-school age. The tale concerns the difficulties of a prefect when a young reprobate enrolls in in his school -- and turns out to be his uncle. The story is told as a series of episodes.

These early boys' books have their charms, but comparing them to the author's later works for adults would not be fair.

You probably shouldn't attempt this if you don't have at least a "Harry Potter" familiarity with
Feb 03, 2009 Dave rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, humor
“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
Ian Wood
Oct 06, 2007 Ian Wood rated it it was ok  ·  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
Even though this is very different from Wodehouse's later novels, I must say I rather liked it. I didn't care too much for the play-by-plays, being unfamiliar with the sports he describes, but otherwise I enjoyed it. It is reassuring to note that there have always been, and doubtless will always be bullies, brats, supercilious fools and other rotters in all schools. That is my observation as a retired educator. As a Wodehouse fan, I have to admire his writing in this earlier form.
S Prakash
Aug 22, 2014 S Prakash rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 16, 2015 Usfromdk rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Die-hard fans of Wodehouse might consider reading this book, but few others will find it worth reading. Without some familiarity with cricket you should not read this book, but I'm fairly certain that even if I'd liked the sport I should not have particularly liked the book. One of Wodehouse' first books, but most certainly not one of his best.
Jan 28, 2011 Neil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Lee Belbin
Not a bad English public school yarn. Bishop has younger uncle arrive at Beckford and steal money forcing hero to chase at cost of cricket match. Bit of ok: Much language of the period (1903), spiffing, ragged etc. Typical Wodehouse. Nice to have no sex, violence etc.
Aug 14, 2010 Scot rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
[chris] Dale
More of the same sort as the last one, with equal charm but feeling keenly the loss of Dallas and his friend from the last book.
Feb 29, 2016 Ella rated it liked it
Shelves: listened-to
P.G. Wodehouse is very good with characters. I've read oodles of books that had characters I couldn't care less about, but I'm only part of the way into this book, and I can't wait to see what happens next to the characters, because I care about them.
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.
Oct 14, 2014 John rated it it was ok
A trivial tale which squandered its original premise for interminable descriptions of sporting fixtures
Apr 06, 2014 Caroline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cricket. Some charm, but mostly cricket.
Godo Stoyke
My attempt to burn my way through Wodehouse's prolific writing has hit a snag; the first book (The Pothunters, 1902) is dull, and this second book (A Prefect's Uncle, 1903) is better, but not great. It gives some good insights into British boarding schools at the dawn of the 20th century, but can only be truly enjoyed by fanatical fans of cricket and rugby.
Feb 09, 2011 Meghan rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, fiction
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
It's not only humor and the turn-of-phrases that are trademark Wodehouse in this book. Wodehouse always projects the feeling that nothing really bad can happen in his world; more than that, nothing really bad can even be imagined. That's what makes all his books so restful and worth reading even if they don't yet have the many-layered plot and subtle brilliance of the best in Jeeves or Blandings series. The outlook of a happy schoolboy that he managed to retain through his entire literary career ...more
Apr 23, 2011 Somdutta rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Decent read, though somewhat obsessed with cricket.
May 20, 2011 Janice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 cant help feeling thats shes missing something of the story...
Bruce Thomas
Jul 04, 2016 Bruce Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Secondary school upper classman finds out his mother's brother has enrolled in the private school, oh, the embarrassment, but the new boy is a rowdy sort who causes all kinds of problems for his nephew. Compelling and humorous situations that young men face as they push on to adulthood.
Amanda Patchin
Mar 11, 2012 Amanda Patchin rated it it was ok
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.
Apr 24, 2009 matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 01, 2013 Jenna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not Wodehouse's best, though there were entertaining moments. Not knowing anything about cricket made several of the chapters practically unintelligible for me.
Dec 31, 2012 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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School Stories (6 books)
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