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The Intrusion Of Jimmy

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  433 ratings  ·  64 reviews
The intrusion of Jimmy is a fast-paced farce about love and burglary. Playboy Jimmy Pitt is a betting man, and he reckons that breaking into a house isn't so difficult. He makes a wager that he can do it himself, but finds it heavier going than he expected when the house he burgles turns out to belong to a New York City police captain! What's more, this captain's daughter ...more
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Akasha Classics (first published May 11th 1910)
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An Odd1
Jimmy Pitt, wealthy English world traveller, bets he can burgle a house that night, and luckily red-headed ragged Spike Mullins (full of Cockney thief cant) sneaks into his flat, and offers the destination of grafting New York Police Captain McEachern. Still dreaming of the first-class dark-haired beauty aboard ship from England, separated by rail from his second class booking, Jimmy is shocked by the sudden appearance of the home-owner's daughter Molly, the very object of his undeclared affecti ...more
Thom Swennes
James W. Pitt, an ex-newspaper reporter, unexpectantly inherits a goodly fortune from a little known uncle. This makes Jimmy a gentleman of leisure. As he returns from England he sees a beautiful woman during the voyage on the S.S. Lusitania. This is a relationship without words but the vision of her stays with him. In New York he spontaneously and all too hastily agrees to a wager that he would break into a house to prove how easy it was. As fate would have it, that very evening an intruder bre ...more
QNPoohBear
Jimmy Pitt, a gentleman of leisure, strolls into his club one night as the members were discussing the latest popular play on Broadway, Love, The Cracksman. The actor, Mifflin, claims it takes brains and science to be an expert cracksman but Jimmy feels otherwise. He's largely distracted by thoughts of the beautiful girl he saw on the ship to New York. He was traveling Second Class for a lark and she was traveling First so they never spoke. He felt a connection to her though and now he's in love ...more
Xtian
I am embarrassed to admit I was turned onto it when Rory Gilmore made a passing reference to Wodehouse on an episode of Gilmore Girls.

This book is hysterical, my first introduction to Wodehouse. Captures the sensibilities of a time really well. can't say enough good things
Jill
Fun enough, but it might as well have been another Jeeves - who was the only thing missing. There was a fun quote: Inherited wealth, of course, does not make a young man nobler or more admirable, but the young man does not always know this. More 2.5 stars.
Rachel Terry
Ha! I may start giggling again just thinking about it.
Scilla
This is another good read from P. G. Wodehouse's earlier series. Jimmy Pitt falls in love with a woman in first class while travelling from London to NY in second class. He has never talked with her and doesn't know her name. Back in NY one of his friends is the lead in a very popular play about a burglar, and Jimmy accepts a bet that he can burgle a house. That night, he wakes to a burglar in the room, and convinces the burglar, Spike, to go with him to do his burglary. Unfortunately, an enemy ...more
Ian Wood
Oct 12, 2007 Ian Wood rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who can suspend disbelief
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
Excellent early Wodehouse romp later distilled to form the template for ‘A Damsel in Distress’ and the Blanding’s saga. Jimmy Pitt falls in love with the daughter of a Corrupt New York Policeman before befriending a house breaker and by the sort of coincidence only Wodehouse could get away with breaks into the said Chief of Police’s house to win a bet off a friend.

Some time later everyone is re-united at Dreever Castle where everyone except the hostess is under an assumed name or is an imposter.
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Tracey
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Jimmy Pitt, a restless young man who has recently come into money, is in love. The problem is, he doesn't know who she is, as he saw her at a distance on the crossing from England to New York. While in attendance at a gentlemans' club, his his brash demeanor gets him involved in a bet - that he can break into a house overnight.

This is just the start of the story - he ends up crossing the ocean again, and a series of coincedences (some might say hijinks) ensue. Love
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Brendan
It’s a good year when you read at least one Wodehouse book, and it’s even better when the book is narrated by Mark Nelson, perhaps my favorite narrator after Scott Brick (and perhaps Neil Gaiman). In the usual Wodehouse mode, The Intrusion of Jimmy follows the adventures of a clever, quick-witted protagonist who keeps his cool in the face of ever-expanding chaos among the upper crust in England and America. In this particular case, our intrepid hero stumbles into trouble when he is discovered bu ...more
Kris Kaushik
Typically complex plot with threads entangling protagonists from NY and UK. Brilliant comedic situations. Only distraction was the contorted diction of the Bowery boy burglar whose pronouncements were mostly unintelligible and quite often unnecessary to the story-line. Sure, it provided local color but clashed with the mood. May be I am just more at home with English inanities.
Overall, a grand book and ends with "Wodehousian" flair and bonhomie! Worth a read.
Anita Byler
Pretty typical Wodehouse and pretty typical for the period- Lots of too good to be true stuff going on, lots of fantastic coincidences, lots of pretty much dumb people afoot- but, like also typical Wodehouse- Likable characters, funny and a thoroughly enjoyable read. One of my favorites of his, I'd say, easily topping the Jeeves and Wooster books.
Knut Sigurd
Må trekke litt for opplesinga, Frederick Davidson gir bifigurane litt for vidløftige komiske røyster. Særleg må Spike Mullins ha valde store halssmerter, og polti McKeechern har tidlegare vore brukt som Mike Pattons etterlikning av ein robot i Aktion 13f14 (du veit den med principles of hand-to-hand combat). Elles er det berre godt å seie om denne etter måten tidlege Wodehouseromanen.
Nick
This is the same book, written from a slightly different perspective, as The Gem Collector, which was a serial in Ainslee's Magazine, in 1909. The English version is called A Gentleman of Leisure, but all three are virtually identical. Jimmy Pitt has a slightly different biography, but the gist is the same -- he falls in love with Molly, the daughter of a retired, graft-enriched policemen who thinks he (Jimmy) is a crook. All three delightful! For my money, the slight differences in the bio of t ...more
Godo Stoyke
A rich young man breaks into a house on a dare and falls in love. Wodehouse certainly takes a cynical view of New York's police force in the early 1920s, with a certain amount of glamorization of thieves, though our hero persistently attempts to reform his wayward friend.
ideallaedi
When one meets the father of the girl one loves (but whose name one does not know) at night in the latter's house with a professional but not very successful robber, there are bound to be misunderstandings. Especially if the father is a New-York policeman. But Jimmy overcomes his obstacles with Spike, the red-haired (if we do not understand his atrocious accent, 'tis but our fault) as a faithful sidekick and wins the heart and hand of Molly. Also featuring Spennie, the Earl of Dreever who has je ...more
Sophie
Not as laugh-out-loud funny as the Jeeves and Wooster novels, but still an amusing and entertaining drawing room comedy. The plot doesn't bear close scrutiny, of course, but that's what makes it fun.
Scot
A totally predictable and familiar plot--in fact, I think this served as the earlier version of another burglar-romance-English country house story I read by Wodehouse a few months ago. Still,I didn't mind--I was stuck in a dreary, crowded suburban airport for an unexpected extra hour layover today, and P.G. worked his magic and took me away. Thank you, Mr. Wodehouse: sometimes a charming and droll serving of your formulaic writing is just what one needs, like comfort food, a pat on the back, or ...more
Rebekah
Wrong place, wrong time, love found, lost, found again, Secrets and lies, but everything works out in the end. Chuckled most of the way through it.
Phil Syphe
"The Intrusion of Jimmy" is in my opinion one of P. G. Wodehouse's weakest novels. Apart from a few flashes of brilliance here and there, I found this somewhat dull.
Scot
This work, published in 1910, is preferable to The Gem Collector which is an earlier version of the same book that was published in 1909. In this refined work, a much better context is created, farcical yet entertaining, for establishing why the hero might be so virtuous and still be infamous as a safe burglar at the same time. Secondary characters have greater depth in The Intrusion of Jimmy, subplots do not just wander aimlessly but help create tone and build tension, and we see the trademark ...more
Harry Rutherford
Fairly enjoyable early Wodehouse. There's rather a lot of phonetic Brooklyn dialogue which is hard going, though.
Julian
Wodehouse is one of those authors who know how to tell a funny story: you just cannot help but laugh.
Janice Russell
I've read several by Wodehouse, and like his Wooster and Jeeves series the best. Here the wealthy protagonist, Jimmy, is a suave character, who takes a bet that he can successfully rob a house. Jimmy proves up to the task of taking on the outrageous obstacles he finds in his path, and Wodehouse is a master of presenting outrageous obstacles.
I find the author's word choices a little dated, but love his descriptions. "...the policeman's stare had been of the sort that turns corners, goes upstairs
...more
Natalie
Not as cracking as the usual Wodehouse.
Tanmayi
A Wodehouse novel is always a fun and quick read that makes absolutely no demands on your brain (other than forcing you to suspend disbelief when the protagonist inevitably invites disaster that easily could have been avoided). I feel bad about this low because I always enjoy Wodehouse's wit, but let's be honest: this book is no masterpiece of British literature. It is, however, the kind of book you'll want to reread again on a rainy day with a cup of tea in your hand. Books like this one make m ...more
Jeff Short
Good fun as always.
K.V. Johansen
I listened to The Intrusion of Jimmy, the American edition from 1910, as a Librivox audiobook and then read the revised British version from after the First World War, A Gentleman of Leisure, aloud to the Spouse. Wodehouse made a few changes to the later British edition, most notably providing McEachern, the corrupt New York police captain, with a bit more motivation for his desire to secure for his daughter a place in English society. An excellent and very funny story, whichever version you rea ...more
K.V. Johansen
I listened to The Intrusion of Jimmy, the American edition from 1910, as a Librivox audiobook and then read the revised British version from after the First World War, A Gentleman of Leisure, aloud to the Spouse. Wodehouse made a few changes to the later British edition, most notably providing McEachern, the corrupt New York police captain, with a bit more motivation for his desire to secure for his daughter a place in English society. An excellent and very funny story, whichever version you rea ...more
Karen
This would have gotten 4 stars but for the extensive use of dialect in this novel. Spike Mullins, from the Bowery, is guilty of the cold-blooded murder of the English tongue - too many "dese", "dems", "dose" and "boid" for me.

I sprinkling of dialect here and there is OK - to give the feel of the character, but paragraph after paragraph is way too painful for me. (Mr. Mullins jaws on at length about "de jools", "de cops" and "t'ings" that are "to de bad" or "to de good".)
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