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Bachelors Anonymous

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Bachelors Anonymous is a novel by P.G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on October 15, 1973 by Barrie & Jenkins, London and in the United States on August 28, 1974 by Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York.
Much married, much divorced movie mogul Ivor Llewellyn (friend of Monty Bodkin), and his long-suffering lawyer Ephraim Trout, find the idea of a suppo
Hardcover, 186 pages
Published August 1974 by Simon & Schuster (NYC) (first published 1973)
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Aug 31, 2015 F.R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ivor Llewelyn is a movie producer, apparently he’s Welsh but clearly he’s been Hollywood-based for a fair old while as he now speaks and acts like your stereotypical movie studio head. Following his fifth divorce, he is approached by his lawyer, a Ephraim Trout, who reveals he is a member of a club called Bachelors Anonymous – a group of like-minded men who have sworn off marriage and are keen to get other men to join their group. Now in the hands of another author, the notion of like-minded men ...more
Madhulika Liddle
Jul 02, 2016 Madhulika Liddle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wodehouse sparkles, as always, in a frothy and intricately plotted story about love, bachelorhood, a failed play, and an heiress who must stay away from tobacco in order to retain her inheritance.

Five times married (and five times divorced) Hollywood movie magnate Ivor Llewellyn goes off to London for a while. Cribbing, as he leaves California, that he’s bound to end up asking some woman or the other to marry him—Llewellyn cannot help himself—he is given some advice by his lawyer, Mr Trout. Tro
Apr 14, 2014 Rick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I should probably start this review by admitting that I would happily read a shopping list written by P.G. Wodehouse - and I'm pretty sure that I'd smile all the way through it.

I am a complete fan boy when it comes to the writings of "Plum" Wodehouse and have read all the Jeeves and Worcester books as well as a considerable amount of his other output - so I was pleasantly surprised to come across a number of more obscure P.G. books on a recent visit to an Oxfam Bookshop (always a source of inter
Jul 05, 2010 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love quadrangle (or more) amuses in silly Wodehouse farce!

PGW's books rarely fail to amuse and entertain, and certainly "Bachelors" is no exception. Big-time Hollywood producer Ivor Llewellyn, a five-time divorcee (due to a compulsion to propose over dinner) is off to London where his California divorce lawyer, Ephraim Trout, fears he might fall to the wiles of yet another woman. Trout belongs to "B.A.", patterned after AA, which helps men prevent getting married off. He suggests Llewellyn look
Greg Z
"P.G Wodehouse wrote the best English comic novels of the [20th] century," writes Sebastian Faulks on a cover blurb of this book. "Bachelors Anonymous" is a frothy farce, a literary grandson of Oscar Wilde, and I look forward to reading more by this author. If you need a one-sitting laugh-a-page, this one's for you!
This gave me a good chuckle. I tried to read this awhile ago, but I couldn't get into it, so I tried again today and enjoyed the whole thing this time around. While it is a bit cheesy (I mean, a guy in one day goes from being adamantly against marriage, to all for it when he meets a woman!!), it is certainly a Wodehouse through and through!! I loved the lady who slammed Bible verses as Joe and Mr. Trout when they tried to see Sally. I was snickering out loud! Not as good as Wooster and Jeeves an ...more
Ian Wood
Jun 28, 2008 Ian Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
Wodehouse first introduced us to movie mogul Ikey Llewellyn in ‘The Luck of the Bodkins’ smuggling some jewels for his wife Grayce and again in ‘Pears, Girls and Monty Bodkin’. In both these he is a bit player supporting the hapless Monty Bodkin but here he moves up to be the second name on the bill, top billing going to Joe Pickering. Ikey has recently being divorced by fifth wife Grayce and is concerned that due to his inability to talk of other matters that he will shortly be proposing again ...more
Chris Eastvedt
Mar 21, 2012 Chris Eastvedt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
A comedy of errors in true Wodehouse form.

Bachelors Anonymous is a self-help group of gentlemen that believes a celibate life is the best life. These saintly marauders are not only there for each other, they will also cheerfully intervene on behalf of any man, saving him from the horrors of marriage whether welcomed or not. In their eyes even one date is cause for alarm because as we all know, dinner leads to marriage. When one such man deemed to be of high risk (he’s been married five times pre
May 07, 2016 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy! Why didn't I read Wodehouse sooner? What fun! I am so glad to know it because he will be the perfect writer to turn to when I need something light and fun that is also intelligent and engaging -- and he wrote so many books that I won't have to worry about running out of options (at least, not for a long time)! Reading Bachelors Anonymous was like watching a 1930s screwball comedy, complete with silly wordplay, mistaken identities, swapped fiancés, and misunderstandings -- but very clever ...more
Trixie Fontaine
A tight, entertaining little book but not my favorite form of Wodehouse; I definitely prefer the short episodes in the Jeeves & Wooster books and Young Men in Spats. This being one whole story made it too tense and Three's-Company like for me. I really prefer reading one little story before bed and having all of the troubles, miscommunications and loose ends neatly wrapped up before I go to sleep.

I imagine this book gives you a good idea of what a Wodehouse play might have been like. It's al
Dec 23, 2012 Iris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bachelors Anonymous is a comedy of errors and coincidences.  Joe Pickering is hired to protect Ivor Llewellyn, a Hollywood producer, from proposing marriage for a sixth time.  At the same time, Pickering is hoping to propose to a young lady he has fallen for.  Unfortunately, one of Llewellyn's friends is of the belief that bachelorhood is always to be preferred.  His interference complicates things for both men.  Bachelors Anonymous is fast, fun read. Cautions: none.
Douglas Dalrymple
“As the days went by, he had become more and more alive to the perils inseparable from association with Miss Dalrymple.”

I consider it a great honor that Mr Wodehouse saw fit to create a character – Vera Dalrymple – with my own last name. She’s not the best character in this otherwise fine comic novel. But I like to read the sentence above and imagine the hell my daughter’s future suitors will suffer at my hands.
Dec 10, 2011 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A humorous non-Bertie piece, about a movie mogul who, having been married five times, is determined never to again and hires a young man to stop him from proposing, which he usually does when he runs out of things to say to a woman. The young man, however, himself falls for a girl, and the mogul’s lawyer decides he must protect him, too. It all, of course, turns out Right at The End.
Dec 15, 2012 David rated it liked it
Fun and certainly requires no effort. Not typical Wodehouse characters, but the usual bright wordplay and amusing take on life. Fluffy to the max . . . farce all the way. Looks like something easily adaptable to dinner theatre. No surprises in plot!
Feb 23, 2008 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, funny, 888
Just read this one last night. It's not as funny as Jeeves and Wooster, but it was still good. I think it would have been even better as an audiobook. About a Hollywood movie executive who visits London and needs help to prevent him marrying for the 6th time. Lots of funny characters.
Judy"Intergalactic Bookworm"
Sep 01, 2007 Judy"Intergalactic Bookworm" rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: P G Wodehouse Fans,
Shelves: fiction
This isa fun take on support groups. Instead of havig a typical support group setting, like Alcoholics Anonymous (not singling out this group; just using it as an example), Wodehouse takes the theme and applies it to a situation that some men (and women) fear: never marrying. A fun read.
Aug 26, 2012 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, humor
There are some very funny parts to this book, and the plot is very clever, but it isn't my favorite Wodehouse. I think part of the problem is that it is very short, so things don't have time to develop the way they usually do. A good book, but not his best.
Gina Boyd
Mar 09, 2017 Gina Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somehow this one read particularly like Cary Grant should have played all the roles.
Jun 18, 2016 Katherine rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, fiction
“At the words ‘marry again’ Mr. Llewellyn shuddered strongly, like a blancmange in a high wind” (10).
“‘I wonder some mystery writer doesn’t make it the setting for a thriller. This stall I’m sitting in. The perfect place for finding a corpse underneath. A small corpse, of course. A midget, in fact, and one that had stunted its growth by cigarette smoking in boyhood’” (19).
“The young man said, ‘Mr. Pickering here tonight, Mac?’
“To which Mac replied, ‘He’s round in front,’ which would not have bee
May 02, 2015 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, britain
It is never agreeable for a man who is engaged to one girl and has just proposed to another to find himself in the company of both of them."

Ivor Llewellyn and his lawyer Mr. Trout have been through five divorces together, but it's time to say goodbye. Llewellyn is headed for England, but he leaves with parting advice from his good friend Trout: for heaven's sake, man, steer clear of marriage! Trout's own secret at avoiding matrimony is simple: he belongs to a discrete club of gentlemen who, when
An Odd1
Feb 21, 2014 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fun
At 92, author still surprises, pulls switcheroos, pops happy endings. For near a century, valet Jeeves smartly kept Wooster single. Antics still inspire silly slapstick 2014 TV Blandings (Some videos "not available in your country") . Warm honeymoon first-love feelings are like spring to winter.

Joe, lawyer on two-week vacation to put on his play, cauliflower ear and flat nose from boxing, is more than pretty fribble. Three times the charm, he bumps into
Michael Wilton
Feb 05, 2014 Michael Wilton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before seeing his client Ivor Llewellyn off at Los Angeles Airport bound for London, where he is intent on gingering up the English end of his business, notably as head of Superba-Llewellyn studios, Mr Ephraim Trout has a word of warning for his old friend about the dangers of marrying again. He advises him to get in touch with a good firm of solicitors as soon as he gets there. Although he belongs to Bachelors Anonymous – the equivalent of Alcoholics Anonymous – he is worried that after five di ...more
Andrés Delgado
Sep 05, 2014 Andrés Delgado rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor-novels
The book lends itself for a fast and enjoyable read. Compared to other novels of the same author (judging only from the size of the spine, this is barely my second Wodehouse novel) this one is shorter and the language is perhaps lighter, possibly due to the authors long settlement in the United States after his stay in Germany. Despite this, Wodehouse manages to take us to the 1960s London and show us through its characters the changes taking place in English society: rich Americans searching fo ...more
Dec 03, 2012 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anglophilia
I am always particularly interested in the non-Jeeves Wodehouse books. Although this one was written in the 1970s, it takes place in that timeless Wodehousian universe of rich uncles, dyspeptic millionnaires and amorous young men. The book starts with Hollywood millionnaire LLewellyn taking off for England after his fifth divorce. His lawyer, Ephraim Trout, can't shake his concern that Mr. Llewellyn might propose to another xanthippe if left unguarded, and soon follows him. For Mr. Trout is a pr ...more
Mar 29, 2011 Shari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this book, as outlined on the jacket-flaps of my library's copy, is that there exists a club by the name of Bachelors Anonymous, whose members call on each other for a bit of support whenever they waver in their commitment to bachelorhood (in much the same way an AA member calls their sponsor when they're thinking of succumbing to the siren song of a tumblerful).

That, right there? Is the coolest idea EVER. (A confirmed bachelor myself, I want nothing more than to start a local cha
Dec 09, 2015 Kaylie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before dying at 93 in 1975, humorist P.G. Wodehouse wrote countless plays, songs, and books. He is probably best known for his Jeeves collection. His literary career spanned decades, and he was even knighted for his contributions to English literature and culture. Bachelors Anonymous was one of his final books, published in 1973, and it marks my first Wodehouse.

Bachelors Anonymous is about the life and times of men who have sworn off marriage by developing an alcoholics anonymous-style organiza
Megan Larson
Re-read 5/16. Just as good!

My bedtime reading having been rather heavy of late, I decided to pull out this refreshingly quirky book full of the perfectly dry yet ridiculous humor of Wodehouse. He is so evocative, I cannot help giggling (even with a sleeping husband beside me). "The effect of these words on Joe was somewhat similar to that which would have been produced by a blow on the bridge of the nose by a wet fish. His jaw fell. His eyes bulged. He tottered and might have fallen had he not c
BACHELORS ANONYMOUS. (1974). P. G. Wodehouse. ***.
A man visiting California from England on business falls in love with a young woman. He is ready to propose marriage to her over coffee at dinner the next night. Fortunately, he meets with one of his American lawyers, who tells him that he needs the services of Bachelors Anonymous, an organization based on the same principles as Alcoholics Anonymous. When a member of AA feels the urge to take a drink, he calls up one of the other members and gets
Oct 21, 2008 Libbeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1991, humour
I will use this "review" for all the P. G. Wodehouse I have read. I read them all so long ago and enjoyed them so much that I have given them all 5 stars. As I re-read them I will adjust the stars accordingly, if necessary, and add a proper review.
When I first discovered P. G. Wodehouse I devoured every book I could find in the local library, throughout the eighties and early nineties. Alas, this means that I have read most of them and stumbling across one I have not read is a rare thing. I'm su
Kim Greenhalgh
Jun 24, 2013 Kim Greenhalgh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a delight! The entire time I was reading I pictured it in my mind's eye as 1940s Frank Capra slapstick. Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant and Priscilla Lane, oh my! It would have been a terrific movie.

This was a great little comedy that bounced around like a pogo stick. Short and sweet and worth an evening's reading time this little drama makes quick work of professional bachelors (excluding Ivor who cannot help but propose to women and marry them! lol).

I have not indulged in P.G. Wodehouse before
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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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