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Blanding's Castle (Blandings Castle #3)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  1,792 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Prize-winning sow Empress is off her food. Niece Angela wants James Belford, he teaches magic pig-calling phrase to Clarence, dotty Earl of Emsworth. Son Freddie wants wife Aggie back. Head gardener McAllister feuds. Sister Lady Constance puts top hat on Clarence for summer fete. Mulliner in pub tells of relatives in Hollywood who get girlfriends in surprising ways.
Published by Marboro Books (first published 1935)
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Jason Koivu
Did I enjoy Blandings Castle? Oh I say, rather! I've been to Blandings before, usually with Uncle Fred, but this is the first time I've felt like a resident of the asylum.

Though similar to say a Totleigh Towers of the Jeeves & Wooster world, Blandings nonetheless has its own set of rules, its own cast of loons. Lord Emsworth, aka Clarence Threepwood, 9th Earl of Emsworth is the principle character and a good ol' bean. In some stories he comes off as a doddering old Methuselah, but apparentl...more
Dan Schwent
The Custody of the Pumpkin: It seems Lord Emsworth was a pumpkin enthusiast before he acquired his pig fixation. He fires the groundskeeper because Freddie Threepwood's in love with a cousin of his. Soon Emsworth fears for his pumpkin's health and goes to London to re-hire McAllister. Hilarity ensues. The Earl is in all his absent-minded glory in this one. "Have that cats gotten at it?"

Lord Emsworth Acts for the Best: Freddie and his wife have a spat and Freddie ends up back in London. The ninth...more
It would probably be considered cheating to mark this as "read" because I haven't read any of the "Elsewhere" stories & it's time to send this book on to other locations. That said, couldn't we all use some Wodehouse at the end of the day? Or should I say, couldn't all of us who can fully appreciate Wodehouse use some at the end of the day? B asked me what I was chortling about, but when I read him some of the real choice bits (gyrating dog, I am looking at you particularly), he looked at me...more
Mary Tuley
Aug 09, 2007 Mary Tuley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody who wishes that the world were civilized.
If it happened at Blandings Castle, it's priceless.
Its always fun to read the works of P.G. Wodehouse after a while and find oneself laughing out loud at the looney characters and among people falling in and out of love.
The story " the custody of the pumpkin " was kind of surprise because earlier i have seen lord emsworth being infatuated by only pigs and only pigs occupied his life. i also liked the the bobbie wikham story, my only complaint being that blandings castle part occupied less number of pages that i thought. But dash it! what ho ! I...more
Delightful and not very demanding--perfect for a plane trip. I learned some new words, too:

zareba: a protective enclosure

gamboge: yellow-orange

one of Nature's prunes: an unpleasant person

not quite the straight bat: dishonest

wince like a salted snail: suffer from the effects of a hangover

cold-asparagus-backboned: devoid of courage

roly-poly pudding: a steamed or baked dessert of biscuit dough and jam or fruit

Ian Wood
Dec 29, 2007 Ian Wood rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those familiar with the landscape of Blandings Castle
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
‘Blandings Castle’ or ‘Blandings Castle and Elsewhere’ to give it its full title is a collection of short stories set, surprising enough, in Blandings Castle and elsewhere. It is really a book of two halves with the first half chronicling the Threepwood family of Blandings, the second half concerning Mr Mulliners tall tales and a brief interlude of a story about Bobbie Wickham, a thoroughly modern girl.

The Blandings short stories allow the Threepwoods and particularly Lord Emsworth to come out o...more
I continue to indulge myself by the occasional purchase of a nice Collector's Wodehouse hardcover. This one is a collection of stories: six about Lord Emsworth and the Blandings Castle crowd, one about Bobbie Wickham (whom I'd only previously encountered in Jeeves and Wooster stories), and five Mulliner stories of Hollywood. I think that Wodehouse's talent for twisted, clever plots is best displayed in his novels, but I enjoyed the Emsworth stories (which are somewhat interrelated) quite a bit a...more
Una raccolta di racconti in cui troviamo alcuni dei protagonisti del ciclo di Blandings (manca Galahad). Lord Emsworth si trova alle prese con i guai del figlio minore Freddie, con la rigida sorella Constance, con il rivale Gregory Parsloe, con dei bambini scatenati.
Mi è piaciuto scoprire il personaggio di Freddie, di cui al momento non avevo ancora letto nulla. Il figlio combinaguai che il padre deve spesso togliere dai guai, è un personaggio molto simpatico.
Anche in questo caso, non mancano al...more
" Good one for the newcomers to the world of blandings. You enter with little hesitation and awkwardness but receive a warm welcome there,soon fall in love with its marvellous characters, its surroundings, its plot- which always gradually thickens! With humour sprinkled all over it- you enjoy it so much,just wont feel like leaving that fantasy world ever...
Just love everything by Wodehouse for its 'striking subtlety',which lingers for a long time!"
Stephen Osborne
A collection of short stories from the pen of Wodehouse, most of which concern the Earl of Emsworth and the denizens of Blandings Castle. The stories are all fun, and who doesn't love the fluffy mind of the Earl? Most of his problems tend to stem from the fact that his mind wanders, and then things go all kaflooey. It's a joy to...where was I? Oh, yes. I was going out to check on the garden. Carry on.
The first half of this book tells of the further adventures of the Threepwood family and friends. The second half are tall tales from Hollywood featuring a new character, Mr. Mulliner.

I quite enjoyed the Blandings Castle stories. Freddie Threepwood is growing up and growing a brain! I liked him much more now that he's more steady. Lord Emsworth remains a dear most of the time, but he can be just as snobby as his sisters when he wants to be. Pig Hoo-o-o-o-ey! made me laugh so hard. I just love s...more
Helen Fagerburg
I *love* P.G. Wodehouse's stories. They're like watching a British comedy show, in book form. They're clean and very funny. Light reading, but still with an intellectual flavor to it, and very entertaining. Most of his stories poke subtle fun at the upper crust in 1920s England.
Hit-or-miss Wodehouse short stories. The Blandings stories were big hits (“Lord Emsworth and the Girlfriend” was so positively and sweetly touching that it made me cry!) ; the Mulliner stories were cute, but not up to the (very high) standard of Plum’s best works.
Collection of short stories that includes six set at Blandings Castle (all of which were hilarious), one featuring Bobbie Wickham, and five about the Mulliners of Hollywood (funny enough but a bit too repetitive).
This one has some gems that had me laughing out aloud... Possibly the funniest book in the Blandings Castle series. Love them all.

"Lord Emsworth could conceive of no way in which Freddie could be of value to a dog-biscuit firm, except possibly as a taster."

"It is never difficult to distinguish between with a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine."

"Years before, when a boy, and romantic as most boys are, his lordship had sometimes regretted that the Emsworths, though an ancient clan, di...more
Nick Duretta
Wodehouse applies his mildly absurd humor to two (seemingly) different realms here--the English countryside, where classism is firmly entrenched and the lower classes are always smarter than the upper, and early 1930s Hollywood, where power-hungry (but incredibly dense) studio moguls do things like employ teams of writers to toil for years on a screenplay for a theatrical property they forgot they never purchased. He's a clever humorist, no question, and occasionally makes me laugh aloud, but (f...more
If you haven’t read P.G. Wodehouse yet, you need to start reading him now. Wodehouse is a perfect humorist not just for his farcical plots, but also for his beautiful prose style.

Observe (and note how skillful Wodehouse is that you don’t need to know the context to still enjoy these unrelated selections):

‘Mr. Frederick wishes to speak to your lordship on the telephone.’

An additional layer of greyness fell over Lord Emsworth’s spirit as he toddled down the great staircase to the telephone closet

My favorite here is probably Lord Emsworth Acts for the Best because it's the wackiest of the lot. I mean, the part when Freddie tries to pass himself off as Lord Emsworth by 'dressing up' as him is just insane. "Strange as it seemed that a person of such appearance should not have been shot on sight early in his career, he had obviously reached an extremely advanced age. He was either a man of about a hundred and fifty who was rather young for his years or a man of about a hundred and ten who h...more
I don't know why I decided I needed to read this, but it was just one of those nagging things-- I've seen clips of Jeeves and Wooster on youtube and felt like I sort of knew the idea behind the stories. But I was bored and felt like I hadn't read any canonical British stuff in a while, and this is what I fell on.

I liked the Blandings stuff well enough, though it took a couple for me to get into it and see that it was, as promised, pretty funny. But the stories were also pretty repetitive: two of...more
PG Wodehouse is a kick to read. But if you are reading this book for some secret message or deep hidden meaning, it is a mistake. PG is one of the best blathers that there is. He tells stories for the shear pleasure , not to impart wisdom; because it is a story; not for life important topics. I guess in one aspect there is hidden meaning. Our lives are to be lived not as a means to an end; but for the enjoyment of ourselves, others and the Other.

For more on my thoughts on this book, read my blog...more
Wodehouse at his best, first in the settings of Blandings Castle and then across the pond in the USA, where undoubtedly he weaves some of his own experiences of the Golden Age of Hollywood into a couple of the stories.

The prize pig the Empress of Blandings features when she is entered for the Shropshire Agricultural Show, a pumpkin is nearly strangled at birth when the only man who can tend it successfully, gardener Angus McAllister, resigns and Lord Emsworth, ubiquitous with his presence throug...more
Verity W
I would have preferred more Blandings stories, but the Hollywood ones were quite fun, if a little absurd. But then when isn't Wodehouse absurd! Some of the Blandings tales felt very familiary - but I couldn't work out if that was because I'd started the book before (and not finished it - as the Hollywood stories were all new to me), read the stories elsewhere - or because they'd been used in the TV series...
Steven Lloyd
I read a couple of P. G. Wodehouses books several years ago, but recently learned of a huge series of books written by Wodehouse relating to "Blandings Castle." The first in the series is " Something Fresh" (earlier titled "Something New." I gave this 5 stars, not because it is such a profound book, but it is profoundly funny. Wodehouse pokes fun at England's inhabitants (early 1900s) around the same period of time as the period portrayed in Downtown Abbey. As subtle, dry humor goes, Wodehouse h...more
A humorous anthology of stories. The first half are set at Blandings Castle in the company of the distrait Earl of Emsworth, his prize-worthy pumpkin, his prize-winning pig, and his less than commendable son, the Hon. Freddie. This is followed by a Bobby Wickham story, in which the eponymous young heroine ingeniously sets an unwanted suitor against an anxious publisher. The rest are anecdotes about the Mulliners of Hollywood. The highlights are 'Monkey Business' in which Montrose Mulliner discov...more
Non-Jeeves and Bertie Wooster Wodehouse fun - this stuff is priceless. The edition I *read* was in audio form with a terrific narrator and also included a variety of other non-Blandings Castle stories, none of them as good as the stories of B.C. As with all things Wodehouse, the writing is clever and hilarious - and these words do not do justice to just how clever and how hilarious - and feature those from the (as portrayed) rather dim and too educated for their intelligence upper British classe...more
Containing six stories about Lord Elmsworth and his woes, a story with Bobbie Wickham ("Mr. Potter Takes a Rest Cure") and five tales of what really goes on in Hollywood, as told by a Mr. Mulliner to people he knows only by what they drink. The reading matter was very much Wodehouse, and made me laugh aloud several times, although somehow he never quite reaches the brilliance of the Bertie & Jeeves material when he writes about other characters. Tangled plots, young couples that are forbidde...more
Jishnu Bhattacharya
The Blandings castle part is hilarious, a laughter riot if ever there was one. I haven't had such a good laugh in a long time. Lord Emsworth is usually the protagonist, but Freedie Threepwood is quick becoming one of my favourite characters ever.

The 'Elsewhere' part refers to Hollywood. These stories are good, but only just so. Sort of formulaic too, come to think about it - there will be a young man whose advances towards a nuptial alliance are spurned by the lady in question, and he has to do...more
To clarify: This collection of short stories is not wholly centered on Blandings Castle. The first six stories in the set are all Blandings tales; then, there is one Bobbie Wickham selection; and then there are five stories featuring the Mulliners of Hollywood. In other words, the collection gives a pretty good overview of some of the characters Wodehouse created outside of Jeeves and Wooster; while I like Jeeves and Wooster best, everything here is charming and humorous, making for still anothe...more
The Blandings Castle stories were wonderful. Very funny. The stories at the end of the book in the section called "Elsewhere" were rather hit or miss. "A Bobbie Wickham Story" was laugh out loud funny.
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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 30 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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