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Uncle Dynamite by P.G. Wodehouse
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Mar 01, 08

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Read in March, 2008

The Uncle in question in ‘Uncle Dynamite’ is Uncle Fred who we last met during an assault on the Castle at Market Blandings recorded in ‘Uncle Fred in the Springtime’. As ever Uncle Fred is determined ‘to spread sweetness and light’ under an assumed name, this time Fred is received at Ashenden Manor as explorer Major Plank.

He has arrived to restore the engagement between his nephew Pongo and Sally Painter whom Fred considers his perfect match. In a ill conceived moment of madness has become engaged to arty novelist, Hermione Bostock, whom is loved by Bill Oakshott recently returned from an expedition up the Congo with the real Major Plank. Sorting out the affairs of youth is complicated by local Policeman, Constable Potter, whom once pinched Uncle Fred and Pongo under assumed names at a racing meeting, Sir Aylmer Bostock whom was at school with Uncle Fred as indeed was Major Plank whom also turns up unexpectedly.

Obviously Fred and Wodehouse have there work cut out in tying up all the loose ends but with Fred’s personality and Wodehouse’s talent the possibilities, like the sentences, are endless.
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