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Cocktail Time by P.G. Wodehouse
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Read in April, 2009

It all started when Uncle Fred pegged Beefy Bastable with a Brazil nut. Beefy, a prominent barrister with political aspirations, writes a scathing novel about the youth of today after Uncle Fred tells him he can't. Once completed, Beefy realizes that a man in his position can't be responsible for such a thing and convinces his shiftless nephew, Cosmo Wisdom, to take credit for it. Enter Oily Carlisle and his wife, who convince Cosmo that blackmail is the best course of action. Cosmo writes a letter that becomes the source of all sorts of trouble. Throw in the usual Wodehouse plot elements like impersonation, unrequited love, people short on money, and Uncle Fred weaving a tapestry of lies and you have a hilarious tale on your hands.

It never ceases to amaze me how Wodehouse manages to weave his tales together. You always know everything is going to work out in the end but getting there is never dull. The one-liners are fantastic and while Uncle Fred is a god among men, you are left feeling glad his wife doesn't let him go out in public very often.
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03/31/2009 page 8
2.63% "Yo frightfully ho!"
04/05/2009 page 220
72.37% ""Things have a way of getting solved when an Ickenham gets a hand in them." Classic."
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message 1: by Clairebear (new) - added it

Clairebear excellent book!


message 2: by Dan (new) - rated it 5 stars

Dan Schwent Clairebear wrote: "excellent book!"

Wodehouse never disappoints. Uncle Fred is a great character.


message 3: by Mohammed (last edited Aug 07, 2009 06:01AM) (new)

Mohammed Is a good place to start reading Wodehouse ? Is it a short story collection or a novel ?

Im interested since i learned that he influenced greatly Jack Vance who is one of the authors i feel most for. Vance's humour in fantasy,sf he said was influenced by Wodehouse.


message 4: by Dan (new) - rated it 5 stars

Dan Schwent Mohammed wrote: "Is a good place to start reading Wodehouse ? Is it a short story collection or a novel ?

Im interested since i learned that he influenced greatly Jack Vance who is one of the authors i feel most..."


This is a novel. It wouldn't be a bad place to start reading Wodehouse but most people start with one of the Jeeves books.


message 5: by Mohammed (new)

Mohammed I prefer stand alone when its an author new to me anyway. Jeeves I know from tv and not as fresh as this book who i know nothing about.


message 6: by F.R. (new)

F.R. Isn't this the one that has the very jarring reference to "doing the rock and roll"? Which can confuse a reader who thought that all Wodehouse was set in a kind of pseudo-twenties.


message 7: by Dan (last edited Feb 14, 2011 04:22AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Dan Schwent I think you're right. It's been a while since I read this one.


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