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The Crime Wave at Blandings

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  221 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
One of P.G. Wodehouse's most gloriously funny stories, this is the tale of bumbling Lord Emsworth, whose quiet life reading "The Care Of The Pig" and pottering among the flowers at Blandings Castle is shattered by an outbreak of lawlessness involving his niece Jane (the third prettiest girl in Shropshire), an airgun - and the trouser seat of the abominable Baxter.
Paperback, Penguin Mini Modern Classics, 96 pages
Published February 2011 by Penguin Books (first published October 17th 1936)
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Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
PG Wodehouse's first crime novel or short story? Well, not exactly. But what it is (again and again) is Wodehouse's genius in conveying a small world and expanding that world to the reader in such a hysterical manner. I started reading this book on the plane trip to Los Angeles, and now just finished reading it. Even in my jet-lag position, I can see his world makes some sort of sense. But Wodehouse is such a brilliant writer. His sentence structures are incredible, and the way he just piles one ...more
Marion Honey
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Marion by: Rosianna
Shelves: à-londres

This was my first Wodehouse, and, I have to say, he has a distinct style of writing. It's a breeze to read, but then there also isn't much substance to it. Still, doesn't detract from enjoying it. It's a silly short story about bumbling white English people, and I got a couple chuckles out of it.
Phil Mc
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Perfect. Like a fun size Twix. Everything is in place for an awesome eating experience it just, sadly, is over too soon. The outbreak of lawlessness is played perfectly and made me laugh (or giggle (in a manly way)) out loud.
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
It all starts with the air-gun of George, Lord Emsworth's worthy grandson. Wodehouse examines the impact it has on the inhabitants of Blandlings castle and the psychological impulses of the dormant criminal hiding in all of us. When presented with a loaded air-gun and in the view of a person bending over a flower pot (most of the time, it's Baxter, the efficient ex-secretary of Lord Emsworth who last left Blandlings after breaking flower pots in a manic manner), who is weak enough to give in to ...more
Mark J  Easton
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing

The comedy short story is a strange beast, and-just like the escape of a tamed big cat-it's difficult to guess if it'll disappear without trace, will become part of parochial folklore, or will slink home for supper when the sun sets and it's in need of a jolly good nuzzle. Crime Wave at Blandings is, without doubt, a nuzzler, and being itself a rewrite of an earlier Wodehouse story, has been published in magazines and books, materialised on film and on TV, and now published in the Penguin Modern
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Only a short story, but I loved it. Very funny storyline and endearing and loveable characters, just like the Jeeves & Wooster stories, which are the only other Wodehouse books I've read. Love it. I need more Wodehouse in my life.

The story unfolds at Blandings castle, where Wodehouse has set many a scene featuring the bumbling Lord Emsworth. There has been a wave of crime at the castle, starting with the keen shot of one Lord's grandson, George. The story unfolds into a very amusing tale whi
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Christopher Buckley once said,"It is impossible to be unhappy while reading the adventures of Jeeves and Wooster. And I've tried." Not to diminish Jeeves in any way, I say that it is impossible to be unhappy while reading the trials of Lord Emsworth. This novella was my introduction to the kind, much put upon, and addle-brained pig-lover and it is still one of my favorites. Who would have dreamed that grandson George's bee-bee gun could lead to so much violence!
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommend
It's been a long time since a book made me laugh this hard.
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly funny!
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, 2013-6-june
The funniest short story ever written!
Tineke Dijkstra
Fun characters, engaging plot, nice short read to finish 2016 with. I heard about Wodehouse's hilarious style and all I heard was true. I actually laughed about this story - which I don't do easily. Some jokes and character traits were a bit cliche to me but probably weren't in their time, so 5 ⭐ it is. :-) ...more
Nirmalya Kajuri
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There will always be ....Wodehouse.

Growing up, Wodehouse was my favorite writer. Used to re-read his books all the time. It was my happy place. These days I find it painful to go back to his books because of all the memories they evoke. This book had been lying with me for two years before I finally decided to read it. Turns out a new story wasn't as hard to read.

1920-1940 was the time when PGW was at his peak. This short story is from 1937 and, as one would expect, top Wodehouse. Furthermore,
Jovana Vesper
One funny story! I sincerely laughed and giggled. Wodehouse is lighthearted, very witty and it is understandable and obvious that he was inspiration to writers such as Pratchett or Adams. I would definitely like to read some more.
Nabila Yousuf
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The most hilarious story I've ever read!! And it got funnier every time I re-read it!
Joel Gomes
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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O meu primeiro contacto com o P. G. Wodehouse. Cheguei tarde, mas cheguei a tempo e deixou-me com vontade de conhecer mais.
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The best short story ever written by PGW.
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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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