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Leave It to Psmith

(Psmith #4)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  9,737 ratings  ·  814 reviews
Ronald Psmith (“the ‘p’ is silent, as in pshrimp”) is always willing to help a damsel in distress. So when he sees Eve Halliday without an umbrella during a downpour, he nobly offers her an umbrella, even though it’s one he picks out of the Drone Club’s umbrella rack. Psmith is so besotted with Eve that, when Lord Emsworth, her new boss, mistakes him for Ralston McTodd, a ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published July 2nd 2012 by W.W. Norton & Company (first published November 30th 1923)
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Nate You can, but I would recommend reading at least "Mike and Smith" first so you can get a sense of what Psmith is like (and Mike, for that matter), even…moreYou can, but I would recommend reading at least "Mike and Smith" first so you can get a sense of what Psmith is like (and Mike, for that matter), even if they do grow up a bit between books.(less)

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Henry Avila
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ronald Psmith ( the P is silent) needs a job, he has just quit a good position in the fish market working for his dedicated uncle, who was stunned, can you imagine developing a strange malady against aquatic creatures ? Neither can I...Smith, pardon me, Psmith, puts a want ad in the newspaper, this book being written and set in London in the early 1920's, that gets him on the front page, implying anything for money ... even less than honest work, can be negotiable . Most readers are amused, a fe ...more
Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In trying to explain to my husband exactly why I find Wodehouse so laugh-out-loud funny, I used this passage: "One uses the verb 'descend' advisedly, for what is required is some word suggesting instantaneous activity. About Baxter's progress from the second floor to the first there was nothing halting or hesitating. He, so to speak, did it now." This is a brilliant example of Wodehouse's ability to put it just so, - how can you explain this any better? "Planting his food firmly on a golf-ball w ...more
I didn't know Psmith was a series and I didn't know this was the last book in said series.
But it didn't matter.
Like most of the Jeeves or Blandings books, even if you don't know anything prior to picking one up, they function very well as humorous self-contained stories.


Psmith, unlike most of Wodehouse's main characters, is a lucky bastard that seems to fall into opportunity at every turn. He sees the woman of his dreams, steals an umbrella to impress her, impersonates a poet to be near her, and
Jason Koivu
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why oh why did I wait to read one of Wodehouse's Psmiths?

Psmith is a character that resides somewhere between Wooster and Jeeves in temperament and intellect. He's overly confident, but he's got a bit of the old grey matter to back it up. Sometimes he's a little too sure of himself and takes one step too far, too fast. However, Psmith is clever enough to extract himself from the soup before he sinks in too deep.

The setting is good old Blandings Castle. So, while Psmith was an unfamiliar charac
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014

It is the opinion of most thoughtful students of life that happiness in this world depends chiefly on the ability to take things as they come.

When his life starts to smell too strongly of Fish, Psmith feels the need for a change of scenery. I have become acquainted with Psmith (the 'P' is silent) during his college days at Wreckam where he dazzled his colleagues with his nonchalant atitude, his well-cut suits, his ability to fast-talk his way out of the troubles brought about by his love
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Reading P. G. Wodehouse can dispel the clouds, bring tulips into bloom in the dead of winter, make adorable putti with parchment scrolls fly around your head, and elicit a hardy laugh at all times. If you have never read Wodehouse, I am deeply sorry for you.

Leave It to Psmith is not the best of his novels, but it is as good a place to start exploring his inexhaustible array of country houses, eccentric gentry, American gunmen and their molls, deranged poetesses, rank impostors, hateful and effic
Cindy Rollins
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, reread
Wodehouse at his hilarious, genius best. The weaving of the plot, the density of the action, the humorous use of quotations, the whole lovely farce are remarkable. I do love Psmith!
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
Psmith pronounced with a silent P is a wonderful character. Due to the loss of his wealth the resourceful Psmith like us lesser mortals must find gainful employment. Work that does not involve fish.

Psmith after leaving his Uncle’s family job which involves fish finds himself hired by Freddie the second scatterbrained son of Lord Elmsworth to steal Lady Constance Kreeble’s diamond necklace. This is for Freddie to invest in a bookies and accidentally assist Psmith’s close friends Mike and his wif
This was the 1st Wodehouse book I read at the ripe age of 14 & it made a lasting impression, though now I have more P.G.W books to compare, I would say this is not his funniest.

Still, very much enjoyed it again.
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, british
April 2018 reread done via the marvelous narration of Jonathan Cecil (Hoopla audiobook):
This book was so much more hilarious now that I am familiar with Psmith! I thought it was great as a Blandings book but now as a Psmith book, I love it even more (particularly the way Psmith interacts with Baxter). The only thing missing is The Empress... As a result, I am increasing my rating from the previous 4* (especially for the audiobook narration by Cecil).
After a long gap of a decade or so, delving into the world of Wodehouse again. And boy, aren't I glad that I chose this book? I love PSmith, I love lord Emsworth, and seeing the two meet each other under hilarious circumstances was heavenly. Freddie too was his usual charming self. I thoroughly enjoyed this repeat read, perhaps for the third or fourth time, and I advocate this one as a pickmeup for anyone feeling a bit low. ...more
Mar 28, 2021 rated it liked it
"Then perhaps you will tell me your name."
"Ah! Things are beginning to move. The name is Psmith. P-smith. The p is silent."
Miss Clarkson brooded over this for a moment in almost pained silence, then recovered her slipping grip of affairs.
"I think," she said, "you had better give me a few particulars about yourself."
"There is nothing I should like better," responded Psmith warmly. "I am always ready--I may say eager--to tell people the story of my life, but in this rushing age I
Feb 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Word goes 'round the net . . . Don loves this book!

I highly recommend this one over all of the Jeeves and Wooster novels. Psmith must have been the inspiration for Bugs Bunny, not in the sense of wacky antics, but more in his ability to talk himself into or out of any situation. Psmith's misplaced self-confidence is the perfect vehicle for Woodhouse's dry British humor. The language alone is worth experiencing.
Dan Schwent
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wodehouse, favorites
Leave it to Psmith is probably the best of the best as far as P.G. Wodehouse goes. If only he'd written more than four Psmith books. ...more
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True love prevails

February 21, 2019

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This review is of the Caramna Corporation edition, Publication date: January 8, 2019.

Sometimes I am in the mood for a feel good book, one which I know will end "right." In such a mood I do not want to take a chance on the unknown. I know of but two reliable ways to ensure that I am reading the right kind of book. One is to re-read something read in the past, the more dist
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour, uk
Leave it to Psmith is the first of the Psmith series and the second of the Blanding series. When Freddie Threepwood is at a loss for money, he doesn't do something simple like trying to borrow from his friends or family. Oh no! He concocts a plan to steal his aunt's necklace, and sets into flow a series of events over which he no longer has any control. Fate, Wodehouse's biggest ally, is in full fledged quirkiness and can no longer be trusted.

When Psmith arrives at Blandings Castle masquerading
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Idyllic Blandings Castle is to play host to literary guests, including poets and poseurs, much to Lord Emsworth's dismay. His sister, Lady Constance Keeble, organises their arrival at Blandings, mostly for her own amusement. Lady Constance owns a valuable diamond necklace that she wishes to wear at the house party. Word of this necklace gets about! The entangled plot involves imposters, secretaries, poets, burglars, butlers, maids and a budding romance.

Wodehouse writes with beautiful description
Vimal Thiagarajan
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If Lord Emsworth, Hon Freddie and Psmith combine in one novel, the result can be nothing but a human correspondence course in idiosyncrasy.Greatly enjoyed this novel despite a significant plot-hole in the middle of the plot, which in any other novel would have kept me from completing it. As Wodehouse himself says, 'A humorist has his privileges'. ...more
Dec 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
No one does British humor better than P.G. Wodehouse. His books consistently make me laugh out loud. Best known for the Jeeves and Bertie Wooster series (which is also excellent), Wodehouse wrote over 90 books in his career as well as a few different series. One of these series were the Psmith books. In my opinion, Psmith (pronounced "Smith," with the "p" being silent but giving proper distinction)is his most eccentric, charming, and original character. Because Psmith is so original and clever a ...more
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
Psmith at Blandings Castle. What's not to love. ...more
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
P.G. Wodehouse wrote a lot of books, all of them funny. Leave it to Psmith is the second book in the Blandings castle series. The plot is similar to many others with mistaken identities, impersonators, thieves, and people who fall madly in love. It doesn't matter what the plot is though because it's always fun. P.G. Wodehouse novels are full of wacky, endearing, and charming characters. When you read one you are transported to a better place and are soothed.

This one focuses mostly on a delightf
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
This is my least favourite of the series so far, to be honest. I can see why people love Psmith - he's a languid, drawling, clever type, reminds me a bit of a socialist Jacob Rees-Mogg - but he never quite grew on me. I'm traitorously thrilled he doesn't recur in the rest of the series.

Took a while for me to get into the swing of things, but as usual Wodehouse wound it up to a good climax.

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Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like quite a few second instalments of crime series - or perhaps any type of popular series I'm less acquainted with - Leave It To Psmith has distinct similarities, in plot, in certain scenes, in paragraphs describing recurring characters, to its predecessor among the Blandings books. Sheer momentum, pithy phrases of dry wit, and the curious loveability of characters who might actually be hard work if we had to deal with them IRL carry it along regardless. However, it does occasionally pale by c ...more
Jul 19, 2015 added it
Shelves: bliss
Reading Wodehouse is pure bliss. His writing style seems simple but it is not. Wodehouse is a genius and he painstakingly creates humor out of ordinary everyday situations. It is not slap stick, satire or comic. It is pure unadulterated humor. Reading Wodehouse is the best stress buster and anti-depressant. He doesn’t claim to very highly literary writing prowess. In his own words “I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring r ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well, I'm a big fan of Jeeves and Wooster and I like the Blandings Castle books I've read so far, but this one was just so-so. I kept asking myself why I wasn't enjoying it more and I think the problem was Psmith. These books are meant to be zany fun, and Psmith is mostly dull. I also didn't like the way he started out just flat out lying to people - I don't care how much he wanted to be with Eve, who was dull too. There wasn't enough of the funny folks like Freddy and Lord Emsworth and there wa ...more
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
What a relief to read something genuinely funny and enjoyable! P.G. Wodehouse is incredible.
Leave it to Smith is a rambling, interconnected story about a diamond necklace, several schemes to steal said necklace, and a man named Psmith (the P is silent) hired to assist with those schemes. Though I suppose Psmith is the main character, the novel does an incredible job narrating several plot points and providing a great, entangled romp of a story.
If I have one complaint, it would be that
After finishing the Jeeves and Wooster series, I decided to go right ahead, chest forward, with the Blandings Castle series. I was, I must confess, disappointed by Something Fresh, which I didn't like all that much. Leave it to Psmith began rather slowly, and I was gripped once more, in the early stages, with nostalgia for the Jeeves and Wooster cast. But the story picked up, it really did, and I found myself truly swept away by Wodehouse for the first time within the world of Blandings. I've ju ...more
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hilarious! This was my first encounter with PSmith and it was extremely satisfactory. From the word go so many things were happening till the very end. This was the best of the few Wodehouses Ive read recently.
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many years ago, this was my introduction to Wodehouse. Now I remember why I got hooked. So much fun to visit this again, on audio this time.
Joy C.
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Aw, I love this book so much! It's just perfect in every way. And I dare you not to love Psmith - he's the best chap ever ^_^. ...more
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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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