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Young Men in Spats

(Uncle Fred #0.5)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,482 ratings  ·  179 reviews
These eleven stories describe the misadventures of the delightfully idle "Eggs," "Beans," and "Crumpets" that populate the Drones club: young men wearing spats, starting spats, and landing in sticky spots. For the first of his many appearances in the Wodehouse canon, Uncle Fred comes to what he believes to be the rescue.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by W. W. Norton Company (first published 1936)
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Pramod Nair
Reading Wodehouse is always a perfect antidote for depression, stress and boredom, as the wonderful world that the author creates in his stories through charming narrations involving loveable characters and hilarious happenings always acts as a magical restorative to the frayed nerves. Nothing disastrous or bad happens in the landscape of Wodehouse narratives and they always fill the reader with a healthy dose of cheerfulness.

Young Men in Spats can be seen as a fine example for this timeless co
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Nandakishore Varma
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
This book contains avowedly some of the funniest Wodehouse stories about... well, young men in spats. Of these, three stories of Freddie Widgeon (who loves and losses girls at regular intervals), two stories about Archibald Mulliner (yet another of Mr. Mulliner's nephews) and the lone story about Pongo Twistleton's eccentric uncle Fred - Lord Ickenham - are absolute gems. They still double me up.

The stories are:

1. Fate - Freddie Widgeon learns the hard way that helping females in distress is no
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Jason Koivu
Oh I say! Yes, jolly good, this! *nonsensical ejaculation!-cough-mutter* Another rollicking good time with the, ah, inane rich gentlemen of yesteryear - capital chaps! *throat-clearing tick* as, ah, as penned by the prolific P.G. Wodehouse...Sir Pelham Grenville, "Plum" as we called him back in good old Dulwich. Marvelous school that. He made out well there, if I recall...a First XI cricketer, I think. *wanders off in cloudy musings* Wodehouse...Wodehouse...Respectable Norfolk family, the Wodeho ...more
Trevor
May 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, literature
Perhaps you have been wondering if you should risk it and read some Wodehouse, but are afraid to start just in case you find that this is some sort of proof of what you have long suspected - that Trevor McCandless has no sense of humour and his advice is not worth a pinch of salt. Well, all I can say is get your hands on this book and read just one story - Good-bye to All Cats. If you don't find this story amusing (well, actually, hilarious) we can have nothing further to say to one another.

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Em*bedded-in-books*
I adore PG Wodehouse, and have been reading and rereading his books at intervals since my early teens. Took up this book with great hopes, but somehow this collection of short stories fell. short somewhere. The overall theme was same...young men trying to win their sweethearts by hook or by crook, often with hilarious results. The vintage Wodehouse humor was there , but this time round I wasn't much affected.
it was just above average sort of book, though a couple of stories were really interest
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Leslie
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of short stories, marvellously narrated by Jonathan Cecil, is told by and to various Eggs, Beans and Crumpets who belong to the Drones Club, relating gossip of the recent activities of some of their fellow club members. My favorites were "The Amazing Hat Mystery" and "Uncle Fred Flits By" but all the stories were great fun.

Contents:
"Fate" (Drone Freddie Widgeon)
"Tried in the Furnace" (Drones Barmy Fotheringay-Phipps and Pongo Twistleton)
"Trouble Down at Tudsleigh" (Drone Freddie
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Madhulika Liddle
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Percy continued to stare before him like a man who has drained the wine-cup of life to its lees, only to discover a dead mouse at the bottom.

I began reading this book after attempts to read three other books—Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Leopard and Keep the Aspidistra Flying—all failed within a couple of paragraphs of starting. By the time I’d set down the third book, I knew nothing but Wodehouse would serve. I needed something that didn’t wear me down, something light and entertaining. Something
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J.G. Keely
It took a bit of time, at least from this particular volume, to recognize the reasons for Wodehouse's pre-eminance as British Humorist. I still did not find that those reasons were able to upturn Adams or Pope, but Wodehouse has a wit and verve which cannot be denied.

What I expected (and eventually got) was a bit of mastery of the art of the ridiculous situation, where the escalation of events and unlikely (but usually, rationally-following) coincidences provides an equal escalation of hilarity.
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Lydia
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is it about Wodehouse? It's not just the tone, the subject-matter, his vapid, idle, unintentionally-deprecating idiots that wreak havoc on two continents while dressed in the latest fashions. He takes not only England and its society, but the usually sober themes of marriage, inheritance, death, and friends, as his own comic inventions, and makes us laugh so hard at the vagaries of existence that we burst out laughing in libraries and offend everyone around us. This book in general deals wi ...more
Abigail
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
This wasn't my favorite style of Wodehouse. Young Men in Spats is a collection of short stories, but there were a couple of very funny chapters!
Elisha Condie
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a set of short stories featuring members of the Drones Club. The club of young gentlemen, friends of Bertie Wooster, who are always getting into some jam or another.

The story about Freddie Widgeon trying to make a good impression on his girlfriend's family while at the same time tripping over, stepping on, and sitting atop of their dang collection of cats made me laugh out loud. It was poetic. I also loved the story about Archibald Mulliner and how he wants to serve the less fortunate
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Jason Furman
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Consistently light, whimsical, funny, but also taking place in a coherent universe that sprung from his imagination, P.G. Wodehouse is one of the most consistent prolific authors and Young Men in Spats is no exception.

The stories revolve around the Drones club and features characters that show up elsewhere in Wodehouse canon. Each of the stories begins with a framing discussion in the club that leads someone to recount a story, more often than not about Freddie Widgeon, that involves a series of
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Steve Walker
The reader must be warned before reading Wodehouse, ANY Wodehouse. The reader should not be in area where out burst of laughter are frowned upon and the reader should be careful as to what they are doing while reading. For example: I would not attempt to eat, operate electrical or mechanical equipment, or shave while reading. It would be best to find a comfortable chair, sit down and prepare to enjoy one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.
Trixie Fontaine
I might have enjoyed this even more than the Wooster & Jeeves books. LOVED the last story, which was oddly disturbing (only mildly so, of course, which made it very surreal). Also appreciated the self-consciousness (again, MILD) regarding class issues. This stuff is too much fun and sometimes all I want to read. ...more
Anna Kļaviņa
Fate
Tried in the Furnace
Trouble Down at Tudsleigh
The Amazing Hat Mystery
Goodbye to all Cats
The Luck of the Stiffhams
Noblesse Oblige
Uncle Fred Flits By
Archibald and the Masses
The Code of the Mulliners
The Fiery Wooing of Mordred
Rumaisah
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
A dear friend of mine recommended books by PG Wodehouse a good many years ago. She had also then recommended Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus trilogy. Though I still have to read the last two books in the trilogy, I’m not sure if I’m ever reading a book by PG Wodehouse again.

The book is made up of eleven parts. The first eight have to do with the Drones Club and the last three with Mr Mulliner. Almost every story gave me something to laugh at, but I didn’t find the stories as funny. I also found th
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John Frankham
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humorous-fiction
Wonderful stories, mainly concerning the misfortunes in love of the well-meaning, if dim, young men based at the aptly-named Drones club.

So exuberant, witty, brilliant use of proper and conversational English. Wodehouse - a master of his trade.

The GR blurb:

‘These eleven stories describe the misadventures of the delightfully idle "Eggs," "Beans," and "Crumpets" that populate the Drones club: young men wearing spats, starting spats, and landing in sticky spots. For the first of his many appearanc
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Selah Pike
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wodehouse is delightful as always!
Nicholas Martens
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First-rate Wodehouse. Finally I've gotten to read how Uncle Fred and Pongo pretend to come to clip the parrot's claws, as alluded to in Uncle Dynamite. I think I laughed harder during "Goodbye to All Cats" than anything I've read.
Shashi
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Uncle Fred Flits By" and "The Amazing Hat Mystery" are the clear highlights. However, all the other stories are also very enjoyable!
Judy
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These eleven stories are quintessentially Wodehouseian, focusing on the foibles, romantic entanglements and other dramas that envelop the British upper class. In this collection, the stories revolve around members of the Drones club, whose member groups have names such as Eggs, Beans, and Crumpets. Freddie Widgeon is always falling in love at first sight and is forever trying to extricate himself from trouble and misunderstandings. . . Pongo, who must deal with a daffy uncle who insists on prete ...more
Honoria
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wodehouse excelled at the short story, and this tip-top collection brims with some of his finest and fruitiest.
It includes the well known classic (well known among discerning readers anyway) 'Uncle Fred Flits By', in which Pongo Twistleton endures a visit from his Uncle Fred, temporarily 'off the leash' and at large in the metropolis. Uncle Fred's seemingly harmless plan to visit the suburbs results in the pair impersonating a vet, a mute parrot anaesthetist, and a Mr Roddis of the Cedars, Mitc
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Yibbie
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a rare author who can make me laugh out loud, but Wodehouse hardly ever misses. What a sense of the hilarious he has! Oh every situation, in this collection of short stories, is absolutely over the top funny. For instance, one story, detailing the trials of one young man trying to stay engaged, is followed by one chronicling the struggles of another young man to get his girl to dump him. Though by far the best one involves a young man, an old man, a pair of frustrated lovers and some quite ...more
Karin
Jul 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Freddi, Pongo and other young men go through no end of scrapes while being in love. Freddie is always falling in love at first sight only to foil his own romantic schemes, and others meet with various levels of success. The stories are all told at their men’s clubs by “crumpets” or by Uncle Fred to other young men, known affectionately only as crumpets, eggs and other edibles.

The stories are a mixed bag as far as how funny each is, so I rounded it to three. I only read one story per day to be su
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C. A. Powell
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These short stories tickled me pink. I had to stop and chuckle while on the train. Every one of the tales was a fabulous little bundle of laughs. P.G. Wodehouse has some wonderful characters in this. Especially Freddie Widgeon who seems to fall hopelessly in love with every woman he meets and against all the odds manages to cause catastrophic mayhem. He seems to find a way of making a complete dog's breakfast out of every first time meeting of his true loves' parents. You start to get geered up ...more
Jeff Crompton
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a weakness for Wodehouse. This short story collection is from 1936 - a vintage period for Wodehouse. Most of the stories concern the doings of the less-than-brilliant young men of the Drones Club, with three of Mr. Mulliner's tales about his many nephews thrown in. The best of these stories, such as "Tried in the Furnace" and "The Amazing Hat Mystery" are absolutely worthy of five stars, but, as with any Wodehouse collection, some stories are better than others.
Paul Secor
Not quite as funny as the two novels I've read, but still worth four stars.
I checked off "Tried in the Furnace", "The Luck of the Stiffhams", Uncle Fred Flits By", and "The Code of the Mulliners" as ones to reread at some point.
I'm especially looking forward to reading more about Uncle Fred.
Neenee
Feb 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-2015
I had an expectation too high. But it always feels like listening to an auntie gossiping about her nephews or neighbours.
Deepa Swaminathan
Eggs, Beans, and Crumpets all assembled at the club ‘Drones’,
Discussing their friends' stories with 'Ohh's, 'Ahh's and moans,
Some stories end on a happy note, some incur feelings that are sad,
But there is a promise of a hilarious adventure associated with each lad!


About the Author: PG Wodehouse is my favorite author and I have written reviews of a few of his books. His powerful vocabulary woven with hilarious similes and rib-tickling metaphors give pleasure not only to lovers of humor but also
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Jim Mann
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
P.G. Wodehouse was one of the best -- perhaps the best (along with Terry Pratchett) -- comic writer of the last 150 years or so. His stories of Bertie and Jeeves, of Psmith, of Blanding Castle, remain very funny. Young Men in Spats is a delightful collection, featuring a number of stories from the members of the Drones club (the various silly, not-overly-bright upper class Englishmen, of whom Bertie Wooster is the most famous), of Uncle Fred, and of Mr. Mulliner's nephews, are all delightful.

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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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