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Plum Pie (Jeeves #13.5)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  437 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Plum Pie is perhaps Wodehouse's best-loved short story collection--no surprise as it features a true Wodehouse trifecta--Jeeves, golf, and Blandings Castle.
Hardcover, 319 pages
Published March 13th 2008 by The Overlook Press (first published September 22nd 1966)
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Jeff Crompton
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not Plum's best-ever collection, but it includes a nice variety of stories featuring Wodehouse's favorite characters, and the best parts really sparkle. You get Jeeves and Bertie, a Blandings Castle story, one of the best Ukridge stories, Bingo Little, and more. This is one of Wodehouse's later books, and he recycles some plots, but you don't read Wodehouse primarily for the plots, anyway; the real pleasure comes from the language. Here's my favorite bit from the first story, "Jeeves and the Gre ...more
Dec 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
Not Plum at his best, but still better than 90 percent of the humor writing out there. No Bertie or Jeeves in this book, but Freddie Threepwood and Lord Emsworth make appearances. There is a butler, named Beach, and one story concerns his imminent demise at the hands of Emsworth's sister. It's good Wodehouse fun, and some of the lines are just sparkling.
Anna Kļaviņa
A collection of funny, sunny and feel-good nine stories and Wodehouse's comments on American news, two poems and an essay.

I'm adding an extra star to this collection as I really liked Life With Freddie.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have been known to laugh out loud, to giggle, and to chuckle when reading Wodehouse, but I only laughed twice while reading this. All the usual characters were there: Jeeves and Bertie Wooster, Lord Emsworth and his nephews and sons (but not his pigs), Bingo Little, the Drones Club and a number of assorted others. Between the stories, however, were little pseudo news items from the USA, items which were as dated as the stories but without their humour. Wodehouse lost much of his ability to amu ...more
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good late-career stuff for PGW (whose nickname was Plum). Jeeves and Blandings--what more could you want? I realized just how much I missed the Bertie Wooster narration when reading the first story. The two "Blandings" stories are hardly set at Blandings, but are still pretty good, especially the novella-length story that ends the book, as Lord Emsworth's previously worthless son shows how much he's changed since moving to America and become, by marriage, vice-president of the Donaldson D ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, short-stories
Review pending
Suzanne Fournier
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Short stories with Ukridge, Freddie Threepwood and Jeeves.
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wodehouse
Published in 1966, this feels very much like the work of a writer whose time has passed, one who is simply retreading old ground and offering nothing new or particularly interesting. There are references to contemporary popular culture (eg a firm of solicitors called Beatle, Beatle and Beatle) but they jar somewhat and only serve to highlight that Wodehouse belongs to a different age. And sandwiched between each story is a brief interlude of pithy topical newspaper column items from "Our man in ...more
Ian Wood
Jun 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
P G Wodehouse managed to gain the nickname ‘Plum’ at some point in his career and so this collection of short stories, sequenced with what would have been topical asides in 1966, was christened ‘Plum Pie’ and a more tart collection we couldn’t hope for.

The pedigree of the collection is stated on page one with a rare anthology outing for Jeeves and Wooster in ‘Jeeves and the Greasy Bird’, a Yuletide tale of cheer in which Bertie tries to help along Roderick Glossop’s love life only to find himsel
Alex Sarll
Undoubtedly the worst Wodehouse I have ever read. It's late work, but I don't think that's the problem - I believe Aunts Aren't Gentleman was his last completed novel and, whilst not his best, nor was it dire. It does mean that there are some attempts at modern references, which were never his forte - characters include an evil hypnotist and a CND protestor (an aristocratic dilettante one, at least), there are jokes about bigamy and Beatles. But even beyond that, there are sentences which don't ...more
Jun 26, 2013 rated it liked it
I chose this compilation of P.G. Wodehouse stories because I wanted to get a feel for some of the different types of stories he writes. Overall I enjoyed the short stories in the collection and found them quick reads. He does seem to enjoy the topics of men who are dependent on their wives for money and seem less intelligent and less capable than the women (at least based on this collection) which was a surprise to me. I wondered if it had to do with the book being published about the 60's and ...more
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Particularly enjoyed the Bingo Little stories, "Bingo bans the Bomb" (Bingo must find a way to explain to his wife how he ended up in jail for his participation in a sit-down protest) and "Stylish Stouts" (Bingo loses his son's birthday money at the horse races and seeks to make back the lost tenner by...well, you'll just have to read the book), and the Mr. Mulliner tale, "George and Alfred" (a story of murder and doppelgangers and magic - Wodehouse's most Russian effort).

Note: Be careful if yo
Aug 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of Wodehouse short stories. Amongst which are a Jeeves, a golf, a Mr. Mulliner, an Ukridge, two Bingo Little's and two Freddie Threepwood's the first of which takes place at Blandings castle the second (by far the longest story in the book) never so much as mentions the ancestral pile. On top of (or rather between) each story are a selection of short articles that Wodehouse originally wrote for "Punch" magazine "Our Man in America" these deal with PGW's take on minor news stories of ...more
Oct 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1982-to-1989, humour
I will use this "review" for all the P. G. Wodehouse I have read. I read them all so long ago and enjoyed them so much that I have given them all 5 stars. As I re-read them I will adjust the stars accordingly, if necessary, and add a proper review.
When I first discovered P. G. Wodehouse I devoured every book I could find in the local library, throughout the eighties and early nineties. Alas, this means that I have read most of them and stumbling across one I have not read is a rare thing. I'm su
May 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great collection of short stories by the master of upper class absurdity including one Jeeves and Wooster story, two Bingo Little ones and one Ukridge story. All are great fun to read and full of the warm humour that is Wodehouse's trademark.

The stories are interspersed with little vignettes of 'Our Man in America', being (supposed) newspaper cuttings and commentary on life in America. It's hard to know if they're factual or not, since many of them are extremely silly or surreal, and y
Plum Pie is a particularly good Wodehouse collection. There's a Jeeves and Wooster story, a couple of Blandings stories, two about Bertie's friend Bingo Little, and other assorted tales. The standout is probably "Life with Freddie", a long story about Freddie Threepwood (son of Lord Emsworth of Blandings Castle) and zany goings-on aboard a ship from England to New York. Interspersed with the stories are selections from Wodehouse's column (for Punch, I think) "Our Man in America", which are very ...more
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
A delightful collection of short stories. Most of Wodehouse's short story collections include multiple short stories either about golf or the Ukridge character, and I don't particularly like these. This book contains fewer 'not-particularly-good' stories than is usual for Wodehouse's short story collections and most of the stories included in the book are in my opinion really quite enjoyable. The interspersed 'Our man in America' sequences are not bad, though most of them will probably to a mode ...more
Jan 12, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wodehouse fans
With Bingo Little getting a couple stories, the Drones Club receiving a visit, and aunts popping up here and there, "Plum Pie" is a good Wodehouse story collection. The long short story (or short novella) "Life with Freddie" would have made a great '30s screwball comedy had it not been written a few decades too late. "Plum Pie"'s rating would have been four stars, but loses a star only because the book has just one Jeeves and Wooster story -- and not one of the better ones at that.
May 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Featuring somewhat memorable characters in somewhat well-described settings. This is, I'm to understand, some of Wodehouse's least-revered work, and after an excruciating period of reading this thing, I'm finally done. These short stories are basically long, LONG punchline setups. Some of them are chuckle-worthy, while others perform like gas passed in a small vehicle. I'm not saying I won't read Wodehouse again, but this was clearly NOT the best choice with which to start.
Dec 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
What can I say? Wodehouse is Wodehouse. I got a few chuckles out of it and I read every Wodehouse book that I can get my hands on. This is not entirely my fault. I was minding my own business when one day Anne Fontaine turned me on to Wodehouse. It started innocently enough, but one thing led to another. Of course, people warned me, but I succumbed to peer pressure. That nasty woman got me addicted to Wodehouse. Now, Jeeves is no where to be found and I can't find a way out of my dilemna.
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wodehouse
This is one of the good short story collections. It begins with a Jeeves and Wooster, then a Blandings story. None of the nine are bad. And the last is long enough to be considering a novella about Freddie Threepwood, the younger son of Lord Emsworth, turned dog biscuit salesman. Though not a Blandings story, at least it is about a minor character from that wonderful world.
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good read, with stories of different characters for which Wodehouse is known for. Though these stories are not as humorous as his other novels, they will be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates farce.
Dave Peticolas
May 10, 2014 rated it liked it

A collection of short stories from different Wodehouse universes, interspersed with 'Our Man in America' dispatches. And a bonus, an essay where Wodehouse explores, just for a bit, the topic of humor.

Yorky Caz
Nov 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read, a great little collection of short stories featuring allsorts of characters including the always likeable Jeeves and Wooster. I especially loved the Printers Error poem at the end which I am going to find a copy of for certain friends at work!
Kelly Ehrnman
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Book of short stories. Entertaining enough. Not very thought provoking, nor very funny. The reviews of others indicate that perhaps there are other Wodehouse books are better than this particular book. I found this one at the library. I may read another in the future, but I am not rushing.
Minty McBunny
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, september-2015
My library's Wodehouse selection is woefully slim, but this was one of the three available books and I enjoyed it, even though a few of the stories were not up to the standard I've come to expect from this author. The good ones more than made up for it!
Craig Smillie
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
a gas
Britt, Book Habitue
May 15, 2009 marked it as to-read
Has one Jeeves story.
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved this collection of short, funny stories!
Douglas Wilson
Mar 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wodehouse, fiction
Fun as always. Also read in September of 1981.
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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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