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Mike (Psmith, #1)

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Excerpt from Mike: A Public School Story
It was a morning in the middle of April, and the Jackson family were consequently breakfasting in comparative silence. The cricket season had not begun, and except during the cricket season they were in the habit of devoting their powerful minds at breakfast almost exclusively to the task of victualling against the labours of the da
Paperback, 360 pages
Published October 11th 2007 by BiblioLife
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Mary Berman Yes! I know nothing of cricket either. Frankly the book does have a lot of cricket jargon and it all goes over my head, but I don't find it matters.…moreYes! I know nothing of cricket either. Frankly the book does have a lot of cricket jargon and it all goes over my head, but I don't find it matters. Humor is a universal language.(less)

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Apr 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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[7/10] : *** for the first part and **** for the second
I am already a fan of mr Wodehouse, mostly based on the Jeeves and Wooster and the Blandings Castle series. Since I have seen in the Goodreads group frequent mentions of Psmith as the favorite character of many readers, I decided to expand my horizons and give him a try, preferably with his first showing. Which brings me to Michael Jackson:


Not really, this is another Michael Jackson who doesn't moonwalk, the scion of a cricket-crazed British
As other reviewers have noted, there is lots of cricket in this. As an American who is not much interested in sports, much of the details about batting and bowling escaped me. However, I did get a kick out of the boys' shenanigans. I was surprised to discover that Psmith had introduced the P in his name himself (because there were too many plain Smiths and he didn't like Smythe!).
I'm glad I stuck with this book, despite all the cricket talk. It's an amusing story about Mike, a talented cricket player, not-so-talented student at one of those boy's schools in England. (Public school there is what we would call private boarding school here.) Mike comes from a family of cricketers and makes amazing progress towards making the varsity team at his first school, Wryken, but a tendency to hang out with troublemakers and neglect his studies pushes his father to the brink. He pull ...more
Christopher Roth
Before there was Flashman—or, rather, after Hughes's Flashman but before Fraser's Flashman—there was Psmith. And if you're going to read all the Psmith books, you're going to read ALL the Psmith books, starting with this first one, 75% of which is a "Tom Brown's School Days" type of book consisting mostly of descriptions of cricket matches. But once Psmith shows up things liven up immensely. "Psmith in the City" is next. Fun fact: main character is named Michael Jackson. Discuss.
Harrison Wein
Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it
This edition combines Mike at Wrykyn and Mike and Psmith into one book, with an extra introductory sentence added to the start of the second as a bridge. Mike at Wrykyn, which comprises the first 29 chapters, is pleasant enough but it's really a pretty standard school story about a boy trying to make the cricket team. Things really take off with the introduction of the monacle-wearing wit Psmith (the P is silent, he explains). I think the clever and quirky Psmith rivals Wodehouse's best characte ...more
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Too much cricket for my liking. Otherwise, vintage Wodehouse.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mike and Psmith (the p is silent like in Pshrimp) is early Wodehouse. In this period he was fresh from his experience as a public School boy. Here he had been happy, a leading athlete with particular success at cricket and boxing. Given the theory that a writer should start with what he knows best, this book is one of many where he will focus on the life of English school boys. Be advised that if you are not a fan of Cricket and fluent in the rules, language and period slang of the game you are ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very early Wodehouse. Mike attends school and is a prodigy at cricket but ignores classwork. When his father pulls him and registers Mike in another school with a below par team, Mike sits it out until he is really needed by his new teammates. There are touches of Wodehouse developing his skills as a novelist. Berty and Wooster are to come a few years later building on the style practiced here.
Austin Hood
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I understood little of the cricket jargon, but Wodehouse’s humor is excellent
Aug 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Early Wodehouse, published in UK in 1909 and in US in 1910, this has the feel of two separate novels very weakly transitioned in the middle, as the first half is a bildungsroman for new student Mike at Wrykyn, a splendid British public school (what we would call elite prep school here in America--for the totally unfamiliar think of the school culture at Hogwarts in Harry Potter to get some idea). Mike is the last in a long line of Jackson brothers who have attended Wrykyn, all gifted cricket pla ...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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