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Jill the Reckless

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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  976 ratings  ·  101 reviews
This romantic narrative set on either side of the Atlantic is a true tale of its time. First published in 1920, Jill the Reckless commences in the better circles of London society. Jill Mariner is engaged to Derek Underhill. Both of these young people are well to do and Derek has a title to boot! What better match could be made? Unfortunately matches made in heaven are gen ...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published April 7th 2005 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 1920)
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david
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wodehouse
PG! PG! PG!
Throw away your telephones, televisions, lovers, partners, chocolates (except Lindt), latest wardrobes (definitely Crocs), and your jewelry, and cars and bicycles.
In a Wodehouse world you only need your eyes and brain and your already cultivated reading skills.
It is time now to dedicate your free, newly unencumbered hours to PGW’s works.
Get them all, the price is right, and begin reading.
I, the dumbest amongst us, am challenging you to upgrade your life.
‘Jill the Reckless' is a must r
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Douglas Wilson
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wodehouse, fiction
Fun, fun, fun. Read again aloud with Nancy in March 2018.
Kathryn
Absolutely splendid! Rollicking good fun is always elevated to grand heights with"Plum's" novels because he also deepens his work with such keen insights into human nature. And he's a heck of a wordsmith, too. I almost bailed after the first chapter or so because I just wasn't clicking with Derek Underhill and his mother and only Freddie Rooke's affability (jolly good chap that Last of the Rookes, despite being a bit of a lightweight in the intellect department) and the promise of meeting that " ...more
Scot
Oct 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I've read a lot of Wodehouse, and I think this gem from 1920 is one of his best in the transatlantic-romantic-comedy genre, in which characters move between New York and London and across social classes, and conflicts of economic survival are overshadowed by the struggle of true love to conquer all. One of Wodehouse's greatest assets is his gift for establishing tone, and this is aided by the marvelous range of familiar characters he uses across novels, particularly effective here. These include ...more
Linda Watson
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jill the Reckless is my favorite novel by P.G. Wodehouse, which is high praise indeed. This book has more depth than the Jeeves books, but the same brilliant word play and satire. Read this book for an inside look at the New York theater scene in the early 1920s and for an uplifting tale of a young woman who wants to make it on her own. (The original title was "The Little Warrior.")

One chapter is narrated by a parrot. It's one of the funniest chapters ever written.

The books in the Collector's W
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Namitha Varma
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, ebooks
If anyone needs proof that Wodehouse is a feminist, this is the book they should read. This isn't radical, firebrand feminism, but the sensible, practical one. Not only the female characters but the key male characters in this are also feminists. (Please note that I use feminism in its best, most accommodating, practical sense.) Apart from being a topping plot, Jill The Reckless (or The Little Warrior) is humourous (of course), brilliantly written (never doubted that either) and just what you ne ...more
Leslie
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, british, humor
I really should have abandoned this audiobook. Not only did I have some issues with the narrator David Ian Davies but there were also some technical problems. The book itself was amusing & I rated that in my review of the Kindle edition.

I listened to this through Hoopla's streaming audio so I don't know if the technical flaws were due to my stream or intrinsic to the recording but I did encounter them in more than one device. The issue was that small snippets of the text would be repeated. A
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Oluchi Buchi-Njere
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wodehouse delivers as usual with this. It was predictable in some ways, what with featuring grim matriarchs and bumbling British gentlemen, but it did also put the spotlight on the world of musical productions, and that was certainly interesting. Loved it!
Jean
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a really great early Wodehouse! So much fun.
Illiterate
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
In which Wodehouse puts a heroine center stage.
Tandava Brahmachari
Aug 17, 2016 rated it liked it
I had never heard of this Wodehouse title before, so I was intrigued when I saw it in Swami Kriyananda's house in Asissi. In it, I found a line I seem to remember hearing Swamiji quote in a talk, though sadly I can't recall the specific context: "No wonder Freddie experienced the sort of abysmal soul-sadness which afflicts one of Tolstoi’s Russian peasants when, after putting in a heavy day’s work strangling his father, beating his wife, and dropping the baby into the city reservoir, he turns to ...more
Phil Syphe
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
I found this to be one of P. G. Wodehouse’s patchy novels. The opening chapters suggest that this will be classic Wodehouse, featuring some highly entertaining scenarios, but after the main characters leave England for America and become involved with a theatrical production, the story takes a nosedive.

Many a time I found myself skipping big paragraphs that have little to offer. I didn’t find much if anything humorous about the lengthy theatre scenes. Some of the rehearsal sequences were pure te
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Thom Swennes
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This romantic narrative set on either side of the Atlantic is a true tale of its time. First published in 1920, Jill the Reckless commences in the better circles of London society. Jill Mariner is engaged to Derek Underhill. Both of these young people are well to do and Derek has a title to boot! What better match could be made? Unfortunately matches made in heaven are generally between just two people. This match depended, alas to a certain extent to the will of Lady Underhill, Derek’s mother. ...more
Margaret
Mar 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
When Jill Mariner is dumped by her rich, pompous fiancé and loses all her money on the same day, she decides to cross the ocean to New York with her rapscallion uncle Chris. After a short stay with some relations on Long Island, she ends up on Broadway, in the chorus of a new musical and having an unexpected new romance.

I thought the book was a little overlong and could have been tightened; it feels a little rambling in places, particularly during the Long Island interlude, which connects the L
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Siew Ee
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
A romantic comedy, in the same vein as “A Damsel in Distress”, and with Wodehouse’s trademark style of writing - light, succinct, with timely humor and spot-on similies. In fact, I enjoyed his prose as much as the story itself. And like all romantic comedies, you can be assured that everything will turn out fine in the end, but it was a fun, engaging and comfortable read nonetheless. Definitely one of Wodehouse’s less-known novels, but one that is worth reading.
Heidi Burkhart
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Classic Wodehouse!
Harsha Priolkar
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
A typical Wodehouse novel this - quirky characters, misunderstandings galore, silliness and complications until it all finally turns right! I liked Jill - she’s intelligent, independent and ingenious, much too good for Mr. Derek Underhill to whom she is engaged at the start. As the story progressed and took the regular twists and turns one has come to expect from a Wodehouse plot, I sat back and enjoyed the rollercoaster of events and emotions 😄

Plenty of chuckles in this one and some laugh-out-l
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Maya Gopalakrishnan
Topping. Corky.

Absolutely strongly recommend along with coffee and a snug blanket. Maybe taken three times a day but better still is to finish it off in one go. Miracle cure for the monotony on everyday life.
Samyuktha Ell
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One thing about PG Wodehouse books: No matter how casual the writing, you can be assured of a wonderful read. I won't claim that this book is among his best works, but it definitely includes some genius sentences, which you are sure to want to read, and re-read, and laugh out loud.
Clive La pensee
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a good read you are in some way wiser.

The author had immense experience, in Broadway entertainments. A rather straightforward love story, will she won't she, is turned into a delightful read by frequent trips through bygone days of vaudeville. Loved it.
Anne
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Delightful and pleasant read, with lots of Gilbert and Sullivan Easter eggs peppered throughout for anybody who cares to go looking.

Also, this book has some passages of startlingly beautiful writing and true emotion--not necessarily things I expect from Wodehouse, so a nice surprise!
Guguk
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Roman-komedi yang bego-bego-kocak ^..^
Aku lebih suka pasangan "si cowok dodol x aktris" itu ketimbang tokoh utamanya (^ ^) Kocak banget, mulai dari perjumpaan sampe kesalahpahaman di antara mereka, sampe-sampe (view spoiler)
Valerie Sallis
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great early Wodehouse, a fun satire of early 20th century showbusiness.
Carla Remy
Apr 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vintage-brit-lit
Wodehouse, always delightful,sometimes too predictable in cookie-cutter formula. But if you're in the mood...perfect. This one is from 1920.
Melanie
Aug 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Fun Wodehouse fluff about a girl who finds herself suddenly penniless. There's the lovable, yet clueless, young gentleman, the balanced hero, and the stereotyped American girl. All in all, good fun.
Angela
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it


One of my favorite yet!
Marts  (Thinker)
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Have a grand time reading about Jill's ups and downs and how she overcomes them in yet another humorous adventure by Wodehouse...
Mark Nenadov
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great story.
Ata
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Books don't get much better than this. Like a grown-up version of Enid Bayton.
RAW
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Lots of fun with Jill getting herself all tangled up, but finding true love in the end. To many coincidences to make it plausible, but a fun story. Listened to it on Librivox.
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“No wonder Freddie experienced the sort of abysmal soul-sadness which afflicts one of Tolstoi's Russian peasants when, after putting in a heavy day's work strangling his father, beating his wife, and dropping the baby into the city reservoir, he turns to the cupboard, only to find the vodka bottle empty.” 5 likes
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