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Meet Mr. Mulliner (Mr. Mulliner #1)

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At the Angler’s Rest, a bucolic English pub, drinking hot scotch and lemon, sits one of Wodehouse’s greatest raconteurs. Mr. Mulliner tells fabulous stories of the extraordinary behaviour of his far-flung family.
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published May 13th 2002 by The Overlook Press (first published September 27th 1927)
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Nandakishore Varma
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
Undoubtedly, this is the most hilarious collection of short stories I've ever read. Except for one ("The Romance of a Bulb-Squeezer") which I found only so-so, all the others had me in stitches. I have returned to this collection again and again, whenever I was feeling down in the dumps, and left with an uplifted heart.

Mr. Mulliner is a regular at "Angler's Rest" (a country pub), a "man who has never told a lie in his life", according to his own confession. And the narrator tells us that it is v
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Jason Koivu
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comedy, fiction
I've read so many P.G. Wodehouse books now that, without looking, I can guess when each book was written. It's my parlor trick/super power.

Now, you may say, "Koivu, no one cares. And furthermore, you're an idiot." However, when you consider that Wodehouse wrote over 70 novels (not to mention dozens of plays, story collections, movie scripts, and whathaveyous) over the course of some 70ish years, that seems a tad more impressive, does it not? It does not, you say? Well then, sod off, my friend,
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Fiona MacDonald
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
Yet another charming expedition into the mind of PG Wodehouse, this time concentrating on Mr Mulliner. But not just one Mr Mulliner! Each story contains a different Mr Mulliner ( a different relation to the Mr Mulliner who is telling the story ) and his exploits. It's highly amusing, wonderfully written and a joy to indulge in.
As Stephen Fry so fittingly said 'you don't analyse such sunlit perfection, you just bask in its warmth and splendour.'
Ivonne Rovira
Jun 30, 2015 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ivonne by: Nandakishore Varma
I am heartbroken. The most excellent Nandakishore Varma highly, highly recommended Meet Mr. Mulliner, so I, of course, immediately got it. Nandakishore and I both share an adoring regard of P.G. Wodehouse’s Bertie and Jeeves stories and novels.

But I read the first two stories in Meet Mr. Mulliner, a short-story collection, and they were sooooo very predictable. I just couldn’t finish it. I promise myself — and Nandakishore — that I will get back to the book when I have a bit more time. (With sc
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Pramod Nair
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
an absolute pleasure to read. As usual is the case with P.G. Wodehouse titles this collection of short stories portraying the hilarious adventures of various members of the Mulliner family is an absolute mood booster.
Kavita
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, short-stories, usa
Reading Wodehouse is unlike reading any other book. It's pure delight from start to finish. It's a journey into a different world. In this case, this world is made up of Mulliners - all kinds of them. Uncles, nephews, brothers, distant relations, all Mulliners, and each with a tale to tell. These are told by one Mulliner at the local pub, the Angler's Rest, where you can also be served my the lady with the picturesque name of Miss Postlethewaite.

The stories are elaborately made-up, delightfully
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Masteatro
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: leídos-en-2018
P.G wodehouse no defrauda.
En esta ocasión tenemos a Mr Mulliner que acodado en la barra del pub de turno nos va presentado a través de diversos relatos a distintos miembros de su famila: Los Mulliner.
Evidentemente y como ya es habitual en las historias de este autor inglés, siempre hay equívocos, situaciones hilarantes y por supuesto, final feliz.
Lo que más me gusta de Wodehouse es su fina ironía y su capacidad para decir mucho sin decir demasiado. Algunas de las situaciones que se viven en est
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Addy
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Laugh till you Drop.. And then laugh some more. Wodehouse never disappoints. And Mulliner is as good as Jeeves. Top notch stuff.
Ian Wood
Nov 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
In the bar-parlour of the Angler’s Rest the efficient barmaid Miss Postlewaite was asking who was the greatest of all the Wodehouse comic creations. A Port and Lemon ventured that it would be ‘Lord Emsworth’, ‘Bertie Wooster surely?’ suggested a surly Gin and Tonic, ‘What of Psmith or Ukridge or The Oldest Member?’ questioned an aggressive half of Mild. ‘But what of Mr Mulliner?’ asked a stranger in the corner, ‘surely the Mulliner family crave you inclusion?’. The bar was undecided and the conv ...more
F.R.
Dec 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’d never looked into the Mulliner corner of Wodehouse’s world until now, but am immensely glad I did. It is a charm and a delight. For the uninitiated Mr Mulliner is a bar-room raconteur with an incredible set of stories about his quite incredible family. So we have a poet who tries to write for a pickle company; a great inventor pretending to be a servant; a separated couple brought back together by their indomitable former nanny; the incredible effects of Mulliner’s Buck-U-Uppo; and the most ...more
Rob
Jul 15, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Ludwig Wittgenstein said that 'Honeysuckle Cottage,' which is the final story in this collection, was the funniest thing he’d ever read.
Donald
Oct 01, 2011 rated it liked it
An earlier Wodehouse collection that doesn't have the energy or punch of his later work. While it's unfair to criticize Wodehouse for being predictable (his books tend to read as sit-coms, they have a certain formulaic progression--ie. Jeeves will disapprove of Bertie's fashion choice and will have forced Bertie out of it by the end of the story--but it is what he achieves within the boundaries of that formula that make him so excellent), these tales seemed obvious and the framing device that su ...more
Margaret
I'd read the the other two Mr. Mulliner collections before Meet Mr. Mulliner, the aptly named first one in the series, though the order of the Mr. Mulliner books is less important since they are essentially a series of short stories. Mr. Mulliner tells these all as frame stories in his local pub, always featuring a distant relative who has had some sort of adventure. This is typical PG Wodehouse, full of offbeat and humorous stories of relatives getting themselves into and out of trouble. In gen ...more
Phoebe Lynn
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Wodehouse and I am a convert! That was fun! After reading more 'serious' novels such as Camus, it was refreshing to read a quick book where I would be chortling to me every few pages. It's all a bit silly, and no it was not philosophical, didn't change my world view, didn't make me think about life and all of life's meaning, wasn't full of flowery language, but that's what makes it great. I am going to be interspersing more serious and hefty books with Wodehouses :)
Alida
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recently I read my first Gordon Korman book on threat of being kicked out of the family. As I was giggling, chortling and laughing explosively out loud while reading "Meet Mr. Mulliner," I realized that P.G. Wodehouse is Gordon Korman for adults!
Douglas Wilson
Jun 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, wodehouse
Excellent. Finished it in 1980, and then again in 2010. Just fun, always fun.
Maddy
Mar 21, 2012 rated it liked it
My mom buys me Wodehouse books (and Maupin too) when I need a laugh. Thanks, Mom.
Robert Kettering
Narrator Jonathan Cecil is by far the best!!!
Nicole
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Clever, witty, easy to read short stories!
Nathan Albright
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: challenge2017
This book is a collection of nine short stories that share a few qualities.  All of the stories are frame stories set in the Angler's Rest pub told by one Mr. Mulliner about his improbable group of relatives.  As someone who is very fond of reading the novels of P.G. Wodehouse [1], these are amusing and entertaining stories.  What is remarkable to me at least is how true to life these stories appear to me.  If you've ever been caught at a moment when you can't listen to someone tell lengthy but ...more
Terry
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Basically a bunch of clever short stories held together by our narrator, Mr. Mulliner. This is the 2nd novel by Wodehouse I’ve read – inspired by Faith Sullivan’s “Goodnight, Mr. Wodehouse.” I enjoyed this more than “Love Among the Chickens.” The opening story about a man who stutters every time he wants to ask a girl to marry him is a hoot (doesn’t make fun of stuttering – just puts our hero in a weird situation) and the closing story of a man who inherits his aunt’s home, only to find it’s hau ...more
Nullifidian
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspired to look outside my comfort zone by an anthology called The Most of P. G. Wodehouse, this is the first collection (other than the above-named anthology, of course) of non-Jeeves & Wooster short stories I've read, and they're just as delightful as Wodehouse's more famous creations. The basic premise is that these are stories related by the titular character in the bar-parlour for fishing enthusiasts called the Angler's Rest. Like the first person narrations of the Jeeves and Wooster s ...more
Peter Wood
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's so long since I read a P G Wodehouse book that I'd forgotten his wonderful way with words and quirky ideas.
Joell
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Listened to this one. I'd like nothing more than a sip of Buck-U-Uppo.
Benjamin
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Brilliant short stories! They seemed to keep getting better and better throughout the book!
Garry Marlton
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Like most Wodehouse fans I love Jeeves and Wooster, but now I have found another character that comes near them. brilliant.
Himi
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Jonathan Cecil really is the best Wodehouse reader for me, but this was another collection of short stories.
Marita
Jan 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Fun stories of the romantic comedy type.
Marty Reeder
Apr 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
I love reading heavy, deep, classical literature. I’m fascinated by exploring the world within which it was written, the culture that must have caused this type of writing, how it would have been received at the time, what it reveals about daily routine and thought from the era in which it was written. Oh, I also--often but not always--enjoy the characters and story. Finally, I’m exhausted by the end of the tedious chore of trying to make sense these stories!

P.G. Wodehouse unfailingly gives me t
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Carlton
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
I came to Meet Mr Mulliner having already read later stories in Young Men in Spats and Blandings Castle (which features stories told by Mr Mulliner in the Angler's Rest, although they are all about Hollywood).
Meet Mr Mulliner was first published in 1927 and is a delightful introduction to this most genial of storytellers, who has a seemingly endless set of relations around which the stories are told.
In this first volume, the scene is set and the Angler's Rest described, which is the springboard
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