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Blandings Castle ... and Elsewhere

(Blandings Castle #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  4,042 ratings  ·  309 reviews
Here are a dozen stories to delight all Wodehouse addicts...A crooning tenor is attempting to captivate the affections of the Rev. Rupert Bingham's fiancee, Lord Emsworth is striving to remove a pumpkin-shaped blot on the family escutcheon, the Hon. Freddie Threepwood is making a last-ditch attempt to convert Lady Alcester to the beneficial quality of Donaldson's Dog-Joy, ...more
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Published May 1st 2008 by Random House Arrow (first published April 12th 1935)
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This is going on my Favorites shelf for sure!

First, let me say that James Saxon was the narrator of the audiobook version that I listened to, and he was hysterical. I seriously think he made the book 10x funnier just by reading it the way he did.
I normally wouldn't suggest listening to a book over reading it, but this dude is hilarious.


Ok, so this isn't ONE long story. Basically, every new chapter is a short story about characters in this world. And while I loved them all, Lord Emsworth & his so
Jason Koivu
Nov 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did I enjoy Blandings Castle? Oh I say, rather! I've been to Blandings before, usually with Uncle Fred, but this is the first time I've felt like a resident of the asylum.

Though similar to say a Totleigh Towers of the Jeeves & Wooster world, Blandings nonetheless has its own set of rules, its own cast of loons. Lord Emsworth, aka Clarence Threepwood, 9th Earl of Emsworth is the principle character and a good ol' bean. In some stories he comes off as a doddering old Methuselah, but apparently he
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019

The day was so warm, so fair, so magically a thing of sunshine and blue skies and bird-song that anyone acquainted with Clarence, ninth Earl of Emsworth, and aware of his liking for fine weather, would have pictured him going about the place on this summer morning with a beaming smile and an uplifted heart.

Right here is probably the best quote that explains the allure of Wodehouse, his almost guaranteed uplifting effect on the spirits of even the weariest reader, the iddylic setting that made
Dan Schwent
The Custody of the Pumpkin: It seems Lord Emsworth was a pumpkin enthusiast before he acquired his pig fixation. He fires the groundskeeper because Freddie Threepwood's in love with a cousin of his. Soon Emsworth fears for his pumpkin's health and goes to London to re-hire McAllister. Hilarity ensues. The Earl is in all his absent-minded glory in this one. "Have that cats gotten at it?"

Lord Emsworth Acts for the Best: Freddie and his wife have a spat and Freddie ends up back in London. The ninth
Paul Secor
I laughed.
I laughed.
And I laughed some more.

Five stars for the Blandings Castle stories. The Mulliners were a cut below that, but this is still some prime Wodehouse.

"Years before, when a boy, and romantic as most boys are, his lordship had sometimes regretted that the Emsworths, though an ancient clan, did not possess a Family Curse. How little he had suspected that he was shortly to become the father of it."

"... weighing profit and loss as he sipped his port,Lord Emsworth considered that the le
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever seen this trefoil plant?

And that fairy fly?

Those three leaves adjoined at one slender stem and that yellowish flower on top of them! This three-leaf structure below and its flower above looks so guiltless to me and that fairy fly looks squeaky-clean, Impeccable. I felt like such a newly born fairy fly of 0.1 mm long size trying to hoop around the circumference of this three trefoil leaves one by one and trying to extract their greenish charm spread over them first and then aiming
Nandakishore Varma
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's a long time since I have read a Wodehouse book afresh - I have finished them all long back so I have to do with re-reads. This was also one, but since there was thirty-five year gap between my previous perusal (during my college days) and this, most of the stories were forgotten and came across as fresh.

Of the dozen stories in this volume, half are dedicated to Blandings Castle and its vacuous peer, Lord Emsworth - attended by his ever-faithful butler Beach, the redoubtable head-gardener An
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk, short-stories, usa, humour
The title is a bit of a misnomer. The first half of the book indeed is all about the delightful Blandings Castle and its crazy gang. But the second half covers stories from the Mr. Mulliner saga. To be honest, while I adore the Blandings stories, I can't say the same for Mr. Mulliner. The Mulliner cast simply doesn't have the same charm for me.

The Custody of the Pumpkin: This is a delightful story of a stubborn gardener matching wills with Lord Emsworth. Also Freddie Threepwood gets married! Lov
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
Once again Wodehouse delivers screwball comedy and absurd situations. Twelve short stories. So set in the familiar Blandings Castle setting with Clarence the eccentric, put upon and absent minded Nonth Earl of Emsworth in lovely Shropshire. The other six stories are across the ocean in that flesh pot city of LA where over a scotch and hot lemon we hear six tales related to the Muliner family.

The Custody of the Pumpkin is where Clarence locks horns with his Glasgow head gardener. He also gets hi
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Not as good as Jeeves & Wooster, but the narration was good and they did make me laugh out loud. The last two stories, without Lord Emsworth & co., did not hold my attention and I skipped them. They might be better on paper, but the narrator's American-accented voices were unpleasant to listen to. ...more
From TIA:
Short stories by P.G. WODEHOUSE adapted for radio in seven parts by RICHARD

Lord Emsworth....................Richard Vernon
Beach............................Lockwood West
Lady Constance...................MArgot Boyd
The Hon Grederick Threepwood.....Steve Hodson
Narator..........................Nigel Anthony
Producer.........................Bobby Jaye

1. The Custody of the Pumpkin (Broadcast Radio 4, Sat 2nd February 1985 12:27)
McAllister.......................Henry Stamper
Mr Donaldson
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It would probably be considered cheating to mark this as "read" because I haven't read any of the "Elsewhere" stories & it's time to send this book on to other locations. That said, couldn't we all use some Wodehouse at the end of the day? Or should I say, couldn't all of us who can fully appreciate Wodehouse use some at the end of the day? B asked me what I was chortling about, but when I read him some of the real choice bits (gyrating dog, I am looking at you particularly), he looked at me lik ...more
Mary Tuley
Aug 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody who wishes that the world were civilized.
If it happened at Blandings Castle, it's priceless. ...more
I slipped in another Wodehouse, since these are trying times and he is balm for the soul. The stories in this collection are what he refers to in the preface as "the short snorts in between the solid orgies" (8). There are a couple of Blandings stories, a Bobbie Wickham story, and some American stories about the Mulliners of Hollywood (not as interesting).

Overall, these stories aren't his best—there are still some hilarious moments, but some of the stories were rather predictable, which takes a
John Frankham
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humorous-fiction
An absolute masterpiece of humorous short story writing from PGWodehouse. Wonderful plots, writing, humour.

Six Blandings Castle, one Bobby Wickham, and five Mulliners of Hollywood. The last five reflect Wodehouse's time as a scriptwriter in Hollywood, poking much fun at the ignorance and management of the picture studios by its moguls, and the servile condition of the staff, including the 'nodders', whose job was just to nod silently in agreeing with their bosses, but only after the 'yesmen' had
Wodehouse, however droll and repetitive, never fails to please. I must admit that I can't quite stomach binge reading his works, but I take a great delight in all that I've read, and this is another comedic masterpiece. ...more
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
[4.5] Like at least half the other people on this book page, for now I've only read the Blandings stories in this volume. And, whilst I'm not usually a fan of short stories, I have to say that the format of chronological shorts really suits these characters and plots. In the novels, not an awful lot happens ultimately - it's just convoluted; here, whilst there is the odd impersonation and conspiracy, the plots are simpler and so a greater number of substantial events occur (in so far as substant ...more
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful and not very demanding--perfect for a plane trip. I learned some new words, too:

zareba: a protective enclosure

gamboge: yellow-orange

one of Nature's prunes: an unpleasant person

not quite the straight bat: dishonest

wince like a salted snail: suffer from the effects of a hangover

cold-asparagus-backboned: devoid of courage

roly-poly pudding: a steamed or baked dessert of biscuit dough and jam or fruit

May 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story with the dogs is plain funny. Maybe even funnier is listening to an audio of a story written by a British author & read by a British reader who does 6+ American accents, some of which succeed better than others. (Not that I could do a passable British accent at all, but it's really entertaining.)

One story features early 20th-century baffledness around dwarfism that wouldn't be called amusing now, just fyi.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
In this volume of short stories there is one which stood out as possibly the funniest thing I've read by Wodehouse: the Bobbie Wickham story "Mr. Potter Takes A Rest Cure."
Do yourself a favor and read it. Then do your family a favor and read it aloud on your next road trip. Its quite short and can be easily read aloud in less than an hour--that is, if you don't keep stopping because you are laughing too hard.
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
It's my belief that in the olden days, people were better writers.

Or maybe that's not quite true; without easy access to publishing, only the very best writers were published (yes the odd shite one like D.H. Lawrence still snuck through, but you know what I mean). Nowadays every Tom, Dick, and Harry can publish whatever they want. That's a good thing of course for diversity of plotlines, but I do feel very wistful for books which you can open and know for a guaranteed fact that the grammar etc i
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable enough collection of Blandings short stories, but I prefer novel-length Wodehouse, and the more complicated webs of comic situations they contain.
The first half of this book tells of the further adventures of the Threepwood family and friends. The second half are tall tales from Hollywood featuring a new character, Mr. Mulliner.

I quite enjoyed the Blandings Castle stories. Freddie Threepwood is growing up and growing a brain! I liked him much more now that he's more steady. Lord Emsworth remains a dear most of the time, but he can be just as snobby as his sisters when he wants to be. Pig Hoo-o-o-o-ey! made me laugh so hard. I just love s
Jeff Crompton
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A prime collection of Wodehouse short stories from the 1930s - half a dozen Blandings Castle stories, a Bobbie Whickham story, and five of Mr. Mulliner's tales of Hollywood. I suppose that each reader will prefer one group or another of these stories, depending on which of Wodehouse's fictional worlds he favors. I love the Blandings Castle stories. Most of the usual suspects are here: the vague Lord Emsworth, his prize pig The Empress of Blandings, his domineering sister Constance, his younger s ...more
Lise Petrauskas
Four stars for the Blandings Castle stories, about the first half of the book. Two stars for the second half, which is a series of semi-linked stories that take place in L.A.. Average grade: 3 stars. I'm surprised and a bit disappointed. This is my first of Wodehouse's books that is not narrated by Bertie Wooster, and I miss him. As a third person narrator writing about the spoiled ultra wealthy English, Wodehouse is entertaining, if a bit repetitive, but the American stuff is pretty flat and wa ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its always fun to read the works of P.G. Wodehouse after a while and find oneself laughing out loud at the looney characters and among people falling in and out of love.
The story " the custody of the pumpkin " was kind of surprise because earlier i have seen lord emsworth being infatuated by only pigs and only pigs occupied his life. i also liked the the bobbie wikham story, my only complaint being that blandings castle part occupied less number of pages that i thought. But dash it! what ho ! I
I liked the Blandings stories, most of which involved Emsworth's younger son Freddy, better than the final 4 Mr. Mulliner stories, which all involved Hollywood. I think that those 4 were too similar - one I would have liked but by the fourth one, I found myself disappointed. Ah well...

James Saxon was OK as the narrator but he didn't have that little extra which lifts the narration into the superb category that Jonathan Cecil has.
Lee Broderick
Very much a book of two halves. The six Blandings short stories that make up the first half are among Wodehouse's best (that I've encountered so far). The six Mr. Mulliner stories that make up the second half are not. I know this character has his fans but I'm not one of them (apparently) and I feel slightly duped by the title of the book finding that half of it isn't Blandings at all. ...more
If you want a classic and a comedy, this it for you. Hilarious as fuck :)
Ian Wood
Dec 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those familiar with the landscape of Blandings Castle
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
‘Blandings Castle’ or ‘Blandings Castle and Elsewhere’ to give it its full title is a collection of short stories set, surprising enough, in Blandings Castle and elsewhere. It is really a book of two halves with the first half chronicling the Threepwood family of Blandings, the second half concerning Mr Mulliners tall tales and a brief interlude of a story about Bobbie Wickham, a thoroughly modern girl.

The Blandings short stories allow the Threepwoods and particularly Lord Emsworth to come out o
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