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A Pelican at Blandings (Blandings Castle #11)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,874 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
Crisis, wearing a variety of habits, saunters in to Castle Blandings and upsets the hard-won applecart of the peace-loving thirteenth earl.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 28th 2010 by The Overlook Press (first published September 25th 1969)
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Laurel Hicks
A hoot! Wodehouse, the consummate juggler, throws his zany balls into the air, makes them do acrobatics, and then catches them all in a grand finale. The man should write musical comedies.

"Those comfortably padded lunatic asylums which are known, euphemistically, as the stately homes of England."
~Virginia Woolf.

May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour
I almost put my rating as three stars but then I realised that I did actually enjoy this book a great deal and the only way I could criticise it is in comparison with Wodehouse's earlier books. Therefore, although this review will sound critical, it's sort of like pointing out that Mont Blanc is rather short in comparison with Everest. It's still a damn big mountain and this is still a damn fine book.

PG was, I think, in his eighties when he wrote this, and his writing, while still sprightly, has
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brit wit fans. Wodehouse lovers.
Near the end of the lovely Blandings series. Five stars for enchantment and delight. I think I may have mentioned this in other Blandings reviews, but this series is 11 books of the same plot just told another way. The genius is that Wodehouse CAN tell it a different way and does so with freshness and fun.

Gally: "Do you mean Dunstable?"

Lady Constance started irritably, like the Statue of Liberty stung by a mosquito which had wandered over from the Jersey marshes. She spoke with the petulance
Perry Whitford
Dressed like a tramp and tucking into an extra jammy Rolly-Polly Pudding in the solitude of his library, the ninth Earl of Emsworth was enjoying one of those salad days which can only be had in the complete absence of Dukes and sisters from Blandings Castle.

But of course it can't last. Not having bothered to open the letter informing him of her intention to holiday away from New York and spend her summer at Blandings, Clarence wasn't prepared for the arrival of the most Fuhrer-like of all his si
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Hilarious. I have never before read anything by Wodehouse. Found this on audiotape while making a basement cleaning attempt recently and thought, Why Not? Have no idea how it got into my basement, but I have made similar improbable "finds" in the past - who knows what treasures you will find in boxes that haven't been opened in 20 or 30 years?

Wonderful snide/snark/silliness. Sort of a mashup of Downton Abbey and the Marx Brothers. Ridiculously convoluted plot, but only reason for plot was to adv
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Wodehouse's later books does not have the sparkle of earlier works, but still mildly enjoyable. I admit that the plot has not stayed with me after a mere day or so but it is of a pleasant sort - dotty Emsworth, bossy Connie, young lovers with an impediment to their betrothal, someone or two under false pretenses, a theft being required. And an appearance by the Empress. And Gally to the rescue.

I suppose there is a certain comfort to the predictability, the Alexander McCall Smith of his da
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

'I don't think i can go as far as that,' he said,'but he certainly ought to see a psychiatrist.'
'A what?'
'One of those fellows who ask you questions about your childhood and gradually dig up the reason why you go about shouting "Fire" in crowded theaters. They find it's because somebody took away your all day sucker when you were six.'

It's always fun to come back to P.G. Wodehouse's works after a while. Read this on a two day long journey in train while getting the looks of fellow passengers as
Dan Schwent
Feb 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wodehouse
Once again, Lord Emsworth and Uncle Galahad produce the laughs.
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I started mid-reading review, which is out of tradition for me. I add books on Goodreads mostly AFTER I finish reading them. But, was compelled to share some of Wodehouse's amusing sentences.

"It appears that there is harmless innocent American of the name of Wilbur Trout whose only fault is that he marries rather too often, which is the sort of thing that might happen to anyone."

"Thomas Hardy would have seen in the whole affair one more of life's little ironies and on having it drawn to its atte
Ian Wood
Jun 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
Rather than be a visiting wild fowl the titular Pelican is Galahad Threepwood, brother of Lord Emsworth, on hand at Blandings to make sure the course of true love runs smooth and that a forged painting is replaced by the original without the owner becoming aware of its origin. The painting in question is a reclining nude which explains the American title of this Blandings farce ‘No Nudes is Good Nudes’. As ever a Blanding’s romp wouldn’t be complete without a number of imposters and in this case ...more
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bliss
Reading Wodehouse is pure bliss. His writing style seems simple but it is not. Wodehouse is a genius and he painstakingly creates humor out of ordinary everyday situations. It is not slap stick, satire or comic. It is pure unadulterated humor. Reading Wodehouse is the best stress buster and anti-depressant. He doesn’t claim to very highly literary writing prowess. In his own words “I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring r ...more
Terence Manleigh
It's sheer rapture from start to finish. It’s the standard formula he uses again and again – star-crossed lovers, awful aunts, hen-pecked males, disguises and mistaken identities, a silly plot to steal something utterly trivial, and raffish cads with hearts of gold and a knack for intrigue. Why does it never pale? Why do these cartoon characters live and breathe so? Why is the man so consistently funny, and not just your common everyday funny, but rapturously, sublimely funny? Why, how, does he ...more
May 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: one-star, unfunny
Whether Shropshire is fictional or purely not, I'm not going there ever again - figuratively. The goalposts have moved. I think Wodehouse will be one of the first big names that no one remembers in the coming centuries. Summer Lightning was good - not great. Pigs have Wings was nice to read. What passed for entertaining literature no longer cuts the mustard nowadays. The worrying thing is that something else should and must occupy the vacuum left behind by authors like Wodehouse, Doyle, and the ...more
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this audiobook up as an accompaniment to sewing, but I think hearing it was probably one of the best ways to experience the story anyway. Wodehouse stories always make me long for someone to do equally funny justice to modern social conventions; this book was no exception. Very funny listening. It's amazing how much his droll descriptions draw out the humor. If you saw a plot outline, the concept might seem slightly screwball, little more, but Wodehouse finds a way to relate things that ...more
Prakash Yadav
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Capital ! Capital ! Capital !" (quoth Lord Elmsworth, Chapter XI).
It bothers me to dissect humour and PGW's works is the splendid English fare I would not consider suitable for "analysis", such craftsmanship is to be admired and basked in. Clarence's infatuation with his pig, the imposters Johnny and Vanessa, heartless Connie, Miss Polk, and the pelican himself ... are parts of the colorful melange this book is. Though I have read better works of PGW, this is beautiful in its own right.
William Webb
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Galahad Threepwood, Lord Emsford, his battleaxe of a sister, Constance, and, of course, the Empress of Blandings, the fattest sow in that part of England. How can you go wrong? This is Wodehouse at the top of his form. A+
Douglas Wilson
Dec 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wodehouse, fiction, humor
Great. I had read before in the early eighties under another title. Lotsa fun.
Christopher Roden
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's always fun to visit Blandings, and this is no exception.
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A nice light read.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A while since I read any Wodehouse and this was a happy return, most of the usual themes in evidence and the glorious language. I seem to have missed a resolution to the question of the Empress and her appetite, or lack of it, for a potato, which is clearly going to bother me.
Sreedhar Pothukuchi
One more of the un-put-downable Blandings novels from Wodehouse. How can one not read it?
Christina Packard
I did not know what this was about. I found it was not as fun as reading about Jeeves written by Wodehouse.
Other books by Wodehouse which Ive read are better in my opinion. This one isnt bad though, but there are not as many laugh-out-loud moments as I would have expected from a Wodehouse book. ...more
Shwetha HS
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
English humour with a heavy dose of sarcasm is what makes P G Wodehouse a favourite among readers when they want to stay away from the daily humdrum and escape the reality. Best known as the creator of Jeeves, P G Wodehouse also wrote the Blandings Castle series. He not only makes you laugh and sit back relaxing in your couch, but also makes you sit straight with surprise. P G Wodehouse was, and is, the man who tickles readers, generation after generation.

Clarence Threepwood, the ninth Earl of t
Clarence Threepwood, Lord Emsworth is tickled to have the Castle to himself for the first time ever. He can relax in his old, worn out clothes and eat plain English food in the library. The Empress is eating well and on her way to being a silver medal winner for the fourth time. Life is good! Not so fast! First, Lady Constance returns bringing a guest and announcing she's staying for the whole summer and her husband will join her; then she announces the Duke of Dunstable has invited himself and ...more
Peter Krol
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Wodehouse appears to be losing his touch late in life. But I had to read this anyway to bring closure to my friendship with the good folks at Blandings Castle. I don't think I'll ever read Sunset at Blandings; I can't stomach unfinished novels.

But here are the obligatory quoterrific highlights:

"'Are you under the impression,' she said, 'that it is my intention to marry that ruddy Gawd-help-us? If so, here is something for your files. I wouldn't marry him to please a dying grandmother. If I saw h
Siddharth Sharma
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A funny pleasurable read. Wish I had read more of these while in school! Mr. Wodehouse's amiable characters and his subtle humor sprinkled all over the book.

I could mark few good lines but when they started becoming better and more frequent, I chose to enjoy the ride instead. For a taste of the flavor here they are:-

--A dedicated believer in the maxim of early to bed and early to rise, she always turned in at about this time. Only by getting its regular eight hours can a pig keep up to the mark
Emily Crow
I was probably at a disadvantage with this one, as it's my first book by P.G. Wodehouse, written late in his career and, according to some, far from his best. Even so, I found this tale of the eccentric doings of several upper-crust people (and those who are visiting Blandings castle under false pretenses) mildly amusing.

The plot? It would probably take me longer to try to explain it than it did to read this slender novel. There's Lord Emsworth worrying about his prize pig, and his formidable si
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Due giorni. L'ho letto in due giorni. Questo basta a farvi capire fino a che punto non fossi in grado di staccarmene, una volta iniziato. E sì, va bene che ero anche nei due giorni di riposo e non avevo altro da fare, ma questo è un altro discorso.
Continua la saga ambientata nel castello di Blandings, popolato da personaggi tanto assurdi da poter essere tranquillamente reali: lo svanito conte Clarence, suo fratello minore e scavezzacollo Galahad, la sorella terribile Connie e la consueta girando
Sarah TheAromaofBooks
Every time I start to review a Wodehouse book, I give it up as a hopeless case. I feel as though I should write a blanket review and repost it every time I read a Wodehouse book.

But while the reviews all sound the same, the books are each different and entertaining in their own way. While his plots often seem to follow the same basic circuit, the language, the characters, are all different and delightful.

Take this quote–

“We ought to send for a doctor!”

“I don’t want a doctor!”

“Then I shall go and
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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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