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Summer Lightning

The Honourable Galahad Threepwood has decided to write his memoir—a tell-all that could destroy polite society. Everyone wants this manuscript gone, particularly Lord Emsworth’s neighbor Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe, who would do anything to keep theMore The Honourable Galahad Threepwood has decided to write his memoir—a tell-all that could destroy polite society. Everyone wants this manuscript gone, particularly Lord Emsworth’s neighbor Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe, who would do anything to keep the story of the prawns buried in the past. But the memoir isn’t the only problem. A chorus girl disguised as an heiress, a double-dealing detective, a stolen prize-winning sow, and a crazy ex-secretary are only a few of the complications that must be dealt with before everyone can have their happy ending. Less

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Maureen rated it liked it

almost 4 years ago

goodreads tells me i've now read seventeen wodehouse books, with sixteen of those being novels and short stories -- the other is a wonderful collection i can only highly recommend, called Wodehouse On Wodehouse that is part memoir of his time writing for musical theatre. Read full review

Antonomasia rated it really liked it

over 1 year ago

Even more like A Midsummer Night's Dream fortified with extra McGuffins than all the other Wodehouses I've read so far. Would not be surprised if that was the intention here.

It seems my enjoyment of the Blandings stories is partly dependent on the characters of the [usual. Read full review

Scot Ryder rated it really liked it

over 4 years ago

The Blandings Castle books are often overshadowed by the more popular Jeeves and Wooster series, but deserve a visit in their own right. As is true of most Wodehouse, the zaniest of machinations fail, then succeed, true love wins in the end, and the aristocracy bumble the. Read full review

booklady rated it it was amazing

about 5 years ago

Although I can see why I don’t usually partake of a steady diet of any genre much less author, there is something to be said for immersing oneself in a ‘serious study’ of comedy. For one thing it recognizes comedy as art and as such not to be viewed lightly, however much. Read full review

Simona rated it really liked it

Cu personaje şi intrigi dense şi colorate, fir epic bogat şi mult dialog, acest volum scris aproape în întregime în manieră dramaturgică mi-a dat senzaţia, încă de la prima pagină, că îl citesc pe Moliere.
Lectură uşoară şi amuzantă, ideală pentru vacanţă. De citit şi cele. Read full review

david rated it it was amazing

about 1 month ago

For less than the price of a cup of English tea;

Each book that PG writes, proffers hours and hours of delightful entertainment.

This accomplished and sophisticated writer always delivers.

Highbrow, erudite comedic writing is difficult to summit even once.

Greg Brozeit rated it it was amazing

I needed a diversion for a couple of days from the national tragedy that is unfolding before our eyes and figured some Wodehouse would help.

Sir Galahad Threepwood is writing his Reminiscences, much to the horror of his sister, Lady Constance Keeble. As she tells her “stra. Read full review

Dan Schwent rated it really liked it

about 8 years ago

Summer Lightning is one of Wodehouse's Blandings Castle series, a series which is slowly replacing Jeeves & Wooster in my affections.

Most of the stories in the Blandings Castle series use the same plot devices: a broken engagement (or two), an imposter (or two), and t. Read full review

Leslie rated it liked it

about 1 year ago

2.5 stars for this audiobook edition (review below); 4 stars for the book itself.

I was disappointed that I couldn't find a Jonathan Cecil narration of this second book in the Blandings series (GR includes the Psmith books in the Blandings series but I prefer the Fantastic. Read full review

Burgundy Rose rated it it was amazing

Absolutely wonderful. It's my first Wodehouse novel since I finished the Jeeves books and it didn't disappoint, it's just as hilarious and lovely. I very much enjoyed the language in this, as well as the characters (going so far as growing very fond of a pig). Great stuff. Read full review

Book details

Paperback. 288 pages

Published July 2nd 2012 by W. W. Norton Company (first published July 1st 1929

ISBN 0393341615 (ISBN13: 9780393341614 ) Edition language English Original title Summer Lightning Characters Clarence Threepwood, Sebastian Beach, Rupert Baxter, Constance Keeble, Galahad Threepwood More… Clarence Threepwood, Sebastian Beach, Rupert Baxter, Constance Keeble, Galahad Threepwood, George Alexander Pyke, Percy Frobisher Pilbeam, Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe, Empress of Blandings, George Cyril Wellbeloved, Mac, Thomas, Alfred Voules, Puffy Benger, Julia Fish, Ronald Overbury Fish, Hugo Carmody, Pride of Matchingham, Sue Brown, Dolly Henderson, Pirbright, James, Millicent Threepwood, Mortimer Mason, Bashford, Bashford, Sally Field, McTeague, P.C. Murgatroyd, James R. Schoonmaker, Myra Schoonmaker Less

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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.