The Luck of the Bodkins

The Luck of the Bodkins Monty Bodkin s wooing of Gertrude Butterwick on the R M S Atlantic is not progressing as it should And the cause of all the trouble is Miss Lotus Blossum the brightest star in Hollywood s firmament T

  • Title: The Luck of the Bodkins
  • Author: P.G. Wodehouse
  • ISBN: 9780140009866
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • Monty Bodkin s wooing of Gertrude Butterwick on the R.M.S Atlantic is not progressing as it should And the cause of all the trouble is Miss Lotus Blossum, the brightest star in Hollywood s firmament The easy camaraderie of Miss Blossom, coupled with the idea that Monty is the only person who can send the errant Ambrose back to her welcoming arms, is causing Mr Bodkin moMonty Bodkin s wooing of Gertrude Butterwick on the R.M.S Atlantic is not progressing as it should And the cause of all the trouble is Miss Lotus Blossum, the brightest star in Hollywood s firmament The easy camaraderie of Miss Blossom, coupled with the idea that Monty is the only person who can send the errant Ambrose back to her welcoming arms, is causing Mr Bodkin moments of acute distress.

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    1. Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of 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 society, reflecting his birth, education, and youthful writing career.An acknowledged master of English prose, Wodehouse has been admired both by contemporaries such as Hilaire Belloc, Evelyn Waugh and Rudyard Kipling and by recent writers such as Douglas Adams, Salman Rushdie and Terry Pratchett Sean O Casey famously called him English literature s performing flea , a description that Wodehouse used as the title of a collection of his letters to a friend, Bill Townend.Best known today for the Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels and short stories, Wodehouse was also a talented playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of fifteen plays and of 250 lyrics for some thirty musical comedies He worked with Cole Porter on the musical Anything Goes 1934 and frequently collaborated with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton He wrote the lyrics for the hit song Bill in Kern s Show Boat 1927 , wrote the lyrics for the Gershwin Romberg musical Rosalie 1928 , and collaborated with Rudolf Friml on a musical version of The Three Musketeers 1928.

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    1. A French farce with English reserve , best describes this saga well not too much after all it was written by the great P.G Wodehouse Mr Montague Monty Bodkin a wealthy but idle British bachelor with a romantic problem, it seems Gertrude Butterwicklove these peculiar namese gentleman s lady friend has a strange daddy , who insists that rich Monty gets a job or no marriage to his pretty daughter , and the really strange part is she will obey his ultimatum , this transpires in 1935.s have changed a [...]


    2. Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to speak French It is such sentences that make me an ardent fan of Wodehouse He was a master of the English languageW, I get this look whenever I am about to speak Hindi


    3. 4.5 Well, I was always a little apprehensive at the prospect of reading Wodehouse Not sure why Perhaps I felt I wouldn t get the humour Whatever the reason, I really shouldn t have worried Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty, hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to talk French From the very beginning, I was completely taken in by Monty Bodkins, his hilarious manners and inc [...]


    4. What can one say Wodehouse is an angel in human shape, dispensing joy and laughter whenever he sits down at the typewriter I adore him This book It s the usual penicillin.


    5. If you re a fan of early cinema this book originally published in 1935 is for you There s plenty of in jokes geared towards producers, nepotism, and actors At one moment in the book I had to pause because Monty Bodkin the Lucky Bodkin of the title was compared to Leslie Howard and Clark Gable, both of whom were to star in Gone With the Wind four years after Wodehouse mentions them Shall we give P.G a pat on the back for smushing such stellar talent together before Selznick I know what you re thi [...]


    6. The Luck of the Bodkins tells the continuing story of Monty Bodkin and his engagement to Gertrude Butterwick which relies on his remaining in someone s employ for a whole year We last met Monty at Blanding s Castle where he was employed as secretary for Lord Emsworth for the length of Heavy Weather rather than the length of a year Monty left Blanding s after gaining employment with Percy Pilbeam at the Argos Detective Agency Monty is on Holiday at Cannes but follows Gertrude on board the RMS Atl [...]


    7. This is a top notch Wodehouse Oh, sure, it doesn t have Jeeves and Wooster or Lord Emsworth and Duchess or even Psmith, but who cares It does have Monty Bodkin whom I encountered in Heavy Weather as one of Lord Emsworth s endless string of secretaries and an extra complicated, extra delightful plot, which takes place mostly on a ship from England to America Wodehouse is at the top of his form with his marvelous idiom, beginning with the very first, irresistible sentence Into the face of the youn [...]


    8. One of the most delightful of Wodehouse s novels, which is saying something The likeable, idle rich Monty, still in pursuit of winning his beloved s heart by holding down a job for a year, ends up on a cruise ship pursuing her to America after a little understanding As a result he is drawn into the complicated affairs of the Hollywood elite, and ridiculous twists and turns follow before the happy ending Brilliantly funny, well written and full of sunshine And alligators.



    9. 4.5 for this audiobook edition, narrated by Jonathan Cecil.Prime Wodehouse fare, with romantic entanglements, misunderstandings colorful characters.


    10. Probably Wodehouse s longest non Jeeves non Blandings novel, Luck of the Bodkins appears to have started out as a play script or screenplay If this surmise is correct, we can all shed a tear that Eric Blore never got to play the verbose, fat headed, good hearted cabin steward Albert Peasemarch Peasemarch, a man capable of quoting Shakespeare, singing The Bandolero to a dubious crowd of second class passengers with only a day s rehearsal, and running the length of a ocean liner half a dozen times [...]


    11. Monty Bodkins is in love and engaged to Gertrude Butterwick, now that he has finally managed to figure out how to appear gainfully employed despite being independently wealthy Her cousin Ambrose Tennyson is engaged to the beautiful American actress, Lotus Blossom, and his brother falls head over heals for Grayce, the sister in law, for the man who owns the picture company Lotus acts for In the meantime, this man, Ivor Llewellyn, is highly stressed because Grayce has let him know, in no uncertain [...]


    12. I am a massive fan of PG Wodehouse his characters are all very memorable and the comic storyline of The Luck of the Bodkins really cheered me up on a cold February day.This novel is set on the RMS Atlantic which is sailing to America bearing the Tennyson brothers, their cousin Gertrude Butterwick, the Tennyson s old Eton school friend Monty Bodkin as well as the Hollywood movie magnate Ikey Llewellyn, his sister Mabel Spence, the actress Lotus Blossom an infuriating character who travels everywh [...]


    13. One of my favorite Wodehouses Monty Bodkin and his beloved hockey playing fianc e, Gertrude Butterwick set sail for New York But oh, what adventures there are to be had on a cruise ship Smuggling, spies, broken hearts and renewed hopes for happiness just the things a Wodehouse novel should have All that and an alligator named Wilfred What could possibly go wrong


    14. I m going to go out on a limb here and rank Luck of the Bodkins as my third favorite Wodehouse novel, just below Leave it to Psmith and Code of the Woosters It s the longest Wodehouse book I ve read yet and probably has the most twists Highly recommended.


    15. Jolly good fun At first I did not like the fact that this took place on a boat instead of a lovely stately home with aunts, pigs etc However it soon grew on me and the humour was relentless.


    16. I ve been reading and re reading PG Wodehouse, one English s great wordsmiths One of the best opening of any novel every written Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty, hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to talk French The Luck of the Bodkins, by P.G Wodehouse


    17. This is one of PG Wodehouse s screwball comedies there are five or six twenty something protagonists who are variously in love with each other, plus a customs avoiding jewelry smuggling multi millionaire, all trapped on a cruise ship from London to New York Many hijinx ensue Sadly, no one gets thrown off the side of the boat.


    18. Wodehouse at his absolute beste man never fails to brighton up ur mood, using simple situation and amazing language to represent everyday characters.


    19. Ivor Llewellyn is shocked when his sister in law Mabel announces her sister Grayce has bought a 50,000 necklace she expects Ivor to smuggle into the U.S without paying duties Of course he can afford the price he s president of Suberba Llewellyn Motion Picture Corporation, but Grayce threatens a Paris divorce if Ivor doesn t comply with her wishes When Monty Bodkin, the unfortunate former secretary of Lord Emsworth and erstwhile detective for P Frobisher Pilbeam, asks Ivor how to spell a word, Iv [...]


    20. Great books unsually start with great 1st sentences, and Luck of the Bodkins doesn t disappoint with this classic Wodehouse gem Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to talk French How can you possibly put a book down that starts like that And it only gets better.The eponomous hero Monty Bonkin is also a minor character in the Blandings no [...]


    21. Hail the return of Monty Bodkin Introduced previously in the Blandings Castle novel, Heavy Weather, here Bodkin gets his own spin off It s been a few weeks since the events at Blandings seemed to put him on track to wed Miss Gertrude Butterwick But, as they tend to do, complications and misunderstandings galore arise to threaten the couple s happiness.The events of the book all take place on a transatlantic boat trip from France to New York, and feature some of the best examples of Wodehouse cha [...]


    22. I ve heard of a few of his titles, but I ve never connected them to be written by the same person And it s only been a year since I read his name to the point of committing it to memory But now that I ve had my first taste of Wodehouse, I feel like the 30 odd years that have come before now were lacking in some way I don t understand how I m getting into him only now I get that his style doesn t appeal to everyone, but it s totally my kind of humor terribly British So many layers of story conver [...]


    23. Monty Bodkin is happily engaged to Gertrude Butterwick for the time being The same can be said for actress Lotus Blossom and writer Ambrose Tennyson Reggie Tennyson hopes likewise for him and spitfire Mabel Spence, sister in law of the successful movie producer, Ivor Llewellyn Llewellyn hopes Customs won t catch him smuggling his wife s pearl necklace into the States Amid hysterical misadventures and droll misunderstandings, Wodehouse injects a measure of social criticism, focusing mainly on the [...]


    24. Aboard the RMS Atlantic en route from Southampton to New York, lovers quarrels and misunderstandings abound The affable Monty Bodkin is engaged to honest, kind hearted Gertrude but she suspects he likes actress Lotus Blossom who is quite smitten with Ambrose Tennyson, whose trouble making brother Reggie has just fallen head over heel for Mabel, sister in law of American movie mogul Ivor Llewellyn, who is desperate to avoid smuggling a necklace through Customs for his wife As Monty says, there ar [...]


    25. The wonderful follow up to Heavy Weather, following the efforts of Monty Bodkin to stay engaged to Gertrude Butterwick with the help, or hindrance, of his friends and companions on the ship from England to the USA Wonderfully plotted, lovely prose and literary references Just great.Includes one of the best starts Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty hangdog look which announces that an Englishm [...]


    26. This is a sequel to Heavy Weather, but because it takes place on a boat and not at Blandings Castle it s struck from the official series list and branded as a standalone Monty Bodkin novel But what a standalone I enjoyed every page there were only 358, and I wanted 358 This is Plum at peak form published in 1935 when relatively speaking the Talkies were still cooing their first words, The L of the Bodkins provided Tinsel Town a template for the Golden Age romantic comedies of the Silver Screen [...]


    27. A rare Wodehouse that lost a bit of luster on re reading I recalled it from 20 years ago my early days as a Plumaniac as perhaps the funniest of all non Wooster Wodehouses, but can t hold a candle to the best of Mr Mulliner or the Blandings Castle crowd especially Uncle Fred There are plenty of funny lines here, but way too much plot for my taste it s one of Wodehouse s self proclaimed Musical Comedies without Songs where he spends too much time and energy jumping through the boymeetsgirl boylos [...]


    28. Reggie Tennyson was the sort of chap who, discovering that you went to Butters Butters for your socks, would wonder that you didn t know that Mutters Mutters were the only firm in London who supplied the sock perfect and when, having rushed off to Mutters Mutters and stocked up with socks, you then bought a shirt or two in addition, would say Not shirts, old boy Not Mutters Mutters for shirts Stutters Stutters The only place Monty was beginning to experience some of the emotions which one may su [...]


    29. A convoluted plot, plenty of misunderstanding, a little bit of smuggling, attempts at spelling, and a pet alligator but horror of horrors NO IMPOSTORS An excellent novel full of laughs but of course, being Wodehouse what else could it possibly be.


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