Blandings Castle and Elsewhere : (Blandings Castle) Paperback
Part of the Blandings Castle series
A Blandings collection. The ivied walls of Blandings Castle have seldom glowed as sunnily as in these wonderful stories - but there are snakes in the rolling parkland ready to nip Clarence, the absent-minded Ninth Earl of Emsworth, when he least expects it.
For a start the Empress of Blandings, in the running for her first prize in the Fat Pigs Class at the Shropshire Agricultural Show, is off her food - and can only be coaxed back to the trough by a call in her own language.
Then there is the feud with Head Gardener McAllister, aided by Clarence's sister, the terrifying Lady Constance, and the horrible prospect of the summer fete - twin problems solved by the arrival of a delightfully rebellious little girl from London.
But first of all there is the vexed matter of the custody of the pumpkin.
Skipping an ocean and a continent, Wodehouse also treats us to some unputdownable stories of excess from the monstrous Golden Age of Hollywood.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 01/05/2008
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099513834
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Review by jhudsui
Some non-Wooster Wodehouse (although Bobby Wickham stars in one story). I got this for the Blandings Castle stories and they're pretty good, carried by the Earl of Emsworth who is as good a character as any Wodehouse ever drew even though his supporting cast is not as solid as Bertie's. The rest I'm pretty indifferent too, especially the Mulliner stories which, by being set in (an Englishman's comic, fantasy version of) Prohibition-era America are offputtingly specifically dated instead of eerily otherwordly with very vague datedness in the way his England-set stories are. Wodehouse is extremely light reading though so even the stories I wasn't so keen on flew by in a flash.