A Mulliner collection In the Angler's Rest, drinking hot scotch and lemon, sits one of Wodehouse's greatest raconteurs.
Mr Mulliner, his vivid imagination lubricated by Miss Postlethwaite the barmaid, has fabulous stories to tell of the extraordinary behaviour of his far-flung family: in particular there's Wilfred, inventor of Raven Gypsy face-cream and Snow of the Mountain Lotion, who lights on the formula for Buck-U-Uppo, a tonic given to elephants to enable them to face tigers with the necessary nonchalance.
Its explosive effects on a shy young curate and then the higher clergy is gravely revealed.
Then there's his cousin James, the detective-story writer, who has inherited a cottage more haunted than anything in his own imagination. And Isadore Zinzinheimer, head of the Bigger, Better & Brighter Motion Picture Company.
Tall tales all - but among Wodehouse's best.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 01/05/2008
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099513797
- Hardback from £9.15
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Review by CatyM
I loved this book. It was very funny, and a wonderful farce. People popping in and out of view - flower-pots being hurled around right, left and centre - fake jewel thefts - people pretending to be other people - stolen jewels hurled out of windows - diamonds in flower-pots - evicted geraniums - more hurled flower-pots (you can never hurl too many flower-pots) - people coming clean about pretending to be other people and popping in and out of view again...The heroes and heroines are warm and witty, and the villains hopelessly inept. It's also very sweet and romantic in places, and the umbrella scene is lovely. The torturous experience of the dense foliage of the pink chrysanthemum is so funny it is worth the price of the book by itself.