Piccadilly Jim Paperback
It takes a lot of effort for Jimmy Crocker to become Piccadilly Jim - nights on the town roistering, headlines in the gossip columns, a string of broken hearts and breaches of promise.
Eventually he bacomes rather good at it and manages to go to pieces with his eyes open.
But no sooner has Jimmy cut wild swathe through fashionable London than his terrifying Aunt Nesta decides he must mend his ways.
He then falls in love with the girl he has hurt most of all, and after that things get complicated.
In a dizzying plot, impersonations pile on impersonations so that (for reasons that will become clear, we promise) Jimmy ends up having to pretend he's himself.
Piccadilly Jim is one of P.G. Wodehouse's most renowned early comic novels, and has been filmed three times.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 01/05/2008
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099513889
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Review by ChrisSterry
I love Wodehouse, but am used to his Jeeves & Wooster books, which are, essentially, a string of short stories. Piccadilly Jim is a single, coherent plot, told with the usual Wodehouse brilliance. Any description of the plot would undoubtedly be a 'spoiler'. Suffice it to say that it is shot through with deception, counter-deception and mistaken identity. Towards the end I scarcely dared to turn the page to the next Chapter in fear of the next excruciating twist and turn. Wooster is, in the end, always put upon by others. Piccadilly Jim manages to make his own trouble. Look out for the wonderfully written Miss Trimble, Housemaid and Private Detective, as well Skinner the butler!
Review by CarltonC
The man can do no wrong - another corker!This is a story of farcical mix ups between an American and English extended family, when the antics of James Crocker (the eponymous Piccadilly Jim) in London upsets his step-mother when his antics may cost his American father an English Lordship.James Crocker shamed by his behaviour therefore takes ship for New York, meets the girl of his dreams on the ship, who he had upset five years earlier writing a biting review of her book of adolescent verse. She does not recognise him, so he pretends to be the son of his parent's butler (Bayliss - a precursor of Beach in the Blanding novels), but then is asked to pretend to be James Crocker (yes, himself!) in order to gain access to his aunt and uncle's house (they have never met him) to kidnap the extremely badly behaved son of his aunt, who is making his step-father's life a misery.Of course, it is more complicated than the above even begins to convey and yet it is written with such ease, when you are reading it it all makes perfect sense and it is so funny.Although not in one of the series for which he is better known, this is an excellent stand-alone Wodehouse.