Psmith in the City, Hardback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


When Psmith finds himself working in the City for the pompous Mr Bickersdyke, he makes it his mission to bring a little sweetness and light into the bank manager's life.

The monocled wit with the suave manner and the chivalrous but devil-may-care attitude to life is determined not to let honest toil depress him.

The consequence is a series of battles in which Bickersdyke comes off worst and Wodehouse's readers best.




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Another delightful story of Psmith and his misadventures with his friend Mike upon leaving school and having to take up a job in a bank (a thinly disguised HSBC I think) in the City of London.Published in 1910, it is the earliest Wodehouse book I have read so far and does not have the strong overarching story line of his later books, with no love interest. Nevertheless it is amusing and has not dated too greatly considering that it was written a century ago, other than the rote clerical nature of the bank work described, which sounds Dickensian, although the opening and closing chapters involving cricket reveasl the amateur/professional divide in sport at that time.

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Although this was highly entertaining in parts, on the whole it didn’t appeal to me as much as the previous novel in the series, namely “Mike”.I like Psmith, but he’s not as amusing as he is in Book One. In “Mike” his speeches are great fun, but here a large percentage of the time he rambles on for so long that he drifts from being amusing to annoying. The shorter pieces of dialogue featuring this otherwise engaging character are by far the best.Then plot itself is vastly different from “Mike”, with the setting moving from a public school to a bank, which I thought I’d prefer, yet oddly enough I don’t. The storyline is simplistic, perhaps too much so, as a little variety would’ve given the piece a boost.Best scene in my opinion is where Psmith and Mike attend a meal with a few others, including a man – Prebble – who’s speech is almost indistinguishable, and ten-year-old Edward, who drives Mike mad with his barrage of questions; questions that Edward has all the answers for. This is a good-fun scene!

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