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by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

  • ISBN: 1442925620
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant (February 13, 2009)
  • Pages: 428 pages
  • FB2 size: 1254 kb
  • EPUB size: 1130 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 985
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Wodehouse Pelham Grenville. by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse.

Wodehouse Pelham Grenville. A Damsel in Distress by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse Chapter 1 Inasmuch as the scene of this story is that historic pile, Belpher Castle, in the county of Hampshire, it would be an agreeable task to open it with a leisurely description of the place, followed by some notes on the history of the Earls of Marshmoreton, who have owned it since the fifteenth century.

A damsel in distress. CHAPTER 1. Inasmuch as the scene of this story is that historic pile, BelpherCastle, in the county of Hampshire, it would be an agreeable taskto open it with a leisurely description of the place, followed bysome notes on the history of the Earls of Marshmoreton, who haveowned it since the fifteenth century. Unfortunately, in these daysof rush and hurry, a novelist works at a disadvantage. He mustleap into the middle of his tale with as little delay as he wouldemploy in boarding a moving tramcar.

Pelham Grenville Wodehouse. When Maud Marsh flings herself into George Benson’s cab in Piccadilly, he starts believing in damsels in distress. But when George traces his mysterious traveling companion to Belpher Castle, home of Lord Marshmoreton, things become severely muddled-the scene for the perfect Wodehouse comedy of errors.

Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading A Damsel in Distress. 'Good gad! Belpher Castle is a-dither with romance and intrigue. Wodehouse's usual twits are in full cry as they leap about the manicured landscape. Reader Frederick Davidson portrays each character perfectly, sorting them out for the listener. His portrayal of, the wealthy and earnest American composer, is wonderful, and the women-ingenues and aunts-are very sweet or dragonish, depending.

More books by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse. Alyce is in distress and seeks a secret meeting with the American she loves

More books by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse. Alyce is in distress and seeks a secret meeting with the American she loves. But things don't go well and another American George Bevan (a Broadway song writer), becomes her Knight in Shining Armor, to vanquish the immediate danger. This gallant Knight now has his own dragon to conquer. Perhaps it is George who is more in distress. He has fallen in love with Alyce, at first sight, and devises multiple schemes (humerus in their execution and outcome) to see her again

I want to get the evening papers and send off a cable or two. See you later. We shall meet at Philippi. Mac eyed George’s retreating back till he had turned the corner. A nice pleasant gentleman, Mr. Bevan, he said

I want to get the evening papers and send off a cable or two. Bevan, he said. Too bad ‘e’s got the pip the way ‘e ‘as, just after ‘avin’ a big success like this ‘ere. Comes of bein’ a artist, I suppose. Miss Dore dived into her vanity case and produced a puff with which she proceeded to powder her nose.

A Damsel in Distress by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse. Inasmuch as the scene of this story is that historic pile, Belpher Castle, in the county of Hampshire, it would be an agreeable task to open it with a leisurely description of the place, followed by some notes on the history of the Earls of Marshmoreton, who have owned it since the fifteenth century. Unfortunately, in these days of rush and hurry, a novelist works at a disadvantage. He must leap into the middle of his tale with as little delay as he would employ in boarding a moving tramcar. Beasts and Super-Beasts.

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Reviews about A Damsel in Distress (EasyRead Comfort Edition) (7):
terostr
I'd heard of P.G. Wodehouse, of course--who hasn't heard at least of Jeeves and Wooster?--but I'd never actually read any of his books. So when I saw this novel as a free download, I jumped at the chance to read it. Am I glad I did; it was simply as enjoyable a read as anything I could imagine, light-hearted and frothy and silly. I was a little stymied in not knowing in exactly what year the story was supposed to be taking place--sometime between the World Wars, I surmised, but although I looked for an original publication date, all I could find on the e-book was the current publication date. Too bad; I like to imagine the correct costumes for the characters. This e-version was also formatted pretty haphazardly, with paragraphs breaking in the middle of sentences and all over the place. That was only a minor irritant, though. Although the characters were a little one-dimensional, it didn't matter at all to the romantic comedy of errors that comprised this story; in fact, the story would have been impeded by more developed characters. Simply great fun.
Blackstalker
This is classic, early Wodehouse and you can see the proto-Bertie Wooster emerging in the secondary character of Reggie Byng. Briefly, the story is about George Bevan, a successful young American composer who’s in London to work on one of his stage musicals. He rescues a beautiful young woman when she jumps into his cab while trying to escape from a pursuer who turns out to be her angry brother. He instantly falls in love with her and when she disappears after this brief meeting he tracks her down to Belpher Castle and finds that she is actually Lady Patricia Maud Marsh, daughter of Lord Marshmoreton, a charming codger obsessed with his rose garden. Other delightful Wodehouse characters are the stern Lady Caroline Byng and the stuffed-shirt Lord Belpher who are the heavies; Reggie Byng, Lady Caroline’s son, who is a hilarious template for the future Bertie Wooster; Albert the half-cockney pageboy, a bumbling schemer; Keggs the butler, a fully experienced schemer

It’s a bit of a tangled romantic comedy complete with misunderstandings and misdirection among the characters and the dialogue in a few chapters does go on just a little too long without developing the plot. Of course it ends happily as all romantic comedies should. This is a delightful story and Wodehouse fans will savor it.

Note: I bought this in a previously published Kindle version that is no longer available.
ZloyGenii
As a Wodehouse afficionado, I have to say this was one of the most delightful surprises I've read in a long time. It's an earlier novel (published 1919), and while it bears the telltale signs of a good PGW story -- the goofy lovebird Reggie Byng, the domineering Lady Caroline, the pottering garden-infatuated Lord Marshmoreton, the persistent secretary Alice Faraday, etc. -- it has many features that tended to disappear from later stories. I don't want to say too much and spoil the story, so I will only observe generally that the characters are more complex, the story has a slight melancholy tinge to it (though it has the requisite happy ending), and the triumph of the lovers actually required a great deal of suffering. Our family reads these novels out loud, and this was one that, after a slow opening, became so exciting that we kept staying up late to read more chapters. Definitely most highly recommended.
THOMAS
This was one of Wodehouse's better books. Funny, delightful, attention getter, spell bound. And all the above, twice over. Was it because I had just watched a very depressing film? I think not. Totally enjoyed every word of it.
Doktilar
Perfectly adorable, perfectly CRAFTED: fun for those who love great plot lines and the weaving together of characters, social circles and ridiculous, yet at times deadly serious characters, many of whom the reader will adore and name their cats after, if not their dogs. All does intertwine to form perfection and tears of pure laughter. Set within a long gone time period, P.G. Wodehouse's comedy is TIMELESS. Just read far away from Others, as your sudden bellows of laughter CAN and often do startle unsuspecting Others in one's vicinity.
lucky kitten
I agree with Mr Gordon's review on the high quality of the writing in the novel; it's one of the classic Wodehouse buzzer novels (i.e., about a romantically enterprising hero with "a ready flow of that small-talk which is part badinage and part sentiment"*). I'll add a bit to the speculation about autobiographical parallels (somewhat inverted) in the novel by pointing out that Sir Pelham had recently married beneath himself, which adds poignancy to Lord Marshmoreton's uncharacteristically serious speech on the subject.

A brief note on the Kindle typography: It was sloppily done, with many spurious line breaks, which are not followed by indentation, but it's better than the iBooks Gutenberg edition, which has a spurious blank line after every paragraph.

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* Wodehouse quoted in Terry Mordue's annotations to _Money in the Bank_, [...]
Vijora
Plot twists, mistaken identities, class disruptions, and witty dialogue - All in one place. The scene that was worth the whole book to me was when the distraught brother was surreptitiously following his sister in ill fitting shoes. Developing blisters was never so funny.
This was the first Wodehouse I read and even though I have read many of his other books this one is still my favorite. The plot line is a bit complex and has all the Wodehouse twists. All the characters are enjoyable and some of them very funny. I really like George Bevan are Maud who are the main characters. Best Wodehouse I ever read! I would give it six stars if I could!

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