Uncle Fred in the Springtime

Uncle Fred in the Springtime Frederick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton Fifth Earl of Ickenham better known as Uncle Fred is back to spread sweetness and light wherever he goes At the request of Lord Emsworth Uncle Fred journey

  • Title: Uncle Fred in the Springtime
  • Author: P.G. Wodehouse
  • ISBN: 9780393343069
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • Frederick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, Fifth Earl of Ickenham, better known as Uncle Fred, is back to spread sweetness and light wherever he goes At the request of Lord Emsworth, Uncle Fred journeys to Blandings Castle to steal the Empress of Blandings before the ill tempered, egg throwing Duke of Dunstable can lay claim to her Disguised as the eminent nerve specialFrederick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, Fifth Earl of Ickenham, better known as Uncle Fred, is back to spread sweetness and light wherever he goes At the request of Lord Emsworth, Uncle Fred journeys to Blandings Castle to steal the Empress of Blandings before the ill tempered, egg throwing Duke of Dunstable can lay claim to her Disguised as the eminent nerve specialist Sir Roderick Glossop, and with his distressed nephew Pongo in tow, Uncle Fred must not only steal a pig but also reunite a young couple and diagnose various members of the upper class with imaginary mental illnesses, all before his domineering wife realizes he s escaped their country estate.

    • Uncle Fred in the Springtime - P.G. Wodehouse
      381 P.G. Wodehouse
    • thumbnail Title: Uncle Fred in the Springtime - P.G. Wodehouse
      Posted by:P.G. Wodehouse
      Published :2019-04-18T21:30:45+00:00

    2 thoughts on “Uncle Fred in the Springtime

    1. Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of than seventy years and continues to be widely read over 40 years after his death Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse s main canvas remained that of prewar English upper class society, reflecting his birth, education, and youthful writing career.An acknowledged master of English prose, Wodehouse has been admired both by contemporaries such as Hilaire Belloc, Evelyn Waugh and Rudyard Kipling and by recent writers such as Douglas Adams, Salman Rushdie and Terry Pratchett Sean O Casey famously called him English literature s performing flea , a description that Wodehouse used as the title of a collection of his letters to a friend, Bill Townend.Best known today for the Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels and short stories, Wodehouse was also a talented playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of fifteen plays and of 250 lyrics for some thirty musical comedies He worked with Cole Porter on the musical Anything Goes 1934 and frequently collaborated with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton He wrote the lyrics for the hit song Bill in Kern s Show Boat 1927 , wrote the lyrics for the Gershwin Romberg musical Rosalie 1928 , and collaborated with Rudolf Friml on a musical version of The Three Musketeers 1928.

    2. Oh my goodness, what in the dickens is going on now? Impostors, you say? At Blandings Castle, you say? Well, you don't say!Lord Ickenham, aka Uncle Fred is at it again. The OCC (original cool cucumber) has cooked up another improbable scheme to make all well again in a world in which he loves her, she loves him, Father A doesn't approve, Father B doesn't approve, Young Gadabout A needs a bit of the ready cash, and so does Young Gadabout B. Who better to tie these things all together than Uncle F [...]

    3. Time was I read a lot of PG Wodehouse, in the pre-web days where series that were oversupplied in used bookstore had a special place in my heart. I eventually had to stop because while I loved them I couldn't remember if I'd read Carry On, Jeeves but not Right Ho, Jeeves. And since all the plots involved Bertie starting himself accidentally engaged while trying to help out a friend and ended with him giving up on his desire to wear a green tie or white pants over the objections of Jeeves, I simp [...]

    4. Once again Wodehouse brings roses back to the cheeks. And once again I am amazed by his ability with words, aided by his astounding vocabulary and apparent erudition. From beautifully worded original descriptions in polysyllables, to both popular and obscure Latinisms, to numerous vernaculars and slang, he seems perfectly at home with them all and can fashion them into something light, bright and sparkling. His command of the English language is gorgeously beautiful, and as Keats puts it, "A thi [...]

    5. Delightful romp involving the Duke of Dunstable trying to take Emsworth's pride and joy, the Empress of Blandings, and put her on a reducing diet. In an attempt to avoid this, Emsworth enlists his brother Galahad's old pal, Pongo Twistleton's Uncle Fred. Jonathan Cecil narrated this audiobook and was once again a treat to listen to.

    6. This book was so funny in parts that I found myself rewinding it and listening to certain scenes over and over. Absolute classic PG Wodehouse.

    7. Lord Ickenham (Uncle Fred) is down at Blandings Castle doing a "bit of good" - well, we know no good can come of that, don't we? Except belly-laughter, that is!I love it when two worlds of Wodehouse collide. It's like mixing two types of liquor together and taking a swig - guaranteed to knock you out! (But then, Jeeves will always be there with his inimitable pickups on the morning after, won't he?)

    8. Written in 1939 and maybe because of the encroaching war,this story lacked the sparkle and joie-de-vivre of other Wodehouse books. I found it hard to get into and it failed to hold my attention for long. Having said that, any Wodehouse book is always a good and enjoyable read but this is not one of the better ones.

    9. Impostors, schemes, pig rustling, and more impostors - The indominitible Uncle Fred conducts a veritable three- ring circus at Blandings. Guest appearance by Sir Roderick Glossop, nerve doctor to the upper crust. Delightful.

    10. Uncle Fred has become my favorite Wodehouse character. He is so calming, in spite of his escapades, because you know that he can handle anything (short of his wife's disapproval) that life could throw his way. A little blackmail here, taking a new identity there, and it's all fixed.

    11. What would life be without Wodehouse? It gives one the h.j. to contemplate, if that's the word I want. In the shires of imagination, no citizen does his or her duty quite so delightfully as Uncle Fred. Springtime is the season that Wodehouse brings with him, read whenever.

    12. After laughing my way through this hilarious novel, I'm convinced that this is one of P.G. Wodehouse's funniest books. Of course, I feel that way after reading just about any of his books. But I really do think Uncle Fred in the Springtime is one of his very best. If you enjoy literate prose, eccentric characters, and lots of laughs, don't miss this one!

    13. I've read other books by Wodehouse. For me, this one is the least enjoyable, so far. It has something to do with a pig to be stolen to race at a derby. Or something. This book isn't terrible, it's just all over the place. I hardly doubt even the author bothered to plot this one out before taking pen to paper. Granted, one doesn't read Wodehouse strictly for plot. But a little bit of storyline would have been nice.

    14. I am amazed that Wodehouse finds so many reasons for young couples to break their engagements, as well as reasons for needing to raise a bit of capital. The last paragraph of this novel seems to convey a warm, fuzzy feeling, but there's really not as much to be warm and fuzzy about as in the other Wodehouses I've read. They usually end with about six weddings in the works. This one has only one that we can be relatively sure of happening - that of Polly and Ricky - and her father and his uncle a [...]

    15. Before reading "Leave it to Psmith," I had an irrational aversion to non-Jeeves and Wooster Wodehouses. The character of Psmith completely overcame my aversion--he was some sort of unbelievable mongrel of J&W, simultaneously smart + stupid and sensible + debauched, as well as being the most hyper-articulate Wodehouse character I've come across so far. Now having read "Uncle Fred," I can happily report that it isn't just great characters that you can find in non-J&Ws, it's great plots as [...]

    16. The greatest of the greatest.A pig hides in the bathroom and eats soap. A beloved uncle jumps out of a wardrobe. A bedeviled duke sets about the furniture with a poker. Eggs are thrown at whistlers.Can you spot the gaping hole in the plot?

    17. When the absent minded pig lover Lord Emsworth entertains the obstinate and quick tempered Duke of Dunstable at Blandings Castle a clash of personalities was bound to happen even if the two do agree on one thing: the other is totally loopy! Throw into the melting pot a broken engagement, an engagement that cannot be completed for lack of funds, some serious gambling debts and a private detective that cannot forget that he was a former silver ring turf accountant and life at Blandings looks set t [...]

    18. I only remembered I'd read this when I checked the inside cover of the other Wodehouse book I'm reading. Oops! I originally read this for a book club I was apart of for a while and was definitely looking forward to it.I think Wodehouse is a very warm and charming writer. I do remember thinking that I much preferred his Jeeves and Wooster stories to this particular Blandings tale, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. Wodehouse writes with a lovely ease that I have found in few authors since and ev [...]

    19. Somehow I finished my first PG Wodehouse book! I feel very clever!.ough I understand I am clearly not clever, because I needed a myriad of mindmaps to keep up with all the characters, twists, and, of course, the location of the pig. The what ho's were certainly amusing, and after several weeks of recovery I may very well venture forth on another Wodehouse adventurer, perhaps some of the what ho's rubbed off. Apologies.Lots of fun. Very complicated. Probably best consumed with several alcoholic b [...]

    20. Whenever Lord Ickenham, ever altruistic and wanting to spread light and happiness to all around him, comes up with plans, you may be sure there will be sufficient impromptu changes in the execution of these plans to test the patience and sanity of the unwitting victims and beneficiaries of these plans. In this installment, dear Uncle Fred has to plan the rescue of a prized pig, pass himself off as a reknown psychologist to prevent a ducal houseguest from throwing eggs at a whistling gardener, fi [...]

    21. When Anthony Lane, an admitted Wodehouse addict, met Wodehouse biographer Robert Crum, Lane reports that he was greeted "not with a 'Hello' or a 'How are you?' but with the words 'When did you last read "Uncle Fred in the Springtime"?' I replied, quite truthfully, 'Yesterday.'" Lane, who at his best is a worthy successor to the Master, says it "may be Wodehouse's greatest novel." I'd place it right behind my three favorite Woosters, but my third reading was an unmitigated pleasure - except for t [...]

    22. While it had it's funny moments, I found this Blandings one hard to follow. There were so many characters and plots and connections that at one point I had to stop and write down everything that had happened so far to keep it straight. By the end I still wasn't sure if all the story lines were resolved.

    23. Good lord, this is hysterical even by Wodehouse standards. "This leaves us with the simple problem - How is this existing state of what I might call 'plus pig' to be converted into a state of 'minus pig'? There can be only one answer, my dear Emsworth. The pig must be smuggled away to a place of safety and kept under cover till the Duke has blown over." Oh, if only it could be so simple!

    24. From BBC Radio 4:Charming Earl of Ickenham (Uncle Fred) has received a plea from affably dotty Lord Emsworth to help foil a plot to steal his prize-winning pig. And to examine the sanity of eccentric Duke of Dunstable.

    25. A visit with the Blandings Castle gang is always guaranteed to entertain and this entry had the all the usual elements along with the very engaging Uncle Fred. Listened to the audio narrated by Jonathan Cecil who gave a flawless performance.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *