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The Coming of Bill

P. G. Wodehouse

Book Overview: 

The Coming of Bill tells the story of Kirk Winfield, his marriage to Ruth, and their child called Bill. Bill's upbringing is threatened by the interference of Ruth's busybody writer aunt, Mrs Lora Delane Porter.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .She don't come to me regular, like Bailey and the old man, but do I know her? I should say I did know her."

Kirk shook his hand.

"You're all right, Steve!" he said huskily, and vanished into the bathroom. A sound as of a tropical deluge came from within.

Steve hammered upon the door. The downpour ceased.

"Say!" called Steve.

"Hello?"

"I don't want to discourage you, squire, but——"

The door opened and Kirk's head appeared.

"What's the matter?"

"Well, you heard what Bailey said?"

"About his father?"

"Sure. It goes."

Kirk came out into the gallery, towelling himself vigorously.

"Who is her father?" he asked, seating himself on the rail.

"He's a son of a gun,". . . Read More

Community Reviews

Plum tries his hand at satirical social commentary.

I was searching for something fluffy to read and thought I couldn’t go wrong with my good pal, Plum. How was I supposed to know he ever went in for serious writing?

This book has Wodehouse’s signature humor all the way through it. But it also touches on some serious topics. It shows depth and fee...more

"There were a 'undred fifty of us, living in shoebox in middle of road!"
"Cardboard box?"
"Aye."
"You were lucky!"
- Four Yorkshiremen sketch from "At Last the 1948 Show"

I'm not quite sure what Plum was trying to do here: was he trying to write a serious novel of social commentary, was he perhaps wor...more

"A funny thing, life."

Much more satirical (to the point of being much less funny!) than the mainstream of his later work, this book explores many political and social themes of the time with elegantly turned phrases and Wodehouse's genius for timing.

I continue to prefer books written 90 years ago and set in the presen...more

Mrs. Porter considers Kirk a perfect husband for her perfect niece and when they eventually get married and have a child she insists that he must also be perfect, but her constant intrusion into their union becomes a major imperfection in their lives...more

Maybe 3.5 stars. While I enjoyed this early Wodehouse, it was more realistic satire than the zaniness I am used to in his more famous books! The tongue-in-cheek commentary about love versus money would make a great film I think (and Wodehouse did write some good Hollywood scripts).

While I own thi...more

Apparently one of the few semi serious books written by P G Wodehouse and not one his better works in my opinion. A book with eugenics as the theme was hardly going to be a bundle of laughs but when presented by typically Wodehouse characters it really didn't work for me. Neither a serious treatm...more

Well, so... Wodehouse's writing style is just the same (i.e. great). But the book is... not funny. A large majority of it is about a marriage falling to pieces. And while that theme has its own... poignancy, when combined with Wodehouse's writing, it's still not what one wants or expects when one...more

Every word I've read by Wodehouse is enjoyable -- I like his plots and characters -- even his obnoxious Lora Delane Porter in this story. It amazes me how everyone crumbled to her words andd made me wonder if I could have stood up to her. The fact that someone finally did cheered me no end. The e...more

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