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The Girl on the Boat

P. G. Wodehouse

Book Overview: 

Also published as "Three Men and a Maid". The maid of the title is red-haired, dog-loving Wilhelmina "Billie" Bennet, and the three men are Bream Mortimer, a long-time friend and admirer of Billie, Eustace Hignett, a lily-livered poet who is engaged to Billie at the opening of the tale, and Sam Marlowe, Eustace's dashing cousin, who falls for Billie at first sight. All four find themselves on an ocean liner headed for England together, along with a capable young woman called Jane Hubbard who is smitten with Eustace, and typically Wodehousian romantic shenanigans ensue. (Introduction by wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .in the quest for deeds of derring-do, had fallen down so lamentably on his first assignment? There was a specious attractiveness about poor old Eustace which might conceivably win a girl's heart for a time; he wrote poetry, talked well, and had a nice singing voice; but, as a partner for life ... well, he simply wouldn't do. That was all there was to it. He simply didn't add up right. The man a girl like Wilhelmina Bennett required for a husband was somebody entirely different ... somebody, felt Samuel Marlowe, much more like Samuel Marlowe.

Swelled almost to bursting point with these reflections, he went on deck to join the [Pg 65]ante-luncheon promenade. He saw Billie almost at once. She had put on one of those nice sacky sport-coats which so enhance feminine charms, and was striding along the deck with the breeze playing in her vivid hair like the female equivalent of a Viking. Beside her walked young Mr. Bream Mortimer.

Sam had been feeling a good d. . . Read More

Community Reviews

It is hard not to like a good Wodehouse novel - as he says himself somewhere, his books are basically set in a world where romantic comedies come into being. This isn’t one of the series of books he writes, there are no Jeeves or Woosters or Blandings of Blandings Castle. No need to tell you the...more

Vintage Wodehouse. A beautiful red-haired girl in search of her Galahad. A hypochondriac American in search of a peaceful summer of health and relaxation. And 3 young men in search of the redhead. Only one of the men is right for Billie, the redhead, but she doesn't know it, the others have their...more

Billie - also known as Wilhelmina Bennett - is engaged to a young man whose mother is an eminent writer and lecturer in an obscure field. And she does NOT want her son married. Another young man is also in love with Billie, and ensures that the wedding does not happen... and while this doesn't so...more

A perfect 5 star rating! WHY don't we get books like this anymore?? Or do we and I just miss them?? Please let me know! Wodehouse at his best.

I'm not good with audio books - that I realize every time I try. But I've listened to a number of Wodehouse readings (is that what you call it?) so far th...more

In this reliably entertaining romantic comedy from Wodehouse, Billie, the redhaired ingenue referenced in the title, gets engaged to three different young men in a remarkably short span of time--and they all end up on the same oceanliner bound from New York to England. Once there, the action soon...more

3.5

What to expect in a P.G. Wodehouse book?

Lots of crazy characters..
Some Crazy situations..
Some laugh out loud moments..
Some eye rolling romance..
some giggles..
and lots of confusion..
which sums up to give a perfect romantic comedy.

Well, this book had all the above mentioned ingredients hence...more

There is simply no way to be unhappy when you are reading one of Wodehouse's novels. They are joy distilled through a fine sieve of musical comedies and poured into your brain. Or some such rot.

The Girl on the Boat is not part of any series (Jeeves and Wooster, Mr. Mulliner, Psmith, etc.) and sta...more

My new favorite Wodehouse. Absolutely smashing.

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