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Psmith in the City

P. G. Wodehouse

Book Overview: 

Mike’s dream of studying and playing cricket at Cambridge are thwarted as his father runs into financial difficulties. Instead, Mike takes on the job of clerk at the “New Asiatic Bank.” Luckily, school friend Psmith, with his boundless optimism and original views, soon joins his department, and together they endeavour to make the best of their new life in London.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Bickersdyke wishes to emend any little traits in my character of which he may disapprove, he shall never say that I did not give him the opportunity. I shall mix freely with Comrade Bickersdyke at the Senior Conservative Club. I shall be his constant companion. I shall, in short, haunt the man. By these strenuous means I shall, as it were, get a bit of my own back. And now,' said Psmith, rising, 'it might be as well, perhaps, to return to the bank and resume our commercial duties. I don't know how long you are supposed to be allowed for your little trips to and from the post-office, but, seeing that the distance is about thirty yards, I should say at a venture not more than half an hour. Which is exactly the space of time which has flitted by since we started out on this important expedition. Your devotion to porridge, Comrade Jackson, has led to our spending about twenty-five minutes in this hostelry.'

'Great Scott,' said Mike, 'there'll be a row.'<. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Comfort reading par excellence. I think this is the pslashiest of the Psmith books. Interesting for the stuff about class -- I think it was TFV said that when Wodehouse was writing the school stories he hadn't yet achieved the complete detachment from reality you see in his later works, and that'...more

If ever there was a book which stamped the top position on the podium of pleasant read, then Psmith in the City, would definitely be a leading contender for the title. A short book with not too many characters, this book makes for a joyful read to anyone holding this book. What adds to the pleasa...more

The witty, immaculately dressed and imperturbable Rupert Psmith (the ‘P’ being silent and an addition to the name by its bearer) is delightful and so is Psmith In the City. The story concerns Psmith and his friend, Mike Jackson’s experiences at the New Asiatic Bank; employment necessitated in Mik...more

This has some choice moments--mostly when Psmith is caught red-handed and talks his way out of it--but overall I found it much less enjoyable than "Leave it to Psmith". The problem is the plot: it mostly revolves around Psmith's friend Mike--it starts and ends with prolonged descriptions of Mike...more

I just read an article on what modern writers call the "Manic Pixie Dream Girl". You know the character type--the crazy, impulsive, imaginative young lady who charges into the male main character's life, shakes it up, changes it forever, and then makes ready to go on her merry way. (Whether she a...more

The immaculate, verbose, eminently patronising Psmith finds himself, at the tender age of nineteen, entereing Commerce in order to indulge a whim of his father - and not perhaps coincidentally bring joy and light into the life of his school friend Mike, exiled to work in the same Bank by his own...more

The only bad things about the Psmith books is that Wodehouse only wrote four of them. The cry goes out around the town "Psmith is the alligator's Adam's apple."

After some effortful reading, I was of a mind to enjoy a light and easy novel. What better author that P.G. Wodehouse for this purpose, and what better series than the adventures of Mike & Psmith. I read a great deal of Wodehouse more than ten years ago, so a re-read feels fresh and new. I’ve...more

Standard Wodehouse fare, and very good. This was different, however, in that it contained no Wodehouse female of any description -- no aunts and no battleaxes and no pippins.

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