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The Intrusion of Jimmy

P. G. Wodehouse

Book Overview: 

The action begins with playboy bachelor Jimmy Pitt in New York; having fallen in love on a transatlantic liner, he befriends a small-time burglar and breaks into a police captain's house as a result of a bet. The cast of characters head to England, and from there on it is a typically Wodehousian romantic farce, set at the stately Dreever Castle, overflowing with imposters, detectives, crooks, scheming lovers and conniving aunts.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I used to see your daughter walking the deck sometimes."

Molly smiled.

"I remember seeing you—sometimes."

McEachern burst out.

"Then, you—!"

He stopped, and looked at Molly. The girl was bending over Rastus, tickling him under the ear.

"Let me show you the way out, Mr. Pitt," said the policeman, shortly. His manner was abrupt, but when one is speaking to a man whom one would dearly love to throw out of the window, abruptness is almost unavoidable.

"Perhaps I should be going," said Jimmy.

"Good-night, Mr. Pitt," said Molly.

"I hope we shall meet again," said Jimmy.

"This way, Mr. Pitt," growled McEachern, holding the door.

"Please don't trouble," said Jimmy. He went to the window, and, flinging his leg over the sill, dro. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I am embarrassed to admit I was turned onto it when Rory Gilmore made a passing reference to Wodehouse on an episode of Gilmore Girls.

This book is hysterical, my first introduction to Wodehouse. Captures the sensibilities of a time really well. can't say enough good things

Jimmy Pitt, wealthy English world traveller, bets he can burgle a house that night, and luckily red-headed ragged Spike Mullins (full of Cockney thief cant) sneaks into his flat, and offers the destination of grafting New York Police Captain McEachern. Still dreaming of the first-class dark-haire...more

Reject any literary theory that spurns the pleasures of reading Wodehouse.

I like the book but there was more talking and not enough action.

Soo good! Another Wodehouse masterpiece! This one involves burglars, detectives, crooked policemen , arranged marriages, and broken engagements. But I don't want to give to much away...more

Middling fare from Wodehouse.

Fun enough, but it might as well have been another Jeeves - who was the only thing missing. There was a fun quote: Inherited wealth, of course, does not make a young man nobler or more admirable, but the young man does not always know this. More 2.5 stars.

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