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Not George Washington

P. G. Wodehouse

Book Overview: 

It has been said that behind every successful man is a good woman. This is certainly true in the case of James Orlebar Cloyster. However, some funny things happened on his road to success. His story is humorously told from the point of view of several parties involved.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .n connection with one's tutor seemed outside the question. Only a chance episode had shown me that my tutor was a mortal with a mortal's limitations. We were bicycling together one day along the Trumpington Road, when a form appeared, coming to meet us. My tutor's speech grew more and more halting as the form came nearer. At last he stopped talking altogether, and wobbled in his saddle. The man bowed to him, and, as if he had won through some fiery ordeal, he shot ahead like a gay professional rider. When I drew level with him, he said, "That, Mr. Cloyster, is my tailor."

Mr. Macrae was typical of the University don who is Scotch. He had married the senior historian of Newnham. He lived (and still lives) by proxy. His publishers order his existence. His honeymoon had been placed at the disposal of these gentlemen, and they had allotted to that period an edition of Aristotle's Ethics. Aristotle, accordingly, received the most scholarly attention from. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I liked this book, but I did not love it. The humor was in the choices people made and I like it more when there is some wordplay. I thought the plot was well-thought out, but not a whole lot happens in this book.

Not George Washington manual s a semi autobiographical novel by PG Wodehouse, written in collaboration with Herbert Westbrook.

The title is Not George Washington as apparently Washington never lied, but the main character James Cloyster lies like his life depends on it.

Margaret Goodwin saves Cloyster

Curiously circular story but kept me gripped and the characters are just so lively and fun!

This was a little different from the usual Wodehouse fare. It is actually a hairs breadth away from being melodrama and the protagonist is a bit of a cad. So much so, that I did not enjoy the ending very much. The style did not reflect P.G.'s normal mode of putting pen to paper and the story did not

Well, it finally happened — a P. G. Wodehouse book that I did not actually enjoy.

The title refers to the innate dishonesty of virtually every character in the book. The narrative is split into different first person points of view, including what is, to my knowledge, the only time Wodehouse ever ass

One of Wodehouse' s earlier works, this is, apparently, a blend of fiction and autobiography. The result is an uneven, sporadically funny but ultimately unsatisfying book that is not up to Plum' s usual high standards. Whether this is because it is a co-written effort or because of the mix of fact a

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