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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

“Life can never be the same after you have upset a water jug into an open jam tart at the table of a comparative stranger.”

Hilarious! I loved how Psmith dealt with the boss and especially the Turkish bath scene. Wish I had read this years ago when it would have helped me deal with an unpleasant work situation! (My own sense of humor helped a little). I love PGW's subtle humor with the Psmith character.

After Leave it to Psmith and Mike and Psmith, I thought I'd read Psmith in the City—you know, to complete my reading of the two jolly characters. The tale starts off rather solemnly—with a bit of a heavy air—by Wodehousian standards, but it quickly picks up and is rather entertaining in the end; eve

Psmith appears in several of Wodehouse's books, in unrelated stories. He is not really the poor man's Galahad Threepwood, but his surroundings are less rich than Blandings Castle. This book clocks in at only 172 pages. It was an easy read. But if it were long, I think the plot would suffer from too

Psmith in the City (1910) is my first P.G. Wodehouse of 2021 and was a reread. It has been a good 15 years since I last read any of the Psmith books and my memories were very positive so I was eager to reacquaint myself. P.G. Wodehouse can be reread multiple times. He is the gift who keeps on giving

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 pla

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 fam

My first Psmith book and probably like a schoolboy's first week in a new school, I felt myself missing the crazy world of Bertie and Jeeves. That aside, the book was still a humor of elastic bands - a stretch.

Mike Jackson, a brilliant cricketer and a Cambridge aspirant, ends up working at the New As

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."

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