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Something New

P. G. Wodehouse

Book Overview: 

When the absent-minded Earl of Emsworth wanders off with the pride of his scarab collection, American millionaire J. Preston Peters is willing to pay $5000 to the person who can get it back for him. Discretion is necessary since Peters’ daughter is engaged to Emsworth’s son. Joan Valentine and Ashe Marson both decide to go after the reward—she as Aline Peter’s ladies maid, and he as Mr. Peter’s valet—and they all end up at Blandings Castle. But is it possible for anyone to steal back the scarab with The Efficient Baxter ever vigilant?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .That's the second time you have mentioned this Joan Valentine.
Who is she?"

"She is a girl who was at school with me. We were the greatest chums—at least, I worshiped her and would have done anything for her; and I think she liked me. Then we lost touch with one another and didn't meet for years. I met her on the street yesterday, and she is just the same. She has been through the most awful times. Her father was quite rich; he died suddenly while he and Joan were in Paris, and she found that he hadn't left a cent. He had been living right up to his income all the time. His life wasn't even insured. She came to London; and, so far as I could make out from the short talk we had, she has done pretty nearly everything since we last met. She worked in a shop and went on the stage, and all sorts of things. Isn't it awful, George!"

"Pretty tough," said Emerson. He was but faintly interested in
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Community Reviews

⤅ This is Wodehouse almost at his riotous best.

I've long since finished the Jeeves and Wooster series, and I know people speak highly of Blandings, so I thought I'd give this a go. It took a while for me to warm up to the characters - third person rather than first person threw me for a loop - but o

1st Blandings Castle book.
Something fresh would probably feel fresher if Wodehouse's stories didn't all blend together for me.
I'm not complaining. Really. This is another excellent example of how witty escapism meets if it ain't broke don't fix it and they live Happily Ever After.

Freddie and his fa

Quite a comic style of writing mixed up with a who-dun-it adventure !

Something Fresh is the first of PG Wodehouse'es from Blanding Castle series. This is quite a short and comic novel however I feel this one isn't the best of PGW's.

The reader is gradually introduced to a good amount of characters t

Blandings #1: The first installment of the now modern classic Blandings saga, introduces the Blandings' residents, the dotty Lord Emsworth, his irrepressible heir, Freddie Threepwood and the eccentric staff. Lord Emsworth absentmindedly pockets a rare valuable scarab, and as a result of this Wodehou

Ashe Marson is a writer but doesn't feel like one just before the start of the war in London no German bombs falling there yet they will, indiscriminately killing the unfortunate from airplanes or other flying crafts under the celestial sky... in World War 1. You would have the same sentiment if as

“Ashe's first impression of Beach, the butler, was one of tension. Other people, confronted for the first time with Beach, had felt the same. He had that strained air of being on the very point of bursting that one sees in bullfrogs and toy balloons. Nervous and imaginative men, meeting Beach, brace

(3.5 stars) A light, amusing snack between meatier meals, this is the first installment in Wodehouse’s Blandings Castle series and every bit as silly, witty and delightfully early 20th century (published in 1915) as the other books I’ve read by him (though I think I prefer Jeeves & Wooster).

The char

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