Something Fresh

By P. G. Wodehouse
Read by Frederick Davidson

The Blandings Castle Saga: Book 1915

7.27 Hours 11/01/1995 unabridged
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Welcome to Blandings Castle, a place that is never itself without an imposter. Wodehouse himself once noted that “Blandings has impostors like other houses have mice.” On this particular occasion there are two, both intent on a dangerous enterprise. Lord Emsworth’s secretary, the Efficient Baxter, is on the alert and determined to discover what is afoot—despite the distractions caused by the Honorable Freddie Threepwood’s hapless affair of the heart. Freddie is engaged to marry the daughter of a wealthy American who is a passionate collector of ancient Egyptian scarabs. When one goes missing, a thousand-pound reward is offered for its return and Blandings becomes a madhouse as friends turn rivals in the scramble to retrieve the object.

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Summary

Summary

Welcome to Blandings Castle, a place that is never itself without an imposter.

Wodehouse himself once noted that “Blandings has impostors like other houses have mice.” On this particular occasion there are two, both intent on a dangerous enterprise. Lord Emsworth’s secretary, the Efficient Baxter, is on the alert and determined to discover what is afoot—despite the distractions caused by the Honorable Freddie Threepwood’s hapless affair of the heart.

Freddie is engaged to marry the daughter of a wealthy American who is a passionate collector of ancient Egyptian scarabs. When one goes missing, a thousand-pound reward is offered for its return and Blandings becomes a madhouse as friends turn rivals in the scramble to retrieve the object.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“For Wodehouse there has been no fall of Man…The gardens of Blandings Castle are the original gardens of Eden from which we are all exiled.” Evelyn Waugh

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Reviews

by MarkG 9/13/2017
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Woodhouse good, narration not

I confess that I struggle with FD. It didnt ruin the book for me although I suspect that there are better PGW novels.
The consideration of "poetry" alone was worth the expense and effort.
by Bertie Wooster 9/13/2017
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A Book That Lives Up To Its Title

Everything you’d expect from a Wodehouse novel—a likeable, straightforward young man as a hero, a courageous, energetic heroine, and a sea of perplexities and personalities they have to wade through before they ride into the sunset together—is here. So are Wodehouse’s inimitable turns of phrase and descriptive gifts. And each turn of phrase, every personality and perplexity, is served up perfectly by Frederick Davidson’s smooth, witty, delivery whereby he wrings every nuance out of every sentence.

Being the first (published 1915) of what Wodehouse dubs the “Blandings Castle Saga” in the introduction that was written some 50 years later (a delight, by the way, in and of itself), we are introduced to a cast of characters that will recur again and again. For that reason alone Something Fresh deserves a listen. Here we first encounter the efficient Baxter, the inept Freddy, the fluffy-minded Lord Emsworth and his domineering sister, Lady Constance. Even the rotund, ambassadorial Butler Beech—whose importance grows as the Blandings Castle Saga unfolds—makes his debut here. It is all back story that renders each succeeding story that much more enjoyable. But first and foremost, Something Fresh is a story that will surprise and delight on it’s own in heaping measure.

Author

Author Bio: P. G. Wodehouse

Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881–1975) was an English humorist who wrote novels, short stories, plays, poems, song lyrics, and numerous pieces of journalism. He was highly popular throughout a career that lasted more than seventy years, and his many writings continue to be widely read. He is best known for his novels and short stories of Bertie Wooster and his manservant Jeeves and for his settings of English upper-class society of the pre– and post–World War I era. He lived in several countries before settling in the United States after World War II. During the 1920s, he collaborated with Broadway legends like Cole Porter and George Gershwin on musicals and, in the 1930s, expanded his repertoire by writing for motion pictures. He was honored with a knighthood in 1975.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Humor
Runtime: 7.27
Audience: Adult
Language: English