The Little Nugget

By P. G. Wodehouse
Read by Frederick Davidson

7.13 Hours 01/01/1997 unabridged
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When the Little Nugget, alias of thirteen-year-old Ogden Ford, bulgy, rude, chain-smoking son of an American millionaire, arrives at Sanstead House School, the fun has just begun. Mr. Peter Burns, a none-too-dedicated schoolmaster engaged by snobbish Mr. Abney to educate his handpicked pupils, soon finds himself and his enraptured class at the mercy of an American gunman—and at the beginning of a series of truly mind-boggling adventures—in a delicious Wodehouse tale of suspense, excitement, and romance.

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Summary

Summary

When the Little Nugget, alias of thirteen-year-old Ogden Ford, bulgy, rude, chain-smoking son of an American millionaire, arrives at Sanstead House School, the fun has just begun. Mr. Peter Burns, a none-too-dedicated schoolmaster engaged by snobbish Mr. Abney to educate his handpicked pupils, soon finds himself and his enraptured class at the mercy of an American gunman—and at the beginning of a series of truly mind-boggling adventures—in a delicious Wodehouse tale of suspense, excitement, and romance.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Davidson nearly drawls as he moves from one situation to another, sharply distinguishing the male characters, from a pompous schoolmaster to the obnoxious nugget himself. His rendition of an American thug is particularly funny, Chicago and the Bronx combined. Great fun!” AudioFile
“Wodehouse’s idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in.” Evelyn Waugh
“Pure word music.” Douglas Adams

Reviews

Reviews

by Bertie Wooster 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

A Little Gem

Before Bertie and Jeeves, before Blandings Castle, before Mr. Mulliner or the Oldest Member, P. G. Wodehouse wrote somewhat sentimental fiction, like every other author who was making his or her living and his or her name in the magazines of the day. That he evolved the then-current literary fashion into something higher, better, funnier and more memorable is a tribute to his gifts as a writer. That, on the way to that evolution he wrote books like The Little Nugget is a bit of luck for all of us.
This is simply a delightful book because Wodehouse is simply a delightful writer. Even in 1913 his turns of phrase and way of introducing characters, the sardonic asides and quick comebacks, all the verbal finesse that make what we might call Classic Wodehouse classic were already there. The description of the portrait of Ogden Ford, Mr. Abney’s habit of “popping up” to London and his verbal manner as he breaks the news to those who will shoulder his work while he’s gone, our hero’s brilliant solution to the problem of how to abstract the Little Nugget from his school and the equally brilliant—and classically Wodehousian—way that that solution goes awry, even the description of a wall that fails to provide adequate cover for our hero, are all part of the bountiful pleasure this particular slab of art gives.

True, there is one sentimental scene that goes on far too long and is so out of step with the overall tone that it seems pilfered from someone else’s novel. And the final denouement, the necessary news releasing our hero from his honorable obligations so he can pursue the girl he should have been with all long, is a joke that goes on too long as well. But, as Bertie Wooster might say, those are two smallish flies in otherwise grade A ointment.

Over and above the story line—or rather, behind and underneath it—is the pleasure of hearing Wodehouse’s masterfully written prose masterfully read by Frederick Davidson.

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, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Humor
Runtime: 7.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English