A Damsel In Distress by P.G. Wodehouse

May 31, 2011
By Writomania PLATINUM, New Delhi, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"What really does not kill you, will only make you stronger"- Kanye West
"If there was no electricity, we would've had to watch the television by candle light"- Joe Jonas
Nobody will ever win the Battle of the Sexes. There's just too much fraternizing with the enemy. ~Henry Kissinger


The utterly funny, witty and of course, satirical language of the 20th century novelist P.G. Wodehouse, accompanied by a glossy book cover and a tipsy handwriting illuminating the words, “A damsel in Distress” featuring a young man grappling for a rope onto which a shabbily dressed chauffeur was hanging for dear life, got me cracking up and of course, pushed me into buying this book.
And boy, I was in for a treat..
For those of you who like to sit back and enjoy a confusing turn of events, a house full of absurd characters, a love story going haywire and a bunch of servants betting on failed marriages, this book is a hidden treasure for you.
The story begins with Lord Marshmoreton, the seventh and most peculiar Earl of the large estate of Belpher, stooping over a rose hedge, cursing bugs and crickets. He is, in fact, described as the ‘most enthusiastic amateur gardener in the land of amateur gardeners.’ Standing right beside him is Lady Caroline, his widowed sister, shouting of top of her voice at her brother for being so engrossed in his roses and bugs that he wasn’t paying attention to who his daughter, Lady Maud was going to marry. While she fills up the ears of her dear brother on about how Maud should marry her step son Reggie Byng, another hysterical and lopsided character with bigger a mouth than brains, Maud goes over to talk to Reggie and explain to him, why they shouldn’t marry and why should they refuse each other. Maud expresses her love for an American guy that she met in Wales last year while Reggie too, expresses his love for Lord Marshmoreton’s personal assistant, Alice Faraday.
Lady Caroline, aware of the sparks flying high between Maud and the American ‘laddie’, makes significant efforts to stop Maud from leaving the castle to meet him.
All the same, Maud somehow persuades Reggie to take her to London to meet her long lost love. Meanwhile, George Bevan, an American theater music producer in London is roaming the streets, depressed with his life and the absence of love in it when his eyes fall upon Maud.
If there exists something called Love at first sight, this was it.
What follows next is incalculable confusion which will have you rolling on the floor, overcome with fits of hysterics as George Bevan follows Maud to the Belpher castle and the Marshmoretons take George to be the same American guy that Maud had fallen for.
A Damsel in Distress is a comedy of errors, situational humor and like a magnet; you won’t let go of it until you’ve read and savored every single word of it.
‘To dive into a Wodehouse novel is to swim in some of the most elegantly turned phrases of the English language’.


The author's comments:
The funniest book that i've read in w while... P.G wodehouse is a class apart!

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Aderes47 GOLD said...
on Jun. 15 2012 at 9:47 pm
Aderes47 GOLD, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond

Have you read Doctor Zhivago?

on Jun. 15 2012 at 1:34 pm
Writomania PLATINUM, New Delhi, Other
22 articles 0 photos 119 comments

Favorite Quote:
"What really does not kill you, will only make you stronger"- Kanye West
"If there was no electricity, we would've had to watch the television by candle light"- Joe Jonas
Nobody will ever win the Battle of the Sexes. There's just too much fraternizing with the enemy. ~Henry Kissinger

hey

No im not. Sadly. :(

But im into russian authors these days.

 


Aderes47 GOLD said...
on Jun. 27 2011 at 8:26 pm
Aderes47 GOLD, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond

I followed your advice... and I just finished A Damsel in Distress!

It was very good. Even though it is written in Old English(I had to turn on my brain to old English mode which was fairly easy because I've read lots of classics), it was still pretty easy to get into.(Heck, I even talk like an old lady!)  Somtimes when I read the Classics, it's hard for me to get into them because of the language. So far the only old English books I could really get into is...

1. The Scarlet Letter 

2. Pride and Prejudice 

3. David Copperfield

Anything else.... 

And even though the book was written a hundred years ago, I still found it to be pretty darn funny! 

I really liked the story, I could really relate to it(especially since I am in love at this time) 

I really liked Maud, I could relate to her!!! :) 

I liked everything about this book, the plot, characters...etc 

In fact, I am reading in reading more of Wodehouse's books. Are you? 

 

 


on Jun. 10 2011 at 11:12 am
Writomania PLATINUM, New Delhi, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"What really does not kill you, will only make you stronger"- Kanye West
"If there was no electricity, we would've had to watch the television by candle light"- Joe Jonas
Nobody will ever win the Battle of the Sexes. There's just too much fraternizing with the enemy. ~Henry Kissinger

yeah its totally good.. you won't be disappointed... :)

Aderes47 GOLD said...
on Jun. 9 2011 at 1:52 pm
Aderes47 GOLD, Cambridge, Massachusetts
11 articles 0 photos 897 comments

Favorite Quote:
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond

I really want to read this book. I'll put it on my to-do list. :)


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