Mike (Psmith, #1)

Mike Psmith This is a pre historical reproduction that was curated for quality Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digiti

  • Title: Mike (Psmith, #1)
  • Author: P.G. Wodehouse T.M.R. Whitwell
  • ISBN: 9781426423543
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is a pre 1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process Though we have made best efforts the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience We believe this work is culturally importanThis is a pre 1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process Though we have made best efforts the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.

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    1. [7/10] : *** for the first part and **** for the secondI am already a fan of mr Wodehouse, mostly based on the Jeeves and Wooster and the Blandings Castle series. Since I have seen in the group frequent mentions of Psmith as the favorite character of many readers, I decided to expand my horizons and give him a try, preferably with his first showing. Which brings me to Michael Jackson:Not really, this is another Michael Jackson who doesn't moonwalk, the scion of a cricket-crazed British family, [...]

    2. As other reviewers have noted, there is lots of cricket in this. As an American who is not much interested in sports, much of the details about batting and bowling escaped me. However, I did get a kick out of the boys' shenanigans. I was surprised to discover that Psmith had introduced the P in his name himself (because there were too many plain Smiths and he didn't like Smythe!).

    3. I'm glad I stuck with this book, despite all the cricket talk. It's an amusing story about Mike, a talented cricket player, not-so-talented student at one of those boy's schools in England. (Public school there is what we would call private boarding school here.) Mike comes from a family of cricketers and makes amazing progress towards making the varsity team at his first school, Wryken, but a tendency to hang out with troublemakers and neglect his studies pushes his father to the brink. He pull [...]

    4. Before there was Flashman—or, rather, after Hughes's Flashman but before Fraser's Flashman—there was Psmith. And if you're going to read all the Psmith books, you're going to read ALL the Psmith books, starting with this first one, 75% of which is a "Tom Brown's School Days" type of book consisting mostly of descriptions of cricket matches. But once Psmith shows up things liven up immensely. "Psmith in the City" is next. Fun fact: main character is named Michael Jackson. Discuss.

    5. This edition combines Mike at Wrykyn and Mike and Psmith into one book, with an extra introductory sentence added to the start of the second as a bridge. Mike at Wrykyn, which comprises the first 29 chapters, is pleasant enough but it's really a pretty standard school story about a boy trying to make the cricket team. Things really take off with the introduction of the monacle-wearing wit Psmith (the P is silent, he explains). I think the clever and quirky Psmith rivals Wodehouse's best characte [...]

    6. Mike and Psmith (the p is silent like in Pshrimp) is early Wodehouse. In this period he was fresh from his experience as a public School boy. Here he had been happy, a leading athlete with particular success at cricket and boxing. Given the theory that a writer should start with what he knows best, this book is one of many where he will focus on the life of English school boys. Be advised that if you are not a fan of Cricket and fluent in the rules, language and period slang of the game you are [...]

    7. Very early Wodehouse. Mike attends school and is a prodigy at cricket but ignores classwork. When his father pulls him and registers Mike in another school with a below par team, Mike sits it out until he is really needed by his new teammates. There are touches of Wodehouse developing his skills as a novelist. Berty and Wooster are to come a few years later building on the style practiced here.

    8. Early Wodehouse, published in UK in 1909 and in US in 1910, this has the feel of two separate novels very weakly transitioned in the middle, as the first half is a bildungsroman for new student Mike at Wrykyn, a splendid British public school (what we would call elite prep school here in America--for the totally unfamiliar think of the school culture at Hogwarts in Harry Potter to get some idea). Mike is the last in a long line of Jackson brothers who have attended Wrykyn, all gifted cricket pla [...]

    9. This is my first experience reading a book by P.G. Wodehouse. I'll admit that it is not a book that I would normally pick up, but this was chosen as our monthly read for my book club and a huge favorite of a friend of mine, so I gave it a shot. My thoughts Truthfully, it took me a little while to get into it. I am not accustomed to Wodehouse's style of writing, so I had to take some time to acclimate myself to it. At first I read the book in my own voice, but I soon discovered that when I read i [...]

    10. This is a public school boy tale mostly about cricket. The version I read included a first half focusing on the title character Mike Jackson, a cricket genius who is sent to the family public school. The second hald was the tale of Mike and Psmith, exiled from respective top schools to a lowly ranked one. I'd already read the Mike and Psmith tale (excellent fun) so stopped after the first half in this volume. The story of Mike is less entertaining without Psmith, the brilliant troublemaker. Mik [...]

    11. This is the first of the Psmith books. It was also the last one that I have read due to my misunderstanding the publication timeline. Psmith doesn't appear until the middle of this longish book and he is mostly a side-kick, though significant. It is good Wodehouse but not quite at the top of his game.Psmith is newly introduced and in development in the novel. He has the strategic skills and Jeeves, but is a supercilious teenaged dandy who wears a monocle and who keeps talking until he turns the [...]

    12. It is amazing that a comprehensive and engrossing story can hide behind such an unassuming title. I must admit that a sigh of dread and frustration escaped my lips as I embarked on this tale of public school life. Cricket is the sport of choice that Wodehouse applies to this narrative and I, if truth be told, would rather watch snow melts than a cricket match. I feared a struggle would ensue to complete this book but, in hind thought, my suspicions were unfounded. Wodehouse masterly weaves his t [...]

    13. This is one of P. G. Wodehouse’s earliest and, in my opinion, one of his best works. Had it not been for the extensive sections on cricket – a sport that fails to interest me – I would’ve rated this five stars.The majority of the non-cricket episodes are highly entertaining. The humour is great, especially in the top-notch dialogue, thanks to some superb character creations. My favourites are Psmith and Mr Outwood. Mike himself is also a likeable character, making a good hero.It’s inte [...]

    14. Young Michael Jackson (Mike) is of to boarding schools. Plays a lot of cricket and is involved in some mischief. At Sedleigh, he meets Psmith, who figures in some other Wodehouse books. Entertaining read.Whole book is available at Gutenberg: gutenberg/ebooks/7423Funny quotes phrases:"Indeed, Marjory Jackson, aged fourteen, had on three several occasions been fined pudding at lunch for her caustic comments on the batting of her brother Reggie in important fixtures.""the book was obviously the las [...]

    15. Perhaps it is only my stunning lack of contact with English boarding schools aside from Harry Potter, but Mike reminds me an awful lot of said series. The excitement and fervor students have with cricket reminds me a lot of Quidditch. If you look closely, Snape is there, Dumbledore, Percy Weasley, and others. It's not all necessarily me going "oh my gosh! Boarding school! Prefects! Houses! It's Hogwarts!" Anyway, the first half of this book was amazing, but a little less funny then some other Wo [...]

    16. I listened to the LibriVox recording. I am not crazy about listening to an American read British literature, and she doesn't have a great voice, but she is a good reader and the story is so good I tended to completely forget about my reservations.I loved the title character! Mischievous and lovable. I would have enjoyed having more of his sister Margery; she's a hoot. I recall not caring for Psmith in later books. But as a school-aged youth, his personality does offer quite the entertainment, al [...]

    17. I would have given it 5 stars if I had understood the cricket references. As it is, I do not even know what a wicket is, and from the context, I never figured out if it was the field, or some part of the game that is how enormous my ignorance regarding cricket is I understood the words bat, and bowl (which I think is pitch, but in cricket--I could be totally wrong), and score. However, P.G. Wodehouse's characters have such hilarious dialogues and thoughts and adventures, that it did not matter t [...]

    18. I don't think I've ever enjoyed a novel with a sport as its central theme and with a lot of descriptions of the game, as much as this one. The Wodehousian humour, coupled with an insightful narration of boyhood troubles, makes this a very interesting read (despite the cricket overdose). If you have ever been a teenager, a schoolkid, a hostelite, you can relate to the events of the book. I was actually sad that the story ended, albeit abruptly, and am glad there are more Psmith novels to cling to [...]

    19. If someone had warned me that this book was half in another language, I'd never have touched the thing. Regular alien tongues are bad enough, but a language that's a cross between hockey and a bug is just too dreadful a thing to foist upon a poor, unsuspecting girl. The bits of the story that were in English were OK, but not sufficient to make up for the vast swaths of grasshopper or locust or whatever the bally (pun intended) thing is called.The reader didn't have any aspirations to being a pro [...]

    20. The scrapes that Mike and other students get into, but cleverly, in most cases, get out of made me laugh (and appreciate youth). I did learn somewhat about cricket -- bowler and bat, make a century, wickets (altho I still don't know if it's desirable to get the wickets down). The next time I am in England and watch a village cricket match, I'll try to learn more. I enjoyed this book very much; Wodehouse is still near the top oof my best-liked authors.

    21. I was absolutely pleased with this book. I would recommend it to anyone who likes Wodehouse -- and, if you haven't read Wodehouse, then I highly recommend you do so if you have a sense of humor at all. Full Review:katesnovelidea/20

    22. despite the fact that I know absolutely nothing about cricket, and there is a TON of cricket in this book, I thoroughly enjoyed this. Was life at a British public school really like that? I guess it doesn't really matter because the book is hilarious. My favorite part was how all the characters talked to each other; their conversations oozed Britishness in the best possible way.

    23. Beautifully written, classic Wodehouse. Though not quite as involuted and rich with literary allusions as his later works, the humor was first rate, and the characters jumped out at you from the pages (or in my case from the Kindle). Wodehouse always had the extraordinary ability to write humor à outrance without letting his characters devolve into caricatures.

    24. A strangely unfunny Wodehouse, about boys at public school playing tricks on each other and their teachers. There’s an awful lot of cricket, taken far more seriously than necessary.Hard to recommend – Wodehouse completists?This review originally appeared on book coasters

    25. I was thoroughly confused when I reached the chapter entitled `the sleuth-hound`. Why? Wodehouse used the same several paragraphs as he used in `Something Fresh.` I thought I`d gone through a time-warp or had lost my marbles. I know its an authors perogative to reuse favorite phrases but id never seen a writer borrow whole paragraphs from a previous and unrelated piece. anyway

    26. This is one of P. G. Wodehouse's earlier stories about Mike, who goes to an English public school and is a great cricket player in a family of older brothers who also played cricket. He is great on the cricket field, but not such a great student, and has some problems with the rules. The story is amusing, but there is a lot about cricket playing.

    27. Ðe firſt half is big on cricket; if you have ðe patience for ðe details on it, an intereſtiŋ portrait of cricket & Engliſh public ſchools before ðe Great War. Ðe ſecond half is all but dominated by ðe very intereſtiŋ character of Pſmiþ.

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