A Damsel in Distress

A Damsel in Distress When Maud Marsh flings herself into George Bevan s cab in Piccadilly he starts believing in damsels in distress George traces his mysterious traveling companion to Belpher Castle home of Lord Marsht

  • Title: A Damsel in Distress
  • Author: P.G. Wodehouse
  • ISBN: 9781406953213
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Maud Marsh flings herself into George Bevan s cab in Piccadilly, he starts believing in damsels in distress George traces his mysterious traveling companion to Belpher Castle, home of Lord Marshton, where things become severely muddled Maud s aunt, Lady Caroline Byng, wants Maud to marry Reggie, her stepson Maud, meanwhile, is known to be in love with an unknowWhen Maud Marsh flings herself into George Bevan s cab in Piccadilly, he starts believing in damsels in distress George traces his mysterious traveling companion to Belpher Castle, home of Lord Marshton, where things become severely muddled Maud s aunt, Lady Caroline Byng, wants Maud to marry Reggie, her stepson Maud, meanwhile, is known to be in love with an unknown American she met in Wales So when George turns up speaking American, a nasty case of mistaken identity breaks out In fact, the scene is set for the perfect Wodehouse comedy of errors.

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    1. George Bevan's life get turned upside down when Maud Marsh jumps into a cab beside him, pursued by a thug that is in fact her brother Percy. Bevan goes to Belpher Castle to find her and win her heart, resulting in the usual Wodehouse tale of mistaken identity and elaborate schemes.A Damsel in Distress is the usual hilarious Wodehouse tale with some added quirks. The cast at Belpher Castle very much resembles the crew at Blandings and I forgot I wasn't reading a Blandings tale on several occasion [...]

    2. Daffy mishaps abound as a golfing enthusiast (Wodehouse does love his golf!) and composer is set upon by a young woman in need and, true to form, the author has his characters dangling from the ends of mistaken identity wires. This was one of Wodehouse's early works and it's not bad, though not his best. The writer was still honing his craft. The plot, the characters, and the soup they find themselves in will all become richer in later books. However, A Damsel in Distress is still a worthy read [...]

    3. Flighty aristocratic girls in love with unsuitable men. Vapid and bullied elderly aristocrats. Fearsome matriarchal aristocratic women who do the bullying. Stiff-necked aristocratic young men out to make fools of themselves. And untitled young-men-about-town with hearts of gold, always ready to rescue damsels in distress.In short, vintage Wodehouse.There is a director in Malayalam movies who makes situational comedies which are strikingly similar in theme and approach, but who provides hits on a [...]

    4. A few days ago, after an hour or so of attentional drifting, puttering here and there and looking for something to do, I found a P.G. Wodehouse free novel on iBooks and have been content ever since. When all is lost, when one is a bit in the dumps and at loose ends, when nothing seems to offer spice to life and verve to existence, Wodehouse can usually come to the rescue. And once again he has, this time with his novel, A Damsel in Distress. To categorize a Wodehouse novel as lightweight is to s [...]

    5. Perfect pick-me-up, feel good romp through the English summertime. As usual love is in the air, but the heroes and heroines have to struggle against stuffy aunts and class preconceptions. The book has aged like fine champagne, and Wodehouse golfing similes and general joy in the use of English language provide numerous quote worthy material. Like the moment a spleen prone music hall composer lays eyes on the maid Maud:"The years fell away from him till, in an instant, from being a rather poorly [...]

    6. "For a year she had prayed that Geoffrey might be given back to her, and the Gods had heard her prayer. They had given her back Geoffrey, and with a careless generosity they had given her twice as much of him as she had expected.""She was oppressed by the eternal melancholy miracle of the fat man who does not realise that he's become fat.""The hunt had been in progress full ten minutes before she and Lord Belpher finally cornered the poor wretch, that was Lord Marshmoreton.""Lord Marshmoreton: A [...]

    7. Such a fun and charming book! P. G. Wodehouse has a funny, witty style of writing. His characters are wonderfully detailed, and he manages this detail in only a few paragraphs. A great blend of comedy and real people. The book itself is set in London and a nearby castle with neighboring town. Several characters, each with a unique charm that you can't help falling in love with I'd say more about them, but it would give away too much.Highly recommended!:)

    8. 2017:This really is one of my all-time favorite books. I recently described to a friend as "Downton Abbey if Downton Abbey were a comedy." Lots of fun!2015:It’s really impossible for me to analyze and critique anything by P.G. Wodehouse. All I can say is that his writing is fantastic and share a favorite scene.”The floor was crowded with all that was best and noblest in the county; so that a half-brick, hurled at any given moment, must infallibly have spilt blue blood. Peers stepped on the [...]

    9. Reading P.G. Wodehouse is like eating bread and jam: I always know what I am getting and I am always pleased.

    10. My son has long sung the praises of P.G. Wodehouse and encouraged me to read more of him. It has been years since I picked up a book of his, and can't imagine what I was thinking, waiting so long. Wodehouse is charming, witty, and an absolute master of description. Just one example: Such a one, in George's opinion, was this gurgling excrescence underneath the silk hat. He comprised in his single person practically all the qualities which George disliked most. He was, for a young man, extraordina [...]

    11. I've read most of Wodehouse's books. All of them, for the most part, are excellent. He has a genius for comic dialogue, as well as impossibly ridiculous plots that somehow manage to be deliciously fantastic. Anyway, A Damsel in Distress is one of his better books, in my opinion. The main character, George Bevan, has a kind of appealing Everyman quality, regardless of his fortune and accomplishments. He's a down-to-earth, comedy straight-man, with a humble, genuine heart. He makes for an immensel [...]

    12. Mildly amusing but the author spends too much time trying to be clever, at the expense of the story. I found the characters stylised and the plot (if you can call it that) very shallow. I think this author must be an acquired taste - however, not to my palate.

    13. Another quiet and entertaining little afternoon matinée of a book by Wodehouse, this one from 1919, his 25th (!) published book. By 1919, Wodehouse was definitely hitting his stride and writing with confidence, mastery and fresh genius. Psmith and Jeeves were already on the bookstore shelves, and Ukridge, Blandings Castle, Mr. Mulliner and many more were set to come from the comic master. Here, the dialog is lucid and entertaining, the descriptions are fresh, always fresh - Wodehouse surely lov [...]

    14. Unusually for Wodehouse, this is essentially a love story. George Bevan is a likeable young man who has made his fortune by writing popular music. He is beginning to feel a bit jaded when, to his astonishment, a beautiful girl leaps into his cab and asks him to hide her. George rises to the occasion with aplomb, and ends up captivated by the girl, who soon disappears. But he manages to discover who she is, and rents a cottage in the neighbourhood of her homeCue typical Wodehouse misunderstanding [...]

    15. I haven't read as many Wodehouse novels as I would have liked, but I've read enough to recognise a staple serving. And 'A Damsel in Distress' has all the familiar ingredients of a Wodehouse novel, much like any meal made by your mother. You'll love it for all that is expected of it, and not really despite it. Here's a sampler to whet your appetite:"He was, for a young man, extraordinarily obese. Already a second edition of his chin had been published, and the perfectly-cut morning coat which enc [...]

    16. Loved the wit. This was my first P. G. Woodhouse and I was strongly reminded of Oscar Wilde. Very enjoyable indeed.

    17. What a tripPlot twists, mistaken identities, class disruptions, and witty dialogue - All in one place. The scene that was worth the whole book to me was when the distraught brother was surreptitiously following his sister in ill fitting shoes. Developing blisters was never so funny.

    18. I think my recent reviews of Wodehouse have been lukewarm and edging towards the disapproving - how can he so blithely sidestep the reprehensible behaviour of aristo- and plutocrats who display no sensitivity or awareness of the rest of society who do not enjoy the carefree existence their unearned money affords them? I do not think I am a puritanical killjoy, but something in me finds unacceptable what is apparently a festival of laughter generated by the antics of the rich when in the world ou [...]

    19. These Wodehouse books always manage to creep up on me. Just when I thought I would take a break for a while, I stumble onto another and the next thing I know, I'm done.In this instance I was merrily minding my own business, reading books that were clearly not Wodehouse books--and planning to keep it that way for at least another month or two and then then I heard that my sister was reading Wodehouse's Damsel in Distress, and that she was enjoying it quite a bit. Unacceptable. I could not allow [...]

    20. Downloaded from Project Gutenberg. In one way this is bog-standard Wodehouse, with the same old interchangeable stock characters and plot. But it does seem like the writing is on top form. Maybe because it's one of the earlier ones, when he wasn't drawing on the same well for the umpteenth time.Lord Marshmoreton was the most enthusiastic amateur gardener in a land of enthusiastic amateur gardeners. He lived for his garden. The love which other men expend on their nearest and dearest Lord Marshmo [...]

    21. You know what you are in for in a P G Wodehouse book and the master storyteller delivers that, perfectly. That is nothing short of genius.Damsel in distress is a quirky novel, set of course in imperial England, with Lords, English Castles and Cottages. Some characters find similarity to other stories and even some sub plots seem too familiar and at times lifted off other short stories. But this portrayal fatigue is only to a regular P G Wodehouse reader, other will find the sub plots in the way [...]

    22. I'm not even ten books into the Wodehouse bibliography and I'm running out of synonyms for fantastic. It's fairly common knowledge that all of his plots and characters are basically the same, and I haven't read one yet to make me disagree with that sentiment. However, while one might think this would become boring or tiresome, instead the consistency of the Wodehousian world is like apple pie laced with heroine; delicious, comforting and highly addictive. His genius wit and wordplay keeps even t [...]

    23. This is PG Wodehouse (non Bertie and Jeeves). Different, I guess his voice is different in his earlier books. But there's PG signature alright:- light-hearted romance- unusual pairings- complicated scheming- happy endings- and of course, hyperbolic descriptions that just make you marvel. George, who is in love with Maud, daughter of Lord Marshmoreton, was unexpectedly invited to dinner. Unexpected, because the family made it quite clear thta he is unwohty, and thtat Maud's brother hates him, and [...]

    24. Perhaps the most "filmy" of Wodehousian wonders! as is usual one dares not analyze such sunlight perfection as certainly none would do justice. All that can be said is if your cook has burnt the perfect drumsticks you brought or if your kid has shredded your very best dinner jacket or if your favourite team has been kicked out of the league by some minions then no doctor could minister more soothing a h. touch!I loved Maud's dad Lord Whats-his-name and his rose gardening to say nothing of the Fa [...]

    25. "A Damsel In Distress" was the first Wodehouse book I read when I was, to use his words, " a stripling" of 13. With this began a fascination for his works which has lasted for the next five decades.The story of The Marshmoretons is full of charm. To me Lady Maud Marsh, the daughter of the Earl of Marshmoreton, has been one of the best of Plum's heroines. How she meets George Bevan, the American music composer and how they get to know each other is the subject of this story. We meet characters li [...]

    26. I hadn't read Wodehouse in a while, since before GoodReads, so I don't have any others listed. This is my favorite so far though and it is a fantastically written fun book. When Maud Marshmoreton hops a cab to escape detection by her prying brother Percy, George Bevan, who by chance is already in the cab, becomes comically intertwined with the mixed up affairs of the Marshmoreton family. From the family's pageboy on up, watch the characters turn the tables on each other and try to find a little [...]

    27. Wodehouse had a gift for holding up the everyday side of life and showing us the humor in human behavior. Granted, most of these characters are not what most American readers of today would likely run into: Lords and Ladies of the Manor, composers and actresses transplanted from NY to the London theatre. Still, the relationships between family members, friends, neighbors, and cowaorkers are quite relatable. This novel employs misunderstanding and coincidence to turn the boring and predicatable o [...]

    28. ‘Comedy of errors’ is the best way to describe any PG Wodehouse book and this was no less. It was just hilarious made me laugh and giggle a lot! The story goes like this 'George Bevan' a famous composer simply falls in love with 'Patricia Maud Marsh' at first sight. But problems starts when he gets to know that he was not the one Maud loved, though circumstances did say she did and when George finally gives up on her, Maud comes back to him. To find out how one should read this humorous book [...]

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