A Man of Means

A Man of Means Six early shorts written in collaboration with C H Bovill The Episode of the Landlady s Daughter The Landlady s Daughter The Episode of the Financial Napoleon The Bolt from the Blue The Episode

  • Title: A Man of Means
  • Author: P.G. Wodehouse C.H. Bovill
  • ISBN: 9780809592739
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Paperback
  • Six early 1914 shorts, written in collaboration with C.H Bovill The Episode of the Landlady s Daughter The Landlady s Daughter The Episode of the Financial Napoleon The Bolt from the Blue The Episode of the Theatrical Venture The Episode of the Live Weekly The Episode of the Exiled Monarch The Diverting Episode of the Exiled Monarch The Episode of the HiredSix early 1914 shorts, written in collaboration with C.H Bovill The Episode of the Landlady s Daughter The Landlady s Daughter The Episode of the Financial Napoleon The Bolt from the Blue The Episode of the Theatrical Venture The Episode of the Live Weekly The Episode of the Exiled Monarch The Diverting Episode of the Exiled Monarch The Episode of the Hired Past

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    1. This is the first audiobook I have ever got through. I say "got through" because I don't like being read to. However, this was quite funny, the chapters were only about 15-25 minutes long and it wasn't a hugely complicated plot so I was able to listen to a chapter to and from my walk to work and enjoy it.

    2. An early Wodehouse about a poor, helpless soul that the world insists on treating gently-- in fact, getting him out of any scrape he gets into and handing him oodles of money to boot. It's charming, if it doesn't quite survive in our darker age. Nowadays the young feller would have his head handed to him on the proverbial platter of life, right? Or perhaps I'm too cynical for this friendly tale that maintains its belief in good luck and success despite one's best efforts to fail.

    3. Interesting form of a series of stories following the bumbling brilliance of a lottery winner. All he wants is peace and quiet but he keeps getting imbroiled in chaos by his chivalrous treatment of women. I liked that it feels like the stories are going to be about how he gets taken for a ride, but they end up being about how it all works out at the end. Except when he tangles with the servants, they do take him for a ride.

    4. Loved the ironic narration style, but every story follows the same story line. Felt sory for the way too naive Mr. Bleke who seems incapable of love and who would lead a happier life as a poor man than as a millionaire.

    5. The wodehouse magic is emerging, but one can see why these are the early shorts. Overall, a fun, light read :) The end was excellent!

    6. A Don Quixote like wandering innocent in the world of the moneyed,Bottom Line First:Six short comic misadventures forming a light read. A Man of Means is humorous rather than raucous. For a Wodehouse fan such as myself this is a collection completer of material often hard to find in paper copy. Mine is a Kindle copy. This may make for good bed time stories for the almost to early Harry Potter aged child. As an adult reader I enjoyed these stories but I know PG can do better.Wodehouse's six short [...]

    7. Entertaining ThroughoutCan be read in a single sitting. Whole book is divided into 6 short stories and although the stories can be read separately but it's better to go in order starting from 1 to 6 as there are a few references to characters from previous chapters. I read this book after completing a very large uninteresting book and wanted to read something light. This book was just what I needed.

    8. This is one of the books from the initial period of Wodehouse’s career, so it is understandably less refined than some of his later works. The subtle tongue-in-cheek humor is present and doesn’t fail to make you smile. The protagonist, the meek and mild Roland, is likeable and hateful at the same time. One cannot help but be astounded by his stupidity and at the same time feel quite sympathetic towards him. An unusual character, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading him.

    9. Humour At Its BestThere is no doubt at all, that of all the humorist in literature, there is no one who has such a marvelous turn of phrase and sense of the ridiculous as P.G. Winehouse.

    10. This is a collection of short stories featuring Roland Bleke. Roland is not armed with high intelligence or great wit, but he does have some luck. He repeatedly gets entangled in difficult situations, but manages to get out of them by sheer luck. A good read but not the best of Wodehouse.

    11. The original wodehouse signature is vivid throughout the six stories.Evidently this book is one of his earliest compositions as Jeeves has not taken his birth yet.Very hilarious!

    12. A Man of Means is a collection of short stories written by P.G. Wodehouse and C.H. Bovill. These stories were first published in 1914 in a monthly magazine in the UK called The Strand – about the time of Wodehouse’s rather nascent work like The Little Nugget (1913) and Psmith, Journalist (1915). Since this book displays a style of humor very well associated with the latter Wodehouse novels but missing in both the Wodehouse novels from the same period, it might be the case that this novel was [...]

    13. Fortunes often shine on those that least want or deserve it. Roland Bleke was just such a man. Working as a clerk in a retail establishment Roland was quite happy. He was afraid of any possible change in his fortunes or circumstances and in addressing this approached his employer with the unlikely statement, “My paycheck is too much”. This is the beginning of his unfortunate fortunes. A Man of Means is composed of six individual episodes. - The Episode of the Landlady's Daughter / The Landla [...]

    14. I was very pleased to find this free for my Kindle at Project Gutenberg. It's very early Wodehouse; six short stories that, apparently, appeared in magazine form. I had not realised until I started the second one that they all feature the same man - the rather hapless Roland Bleke, who appears first as a nervous 22-year-old clerk. Bizarrely, we meet Roland when he is asking his boss for a salary decrease he has apparently promised to marry his girlfriend when his salary reaches a certain level, [...]

    15. One observation from the wiki seems relevant here: "The way he achieves riches without any great effort, and his quiet, unassuming ways, make him the direct opposite of Ukridge." As I disliked the Ukridge stories it should thus perhaps come as no surprise that I liked the stories included in this collection. Despite being a gullible, impressionable idiot the protagonist (Roland Bleke) was not hard for me to like, and the emphasis throughout the stories on how to *avoid getting married* was a nic [...]

    16. Early, early Wodehouse. This book is a collection of six short stories, each originally published individually in a magazine, about the titular character named Roland Bleke. The young man who entered looked exactly like a second clerk in a provincial seed-merchant's office—which, strangely enough, he chanced to be. His chief characteristic was an intense ordinariness. He was a young man; and when you had said that of him you had said everything. There was nothing which you would have noticed a [...]

    17. P.G. Wodehouse's "A Man of Means" is a collection of six very short stories following the life of Roland Bleke. I found the first two stories to be very nice: Roland is a nice guy who's bumbling around and ends up with people who try to take advantage of him. Without even knowing this is happening, he ends up ahead in the situation. "Nice" pretty much summarizes these. But, the remaining four stories follow a monotonically decreasing path. In each, Roland does things he shouldn't, gets involved [...]

    18. An early (1916) effort from The Master; it's only barely a novel, being cobbled together from six related short stories about a hapless schmo who repeatedly lucks into money, is beset by parasites and con artists hoping to separate him from it and by sheer dumb luck emerges from each scrape richer than before. Entertaining in its own right, but worth reading because you can see him working out the sort of plot mechanics that would drive his later works.

    19. This is the most unusual Wodehouse that I have read, with characters that are far removed from the worlds of Jeeves and Blandings. That's what makes it so enjoyable, since the hero falls into one adventure after another and each is so different from what you would read in another more popular Wodehouse. But it's the ending that really got me, as our hero is left hanging. So unlike Wodehouse and yet so much fun!

    20. I meant to read something more serious and important but this book fell into my e-reader and then I got sucked in. If you like Wodehouse you'll like it. Light comedy and comedy in the classic sense that everyone gets married to the person they most deserve at the end. This is not, I duly note, a Jeeves and Wooster bit. These are (apparently) stand alone characters. It's nonetheless delightful and made me laugh out loud.

    21. I listened to this audiobook at a free audiobook site, and I dearly loved the actor doing it. He was very english, very proper, and VERY good at being sarcastic. The entire 6 chapters of P.g. Wodehouse's novel are free, here; why don't you take a listen, too? It's fun!loyalbooks/book/a-man-

    22. So Wodehouse could be funny when he wasn't writing about Wooster and Jeeves too. Very entertaining, and hasn't dated a bit, it seems to me. In fact, it's interesting to see how in 1916 new methods of advertisement could make Wodehouse cringe, and how they had their Bernie Madoffs too.Very enjoyable read.

    23. I've never found Wodehouse failing to entertain. This set of six short, interlinked stories follows Roland Bleke in his adventures after he wins a lottery. Imagine the usual conundrums of life and the entangled threads setting themselves in order at the end before a confused protagonist, and you have a Man of Means.

    24. A quick 3 or 4 hour read of six short stories by P.G. WODEHOUSE. A young man that has a golden touch just when you think he's lost all. Fun short stories that reflect a less cynical age than ours.

    25. I've read some Wodehouse before and found it quite funny. And I really enjoyed the first two of these related stories. But then I realised they were more or less all the same and got quickly bored with them.

    26. A simple, feel good novel (like most PGW novels) with some hilarious dialogues and situations. This was, I think, originally a series of 6 stories (connected though) that he wrote for some newspaper, which was later on compiled as a single novel.

    27. The hilarious misadventures of a hapless young man who can't seem to stop proposing to the wrong girl and regretting it. As we follow his progress from fiance to fiance, his remarkable luck seems to always rescue him. When you need a good laugh, you can always count on Wodehouse.

    28. This is an early, obscure Wodehouse novel, and very out of his usual pattern. The standard Wodehouse stage dude is usually to be found in a west end club or a country house, but here he dodges bullets and cadges a lift in a biplane. Even so, there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.

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