Psmith in the City

Psmith in the City Mike Jackson cricketer and scion of a cricketing clan has dreams of Cambridge upset by father s financial troubles sent under Manager Bickersdyke to New Asiatic Bank Thankfully fellow cricketer PSm

  • Title: Psmith in the City
  • Author: P.G. Wodehouse
  • ISBN: 9781426449925
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mike Jackson, cricketer and scion of a cricketing clan, has dreams of Cambridge upset by father s financial troubles, sent under Manager Bickersdyke to New Asiatic Bank Thankfully fellow cricketer PSmith draws off his lavender gloves to work as well, especially unwanted attention to Manager They squeeze in cricket too.

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    1. P.G. Wodehouse

      Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of than seventy years and continues to be widely read over 40 years after his death Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse s main canvas remained that of prewar English upper class society, reflecting his birth, education, and youthful writing career.An acknowledged master of English prose, Wodehouse has been admired both by contemporaries such as Hilaire Belloc, Evelyn Waugh and Rudyard Kipling and by recent writers such as Douglas Adams, Salman Rushdie and Terry Pratchett Sean O Casey famously called him English literature s performing flea , a description that Wodehouse used as the title of a collection of his letters to a friend, Bill Townend.Best known today for the Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels and short stories, Wodehouse was also a talented playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of fifteen plays and of 250 lyrics for some thirty musical comedies He worked with Cole Porter on the musical Anything Goes 1934 and frequently collaborated with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton He wrote the lyrics for the hit song Bill in Kern s Show Boat 1927 , wrote the lyrics for the Gershwin Romberg musical Rosalie 1928 , and collaborated with Rudolf Friml on a musical version of The Three Musketeers 1928.

    467 thoughts on “Psmith in the City”

    1. The only bad things about the Psmith books is that Wodehouse only wrote four of them. The cry goes out around the town "Psmith is the alligator's Adam's apple."


    2. The immaculate, verbose, eminently patronising Psmith finds himself, at the tender age of nineteen, entereing Commerce in order to indulge a whim of his father - and not perhaps coincidentally bring joy and light into the life of his school friend Mike, exiled to work in the same Bank by his own family losing its money. Psmith indeed spends joy and light everywhere, and it would be most unkind to call him impertinent or accuse him of blackmail, manipulation, or causing chaos. He also interests h [...]


    3. The meeting was in excellent spirits when Mr Bickersdyke rose to address it.The effort of doing justice to the last speaker had left the free and independent electors at the back of the hall slightly limp. The bank-manager's opening remarks were received without any demonstration.Mr Bickersdyke spoke well. He had a penetrating, if harsh, voice, and he said what he had to say forcibly. Little by little the audience came under his spell. When, at the end of a well-turned sentence, he paused and to [...]


    4. My first Psmith book and probably like a schoolboy's first week in a new school, I felt myself missing the crazy world of Bertie and Jeeves. That aside, the book was still a humor of elastic bands - a stretch.Mike Jackson, a brilliant cricketer and a Cambridge aspirant, ends up working at the New Asiatic Bank postal department due to family situation. The good thing is that his onfield partner PSmith too joins him there to 'teach a few things' to their manager Bickersdyke. Bonding with comrades [...]


    5. This has some choice moments--mostly when Psmith is caught red-handed and talks his way out of it--but overall I found it much less enjoyable than "Leave it to Psmith". The problem is the plot: it mostly revolves around Psmith's friend Mike--it starts and ends with prolonged descriptions of Mike playing cricket--rather than Psmith's own hi-jinks. I guess Wodehouse eventually figured out that Psmith was a much stronger character, which is why he dominates the later Mike and Psmith stories.That sa [...]


    6. I was glad to find that Mike Jackson was still with Psmith in this. And I must have absorbed some cricket terminology during the first book in the series as I immediately recognized "lbw" as leg before wicket (whatever that is, I know it's some sort of out or foul)!Psmith is much funnier in this second book in the series; the way he needled the head of the bank "Comrade Bickersdyke" was priceless.Jonathan Cecil was again excellent in his narration.



    7. Many people know Jeeves and Wooster. Some also know the Blandings Castle stories. A few know the Golf stories. Psmith is much less well known, though he has his afficionados.Note that, whatever his vagaries, Wodehouse never converted to belief in any sort of work ethic. He was a prolific writer, but he tended to regard writing as 'work' in the Pravic sense, in which work is equated with play. He was always strongly opposed to the industrial definition of work, which he (quite rightly) associated [...]


    8. Comfort reading par excellence. I think this is the pslashiest of the Psmith books. Interesting for the stuff about class -- I think it was TFV said that when Wodehouse was writing the school stories he hadn't yet achieved the complete detachment from reality you see in his later works, and that's true for the Psmith books as well.I hadn't realised when I first read this how strongly autobiographical it is -- the New Asiatic Bank is HSBC; Cambridge is Oxford; Dulwich College is, well, Dulwich Co [...]


    9. Standard Wodehouse fare, and very good. This was different, however, in that it contained no Wodehouse female of any description -- no aunts and no battleaxes and no pippins.


    10. After some effortful reading, I was of a mind to enjoy a light and easy novel. What better author that P.G. Wodehouse for this purpose, and what better series than the adventures of Mike & Psmith. I read a great deal of Wodehouse more than ten years ago, so a re-read feels fresh and new. I’ve always been especially fond of this minor Wodehouse series, as the pair are so charming. Psmith, with his languid manner, pronounced sense of style, insistence on referring to all men as ‘Comrade’ [...]


    11. If ever there was a book which stamped the top position on the podium of pleasant read, then Psmith in the City, would definitely be a leading contender for the title. A short book with not too many characters, this book makes for a joyful read to anyone holding this book. What adds to the pleasantness of the book is the simplicity of the story and the honesty behind the characters.The story is not a complex tower of twisting staircases, nor is it a bottomless abyss monopolised by darkness. one [...]


    12. The witty, immaculately dressed and imperturbable Rupert Psmith (the ‘P’ being silent and an addition to the name by its bearer) is delightful and so is Psmith In the City. The story concerns Psmith and his friend, Mike Jackson’s experiences at the New Asiatic Bank; employment necessitated in Mike's case by a ‘change of circumstances’ for his father. For Psmith the quest is for ‘something to do’.In point of fact, the plot and minor characters are decorative. The focus of the story [...]


    13. Mike is delighted when avid fellow cricket player PSmith deigns to draw off his lavender gloves and join Comrades in the New Asiatic Bank. Manager Bickersdyke receives unwanted special attention. Humorous, but cricketer would probably like more. Wonder how much is autobiographical?




    14. I just read an article on what modern writers call the "Manic Pixie Dream Girl". You know the character type--the crazy, impulsive, imaginative young lady who charges into the male main character's life, shakes it up, changes it forever, and then makes ready to go on her merry way. (Whether she actually does so or not depends on the story; she can also take a third option by dying unexpectedly but remaining forever in his heart.) The article asked the following question: Is there such a thing as [...]


    15. ‘Psmith in the City’ is the sequel to ‘Mike and Psmith’ and is effectively still a Wodehouse ‘School’ story except rather than be set in a school the setting is a Bank and Mike and Psmith are the office juniors. The boys are still too young to have turned their interests into love and sex and so continue in the same vein they did at school with Mike being unable to concentrate on anything except cricket and Psmith’s only interests being insolence, checking his superiors and flirtin [...]



    16. I am a lover of almost every sport. I say almost because the beauty of the game of cricket has never exposed itself to me. It is to me as interesting as watching water freeze or grass growing. When I started this book I thought it would be a complete bust as the first chapter deals with this game of cricket. Once the first chapter was read and the shock of boredom had passed, the story picked up and became quite humorous and entertaining. Psmith (pronounced Smith as the P remains silent) is a yo [...]


    17. Another humorous adventure involving Psmith. I found interesting parallels between this book and my experiences at the time I read it. I was in the UK, just leaving uni and being spat out into the real world. The feeling of frustration, resignation, boredom with real world tasks (read: part-time jobs) were palpable. Also I love Mike's description of London:"London was too big to be angry with. It took no notice of him. It did not care whether he was glad to be there or sorry, and there was no me [...]


    18. The jokes and language are already top notch in this early Psmith novel, but Wodehouse hadn't yet figured out how to devise an appropriately complex and ludicrous plot. So while there were a good number of laughs, I found that it dragged a bit overall. Still, it's pretty incredible that a book written in 1910 can be funny to a modern audience. A sample of Psmth's grandiloquence:"All is not well," he said, "with Comrade Jackson, the Sunshine of the Home. I note a certain wanness of the cheek. The [...]


    19. PSMITH IN THE CITY. (1910). P. G. Wodehouse. ***.Psmith was one of the author’s more memorable characters. He was known for his skill at one-upmanship, a category of behavior rife during that period of English history. Psmith never seems to hold down a job; any such activity would be far below his standards. When faced with having to earn a living, however, he can certainly do so – but at the detriment to his ‘superiors.’ If you haven’t met Psmith before, you will be in for a treat. Hi [...]


    20. The master in top form, weaving cricket stories and slang together with adventures in the banking trade. Psmith is up to the challenge, artfully coping with terrifying bank managers and taking the innocent Mike under his wing. This Psmith story represents a step forward toward more mature Wodehouse compared to the first one, which was mostly about the cricket slang and schoolboy adventures. Here, the stakes are a little higher and the finesses more interesting. A delight from start to finish.


    21. Much funnerer than Mike (chiefly because the cricket talk was not so all-pervasive), and with overall better readers, but I think I need a really top-notch narrator to really get the full effect of the Wodehousian wit. But I have Audible taste on a Librivox budget, so I bravely endure. I keep expecting to fall madly in love with Wodehouse any minute, and there are certainly moments when my heart feels flutterier, but so far our relationship overall remains in the warm acquaintance category.


    22. What can I say? I love Wodehouse. I love his humor; I love his characters! Nothing he writes is profound or life-changing; it's just a wonderful relaxing amusement. I generally read him after a heavy non-fictional read, just to relax and laugh. This is my second Psmith novel. Psmith (the P is silent) is the exact opposite of his more famous series character, Bertie Wooster. While Bertie is a buffoon who is constantly getting into trouble, only to be saved by his butler, Jeeves, Psmith is always [...]


    23. Psmith could have been a model for Dale Carnegie's "How To Win Friends And Influence People". He manages to cultivate an interest in unedifying but powerful seniors and use his skills to extract the maximum benefits for himself and his friend, Mike while making absolutley sure that he doesn't have to to do any actual work. I don't advise trying these techniques on a loved one though. After finishing the book late at night I woke my wife getting into bed and she wasn't impressed by my charm or re [...]


    24. "You are Agesilaus," he said. "I am the Petulant Pterodactyl. You, if I may say so, butted in of your own free will, and took me from a happy home, simply in order than you might get me into that place under you, and give me beans. But, curiously enough, the major portion of that vegetable seems to be coming to you." Don't mess with Psmith, people. And just in case anyone was wondering: "Oh, you're Smith, are you?""With a preliminary P. Which, however, is not sounded."


    25. At first the cricket terminology was a bit thick, and I found myself missing Bertie and Jeeves. But before the midpoint Psmith's unflappable magnanimity won me over. Here there is no pinching of policeman's helmets, no convoluted plot--just Psmith's charming, verbose, and ludicrous insistence that he has the good of all the world as his first and deepest desire.


    26. Listened to the CD download from Books Should Be Free website. booksshouldbefree/. Wonderful Wodehouse. It's Psmith, with a silent P. I always wish I lived then when I hear/read Wodehouse.


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