The Man Upstairs and Other Stories

The Man Upstairs and Other Stories Wodehouse s well known gift for satisfying plots and comic surprises is evident on every page but there are also signs of his debt to earlier writers in the realistic tradition Set mainly in London o

  • Title: The Man Upstairs and Other Stories
  • Author: P.G. Wodehouse
  • ISBN: 9781590204719
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Wodehouse s well known gift for satisfying plots and comic surprises is evident on every page, but there are also signs of his debt to earlier writers in the realistic tradition Set mainly in London or New York, many of the stories concern ordinary people shopassistants, schoolmasters, secretaries, servants, unsuccessful writers living the life of rented rooms and cheWodehouse s well known gift for satisfying plots and comic surprises is evident on every page, but there are also signs of his debt to earlier writers in the realistic tradition Set mainly in London or New York, many of the stories concern ordinary people shopassistants, schoolmasters, secretaries, servants, unsuccessful writers living the life of rented rooms and cheap cafes Wodehouse knew well from his own experience Yet there is nothing sad or gloomy about these tales Far from it they are brimming with life and energy, beautifully written and invariably delightful And for Wodehouse addicts there is also a goodly sprinkling of goofy young men about town and their valets to satisfy the strongest appetites.

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    1. My first P.G. Wodehouse's book. The collection was more or less about love and romances. It was funny, sometimes with a really wise message. Most of them I give 3 or 3.5 stars, but I give even more for: 'Something to Worry About' (I liked it the best), 'When Doctors Disagree' and 'Ruth in Exile'.Besides I must add to my rating Mike Harris as a reader (I listened it from LibriVox), who read it splendidly.

    2. I will use this "review" for all the P. G. Wodehouse I have read. I read them all so long ago and enjoyed them so much that I have given them all 5 stars. As I re-read them I will adjust the stars accordingly, if necessary, and add a proper review.When I first discovered P. G. Wodehouse I devoured every book I could find in the local library, throughout the eighties and early nineties. Alas, this means that I have read most of them and stumbling across one I have not read is a rare thing. I'm su [...]

    3. A great writer doesn’t have to use many words to bring a story to life. P.G. Wodehouse was a great writer. It is maybe logical that he is best known for his novels but his novellas and short stories are qualitative their equals. This book contains fourteen uniquely different stories that will tantalize the reader’s pallet and leave the sweet aftertaste of laughter. Many of the tales have a parable or fable-like qualities that impart a little unrealized wisdom or lesson. Love is generally the [...]

    4. Romances sidetracked. Snappy silly banter, last century, wealthy high-society British, witty Albert Campion style. Objective observations on human behavior, especially in-love youngsters detoured by interfering outsiders or their own foolishness, in situations impossible today, expansive master vocabulary. Even a Dickensian name, "Blatherwick", can trigger giggles. in progress -- up to #14Kobo saves front cover, author photo here, uses no energy1 The Man Upstairs 31 pgStriving artist Beverley kn [...]

    5. Interesting romances with wisdoms. Fun afternoon entertainment. Pleasant reading by Mike Harris - who became his characters; that always adds to the enjoyment of the experience. (Librivox)

    6. The Man Upstairs is Wodehouse’s first collection of short stories after graduating from the school stories which with the benefit of hindsight were a blot on the old escutcheon. The Quality does vary from story to story but the good far outweighs the poor and the Wodehouse genius is definitely making it’s presence felt although still not as pronounced as in his middle period work.In the Title story the man upstairs is not a reference to the God generally found in heaven accompanying the Larc [...]

    7. A few weeks ago, whilst reading a memoir by Susan Hill, it was brought home to me that I had never read any PG Wodehouse. I thought the easiest way to put this right was to read a book of his short stories. This collection, originally written in, I think 1914, are very funny with some fantastic turns of phrases adn descriptions. Inevitably the language can seem slightly dated and the circles in which his characters move elegantly around are generally wealthy or at least hankering after wealth th [...]

    8. I didn't expect to like this collection of short stories so much. I just got it because it was one of a few of the free Kindle editions of work by P. G. Wodehouse, who I only know of through the Jeeves series, but there are some real gems in here. The stories aren't all his typical upperclass-playboy-and-wise-butler-escapades; the scenes do vary (knights of the round table, new york artist commune) but all with the same rich, tight plots and signature wit of Wodehouse, so light-hearted and acces [...]

    9. Typical Wodehouse, otherwise great stuff. These stories don't include some of his more famous characters, but follow the general Wodehouse plot device. Boy meets girl, problem presents itself, problem resolved. No matter how many times Wodehouse follows this his stories don't get old. How he gets from a to b to c is always fun.

    10. Full disclosure: If I hadn't known that these books were written by Wodehouse, I wouldn't have guessed it. They really lacked his classic sparkle and wit. While a decent collection of short stories, they didn't have the magic that Wodehouse's writing generally has - many of the stories felt rather flat. Later short story collections of his have that fantastic zing at the end that pulls everything together, but these tended to be rather bland on the whole. Fine for a one-time read, but not a coll [...]

    11. Wodehouse has lived on my 'to do' list for so long I may have been excused for charging him rent, (or at least demanding he did his own washing up for a change), and yet somehow he has evaded me. I've not even managed to see any TV adaptations. Many are the eyes that have goggled me providing visual accompaniment to the words 'What do you mean you've never read him?'Well now I have, and now I have I'm not entirely sure what to make of him.Oh, the four stars are worthy to be sure, and were this s [...]

    12. Much to enjoy - the titular opening story in particular has an efficiency and focus that is quite removed from the self-indulgence one might expect from the author in his later years, however enjoyable that always turns out to be. I was reminded of Saki by the craftsmanship and understatement, which may not be a surprising comparison but is certainly a flattering one. These stories are not all so tightly conceived, though, and whilst the parade of jilted or insecure lovers, butlers, maidservants [...]

    13. Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books1 star This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.2 stars This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.3 stars This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.4 stars I really [...]

    14. after about the eighth or tenth book by Wodehouse, he begins to get a little predictable. the man wrote over ninety books during his lifetime, so some slack can definitely be given him. not everyone reads Wodehouse for the same reasons, but ardent fans keep returning for more despite the predictability. i, for one, find his dialogue to be masterful and hilarious, his plots are complex, and his settings in a sort of made-up Edwardian London (or New York)to be delightful. his are light farcical co [...]

    15. When I first started reading this book I thought it would be like many of the novels that followed it, while you still see the wit, humour and, I would suggest, some of his later characters being fleshed out.Apart from that the majority of the novel has a wide range of characters that are involved in tricky situations, there seems to be a bit more ambiguity to the stories than the later novels of Jeeves and Wooster et al. I found that as I progressed through this book I increasingly warmed to th [...]

    16. Some real gems in this volume. None of them actually bad, but some stand out. Like most things those that do will vary from reader to reader. I was only truly bothered by the final story in the volume leaving me feeling somewhat melancholy. A reordering of them, or one more would have left me feeling happier with the whole.Wodehouse certainly has a way with words that a lot of modern authors could only dream of possessing. If you've not read any of his works, this would be a wonderful place to b [...]

    17. A slightly anomalous collection of Plum's short stories: most of the stories have a samey quality, wherein a hapless suitor doesn't get the girl until he throws his weight around. Towards the end, we get a story with a soccer-playing protagonist: prior to reading it, I would have cheerfully taken a bet that Plum had never even heard of soccer. In the event, he doesn't seem entirely comfortable with the game. The final story is a weird effort, centered on Broadway, in which Plum seems to be tryin [...]

    18. Early short stories of Wodehouse. All follow the familiar patterns of the later works, but without quite the polish or the consistency. I miss some of the polish, but loved the little experiments he made into other directions that he seems to have eventually given up. The final story is nice in that it doesn't end all nicely tied up at the end - even though there was ample room to allow for that. I don't think any one story stood out, just good solid and enjoyable Wodehouse writing - but not his [...]

    19. These are mostly (possibly all?) stories about courtin' and young men trying to start their careers. I have to say I wasn't particularly drawn into any of them, with the exception of the last story. It had a very different tone and poignancy. It was about courtin' and a young man starting his career. That said, I've rarely flagged as many witty turns of phrase in a book. PG had a gift. There's also a candour about the heros' (and writer's) observations about the world that confirms that people 1 [...]

    20. This was the first Wodehouse book I ever read. I had (*gasp!*) never heard of him before, and I was looking for a nice, classic read. I saw this, liked the name and started in. And I'm still grateful for that whim. The writing style, the humour, the total absence of anything vulgar totally had me hooked. I started searching immediately after for other works by this P.G. Wodehouse. And I haven't been disappointed :)The short stories in this book are all delightful and make nice, light reading. An [...]

    21. The Man Upstairs:It's an adorable story told in the most simple fashion that is Wodehouse's speciality.Mr. Beverly charms one from the very beginning. He's fresh. He's sensitive. He's funny. One grows to think he's a bit too casual and a kindly long-suffering fellow to whom criticism doesn't seem to affect.What you do find is that the man is very focused and very smart indeed. It's been cleverly told and held my attention till the end.

    22. P.G. Wodehouse is always a treat and even in this volume of pre-Jeeves stories has magic to charm suppressed giggles from the most bored of mid-twentieth Northerners. Some stories were less apt to draw chuckles than others, of course, but even when the plot is less than well-laid, Wodehouse's mastery of the early 20th century English patter is very pleasing. Thanks to dear Mr. Wodehouse, the last few days of housebound illness have been lighted by laughter.

    23. This is a collection of short stories written very early in P. G. Wodehouse's career, and as a collection it's hard to give a fair overall judgment. Some are good, some are less good. None is as good as the later Jeeves and Wooster stories.I would not recommend this unless you are interested in consuming all of the authors produces literary works.

    24. My word, this man knew how to write. If the rating was for use of English only, it would be the full five and more if I could, but the thin-ness of the plots and predictability of the outcomes pull it down a star. I'd only really read his Jeeves and Wooster stuff before, but this collection shows his skill more strongly.

    25. Some of Wodehouse's stories here work better than others. And there aren't a lot of Bertie Wooster types here, or wise butlers. In fact, some of the characters are working class, waiters and farmers and that lot. But it's the language in these tales that makes every story delightful. Nobody turns a phrase like Wodehouse: Delightful!

    26. Most of these 19 short stories feature some classic humour like only P.G. Wodehouse could write. The only weak effort in my view is "The Goal-Keeper and the Plutocrat". Otherwise, this collection is well worth checking out. My two favourite tales were "The Man, the Maid and the Miasma" and the title story.

    27. The stories are obviously from Wodehouse's early writings. The stories are not as developed as the later short story collecctions such as the Golf series. However, it is rescued by the sheer wit and humor displayed by odehouse, which raises it from mediocrity. I would have assumed this book was written by a wannabe author, if not for the fact that Wodehouse himself wrote them!

    28. There are glimpses of later Wodehouse brilliance showing through, and some fantastic lines, but most of these stories read like they were churned out quickly for magazines - which they probably were. A lot of trim-figured girls with brown hair and big eyes, fallen on hard circumstances, marrying worthy young men.

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