The Man with Two Left Feet and Other Stories
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P.G. Wodehouse’s The Man with Two Left Feet and Other Stories is an early collection of works written just as the author’s celebrated comic genius was reaching its razor-sharp peak. Whether encountering the gloomy prospect of dance lessons or bemoaning hopeless romantic entanglements, Wodehouse’s heroes and heroines never fail to get plenty of chuckles out of any reader. Signature characters like Bertie Wooster make their first appearances in this delightful set of wacky, witty, short stories. Brighten any day with a hearty serving of Wodehouse’s light-hearted literary fun.
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Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881-1975) was born in Hong Kong to British parents. As a child, he returned to England with his family but spent several lonely years away from home at boarding school. Wodehouse was a passionate writer from early on but was unable to pursue his education at university due to his family's tight budget. Instead, Wodehouse was forced to choose a practical job as a banker, although he did not enjoy a second of it. He left his banking position to write features for British newspapers, and after finding success as a columnist, eventually moved to New York and began writing for American magazines. Wodehouse's talents as a writer brought him into the entertainment industry, where he wrote scripts, screenplays, and lyrics for some of the day's most famous Broadway shows and for early Hollywood films. After beginning to publish his first novels and short stories, Wodehouse settled into a career as an author. His success was followed by difficult times during the Second World War, when, while living in France, Wodehouse was arrested by occupying German forces and imprisoned for a year in a dismal internment camp. After the war, Wodehouse eventually moved back to New York, where he would remain for the rest of his life. Beloved for his entertaining characters and plots, Wodehouse is perhaps best-known as the creator of the Jeeves and Wooster novels, as well as a host of light-hearted and hilarious stories about the comic trials and tribulations of the well-to-do.Back to top
Opening Lines (Experimental)
There's a divinity that shapes our ends. Consider the case of Henry Pifield Rice, detective.
Henry lived in a boarding-house in Guildford Street. One day a new girl came to the boarding-house, and sat next to Henry at meals. Her name was Alice Weston. She was small and quiet, and rather pretty. ...
Reviewed by cgarri on Aug 20, 2011
Waste of time
Clearly Wodehouse is a very good writer. However, in these stories he spends many, many pages setting up the small irony or witticism that ends each story. If you're going to spend that much time on the set up, the payoff should be laugh out loud funny.
Reviewed by w9eh on Apr 21, 2009
Old Fashioned Fun
Wodehouse is one of my new favorites.
Reviewed by JuddPeter on Jun 15, 2010
A warm, funny bright spot in each day's reading.
This collection of short stories warms the heart and tickles the mind in a way that more modern writing seldom does. The author covers a full range of human emotions and predicaments in simple ways without excess. Many days I could not resist asking for the next day's installment--simply because I didn't want to wait. Wodehouse is a genius at telling of the human predicament with both sympathy and great humor.
Reviewed by cuiblemorgan on Apr 13, 2010
Humor and romance
Short stories -- humorous and romantic -- that entertained and made me laugh. Especially liked Henry in the title story, who's idea of fun reading for personal improvement is going through the encyclopedia page by page and taking notes about the articles. I can understand the appeal. "Extricating Young Gussie" introduces Jeeves, Bertie [although this is possibly a different Bertie] and Aunt Agatha.
Another good read from DailyLit!
Reviewed by lostpenny on Aug 5, 2009
Can PG Wodehouse ever NOT be fantastic?
Nothing to complain about- an interesting look at the many facets of PG Wodehouse's creative genius, including a few slightly (only slightly) more serious shorts. Still light hearted fun!
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