Mike and Psmith [NOOK Book]

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Rupert Psmith (or Ronald Eustace Psmith, as he is called in the last of the four books in which he appears) is a recurring fictional character in several novels by British comic writer P. G. Wodehouse, being one of Wodehouse's best-loved characters.

The P in his surname is silent ("as ...
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Mike and Psmith

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Overview

This ebook is complete with linked Table of Content making navigation quicker and easier.

Rupert Psmith (or Ronald Eustace Psmith, as he is called in the last of the four books in which he appears) is a recurring fictional character in several novels by British comic writer P. G. Wodehouse, being one of Wodehouse's best-loved characters.

The P in his surname is silent ("as in pshrimp" in his own words) and was added by himself, in order to distinguish him from other Smiths. A member of the Drones Club, this monocle-sporting Old Etonian is something of a dandy, a fluent and witty speaker, and has a remarkable ability to pass through the most amazing adventures unruffled.

Wodehouse said that he based Psmith on Rupert D'Oyly Carte, the son of the Gilbert and Sullivan impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte, as he put it "the only thing in my literary career which was handed to me on a silver plate with watercress around it". Carte was a school acquaintance of a cousin of Wodehouse at Winchester College, according to an introduction to Leave it to Psmith. Rupert's daughter, Bridget D'Oyly Carte, however, believed that the Wykehamist schoolboy described to Wodehouse was not her father but his elder brother Lucas. Lucas was also at Winchester. ---From Wikipedia

Mike and Psmith was originally released as Mike.
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  • BN ID: 2940011944055
  • Publisher: Spastic Cat Press
  • Publication date: 10/27/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 206 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2001

    Delightful

    This book showcases 2 of Wodehouse's finest qualities - his amazingly intuitive grasp of life at school and the psyche of its inmates and his unparalleled wit. Indeed, it is hard to go through one of his 'school stories' without revisiting one's own childhood. The book opens with Mike, a simple, unassuming yougster, for whom the love of cricket transcends everything else. A slump in the fortunes of his family lands him in a new school, rudely interrupting his progress to the captaincy of his school eleven. As a result, the new school finds a somewhat resentful young gentleman on its premises. Mike, however, is not the only new entry. He is soon joined by Psmith and a round of introductions later, the two youths decide to brave the new school and its offerings together. How they go about doing this and the ensuing events form the crux of the story. The reader is witness to an interesting study in contrasts. On the one hand, we have Mike, a normal, almost awkward youth, who transforms into the epitome of flair and confidence on the cricket field and whose attitude to life and the people around him is simple and straightforward (almost blunt), which contrasts sharply with the sophisticated Psmith, who lends an air of importance and class to every scene he's part of. The interaction between these two as also the diverse ways in which they approach difficult situations is the most enjoyable aspect of the book. All in all, a very interesting read.

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