Uncle Fred in the Springtime
“[Wodehouse’s] entire genius was for being funny.” —Douglas AdamsFrederick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, Fifth Earl of Ickenham, better known as Uncle Fred, is back “to spread sweetness and light” wherever he goes. At the request of Lord Emsworth, Uncle Fred journeys to Blandings Castle to... show more
“[Wodehouse’s] entire genius was for being funny.” —Douglas AdamsFrederick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, Fifth Earl of Ickenham, better known as Uncle Fred, is back “to spread sweetness and light” wherever he goes. At the request of Lord Emsworth, Uncle Fred journeys to Blandings Castle to steal the Empress of Blandings before the ill-tempered, egg-throwing Duke of Dunstable can lay claim to her. Disguised as the eminent nerve specialist Sir Roderick Glossop, and with his distressed nephew Pongo in tow, Uncle Fred must not only steal a pig but also reunite a young couple and diagnose various members of the upper class with imaginary mental illnesses, all before his domineering wife realizes he’s escaped their country estate.
Publish date: July 2nd 2012
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
Series: Blandings Castle (#6)
I feel a bit sheepish giving this 5 stars, since the last book to receive this rating from me was Faulkner, and this is no Faulkner. But it is a simply wonderful specimen of comic novel. Laugh-out-loud funny. Amusing. Full of what-ho! and a jolly good time. Wodehouse can tie the most amazing kn...
I am amazed that Wodehouse finds so many reasons for young couples to break their engagements, as well as reasons for needing to raise a bit of capital. The last paragraph of this novel seems to convey a warm, fuzzy feeling, but there's really not as much to be warm and fuzzy about as in the other W...
My favorite Wodehouse novel by far. Very comical!
Roundly praised as the finest of Wodehouse's works, it was the first one I read. I love the Empress.
When the eccentric Uncle Fred played Cupid to Lord Emsworth, little did he know that he would be known as Imposter A and the Lord's pig, the Empress, as Imposter B.