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Book Title: Bachelors Anonymous|
The author of the book: P.G. Wodehouse
Edition: Marboro Books (Rockleigh, NJ)
Date of issue: June 28th 1988
ISBN 13: 9780880292795
Format files: PDF
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Ivor Llewelyn is a movie producer, apparently he’s Welsh but clearly he’s been Hollywood-based for a fair old while as he now speaks and acts like your stereotypical movie studio head. Following his fifth divorce, he is approached by his lawyer, a Ephraim Trout, who reveals he is a member of a club called Bachelors Anonymous – a group of like-minded men who have sworn off marriage and are keen to get other men to join their group. Now in the hands of another author, the notion of like-minded men who refuse to have anything to do with women and use somewhat underhand means to get other men to join their number would probably be given a much different, more sinister, spin. Here though it’s just another example of Wodehouse’s boys in grown men suits, who’ll swear off the love right until the point it hits them right between the eyes and leaves their hearts not just singing, but charging enthusiastically through the scores of entire Broadway shows. Burnt by this latest divorce, Llewelyn takes Trout’s wife and on a business trip to London hires failing playwright Joe Pickering to help stop him getting betrothed again (most specifically, to stop him getting betrothed to an imperious West-End actress, Vera Dalrymple). Pickering is happy to help, although he finds himself in a much different boat when it comes to love, having recently fallen head over heels with reporter, Sally Fitch (who has recently been left some money, and is also being pursued by her wastrel, aristocratic ex, who is actually – and coincidentally – engaged to Sally’s new flatmate). So Llewelyn and Pickering are an unusual but amicable pairing, one turned away from love and the other smiling at it fondly. But then Mr Trout arrives in London, and Ephraim Trout is about to do a sudden volte-face which will change all his views and his entire personality.
I’m sure just reciting the plot gives you some idea of what a charming, delightful soufflé this is There are without a doubt better Wodehouse novels, but on its own terms, this is a slender and near perfect treat. A wonderful novel to curl up with on a wet Bank Holiday Monday afternoon. Published in 1973, this triumphantly ignores all concerns of the 1970s, but there can be few books of the period which are so beguiling and genuinely amusing.
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Read information about the authorSir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more 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 more 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).
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