Uneasy Money

Uneasy Money In a day in June a young man stood at the entrance of the Bandolero Restaurant looking earnestly up Shaftesbury Avenue a large young man in excellent condition with a pleasant good hud brown clea

  • Title: Uneasy Money
  • Author: P.G. Wodehouse
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In a day in June, a young man stood at the entrance of the Bandolero Restaurant looking earnestly up Shaftesbury Avenue a large young man in excellent condition, with a pleasant, good hud, brown, clean cut face He paid no attention to the stream of humanity that flowed past him His mouth was set and his eyes wore a serious, almost a wistful expression All that he waIn a day in June, a young man stood at the entrance of the Bandolero Restaurant looking earnestly up Shaftesbury Avenue a large young man in excellent condition, with a pleasant, good hud, brown, clean cut face He paid no attention to the stream of humanity that flowed past him His mouth was set and his eyes wore a serious, almost a wistful expression All that he was thinking of at that moment was the best method of laying a golf ball dead in front of the Palace Theatre It was his habit to pass the time in mental golf when Claire Fenwick was late in keeping her appointments with him His was a simple mind, able to amuse itself with simple things The funniest writer ever to put words to paper Hugh Laurie Wodehouse is the greatest comic writer ever.

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    • Pramod Nair says:

      Uneasy Money is a standalone romantic comedy novel from P.G. Wodehouse, which can be regarded as one among his best works with his signature humor and twisted plots. Written in 1916 this is one of those self-containing titles from Wodehouse, which is not part of any of his usual series of narratives with recurring characters. By utilizing his usual charming way of narrative and his knack in creating loveable characters to the maximum, Wodehouse creates a warm romantic novel, brimming with romanc [...]

    • Jason Koivu says:

      Uneasy Money is easily my least favorite P.G. Wodehouse book in the history of me reading P.G. Wodehouse books!The characters are flat. The writer's trademark humor is almost completely absent. The story is boring.This rags-to-riches, boy-meets-girl tale unnecessarily drags on at a languid pace. The premise is ridiculous, yet not ridiculous enough to be funny. Unlikely romances in which the rich guy falls for the poor girl were all the rage in the early 1900s, so I'm led to understand, and this [...]

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    • Dave Law says:

      Others have commented on the plot so I will comment on aspects of this novel that I enjoy. I love books where the main characters are decent and good people, and you cannot find more decent individuals than the hero and heroine of this book. It is also so refreshing to read a story where a woman can be strong in her femininity and a man in his masculinity, without either trying to take the roll of the other. Both Bill (Lord Dawlish) and Elizabeth Boyd are well portrayed and a joy to read about. [...]

    • Laurel Hicks says:

      Well done, Plum!

    • Thom Swennes says:

      Lord Dawlish (Bill) is an easy-going, generous, and financially destitute member of England’s aristocracy. His financial deficiencies don’t really bother him as he has just enough to meet his modest life's needs. Claire, his fiancée, isn’t so tolerant of his pecuniary circumstances and refuses to set a date for their wedding until he improves this state of affairs. He hits upon the idea of travelling to America, as he had heard that fortunes were there for the taking. Before his departure [...]

    • Scilla says:

      This early Wodehouse is a humorous story about Lord Dawlish (Bill), his actress first fiancee Claire, and how how he finds his true love. Bill is loveable, sympathetic, and generous. His fiance won't marry him until he gets more money and encourages him to do things to get money which aren't in Bill's character. When he is told he has inherited a huge sum of money from a man he met once and cured of his golf slice, he tries to give the previous heir (Elizabeth Boyd) half the money. When she refu [...]

    • Dani says:

      Though less hysterical than some other Wodehouse novels, this was thoroughly captivating and delightful. It wouldn't be Wodehouse without a case of concealed identity and more zany coincidences than one can count. And just when you think the plot couldn't get any more ridiculous, someone goes and shoots a monkey in an outhouse in the dark. But the romance in the second half is what really gives this tale heart. It's sweet, whimsical, and authentic -- just the kind I like.

    • J B Mills says:

      He's known for his Jeeves series, but seriously, his novels rock! The new characters keep them from being to formula driven. And there are so many memorable lines. My favorite quotation:"Boyhood, like measles, is one of those complaints which a man should catch young and have done with, for when it comes in middle life it is apt to be serious."Does it get better than that?

    • Marts(Thinker) says:

      The humorous tale of Lord Dawlish and his adventures in romance, golf playing and, trying to earn some money, that is of course until he learns that he just inherited quite alot from a fellow golfer

    • Allie says:

      Lord Dawlish, "Bill" to his friends, is one of Wodehouse's many prototype Bertie Woosters--a series of slangy, feather-brained, good-hearted young men who invariably end up steeped to their glassy eyeballs in comedic complications. (Freddie Threepwood of the Blandings Castle series and the disjointed, Jeeves-less narrator Reggie Pepper spring to mind.) Outside of Wooster himself, Dawlish is unquestionably the most lovable. Right at the beginning, we see him getting accosted by a peddler who dubi [...]

    • Jenn Estepp says:

      Last night, I couldn't figure out what to read and the feeling of reading ennui was great upon me. So I decided to be logical and unemotional about it and read the oldest-thing-on-my-Kindle-that-I-haven't-read-yet and it was this. Because I am an idiot. Or, rather, when I went on my "Free Wodehouse!" binge upon first getting my Kindle, I moved on to other stuff before reading this one. So, there you go. I think maybe I expected it to be more about golf, since it's mentioned in the beginning and [...]

    • Tony says:

      UNEASY MONEY. (1917). P. G. Wodehouse. ****.This adventure features Lord Bill Dawlish. Bill is a straight-forward guy. But, unfortunately, has a title but no money. On a short seaside vacation, he takes the time to show a fellow golfer how to eliminate his slice. Turns out that this golfer was so pleased that someone would do that out of the goodness of his heart that he made his will leaving all of his $5 million estate to Bill. In so doing, he cut off his rightful heirs. When Bill learned of t [...]

    • Rebecca says:

      Chose this as a quick commute filler after I finished "Silkworm," so I suppose some letdown was inevitable, but still: Uneasy Money is *not* one of Wodehouse's best. There are a few guffaw-inducing lines, but overall, it's a mere nothing of a story that is not redeemed by enough of his usual wit. I'm glad it was a freebie from the good people at Librivox! **Note: I did NOT listen to this edition of the audio; mine was read by Tim Someone of "Big Bible" through Librivox.**

    • Phillip says:

      In my opinion this is one of Wodehouse's great stand alone novels. It's unique absurdity is satisfying and prevents it from being one of his recycled stories. I recommend it and know I will be rereading it in the future.

    • Noam says:

      getting back to the mike and psmith early days heights! not as blatantly hilarious every fourth or fifth page as some of the other books, but super playing out of the intricate plot crowd-pleasing stuff, golly

    • Ruth says:

      Good. Lots of fun but like others much more.

    • Caroline says:

      Early days here. Bit rough on the monkey.

    • Mareli Thalwitzer says:

      I've listened to this on Librivox, recording by Tim Bulkeley. Delightful!

    • Bettie☯ says:

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    • Kathryn says:

      I love Wodehouse's language and writing. I read this book as a recommendation from Emily when I was at her house, and will be reading other Wodehouse books shortly.

    • Martha A. Wilson says:

      loved itThe kind of romance where you are afraid it won't turn out right but it does, with laughs and warm feelings all around.

    • Mary Catelli says:

      Lord Dawlish's fiancee Claire disapproves of his handing out shillings to the poor. Then, he is the second poorest peer in England. She is quite certain that if he bestirred himself he could get some money.Lord Dawlish -- alias Bill -- gets an American friend of his to write him a letter of introduction under a false name, because he hopes to make some money in New York. And then he discovers that a capricious millionaire had left him his entire fortune -- minus twenty pounds for a nephew -- cut [...]

    • J. Boo says:

      Better than average Wodehouse on the romantic side - the relationship is completely believable and rather charming. Yes, I rooted for them both.It wasn't, however, as funny as some of his other works, with the exception of a stunningly humorous and true-to-life passage where an adventuress tries to get her hooks back into her target. (Placing a sample in a spoiler, although frankly this is one of those books where honestly very little about the plot will be suprising. (view spoiler)[Mr Pickering [...]

    • Glen Engel-Cox says:

      I do not regret having read all of the Wodehouse books written before this one, but I have to express my delight at finally starting to get to the books that made Wodehouse’s reputation. This particular one isn’t tied to any of his series, but shares a lot with both the Blandings Castle and Bertie & Jeeves books. First off, there’s Lord Dawlish, the sort of chap who is just a little too nice for his own good, the kind who always gets nipped by one and all for a fiver here or a ten-spot [...]

    • Ian Wood says:

      Uneasy Money is the story of Bill Dawlish who is left Ira Nutcombe’s entire fortune. Ira wrote his niece out of his will in favour of Bill when he cured him of his ‘slice’ on meeting at the Golf links at Wodehouse’s seaside resort Mavis Bay. Bill is not overly comfortable with coming between Elizabeth Pickering and the inheritance she was due, and when his offer to split the money is refused by return of post he sets of to America to right the wrong.As with all the great Wodehouse storie [...]

    • Whitney says:

      Good Solid Wodehouse formulas are here. Protagonist Lord William Dawlish actually prefers to be called Bill, and actually he has no money--just a job in a London club, and honestly he's not incredibly smart at all. Okay, full disclosure, he's a dumb schmuck. But luckily he's engaged to the gorgeous Claire who has plans to help him rise to the top of society.Okay, full disclosure--Claire is a mean-spirited, money-grabbing GOON. Luckily they both go on simultaneous journeys to America--unbeknownst [...]

    • Jonathan says:

      A nice early book set partly in New York which I generally favour in the Wodehousian oeuvre. This was the usual lark of money, love and mix ups set in England and the US but had a slightly more romantic tone than later books. There seemed to be a more distinctly sentimental and slightly mushy than usual flavour to the scenes between Lord D and Elizabeth, I couldn't help wondering if this related to a romantic period in a youngish PGWs life.What I love about his early books is the sheer relish fo [...]

    • Spiros says:

      Early Plum, and a corking good yarn. Our hero is Bill, Lord Dawlish; a bit of an ass, don't you know, but with a heart of gold, who has unconscionably gotten engaged to a hard-as-nails English showgirl, who can't abide Bill's tendency to spread his nonexistent largesse on anyone who happens to be harder up than he is. Bill has, through no fault of his own, dispossessed a couple of Americans, and so he ventures across the Pond to see whether some formula might not be worked out. Complications ari [...]

    • Brea Shyng says:

      P.G. Wodehouse delivers as usual. A delightful cheerful romance peppered with a ridiculous inheritance, a beekeeper, a drunk and his nanny of a sister, and a gold digger. With such a entertaining cast how could the story disappoint? Fun, light hearted, brilliantly witty and as always worth the read.

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