In the Angler’s Rest, drinking hot scotch and lemon, sits one of Wodehouse’s greatest raconteurs. Mr. Mulliner, his vivid imagination lubricated by Miss Postlethwaite the barmaid, has fabulous stories to tell of the extraordinary behavior of his far-flung family....
One of them concerns Wilfred, who lights on the formula for Buck-U-Uppo, a tonic given to elephants to enable them to face tigers with the necessary nonchalance. Its explosive effects on a shy young curate and then the higher clergy are gravely revealed....
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A terrific selection of stories that are classic Wodehouse. I particularly liked "The Bishop's Move" - found it to be uproariously funny in a quirky kind of way. Jonathan Cecil's voice characterizations are masterful, and highly entertaining. Cecil squeezes every nuance of satire and humor out of the stories - a true artist that helps you understand the genius of the author.
These P.G. Wodehouse stories are not as well known as Bertie and Jeeves, but they are hilarious just the same. The convention of beginning each story at the Anglers' Rest, a pub near fishing, brings to mind
Any P.G. Wodehouse read by Jonathan Cecil.
He is my favorite narrator. This one seemed a little flatter than the others, but nonetheless
The tales that are told at the Anglers' Rest.
I've been trying for years to warm up to Wodehouse. Highly literate friends whose opinions I respect are lifelong Wodehouse fans, and of course, you can't read anything about Wodehouse without finding him praised for his supposed mastery of English prose style, for his alleged hilarity (indeed, he considered himself pretty hilarious as well), and for the fact that people like Waugh, Orwell, and Eliot were fans. I kept trying to read him -- the Jeeves books, specifically -- but just never found him funny, and those plots -- all about lovelorn types at country-house weekends trying to impress difficult girlfriends or escape from domineering aunts -- were pleasant enough, and yeah, they never pretended to be more than amusing trifles set in an artificial world... but even as such, they just seemed as silly and ultimately tedious as '50s sitcoms. But Jonathan Cecil's affable, comfortable voice, narrating Mr. Mulliner's tales of his various eccentric relatives (which he's recounting to assembled listeners at the Anglers' Rest -- what a perfect venue), is just the thing for making Wodeouse, if not exactly knee-slappingly funny, at least amiable and palatable and good to listen to before going to sleep. I can't explain exactly why, but Wodehouse just works way, way better for me spoken aloud, in a properly genial voice, than on the page.
Wodehouse uses Mr, Mulliner as his storyteller in these short tales. Mulliner is a patron of the Angler's Rest pub and is always ready to tell his stories to those who will listen. His many relatives find themselves in lots of humorous, sticky situations. But never fear, everything always works out in the end! Perhaps not as funny as his Jeeves series, these stories are still lots of fun to listen to. I especially liked the three tales involving the Buck-You-Up-O tonic and the one about Mr. M.'s nephew James who finds himself living in his romance novelist aunt's cottage after her death. I found myself laughing out loud many times - in itself a great tonic to rival the Buck-You-Up-O!
Jonathan Cecil is an excellent narrator for these very British stories. I look forward to reading the next in the series - I marvel at Wodehouse's ingenuous use of the English language.
The narrator rides roughshod over some of the best and funniest scenes, but other than that, this was an enjoyable collection of fabulous tales.
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