If Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge had a fiver for every dodgy scheme he had ever floated, he would be a very rich man indeed. In these ten stories he tries every way of making money, from writing political slogans to opening a college for dogs. In his own eyes, Ukridge is a Great Man and a visionary. In ours, he is English literature's most delightful chancer and one of Wodehouse's greatest comic creations: charming, ambitious, persuasive, optimistic and almost always disastrous.
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Love Among the Chickens is the first published novel featuring Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge, an entrepreneur who dreams big and always believes he will strike gold with the next outrageous scheme he attempts.
I find the characters in Ukridge slightly less likable than Jeeves and Wooster, but the stories seem to have a bit more variety and depth. If you enjoyed the Jeeves and Wooster series, you will definitely find a similar level of enjoyment in this series.
LAtC (the title is too much to type out every time!) was the first published Ukridge book, but it happens chronologically after Ukridge (the second volume). I would recommend reading the second one first. Aside from the chronological reason, Ukridge is a series of short stories whereas this is one long story, so you get wider variety in Ukridge. But honestly, you can't lose either way.
In LAtC, Ukridge decides to start a chicken farm with some loaner chickens and drags a friend along with him to Dorset for the venture. His friend, Jeremy Garnet, is hoping for a bit of golf, but finds a particular and quite feminine bit of the Dorset scenery very much to his liking. Too bad Ukridge winds up this creature's father at first opportunity, causing a seemingly uncrossable gulf between the would-be lovers.
Typical Wodehouse. Witty, fun, and absorbing. Maybe not the best I have read, but I would definitely listen to it again.
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