Mike and Psmith

Mike and Psmith It was a preference for cricket over schoolwork that united Mike and Psmith in their reluctance to attend their new school Sedleigh The school insists that its attendees be keen but it is sorely unp

  • Title: Mike and Psmith
  • Author: P.G. Wodehouse
  • ISBN: 9780140124477
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Paperback
  • It was a preference for cricket over schoolwork that united Mike and Psmith in their reluctance to attend their new school, Sedleigh The school insists that its attendees be keen, but it is sorely unprepared for boys of such foresight and resources as Mike and Psmith who have decided to devote their energies exclusively to ragging.

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    1. P.G. Wodehouse

      Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of 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 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.

    230 thoughts on “Mike and Psmith”

    1. When ace cricketer Mike Jackson is pulled from Wrykyn by his father for a bad report, Mike has the misfortune of being sent to Sedleigh. Fortunately for him, this is where he meets PsmithSome days, you just want to read about a guy wearing a monocle that calls everyone "Comrade" and generally stirs the pot.Mike and Psmith is an early P.G. Wodehouse novel about Mike Jackson's tenure at Sedleigh and his befriending of one Rupert Eustace Psmith. The P is silent, as in Psychotic and Pteradactyl. Sin [...]


    2. "The character of Psmith is the only thing in my literary career which was handed to me on a plate with watercress round it, thus enabling me to avoid the blood sweat and tears inseparable from an author's life. Lord Emsworth, Jeeves and the rest of my dramatis personae had to be built up from their foundations, but Psmith came to me ready-made.A cousin of mine happened to tell me one night of Rupert D'Oyly Carte a schoolmate of his. Rupert was long, slender, beautifully dressed and very dign [...]


    3. To be honest, I don't know that much about cricket. You could quiz me all day long and I wouldn't be able to tell you, definitively, what a wicket is. There is a ton of cricket in this book. I struggled with the cricket bits.But sports, practical jokes, sticking up for friends, and wit are universal enough that I loved this book. For the time that I read this book (it only took a couple days, it's a super-quick read) I was swept away. Psmith is charmingly witty, and Mike charmingly stoic. The pl [...]


    4. “Mike” was first published in the U.K. on September 15, 1909. I believe it is the longest of Wodehouse’s school novels, and it was republished in 1953 in two slightly revised parts titled “Mike at Wrykyn” and “Mike and Psmith”. Mike Jackson is the main character in part one, and covers Mike’s life at Wrykyn, a public school as have all his brothers before him. The Jackson boys are known for their cricket, and Mike is the youngest, and most talented, of them all. In the second par [...]


    5. Essentially, Mike and Psmith is about old chums, old school ties, and cricket. Sounds like it could be dreadful, no? But it isn't, because P.G. Wodehouse could even make something out of tiddly-winks. Our heroes, Mike Jackson and the inimitable Psmith, his roommate and bosom pal. Both are at Sedleigh, a second-rank school, instead of Wrykyn and Eton respectively, from which the two have been "sent down." At first, the two stand apart from the pull of the new school, but get drawn into tussles wi [...]


    6. This is the first book of Mr. Wodhouse's, i read!! I came across his works in "Humor" section of Flipkart and thought of giving a try!! In i saw that he wrote 3 series of which Psmith series is the smallest with 4 books!! Thats how i chose this book!! And i can say its a "Jolly" good opening and i want to proceed furtherEnjoyed reading this book!! The author is successful in making the reader to turn the pages eagerly!! The character of Psmith is very interesting!! I am looking forward to furth [...]



    7. I've never struggled so much with a Wodehouse book. I adore Wodehouse, I recommend him to people, I've even read a biography or two. But this one the cricket killed me. I'm so glad I didn't give up, though! The bits after the last of the cricket matches are classic Wodehouse witty, and so worth getting to!Some Favorite Quotes:Mike said nothing, which was a good deal better than saying what he would have liked to have said.Mike, when masters waxed sarcastic toward him, always assumed an air of st [...]


    8. When I started this book a d went about half way, I thought "Here is a Wodehouse's that I don't like" but the second half changed the feeling. I would certainly not place it amongst other bests but find it a nice, leisurely, heartwarming story. It doesn't have aspects of mistaken identities nor the same humor that others of his have, but it is nice warm story. Bear in mind that there is a bit of too much cricket and if one doesnt like it, they'd find it boring


    9. ‘Mike and Psmith’ is very much a transitional story in the growth of Wodehouse as a writer. It still heavily features Mike, Wodehouse’s clean cut English schoolboy cricketer, but also introduces us to Psmith re-setting his monocle in the mirror and famously announcing to the world he grows ‘thinner and thinner’ and addressing anyone as ‘Comrade’; not the best way to make friends in a turn of the twentieth century English boarding school.The story is a typical Wodehouse school affai [...]


    10. A humorous book full of cricket? I might actually be in love with P.G. Wodehouse. Aside from the occassional reference to bails in Hitchhiker's Guide, I have failed utterly to find any other books that are amusing, great reads that include a plethora of cricket. Until now.I think it was Stephen Fry who first made me want to read P.G. Wodehouse. I had no clue that cricket was so prominent in these books, though if Mr. Fry liked them so much I should have guessed.Anyway, my massive cricket fetish [...]


    11. Where as the Bladings and Bertie Wooster books poke fun at the British ruling classes, this work in a way paid homage to the honour system that prevailed amongst the 'young gentleman' of the time. On first coming across the monacled Psmith I was determined not to like the guy, but as the tale evolved I grew to both like and respect the guy.It is ironic that the book written in 1909, would see this generation of young people decimated by The First World War, and although a work of fiction it is q [...]


    12. This book is hilarious and adorable. Granted, I am at this time very interested in all things public-school-ish, so I might have liked this an extra amount because of that. It only has four stars because, honestly, "Leave It to Psmith" is better, and there is an awful lot of cricket in this book, so if you don't know anything about cricket, it can be a bit of an uphill slog. Psmith remains one of the best fictional characters of all time, thought, so there's that. (And, of course, he's clearly i [...]


    13. Once again I was suckered into picking up a book solely based on the recommendation of the awesome Sarah Rees Brennan (of course it doesn't hurt that it was a free kindle read.). I know nothing about cricket but I still enjoyed this tongue-in-cheek English school-days book to no end. Clever humor and school-boy shenanigans made for a truly enjoyable story. And oh Psmith! Where have you and your monocle been all my life Comrade?! Too witty by half.This was my first exposure to Wodehouse and I can [...]


    14. Another of Wodehouse's delightful school stories. Those school stories were a huge deal around the turn of the century--friendships and covert love. Wodehouse was so adamantly anti-sex that he can barely bring himself to even mention "beastliness" (code for gay activity) but the camaraderie is there. Wodehouse clearly thought his school years the best of his life--his school stories are like Neverland, sunny and happy, the problems present but always solvable by cleverness or extra effort to win [...]


    15. Oh Wodehouse, how haven't I discovered you earlierAbsolutely loved this book!!The witty humour that Wodehouse brings to all his stories is what made this book great for me, alongside the marvellous characters of Mike and Psmith.I read a few reviews which talked about the vast amounts of cricket in this book which they didn't really like. In my opinion, if you enjoy Wodehouse's style of writing, then you won't mind (if not enjoy) these cricket scenes due to how interesting he makes them. Although [...]


    16. An early Wodehouse work, 'Mike and Psmith' is a fun 'School Story' that whisks you back to a more innocent time. Here the fan-favourite Rupert Psmith (the p is silent) first meets his faithful pal Mike Jackson at their new school. There is a lot of cricket in this book, which being Mike's main love, shows how Wodehouse believed Mike to be the more interesting character. The later books push the more enigmatic PSmith to the forefront. The traditional Wodehouse style has yet to be developed and th [...]


    17. Introduces the eccentric Psmith, a student who wears a monocle, is prone playing clever tricks (aka "rags") on his peers, but also is capable of acting sacrificial acts of kindness. The "P" in Psmith is silent (like the "p" in "psychology" or "pneumonia"), because, after all, "Smith" is just too common. Despite his pretentious manner, he addresses everyone as "comrade", since he styles himself as a socialist (at least in this novel). The introduction of Psmith, as well as the pompous teacher, Mr [...]


    18. A short, sweet book, with far too much cricket for someone who knows nothing about the game. Like most of Wodehouse, things are played for rather low stakes that mean everything to the characters involved. There are various intrigues and scuffles, but no betrayals, and no real malicious intent behind anyone's actions. Mike is rounded out as a character, and Psmith shines as the effective problem solver.


    19. This is a pretty standard early Wodehouse "School novel" until it's utterly transformed midway through by the arrival of Psmith in his first appearance. The mid-point in this book is considered the demarcation line between Wodehouse's career as a chronicler of Public School life and his career as a comic novelist. The second have of the book was re-released years later as "Enter Psmith."


    20. Quite fun, though the parts about cricket went over my head and this was focused around the sport. I found Mike unremarkable, but I liked seeing Psmith's introduction. While I make an allowance for this being written in 1909, I was still put-off by the blackface joke and dropping of the "N" word.




    21. One of PGW's early books, perhaps before he was quite at the peak of his powers, but still amusing and entertaining. 3.5 stars





    22. The only British school novels I've read are the Harry Potter books.* And I've only read one P. G. Wodehouse book before. So reading Mike and Psmith was a like a second introduction to both. The plot of Mike and Psmith is straightforward. Mike Jackson is a star cricketer at Wrykyn, but he's something less than a star student. So when his father gets Mike's latest report card and sees his grades are nowhere near as high as Mike's batting average, he pulls Mike from Wrykyn and sends him instead to [...]


    23. Chosen to lead his private boarding school cricket team, Mike Jackson resents demotion to Sedleigh. Psmith, silent P for Shropshire Smiths "isn't a lunatic on the list" p 202, enslists Comrades Jackson and Jellicoe to bag their own private study and approval of head Mr Outwood via Archaeological Society. "We are companions in misfortune. Lost lambs. Sheep that have gone astray. Divided, we fall, together we may worry through" p 13. Mr Downing wants all his students to show keen attitudes, runs t [...]


    24. Whenever I need something to read that will cheer me up in a hurry I always reach for one of Wodehouse’s hilarious novels featuring the inimitable Jeeves and the bone-headed Bertie Wooster. But now that I’ve discovered the witty and impeccably unflappable Psmith with his monocle and carefully pressed trousers I may have to leave Jeeves and Wooster on the shelf for a while. This was a quick read but a lot of fun while it lasted. For one thing, in true Wodehouse fashion the plot kept getting z [...]


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