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A Damsel in Distress

A Damsel in Distress by P. G. Wodehouse
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A Damsel in Distress is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the U.S. on October 4, 1919 by George H. Doran, New York, and in the U.K. by Herbert Jenkins, London, on October 17 1919. It had previously been serialised in The Saturday Evening Post, between May and June that year.

Golf-loving American composer George Bevan falls in love with a mysterious young lady who takes refuge in his taxicab one day; when he tracks her down to a romantic rural manor, mistaken identity leads to all manner of brouhaha.

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[Transcriber's Note for edition 11: in para. 4 of Chapter 19, the word "leafy" has been changed to "leaky". "leafy" was the word used in the printed edition, but was an obvious misprint. Some readers have noted that other editions have slightly different punctuation, notably some extra commas, and semi colons where there are colons in this edition; but the punctuation herein does follow at least one printed text. jt]


by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse


Inasmuch as the scene of this story is that historic pile, Belpher Castle, in the county of Hampshire, it would be an agreeable task to open it with a leisurely description of the place, followed by some notes on the history of the Earls of Marshmoreton, who have owned it since the fifteenth century. Unfortunately, in these days of rush and hurry, a novelist works at a disadvantage. He must leap into the middle of his tale with as little delay as he would employ in boarding a moving tramcar... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 6 reviews)

Reviewer: - October 8, 2015
Subject: Thanks
I am staying ill in bed and only half way through the book. Thanks to both the readers for giving me such wonderful company.
Reviewer: - January 12, 2015
Another fun story by Wodehouse! I enjoyed listening to the differing styles of Madame Tusk and Yaz Pistachio, and thought they both did great . . . Contrary to the insulting and utterly snobbish review posted in July, I think Wodehouse can be read, delivered, and/or ultimately enjoyed in numerous ways, just as I enjoyed this book and its readers!
Reviewer: - July 30, 2014
Subject: Damsel in Distress
Story good , first female reader made it a little boring. Still good, though.
July 18, 2014
Enunciation taking the place of any character...Wodehouse is brimming over with charisma and humor that is funniest when it is delivered properly, which is, in my opinion with the reader giving the audience the impression of a sly smile attached to the recital, an in- joke the audience is kindly let in the impression is that of an earnest and enthusiastic but still incompetent elementary school teacher introducing the classics to her class of most probably sleepy-eyed prepubescent pupils, bored to tears by the hum of white noise that Ms Pistachio undoubtedly produces. This is the same kind of smarm that winds up on American television in the form of "cozies" and period dramas. Please stick to your day job, whatever it is, probably correcting your customers on the proper pronunciation of "lapsang souchong" as they request their drinks from you at the coffee shop, dear, and try not to entertain the idea of letting the possibility of the thought entering your head of going into acting. You lost me at "Hamp shire" rhyme with "quag mire".
Reviewer: - August 22, 2013
Subject: Beautiful comedy
I loved the story and the narrator has done a wonderful job. So relaxing a story that it makes one forget all the cares of life
Reviewer: - January 14, 2013
Subject: I Love a Bit of Wodehouse!
Wodehouse books are always so delightful, and charming. Listening to this while I worked made it feel like it was Sunday afternoon. Thanks so much Yaz Pistachio and Madame Tusk for reading it to me so beautifully! :)

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