- Taschenbuch: 174 Seiten
- Verlag: IndyPublish (17. Mai 2002)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1404315659
- ISBN-13: 978-1404315655
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1 x 22,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 4.477.518 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Love Among the Chickens (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 17. Mai 2002
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Long before there was Jeeves, P.G. Wodehouse wrote hilarious comic novels about upper-class British characters, including Ukridge, who never quite comes to grip with reality. Ukridge contacts his old friend, Jeremy Garnet (who has been trying to avoid him), with a smashing idea--to start a chicken farm. Just borrow some chickens, have them lay eggs, raise the chicks, and off you go. Things are going fine until Garnet sees a lovely young lady who is reading one of his novels. He is immediately smitten, and the complications begin. A terrific book from a master of British comedy. Newly designed and typeset in a modern 6-by-9-inch format by Waking Lion Press.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (15 October 1881 – 14 February 1975) was an English author and one of the most widely read humorists of the 20th century. Wodehouse spent happy teenage years at Dulwich College, to which he remained devoted all his life. After leaving school he was employed by a bank but disliked the work and turned to writing in his spare time. His early novels were mostly school stories, but he later switched to comic fiction, creating several regular characters who became familiar to the public over the years. Although most of Wodehouse's fiction is set in England, he spent much of his life in the US and used New York and Hollywood as settings for some of his novels and short stories.
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It can be expensive to know Ukridge. He'll invite you out to dinner, discover he has no funds, borrow the funds from you and never pay you back. Needless to say, friends try to avoid him.
Jeremy Garnet, the striving novelist, has successfully avoided his old school chum for some time when bad luck causes Ukridge to find Garnet's address. Soon, Ukridge is found barreling through the door along with the new Mrs. Ukridge to invite Garnet to the shore to co found an entrepreneurial enterprise, a chicken farm. In Ukridge's eyes, this is a made-to-order money machine. You borrow some chickens, raise some of your own, return the original chickens and your bounty expands from there. Naturally, neither Ukridge nor Garnet have the slightest knowledge or experience about raising chickens to lay eggs.
On the way to the shore, Garnet sees a lovely young woman who's reading one of his novels. He's immediately smitten, and the complications begin. Without a Jeeves to help him, things go downhill rather rapidly . . . interspaced with modest rallies.
You will enjoy some of the most humorous views of a new chicken farm that you can imagine with this book. What makes it even more delightful is that the book's dedication to Bill Townsend in 1920 (to the second edition) makes it clear that the book has nonfiction roots in the real-life adventures of Bill's friend on his Devonshire chicken farm.
Like most Wodehouse novels, little time is wasted in building humor and romantic possibilities. Enjoy!
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I DO wish that the volunteers that make these books available to the public would take a few extra minutes and write a description instead of the generic "this work was made available by..."
If you love old movies that are filled with human emotion instead of car crashes and sex scenes and you like remembering (or dreaming of) the day when men were gentlemen and women were ladies, then you'll enjoy this as much as I did.
Likewise, Jeremy Garnet, novelist who is a guest of Ukbridge's house, needs a lot of time to mull, and ends up thinking only of true love when all is falling down around his host. He accepts very little responsibility and is glad to acknowledge that, in addition to gaining his true love, marriage will mean his uncle will support him.
The setting is semi-rural, back in the 1920's and the terms used in what was then "modern english" at times required this reader to ponder the roots of their use?
For my part, I was looking for a great story about the early handling of poultry, specifically chickens... though this is touched upon in several locations, the focus is of course, on the interaction between classes and personality types.
It is to be a love story, but I felt that the author failed to adequately develop the focul relationship adequately, though the issues with other characters are wonderfully described.
Poultry Folk, like myself, will see early on, the folly in the way central characters handle their not-so-proffitable chicken venture. I was impressed that the author took the time to accurately name specific breeds which are well known today.
I found the book very enjoyable overall, but was left wanting in the end, as the author seemed to simply wrap things up in a not-so-tidy package?
So, not the best chicken book... characters not adequately developed for the reader and the central love-affair... well, I simply didn't "feel" it.
Worth a few chuckles and nicely bound by the way. (Hard Back Version)