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Fortunately for him, Horace Appleby, currently posing as his butler, is on hand to oblige. For Horace is, in fact, not a butler at all but the best sort of gangster, prudently conce Do Butlers Burgle Banks?
Do Butlers Burgle Banks?
For Horace is, in fact, not a butler at all but the best sort of gangster, prudently concealing himself in an English country house while hiding from his rivals. Looking for peace and safety, Horace is to discover before long that the hotspots of Chicago are a whole lot more restful than the English countryside. This is the lightest of light comedies, a Wodehousean souffle from his later butlerx.
Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Do Butlers Burgle Banks? Be the first to ask a question about Do Butlers Burgle Banks? Lists with This Book. Sweet, charming and amusing tail of mistaken identities, burgled banks and hilarious mistakes that all turn out right in the end.
Wodehouse is king of the mistaken identity with a touch of bad luck and terrible coincidence thrown in. But that’s one of the reasons we all banjs him so. Dec 25, Valentina rated it liked it.
I personaggi sono meravigliosi: Wodehouse ricrea con mano elegante e sapiente, carica di ironia, modi, colori e costumi dei piccoli centri in cui si muovono i suoi personaggi.
Do Butlers Burgle Banks? – Wikipedia
Horrace Butlefs is the brains behind a criminal organization known as the Appleby Gang. They’ve eluded police on both sides of the Atlantic and are about to embark on their latest scheme. Mike’s uncle Hugo was a generous benefactor and Appleby is convinced the bank is ripe for picking.
However, that’s before he meets the lovely Ada, Mike’s secretary and before Mike’s Horrace Appleby is the brains behind a criminal organization known as the Appleby Gang.
However, that’s before he meets the lovely Ada, Mike’s secretary and before Mike’s aunt’s nurse Jill discovers what is distracting Mike and keeping him from bans marriage and before one of the gang backs out for the most unlikely reasons.
This isn’t Wodehouse at his best. It took me a very long time to get into. Most of the book is the set up for the titular action. The dialogue is charming in spots and the plot cute in spots but not all together above par for Wodehouse. The plot moves too slowly and the falling action is wrapped up so quickly and unbelievably. The romances come out of nowhere and are not believable. The plot surprised me though because it was rather different from Wodehouse’s usual love triangle plot.
The characters are flat and bland, except for Appleby. He’s an interesting and complicated character. He is a very unusual butler, even for Wodehouse. I love the way he speaks and how he’s the mastermind behind the gang. He’s a thinker not a do-er. The rest of the gang and straight up parodies of gangster film characters. They make the story actually amusing, especially Basher. The women in this story are horrible.
There’s the tyrannical aunt laid up in bed; her nurse and confidant who has brains and uses them for her own advantage, and the sweet but not pretty secretary. Mike wasn’t very fleshed out either. He appears only briefly here and there in the story. If Wodehouse wasn’t the master at comedy, I would probably rate this higher. Feb 26, Meghna Sinha rated it liked it. Do Butlers Burgle Banks is a stand alone narrative – not buhlers a part of any of Wodehouse’s series.
The style of narration is the author’s typical – flawless language and inimitable humour – and is a quick read. The story unfolds in the manner of a blooming flower and unravels rapidly thereon. The characters were crafted meticulously as was the author’s wont. The plot gradually lands into a hilarious imbroglio as the story reaches a crescendo, taking the reader along all the way.
The style is Wodehouse’s classic, the story telling is what we’re used to from the author, but beats me how it still stands out. Has to be the genius. If you’re a Wodehouse fan you’ll love bytlers if you’re not a Wodehouse fan, well, become one! Not Wodehouse’s best, but a pleasant read.
Even absent any of his recurring characters, Wodehouse can work wonders– bringing his typically word-perfect wit and economy to a burglary caper that’s got one hilarious burglf after another. The ending is arguably a little over-extended, but on the whole, this is a smashing Wodehouse yarn, and one of my favorite of his stand-alone novels. Sep 29, Maureen E rated it liked it Shelves: Do butlers burgle banks?
One does, since he just so happens to be a criminal mastermind in disguise. The bank in question is owned by Mike Bond, who recently inherited it from his uncle Horace. With Mike ignoring his erstwhile love, Jill Willard, and gang members falling victim to revival meetings, hijinks are sure to btulers. To be honest, this one butlefs a little odd.
It was fun, fluffy in the typical fluffy way of Wodehouse. But there were several jarring moments where I suddenly remembered that th Do butlers burgle banks? But there were several jarring moments where I suddenly remembered that this book was actually published in Somehow the odd bits of modernity that crept in didn’t mesh with the bucolic landscape or the general sense that the story was actually set in a much earlier era.
And Mike doesn’t have the appeal of either a Bertie Wooster or a Psmith, which does tend to handicap things a bit. A fun read, but probably not worth your while, unless you’re a particularly devoted Wodehouse fan. Jun 19, Suzannah rated it liked it Shelves: One of Wodehouse’s late novels, from a period when his work was losing lustre. Chuckle-worthy but never uproarious, PGW seems to be merely going through the motions in this tale of a young banker in hot water and the gentlemanly gangster who comes to his rescue.
Most of the jokes read like retreads, and his roundabout way of saying things seems dare I say it a little plodding. And yet, despite the tiredness of the writing style, this farce is superbly plotted, full of outrageous twists and tur One of Wodehouse’s late novels, from a period when his work was losing lustre.
And yet, despite the tiredness bkrgle the budgle style, this farce is superbly plotted, full of outrageous twists and turns.
May 03, Krishna Kumar rated it it was ok. A rather tired effort from Wodehouse about a gang trying to rob a bank that is deep in the red. Some of the characters are sketched out in depth, especially the butler of the title. But the storyline becomes a little unbelievable towards the end, even for a Wodehouse novel, and the book barely salvages it. Not top-notch Wodehouse in my burlers but still laugh-out-loud material.
Jan 04, Stephan Benzkofer rated it liked it.
A very light, entertaining morsel. I’ve never read any Wodehouse; this won’t be my last. Chicago fans, take note: View all 3 comments. May 21, Erin Britton rated it really liked it. The new owner of Bond’s Bank discovers that all is not what it bbutlers be in the bank’s accounting practices and realises that something drastic banis occur the precarious financial situation is not to be discovered by the trustees.
Luckily for him, noted burglar Horace Appleby is currently posing as his butler and is more than happy to assist with compromising the integrity of the bank’s vault. But,ers always wanted to read a P. And now I have. I don’t think this was the best one to read. It wasn’t terrible but just not great. Maybe I should have tried a Jeeves. I found all the names a bit confusing. The storyline is a bit of a tangle but it comes together.