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  • By jodie cook on June 29, 2016

    This is an entertaining romp, a romantic farce, and although the opening of the book doesn't really do much to capture the reader's attention but I don’t think there is excessive danger in anybody tossing P.G. Wodehouse aside in favour of a more modern novel. A Damsel in Distress is very funny and the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time. I laughed so hard throughout, it renewed my faith in the pleasures of reading. Sometimes, reading can get to be a chore, and this book was just a light, fun read to distract me from my ever growing TBR or to be read pile.A Damsel in Distress at its core is Wodehouse having a bit of fun with the concept of chivalry in the dawn of the jazz age, he also makes jokes at the expense of the fading aristocracy. Most of the story takes place at Belpher Castle, where Lord Marshmoreton resides with his son, daughter, sister, sister’s step-son, his secretary and many servants.Although Lady Caroline Byng, who is running the show. It is her darling wish that Lord Marshmoreton’s daughter, Lady Maud Marsh, marry her step-son, Reginald Byng. It’s not a bad plan, except that Maud loves a man she met a year ago in Switzerland and Reggie loves the secretary and it is beginning to affect his golf swing, which worries him.The family is trying to keep Maud away from the man by keeping her at the castle, but she sneaks up to London one day, with the help of Reggie, and unfortunately runs into her brother, Percy. In an effort to escape him, she hops into a random taxicab and encounters George Bevan, a songwriter. It is love at first sight for him. All his chivalrous nature is awakened and he even knocks Percy’s hat off his head in an effort to keep him from discovering Maud in the cab.I loved the humour and the inside out kind of view on family relationship and their individual romantic relationship. Although I don't normally read classic novels as I tend to get bored easily by them I actually read all of A Damsel in Distress, unfortunately for me it just affirmed my dislike of classics, therefore I won't be reading it again but I do encourage you to read it as it a great book in its own right.I also found in the version sent to me by the publisher that the illustrations were a great additions and just highlighted and solidified some amazing points in the novel. The illustrations also distract you in a way from the language and slightly out-dated style of the novel, so it's a way of keeping you reading, breaking the book up into smaller more manageable parts, which really helped me to actually finish the novel.Over all this is a series of misadventures, mistaken identities, and some upstairs-downstairs intriguing follows. It’s funny, charming, and a quick read with the requisite happy ending all around. I highly urge readers who like classics or read a lot of classics to pick this up if you haven't already done so, but purely because of my personal taste and reading preferences I only gave this book 3 stars.

  • By Gord Wilson on August 14, 2003

    Just today I was making a list of the best-written bits in Wodehouse, and Damsel in Distress topped the list. Gracie Allen of Burns and Allen fame starred in an old black-and-white film based from this book and cast in the Billy Wilder screwball comedy vein. Arguably this book may not top the PGW cannon--nearly everyone would have a Jeeves, Mulliner or Drones book at the pinnacle of great reading--but it does contain some of the most delightful passages in Wodehouse.The movie falls far short of the book simply because it was made when "All Singing, All Dancing"--(and no plot) was considered a good review for a movie. Any number of PGW novels critique and lampoon his experiences in Hollywood, but seeing the film first and then reading the book, one might be pleasantly surprised. For me, this novel holds up as one of the best non-Jeeves stories, others being French Leave and The Girl On the Boat.

  • By Eusebius on January 10, 2016

    This is classic, early Wodehouse and you can see the proto-Bertie Wooster emerging in the secondary character of Reggie Byng. Briefly, the story is about George Bevan, a successful young American composer who’s in London to work on one of his stage musicals. He rescues a beautiful young woman when she jumps into his cab while trying to escape from a pursuer who turns out to be her angry brother. He instantly falls in love with her and when she disappears after this brief meeting he tracks her down to Belpher Castle and finds that she is actually Lady Patricia Maud Marsh, daughter of Lord Marshmoreton, a charming codger obsessed with his rose garden. Other delightful Wodehouse characters are the stern Lady Caroline Byng and the stuffed-shirt Lord Belpher who are the heavies; Reggie Byng, Lady Caroline’s son, who is a hilarious template for the future Bertie Wooster; Albert the half-cockney pageboy, a bumbling schemer; Keggs the butler, a fully experienced schemerIt’s a bit of a tangled romantic comedy complete with misunderstandings and misdirection among the characters and the dialogue in a few chapters does go on just a little too long without developing the plot. Of course it ends happily as all romantic comedies should. This is a delightful story and Wodehouse fans will savor it.Note: I bought this in a previously published Kindle version that is no longer available.

  • By Kindle Customer on November 12, 2016

    Though naturally this one isn't as funny as the Jeeves and Wooster stories, it is still wonderfully charming and silly. Definitely a great Sunday afternoon read. Extremely good choice for any one who likes cozy, old world sweet romance with a side of cleverness. Good characters and lovely setting.

  • By Kindle Customer on May 25, 2017

    This was one of Wodehouse's better books. Funny, delightful, attention getter, spell bound. And all the above, twice over. Was it because I had just watched a very depressing film? I think not. Totally enjoyed every word of it.

  • By Barry D. Barber on July 9, 2017

    I enjoyed this book. There was a little bit too much talk about golf, but, apart from that, it was a pleasant read . There were several laugh-out-loud moments. If you are familiar with Wodehouse, you know exactly what to expect.

  • By Photog Mom on March 6, 2016

    Surprisingly funny; rather thin plot

  • By Durbha K. on May 4, 2017

    Got the Kindle version. Wodehouse at his best.

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