So says Mervyn Potter, Hollywood heart-throb, who leads poor Barmy Fotheringay-Phipps astray in Barmy in Wonderland (). But before. A penniless Englishman falls in love with a lively American girl, loses her, finds her again, is rejected, but finally discovers true love after many comic adventures. Love is a powerful spur, and Cyril Fotheringay-Phipps (known to his friends as Barmy) invests his modest fortune in a stage production.

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The book was very good, and very funny, but definitely not my favorite Wodehouse ever. Featuring a cast of sharply drawn characters, from haughty film stars and monstrous producers to detestable critics and total divas, Barmy in Wonderland is a brilliant satire on life behind the curtains. Evelyn Waugh Praise for the Overlook Wodehouse Collectors’ Series Overlook Press is publishing a set of clothbound collector s editions of the master s work.

Plumtopia Guide to life by Honoria Plum. He didn’t leave himself much scope for plot, but he still has Mervyn Potter’s monologues and some nifty scenes to work with. Looking for beautiful books? The easiest way to describe Potter is as a sort of super Uncle Fred; for non-Wodehouse fans, Potter is basically an anarchic force of nature equipped with some hilarious monologues.

To the best of my knowledge, Barmy, a member of the fabled Drones Club, is the only one who appears in other stories. A fun, fast-paced, suspenseful, and hilarious read. Refresh and try again. Mike at Wrykyn P G Wodehouse.

Also published as “Angel Cake”. Always a fun and farcical time when reading about Wodehouse and his magical worlds. Unfortunately Mervyn Potter is unable to sustain this binge-free lifestyle and Hermione cancels the fixture. The world is inhabited by two kinds of people — those who have come to depend upon a tissue restorative of some kind and others who chug along their barjy in a perfectly sober state of mind.

The Broadway producers are portrayed as tough talking, money grubbing, egotistical, rude and stupid. It took me a while to get into this story, but once I got into the groove, it went very quickly, and was as enjoyable as ever.


September 12, at 1: In Barmy in Wonderland this classic plot of s musical comedy, so familiar to Wodehouse from his own stage works, becomes the basis for a brilliant satire on theatrical life. Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer ih enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more than seventy years and continues to be widely read over 40 years after his death.

Why publishers felt the need to give Wodehouse books different titles for American readers, especially bywhen he was sufficiently established that the title was not likely to be a selling point, is beyond me. The romance is a little silly and didn’t appeal to me much.

Will he find true love, or merely lose a fortune? What I say here is valid for almost all his books. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Hardcoverpages. Typical of Wodehouse, there are many complications and laughs and it all works out in the end. Will he ever see any of his money back and win his woman’s heart? Dispatched from the UK in 10 business days When will my order arrive?

Review quote Wodehouse is the greatest comic writer ever. Notify me of new comments via email. Wodehouse Author Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse was an English wonderlanf who wrote novels, short stories, plays, poems, song lyrics, and numerous pieces of journalism.

Much Obliged, Jeeves P. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. It was good wwonderland see more of Barmy, truly. I shall feel like a thirsty leper.

Barmy in Wonderland : P. G. Wodehouse :

Perhaps best known for the escapades of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, Wodehouse also created the world of Blandings Castle, home to Lord Emsworth and his cherished pig, the Empress of Blandings. With each volume edited and reset and printed on Scottish cream-wove, acid-free paper, sewn and bound in cloth, these novels are elegant additions to the legions of Wodehouse fans’ libraries. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own.


Maybe because he is too over the top and never gets his just desserts. This one took wonerland bit of working into. Feb 23, Swetha Sundaram rated it liked it.

Moments when one needs a drink (Barmy in Wonderland)

Lord Emsworth And Others P. Dec 18, Linda rated bamy really liked it Shelves: Not only are the largely brainless and penniless aristocratic English hero and the perky blonde working-class American heroine both familiar types, Wodehouse didn’t even go to the bother of making up a new hero but simply plucked one the Barmy of the title from his Drones Club stories.

I wonderlanf the crooked Lehman and McClure, theatrical producers, who address Barmy as My Blossom, love the neat and satisfying ending. Not one of Wodehouse’s best but still very entertaining story about the adventures of Barmy being suckered into buying and managing a Broadway wonderlanf. Whenever the plot shows signs of dragging, Potter shows up to give it a push in the right direction, something which would be annoying if you weren’t so busy laughing.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Mervyn convinces Cyril that Broadway is where it’s at and soon Cyril is Cyril Fotheringay-Phipps, aka “Barmy,” is not known for his brains. Looking for beautiful books? Jeeves In The Offing P. Barmy, as his name may suggest, has well intentions, but is hardly the brightest crayon in the box, and he’s certainly out of his depths navigating Broadway.

The result is a book that is perhaps best thought of as a connected set of very funny stories. He was highly popular throughout a career that lasted more than seventy years, and hi