Indiscretions of Archie

Indiscretions of Archie By P.G. Wodehouse, Indiscretions of Archie It wasn t Archie s fault really It s true he went to America and fell in love with Lucille the daughter of a millionaire hotel proprietor and if he did marry her well what else was there to do From
  • Title: Indiscretions of Archie
  • Author: P.G. Wodehouse
  • ISBN: 9780742632592
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Indiscretions of Archie By P.G. Wodehouse, It wasn t Archie s fault really It s true he went to America and fell in love with Lucille, the daughter of a millionaire hotel proprietor and if he did marry her well, what else was there to do From his point of view, the whole thing was a thoroughly good egg but Mr Brewster, his father in law, thought differently, Archie had neither money nor occupation, which was dIt wasn t Archie s fault really It s true he went to America and fell in love with Lucille, the daughter of a millionaire hotel proprietor and if he did marry her well, what else was there to do From his point of view, the whole thing was a thoroughly good egg but Mr Brewster, his father in law, thought differently, Archie had neither money nor occupation, which was distasteful in the eyes of the industrious Mr Brewster but the real bar was the fact that he had once adversely criticised one of his hotels Archie does his best to heal the breach but, being something of an ass, genus priceless, he finds it almost beyond his powers to placate the man eating fish whom Providence has given him as a father in law.
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    1. P.G. Wodehouse

      Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of than seventy years and continues to be widely read over 40 years after his death Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse s main canvas remained that of prewar English upper class society, reflecting his birth, education, and youthful writing career.An acknowledged master of English prose, Wodehouse has been admired both by contemporaries such as Hilaire Belloc, Evelyn Waugh and Rudyard Kipling and by recent writers such as Douglas Adams, Salman Rushdie and Terry Pratchett Sean O Casey famously called him English literature s performing flea , a description that Wodehouse used as the title of a collection of his letters to a friend, Bill Townend.Best known today for the Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels and short stories, Wodehouse was also a talented playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of fifteen plays and of 250 lyrics for some thirty musical comedies He worked with Cole Porter on the musical Anything Goes 1934 and frequently collaborated with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton He wrote the lyrics for the hit song Bill in Kern s Show Boat 1927 , wrote the lyrics for the Gershwin Romberg musical Rosalie 1928 , and collaborated with Rudolf Friml on a musical version of The Three Musketeers 1928.

    318 thoughts on “Indiscretions of Archie”


    1. This is my favorite non Jeeves Wodehouse book It is literary champagne like all Wodehouse books, but it s happier than most which is really saying something.The story deals with Archie, a young man who finds out after a hasty wedding to a beautiful girl that his new bride comes complete with a huge pile of money and a terrifying father who hates him.What sets this apart for me is the basic sweetness of the underlying love story Jeeves stories take a very cynical view of marriage, with Bertie Woo [...]


    2. Positively delightful I was hooked on this very amusing spoof of a struggle for acceptance Archie, a well educated but rather feather brain Englishman, comes to New York to seek his fortune as, after looking he failed to find it in England He marries a New York socialite, Lucille Brewster and she brings her new husband home to meet her father He sees Archie as an unscrupulous, gold digging foreigner but doesn t want to disappoint or alienated his daughter so he agrees to give him a suite in his [...]


    3. 3 stars Archie isn t as fun as Bertie but in the same vein Instead of Jeeves, Archie has his wife Lucille to look out for him Fun fast read but if you haven t read any Wodehouse before, I d suggest starting with either a Jeeves book I particularly like The Code of the Woosters or a Blandings book Something Fresh is v good and is the first in the series.


    4. Every genre of fiction has it s great forebear Epic fantasy has Tolkien, heroic fantasy has Robert E Howard, science fiction has H G Wells, for plays there is Shakespeare For situational comedy, there is P G Wodehouse Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchet, both admittedly, owe their success to Wodehouse s creations and the genre that he established.Wodehouse wrote a great deal of comedy about a wide range of characters, all of it situational The Indiscretions of Archie is another one of his novels.Ar [...]


    5. At first this one seemed slightly tedious and indeed it is fairly episodic But in the end I really warmed up to Archie Moffam pronounced moom co The ending is cliche but so unexpected that it s a charming way to wrap up the story.It wasn t until this novel that I realized part of why Waugh must have loved Wodehouse so well other than his impeccable prose style The part of Waugh that liked things to go wrong must of course have delighted in the cycle of peril, scheme, frustration, and peril anew. [...]


    6. Finished 2 Jan 2012 This is a perfect book for reading one chapter at a time, perhaps before bedtime It was originally bunches of short stories that were combined into a book Archie seems to get out of scraps and make everyone like himeveryone but his dear old fatherinlaw And all his attempts to change this only make things worse PS Lucille, his wifey, though playing a smaller part, is quite wonderful.


    7. It somehow feels that the book is a mix of a lot of short, funny stories, strung together I certainly liked the author s other books much better than this one I hope the next Wodehouse book I pick up does better justice to the storyline.


    8. Either it was not one of Wodehouse s finest hours when he wrote this or I am finally beginning to become unenad with his brand of humour I do hope it s the former




    9. I read this only for a challenge Wodehouse without Jeeves or Blandings isn t exactly high on my list of to be reads However, Archie is a good egg His father in law doesn t think so, but Archie is married to his beloved daughter and he has to put up with this person who doesn t seem to have a bean to his name and no particular interest to actually work either He does get caught up in all sorts of situations, and his generally helpful nature and hopeful demeanor helps him get through a whole lot o [...]


    10. This is my favorite Wodehouse title Not favorite book, not by a long shot, but certainly my favorite title Isn t there something so evocative about that word Indiscretions It has the air of Jeeves tactfully sweeping Wooster s latest idiocy under the rug This book is one of many proofs that Wodehouse s true genius lay, not in merely creating a comic idiot which he certainly could do, for no one is deft when it comes to daft but in creating a noble comic idiot, an idiot that the reader loves and [...]


    11. The Indiscretions of Archie is set shortly after the Great War and Archie was recently demobbed from the trenches of France where he was making the world safe for the working man to strike in His English people have realised outside of the army Archie has no real worth and so have promptly despatched him to the brave new world of America to find employment or a suitably wealthy wife.Archie has fallen in love with hotel heiress Lucille Brewster and in stark contrast to Wodehouse s usual structure [...]


    12. Hardly the best novel by P G Wodehouse, and it obviously suffers from being a series of short stories published in 1920 and 1921 By themselves the short stories are funny and delightful in pure Wodehouse manner, but the attempt to weld them together to a single story doesn t work that well for me The stories were altered and edited to make them fit together as a single narrative, yet it doesn t The jumps between the different stories are just too visible, and at times they re a bit jarring as it [...]


    13. After reading and loving this book I was looking forward to reading it again, however, this time around I found it a little too disjointed Perhaps it is due to reading so many of Wodehouse s other novels after it that coming back to this book it doesn t hold up as well While this other novels the plot weaves nicely knitting the chapters together, whereas here each chapter is episodically It could be that it was originally serialized in a magazine making it necessary to reintroduce characters and [...]


    14. It s Wodehouse so that counts for somethingever, as a whole, the book was lackluster Admittedly, there were some laughs aloud at certain points, as only Wodehouse can evoke with his particular brand ofmething style, rhythm, intelligence a mixture of the three But at almost every turn I was reminded of Bertie Wooster Archie in fact used many of the witticisms that Bertie used I waited for Jeeves with his large cranium to appear but alas I don t want this to be a complaint, though, as my affection [...]


    15. I want to start by saying that the librivox reading was fantastic, Mark Nelson always does a superb job.That said, this was easily my least favorite Wodehouse work so far I truly loved Love Among the Chickens etc but this one didn t hook me at all I found the main character too obtuse to even be enjoyable, I mean, he didn t seem to have a redeeming quality like Wooster who is hapless, but still witty It was like watching the first season of the Office, it was just too awkward to even be funny Th [...]


    16. This is an early Wodehouse set in New York where war veteran Archie moves with his new bride the daughter of hotel owner Brewster Archie and his father in law do not get along Archie is a voluable, companionable, social chap who calls folk laddie and old companion etc He suffers nothing from PTSD, has no problem adopthing to civilian life other than being unable to find a job He loves his wife and strives to please his father in law, not unlike Freddy Threepwood Though Archie s adventures usuall [...]


    17. Episodic, but short attention spans save us from lingering boredom Archie is Wooster without Jeeves Worse yet, at least from a Woosterian viewpoint, Archie is married and happily Happy marriages aren t exactly an engine of comedy, but fortunately his father in law is a than worthy adversary Daniel Brewster, rich hotelier, seems to have all the gruff buffoonery of Wooster s nemesis Roderick Spode Both are masters of red faced frustration and the slow burn.Lucille, Dan s daughter and Archie s new [...]


    18. This book starts off as a fairly typical early Wodehouse, with thin characterization, but plenty of humour and wonderful language And then about halfway through Archie grows as a character, and so does his wife, Lucille, who up till then has only made the briefest of appearances In fact the book must be unusual amongst the Wodehouse canon in that is has a married couple at its centre, and a couple who love each other There are laugh out loud moments, some O Henry type plots the book is almost a [...]


    19. Man, Wodehouse is funny Some samples from the book, such as A joke The guv nor, said Parker, breaking the silence, has some nice little objay dar, sir Little what Objay dar, sir Light dawned upon Archie Of course, yes French for junk A lovely observation The only other occupant of the lift was a striking looking woman of foreign appearance, dressed in a way that made Archie feel that she must be somebody or she couldn t look like that A general summary of the progress of Archie throughout the no [...]


    20. In media res The jury is still out on this one at times it seems a bit forced It s one of Wodehouse s early works, and maybe he just hadn t hit his stride yet I may eat my hat on this one, Trevor.Telos Having finished the novel I elevated it from 2 stars to 3 I actually became intrigued reading this early Wodehouse work It is a picaresque novel homage and apologies to Pickwick Papers and Don Quixote, both clearly in another league without much of a continuing plot, a series of independent episo [...]


    21. This is one of those books where I really wish you could give half stars I haven t read any Wodehouse before Archie Maybe I should have asked a fan what a good starter for him is having read some of the other comments, perhaps this wasn t the best one for a WV Wodehouse Virgin.At any rate, this is a culture clash story between a happy go lucky young married Brit and his American father in law The book had the taste of a sitcom each chapter is or less a stand alone episode, with the bungling pro [...]


    22. If you only read one P.G Wodehouse book in your lifetime, it should be this one Archie is probably the most endearing of Wodehouse s characters He s well meaning, but not very smart, and doesn t realize when his actions negatively impact others But because of his natural charm and a lot of luck , everything always turns out alright in the end In that way this book reminds me of Bab A Sub Deb The structure is interesting, because it looks like a novel at first glance, but it s really of a collec [...]


    23. Better as short story still a good readBetter as short stories than being sewed together as a story but throughly enjoyed reading it wodehouse as always is the man



    24. Indiscretions of Archie reminds me why I love classics so much There is something about the writing style that makes it completely different from contemporary literature I also loved Archie He is such a terribly na ve guy but so nice He always wants to help people.



    25. This is an earlier Wodehouse, being first published in 1921, and while this does show in certain parts it s still an incredibly amount of fun I laughed loudly and hysterically at several points.


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