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Psmith Journalist (Large Print Edition) (original 1915; udgave 2008)

af Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

Serier: Psmith (3)

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...The conditions of life in New York are so different from those of London that a story of this kind calls for a little explanation. There are several million inhabitants of New York. Not all of them are out a precarious livelihood by murdering one another, but there is a definite section of the population which murders--not casually, on the spur of the moment, but on definitely commercial lines at so many dollars per murder. The gangs of New York exist in fact. I have not invented them. Most of the incidents in this story are based on actual happenings. The Rosenthal case, where four men, headed by a genial individual calling himself Gyp the Blood" shot a fellow-citizen in cold blood in a spot as public and fashionable as Piccadilly Circus and escaped in a motor-car, made such a stir a few years ago that the noise of it was heard all over the world and not, as is generally the case with the doings of the gangs, in New York only. Rosenthal cases on a smaller and less sensational scale are frequent occurrences on Manhattan Island. It was the prominence of the victim rather than the unusual nature of the occurrence that excited the New York press. Most gang victims get a quarter of a column in small type..."… (mere)
Medlem:tektrader
Titel:Psmith Journalist (Large Print Edition)
Forfattere:Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
Info:BiblioLife (2008), Edition: Large type edition, Hardcover, 208 pages
Samlinger:Humor (inactive), Fiction (inactive), Dit bibliotek (inactive)
Vurdering:*****
Nøgleord:fiction, non-fiction, Your library

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Psmith, Journalist af P. G. Wodehouse (1915)

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In the Preface, Wodehouse explains, "Most of the incidents in this story are based on actual happenings." The story is about gangs of New York City, corrupt politicians, slums---in particular one tenement in terrible condition owned by an unknown landlord, attempted murders, attempted bribery, muckraking journalists risking their lives, a boxer, a cowboy, a cat-loving gang leader and some of the usual Wodehouse style.
On the plus side, there is an interracial group of people that work well together; on the negative side, the group is a gang and one of its members is called by the N word, although not usually to his face. Italians also are referred to derogatorily by other characters. These ethnic slurs are now jarring at best; I like to think that Wodehouse was merely trying to show how gang members talk. Certainly he doesn't make them cute and cuddly; well, maybe, except for Bat Jarvis, the cat-loving head of the major gang. ( )
  raizel | Sep 24, 2021 |
"Billy Windsor had started life twenty-five years before this story opens on his father's ranch in Wyoming. From there he had gone to a local paper of the type whose Society column consists of such items as "Pawnee Jim Williams was to town yesterday with a bunch of other cheap skates. We take this opportunity of once more informing Jim that he is a liar and a skunk," and whose editor works with a revolver on his desk and another in his hip-pocket."

Oh, Wodehouse. You're so quotable. ( )
  charlyk | Nov 15, 2019 |
Psmith, Wodehouse's quintessentially English aesthete, is unleashed in New York City; fish-out-of-water shenanigans in the style of 1980s cinema do not ensue. The fit is awkward and never satisfies as much as Bertie Wooster's later antics in the Big Apple. One feels that Wodehouse wanted a change of scene from the London/country house circuit, but his vision of New York reads somewhat like lesser Damon Runyon. This is still Wodehouse, so it is still excellent, but even Homer nods. ( )
  Lirmac | Sep 25, 2018 |
I honestly cannot say that I was overly enthused by this book. While indeed Psmith continues his exploits, and this book sees less of Mike, the exploits in New York are less than fulfilling.

This, in my view, is a bit of a surprise, because PG Wodehouse generally does not fail to deliver the goods.

The book, describing Smith's exploits as a sub-editor seem, to me, to be a little over the top and the end seems to be a bit of an anti-climax. Still, PG was a brilliant writer.... ( )
  RajivC | Aug 3, 2018 |
Psuke Bariah did a very good narration of this 3rd book in the Psmith series. In this one, Psmith's friend Mike is on the fringes of the story; Mike's cricket team has come to the U.S. and Psmith has accompanied him but is at rather loose ends in New York City while Mike is away playing. He befriends a young newspaper man and gets interested in journalism. While Psmith is his typical self, this entry in the series has more obvious social commentary than most Wodehouse books and less silliness.

I find it a bit sad that many of the problems described in this book still exist over 100 years later -- gangs, slums, corruption... ( )
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Psmith USA was the provisional title of this work prior to publication.

"The Prince and Betty is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse. [...] It was published in book form, in the United Kingdom by Mills & Boon on 1 May 1912. A substantially different version, which incorporated the plot of Psmith, Journalist, was published in the US by W.J. Watt & Company, New York on 14 February 1912." The Prince and Betty in Wikipedia
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...The conditions of life in New York are so different from those of London that a story of this kind calls for a little explanation. There are several million inhabitants of New York. Not all of them are out a precarious livelihood by murdering one another, but there is a definite section of the population which murders--not casually, on the spur of the moment, but on definitely commercial lines at so many dollars per murder. The gangs of New York exist in fact. I have not invented them. Most of the incidents in this story are based on actual happenings. The Rosenthal case, where four men, headed by a genial individual calling himself Gyp the Blood" shot a fellow-citizen in cold blood in a spot as public and fashionable as Piccadilly Circus and escaped in a motor-car, made such a stir a few years ago that the noise of it was heard all over the world and not, as is generally the case with the doings of the gangs, in New York only. Rosenthal cases on a smaller and less sensational scale are frequent occurrences on Manhattan Island. It was the prominence of the victim rather than the unusual nature of the occurrence that excited the New York press. Most gang victims get a quarter of a column in small type..."

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