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  • Title: The Gold Bat
  • Author: P.G. Wodehouse
  • ISBN: 9781841591728
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When O Hara and Moriarty, two boys at Wrykyn School, tar and feather the statue of a pompous local MP, O Hara mislays at the scene of their crime a tiny gold bat borrowed from Trevor, captain of the school cricket team The plot revolves around the fate of this bat and attempts to retrieve it, but the real focus of the novel is a vivid portrayal of school life Though theWhen O Hara and Moriarty, two boys at Wrykyn School, tar and feather the statue of a pompous local MP, O Hara mislays at the scene of their crime a tiny gold bat borrowed from Trevor, captain of the school cricket team The plot revolves around the fate of this bat and attempts to retrieve it, but the real focus of the novel is a vivid portrayal of school life Though the setting is an English public school in the years before World War 1, so sharp is Wodehouse s ear for the way children talk that everyone will recognise familiar characters and situations, whatever their place of education.
    The Gold Bat When O Hara and Moriarty two boys at Wrykyn School tar and feather the statue of a pompous local MP O Hara mislays at the scene of their crime a tiny gold bat borrowed from Trevor captain of the s

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    1. There is a reason why people around the world love P.G Wodehouse He can make anyone connect to any story, no matter how little the reader may know about the world of British private schools I must thank my high school English Literature teacher Mrs D souza for including P.G Wodehouse books into the curriculum The gold bat is one of his early works and maybe that s why it deals with teen school life so brilliantly My edition the Indian edition is calledThe Gold Bat other storiesthough i did not c [...]

    2. The Gold Bat was the third novel, and the fourth book that P G Wodehouse had published As with all his previous stories, this one takes place at a school Instead of St Austin s as it was in The Pothunters and Tales of St Austin s , or Beckford College as it was for A Prefect s Uncle , the setting this time is Wrykyn, a fictional public school which supposedly is based on Wodehouse s alma mater The novel was published on September 13, 1904 At first I thought that given his previous history of inc [...]

    3. Quite enjoyable with some chuckles standard Wodehouse in that respect There were a lot of slang and soccer terms that I did not quite get and couldn t find definitions for I think this is because it s an early one and possibly not written or edited for readers other than the British, who would have familiarity with early 20th century boys schools It didn t hinder my enjoyment in the least but it did knock the stars down to 3 instead of the 4 I might otherwise give to Wodehouse.

    4. The Gold BatAgain set at a private boarding school the students get up to all sorts of mischief from smoking to trashing each others dorm rooms and Tarring and feathering a statue Interspersed with all this are a few games of RugbyA better plotted book from Wodehouse as he finds his style for intricate stories

    5. I have a great and longstanding love of all things P.G Wodehouse, but this is simply not his finest effort.

    6. The Gold Bat was P G Wodehouse s third novel and third to be the story of a collection of School boys This time the school is Wrykyn rather than St Austin s of his The Pothunters debut but apart from the new location and new names the action and the plot are very similar Wrykyn was to become the most important of all the Wodehouse schools with Mike of Mike and Psmith fame and many later Wodehouse creations would site Wrykyn as their school Fortunately Wodehouse s publishers declined his Tales of [...]

    7. Can i say this book was terrific I LOL d on every other page Each and every scene created was worth reading about.

    8. I consider myself a devoted Wodehousean this is the earliest example of the Great Man s work which I have read In a sense, it is salutory to realize that Wodehouse s genius did not, in fact, emerge fully formed, like Athena from the forehead of Zeus, but was developed, with great effort, over the course of time These three tales of schoolboy sporting escapades reveal occasional glimpses of Wodehouse s brilliance every so often one is afforded a glimmering of an embryonic Psmith and Jackson But t [...]

    9. First published in 1904, this was P G Wodehouse s fourth book Like the three before it, this one is set in an all boys school Unlike the others, however, this has a cohesive plot Compared to the others, I prefer this to his first and third offering, but rate his second book A Prefect s Uncle the best of the bunch.Despite the title, this volume does not focus on cricket, but rather on rugby and a little on football I m not into either sport, so skipped the descriptive game paragraphs The gold ba [...]

    10. I will use this review for all the P G Wodehouse I have read I read them all so long ago and enjoyed them so much that I have given them all 5 stars As I re read them I will adjust the stars accordingly, if necessary, and add a proper review.When I first discovered P G Wodehouse I devoured every book I could find in the local library, throughout the eighties and early nineties Alas, this means that I have read most of them and stumbling across one I have not read is a rare thing I m sure that th [...]

    11. P.G.Wodehouse has long held a place among my favourite authors and his razor sharp wit has stood the test of a century The Gold Bat is an offering from 1904 and though short on his usual brand of humour, tells a tale from a fictional private school, which relates to a bygone era of establishments geared to grooming the next generation of stewards of empire Replete with fags, house masters and discipline often resting with the older boys, the plot is simple and perhaps reflects the simple lives o [...]

    12. One of the few unreadable Wodehouses, the Gold Bat is all about British schoolboys, their sports, especially football, and their slang Wodehouse has one of the best ears for dialogue and slang of any writer ever, but in this case that ear captures Edwardian English schoolboy slang, and it is indeed a vanished thing and virtually impenetrable to the modern reader And then even if you do, what s the point It s that era s Twilight, if the earlier equivalent of vampires is sporting youths and the bo [...]

    13. One of the first few books by the literary wizard that is Wodehouse, The Gold Bat does have its moments of ingenuity, albeit too few and not quite so frequent It describes the tryst of one Trevor house prefect, cricket rugby team captain with the resurgent covert organization, known only as the League, as his fellow school mates undertake one misadventure after the other tar a statue, feed some ferrets, sprain an ankle, et al Part humor O Hara, get out of the class , part mystery Who is sending [...]

    14. Unlike, say, Jeeves and Wooster, to fully appreciate this book requires a bit knowledge of some things that may be out of the ken of the average American reader Like life in British private schools And rugby It took until the third our fourth description of a football match for me to even realize we were talking about rugby and not, say, soccer But Wodehouse does a nice job of connecting to teenage boys, who are basically the same from time period to time period and location to location A decen [...]

    15. So i admit to reading some of the game parts twice to truly understand what was happening and who did what, but that is understandable with me being only mildly enthusiastic about sports Albeit my knowledge is full of holes and sadly Wodehouse uses inner sports circle references freely when it comes to describing the manly entertainments.Now the reason behind reasons, the point of the story, are the comical events involving lots of hapless young men, and as that is usually time after time the ma [...]

    16. One of Wodehouse s early novels set in English public schools, probably aimed at boys of prep school age Like The Head of Kay s and A Prefect s Uncle, it s told in a series of episodes.Similarly, it s not as funny as the Jeeves stories, but for those who ve exhausted Wodehouse s later, better known works, it makes an interesting look back The very British references to footer and other aspects of U.K boarding school life may make it slightly impenetrable to American readers unfamiliar with these [...]

    17. One of the better of Wodehouse s early school novels Only the start and the accounts of Rugby matches are particularly dull this time For the rest we have a fairly good plot and some of the characters aren t too badly drawn either Although we do get the occasional flash of humour and a lot of quotations this is still Wodehouse very much learning the ropes.

    18. Wodehouse s third school novel, and a welcome relief from the unending cricket now he s moved on to rugby and boxing This is a strange little novel in that there were peeks at Irish nationalism, ferrets, a dark conspiracy of schoolboys against bullying But very little in the way of hard intrigue It s like it didn t have enough time in the oven.

    19. So, it s not the best Wodehouse by a long shotbut it s still Wodehouse I ve been looking for this story for forever written while Wodehouse was at school and I m delighted to find it Nowhere near as accomplished as the Pothunters the characters are muddled and it s hard to remember who s who something that never happens with later Wodehouse, but still had a great time.

    20. This is an early work, dating from 1904, by the writer who would later become P.G Wodehouse This is a boarding school sports story, with some good lines in it But the distinctive timbre of Wodehouse s writing has not arrived yet His voice at this point is undeveloped I was most struck by his reference to a bear named Mr Bultitude Glad to have read it.

    21. Lovely Edwardian era 1904 Ripping Yarns material from a young PG Wodehouse Intended for the public schoolboys or schoolmen, as PGW invariably referred to them as of the era, the story is thick with chaps, fags, rotters and bounders of all sorts.

    22. Another relaxing couple of days w Master Wodehouse His school stories are in part primers on cricket, rugby, and boxing among public school boys So, kind of like Matt Christopher books for fans of PG Wodehouse s world of Edwardian England.

    23. of the Wodehousian school novels that i ve read, this stands out as one of the best i enjoy reading about the antics of the boys at Wrykyn College i especially like that Plum continued on with some familiar names in The White Feather.

    24. This is a story about life in a boy s school, not really something I would normally read However, PG Wodehouse style of writing kept me interested in the story and I found I actually enjoyed reading about a boy s school.

    25. Good The characters were hard to keep straight given their lack of depth, but the plot was good It is characteristic Wodehouse, through and through, even though it s an early work.

    26. A very good story, well written Not so filled with laughing out loud humour as I look for from Wodehouse, but still a perfectly entertaining read.

    27. As the 4th in my Wodehouse read all books in order of publication this one begins to show some of his mature writing style and wit next up in the big read William Tell Told Again.

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