Uneasy Money sees the hard up Lord Dawlish off to America to make a fortune


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  1. Pramod Nair Pramod Nair says:

    Uneasy Money is a standalone romantic comedy novel from P.G Wodehouse, which can be regarded as one among his best works with his signature humor and twisted plots Written in 1916 this is one of those self containing titles from Wodehouse, which is not part of any of his usual series of narratives with recurring characters By utilizing his usual charming way of narrative and his knack in creating loveable characters to the maximum, Wodehouse creates a warm romantic novel, brimming with romanc Uneasy Money is a standalone romantic comedy novel from P.G Wodehouse, which can be regarded as one among his best works with his signature humor and twisted plots Written in 1916 this is one of those self containing titles from Wodehouse, which is not part of any of his usual series of narratives with recurring characters By utilizing his usual charming way of narrative and his knack in creating loveable characters to the maximum, Wodehouse creates a warm romantic novel, brimming with romance and hilarious adventure.The plot revolves around William FitzWilliam Delamere Chalmers, Lord Dawlish or Bill , a simple, decent young man with a fascination for golf and who is financially on unstable grounds He has a heart of gold with not much care for money but his fianc e Claire, who accepted his proposal captivated by his title and thinking of him as rich, is not entirely satisfied with his state of affairs In an unexpected twist of fate Bill inherits a million pounds from an American millionaire with whom he had a brief acquaintance during a game of golf He also learns that the millionaire has left nothing of value to his niece and nephew Ever being the pure hearted gentleman, Bill becomes morally uncomfortable over this and he travels to America to share half of the inheritance with the niece and nephew of the millionaire What follows is a potpourri of comical situations, complex misunderstandings, sub plots, budding of new romantic relationships and hilarious intertwining of paths between characters typical of Wodehouse narrations which pits Bill, Claire who is also in America on some errands , Elizabeth Boyd the niece and her brother into incredibly funny plots set in the rural backdrops of Long Island Uneasy Money is a clean romantic comedy, which is easy to read and with enough dosage of humor and romance This is a perfect candidate for lightweight reading and Wodehouse with his pleasant and hilarious narration of a story will make you forget everything around you.In 1918 a black and white silent movie adaptation was made with the same name starring Taylor Holmes as Lord Dawlish


  2. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    Uneasy Money is one of my least favorite P.G Wodehouse book in the history of me reading P.G Wodehouse books The characters are flat The writer s trademark humor is almost completely absent The story is boring.This rags to riches, boy meets girl tale unnecessarily drags on at a languid pace The premise is ridiculous, yet not ridiculous enough to be funny Unlikely romances in which the rich guy falls for the poor girl were all the rage in the early 1900s, so I m led to understand, and this Uneasy Money is one of my least favorite P.G Wodehouse book in the history of me reading P.G Wodehouse books The characters are flat The writer s trademark humor is almost completely absent The story is boring.This rags to riches, boy meets girl tale unnecessarily drags on at a languid pace The premise is ridiculous, yet not ridiculous enough to be funny Unlikely romances in which the rich guy falls for the poor girl were all the rage in the early 1900s, so I m led to understand, and this is another one of them More s the pity.However, it s still written with an apt hand Again, I m led to believe this dime a dozen genre of romance often had less than a nickel s worth of quality imbued within its prose So, the best I can say for Uneasy Money is that the words are all there, in the right order with a proper beginning, middle and end It s just, the end couldn t come fast enough for me.I did a little research, checked out his bibliography and such, and I feel confident in saying that in future I should steer clear of any pre 1920s Wodehouse That s all right, since the man wrote steadily into the 1970s I once saw an interview with him in which the interviewer asked how many books he d written He said something to the effect that he d written a book a year all his life, and since he was 84 he guessed he d written 84 books It was like something out of the mouth of Bertie Wooster


  3. Amy Amy says:

    I m so happy I finally discovered Wodehouse I have never read books published over 100 years ago that are so accessible and not dated at all Sometimes even timely I mean Why, he would have a pistol, wouldn t he I thought everybody had over here Except for what he had been able to observe during the brief period of his present visit, Lord Dawlish s knowledge of the United States had been derived from the American plays which he had seen in London, and in these chappies were producin I m so happy I finally discovered Wodehouse I have never read books published over 100 years ago that are so accessible and not dated at all Sometimes even timely I mean Why, he would have a pistol, wouldn t he I thought everybody had over here Except for what he had been able to observe during the brief period of his present visit, Lord Dawlish s knowledge of the United States had been derived from the American plays which he had seen in London, and in these chappies were producing revolvers all the time He had got the impression that a revolver was as much a part of the ordinary well dressed man s equipment in the United States as a collar 1916, ladies and gentlemen Change plays to movies and chappies to guys and it could have been written in 2016 Anyway, funny little rom com for some light reading The usual misunderstandings and complications Highly enjoyable.BTW, some of Wodehouse s books are free for Kindle


  4. Dave Law Dave Law says:

    Others have commented on the plot so I will comment on aspects of this novel that I enjoy I love books where the main characters are decent and good people, and you cannot finddecent individuals than the hero and heroine of this book It is also so refreshing to read a story where a woman can be strong in her femininity and a man in his masculinity, without either trying to take the roll of the other Both Bill Lord Dawlish and Elizabeth Boyd are well portrayed and a joy to read about Others have commented on the plot so I will comment on aspects of this novel that I enjoy I love books where the main characters are decent and good people, and you cannot finddecent individuals than the hero and heroine of this book It is also so refreshing to read a story where a woman can be strong in her femininity and a man in his masculinity, without either trying to take the roll of the other Both Bill Lord Dawlish and Elizabeth Boyd are well portrayed and a joy to read about This is one of my all time favorite Wodehouse novels


  5. Thom Swennes Thom Swennes says:

    Lord Dawlish Bill is an easy going, generous, and financially destitute member of England s aristocracy His financial deficiencies don t really bother him as he has just enough to meet his modest life s needs Claire, his fianc e, isn t so tolerant of his pecuniary circumstances and refuses to set a date for their wedding until he improves this state of affairs He hits upon the idea of travelling to America, as he had heard that fortunes were there for the taking Before his departure he re Lord Dawlish Bill is an easy going, generous, and financially destitute member of England s aristocracy His financial deficiencies don t really bother him as he has just enough to meet his modest life s needs Claire, his fianc e, isn t so tolerant of his pecuniary circumstances and refuses to set a date for their wedding until he improves this state of affairs He hits upon the idea of travelling to America, as he had heard that fortunes were there for the taking Before his departure he receives surprising and slightly unsettling news from the firm of Nichols, Nichols, Nichols and Nichols, attorneys at law He has been named beneficiary of a million pound legacy belonging to a man he barely knew On discovering that this inheritance excludes the niece and nephew the deceased only living relatives his conscience rebels and he decides that he should split the money with the niece Bill travels to New York on a quest to search for this girl and do right by her This is a classic story with all the elements, humor, love and suspense I particularly recommend this book to those both male and female who are on the brink of entering into matrimony, as it may shed a little light on this life changing commitment On further consideration, it is sure to be food for thought for everyone who reads it This wise food is sure to fill the masses


  6. Scilla Scilla says:

    This early Wodehouse is a humorous story about Lord Dawlish Bill , his actress first fiancee Claire, and how how he finds his true love Bill is loveable, sympathetic, and generous His fiance won t marry him until he getsmoney and encourages him to do things to get money which aren t in Bill s character When he is told he has inherited a huge sum of money from a man he met once and cured of his golf slice, he tries to give the previous heir Elizabeth Boyd half the money When she refu This early Wodehouse is a humorous story about Lord Dawlish Bill , his actress first fiancee Claire, and how how he finds his true love Bill is loveable, sympathetic, and generous His fiance won t marry him until he getsmoney and encourages him to do things to get money which aren t in Bill s character When he is told he has inherited a huge sum of money from a man he met once and cured of his golf slice, he tries to give the previous heir Elizabeth Boyd half the money When she refuses, he goes to New York under an assumed name to see what he can do Although he doesn t know it, his fiance has also gone to New York to visit an old friend and becomes engaged to a rich automobile maker, Dudley Pickering Of course with both in NY, they can t help but see each other There are several memorable scenes including Bill dancing in a NY restaurant, Dudley playing detective, and Elizabeth trying to get Bill stung by bees


  7. Dani Dani says:

    Though less hysterical than some other Wodehouse novels, this was thoroughly captivating and delightful It wouldn t be Wodehouse without a case of concealed identity andzany coincidences than one can count And just when you think the plot couldn t get anyridiculous, someone goes and shoots a monkey in an outhouse in the dark But the romance in the second half is what really gives this tale heart It s sweet, whimsical, and authentic just the kind I like.


  8. J B Mills J B Mills says:

    He s known for his Jeeves series, but seriously, his novels rock The new characters keep them from being to formula driven And there are so many memorable lines My favorite quotation Boyhood, like measles, is one of those complaints which a man should catch young and have done with, for when it comes in middle life it is apt to be serious Does it get better than that


  9. Allie Allie says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Lord Dawlish, Bill to his friends, is one of Wodehouse s many prototype Bertie Woosters a series of slangy, feather brained, good hearted young men who invariably end up steeped to their glassy eyeballs in comedic complications Freddie Threepwood of the Blandings Castle series and the disjointed, Jeeves less narrator Reggie Pepper spring to mind Outside of Wooster himself, Dawlish is unquestionably the most lovable Right at the beginning, we see him getting accosted by a peddler who dub Lord Dawlish, Bill to his friends, is one of Wodehouse s many prototype Bertie Woosters a series of slangy, feather brained, good hearted young men who invariably end up steeped to their glassy eyeballs in comedic complications Freddie Threepwood of the Blandings Castle series and the disjointed, Jeeves less narrator Reggie Pepper spring to mind Outside of Wooster himself, Dawlish is unquestionably the most lovable Right at the beginning, we see him getting accosted by a peddler who dubiously claims to have a starving family at home No Wodehouse hero can turn a deaf ear or an empty purse on such a plea as that Rather a sad case, don t you know Squads of children at home demanding bread, Dawlish weakly explains to his disapproving fiance Didn t want much else, apparently, but were frightfully keen on bread The fiance in question, Claire, is the scourge of poor Bill s existence, although he hasn t caught onto that yet She accepted his proposal to begin with because he was a man of title, and was disappointed to find that he had no fortune to accompany it She now tries, Lady Macbeth like, to persuade him to earn money by what he considers underhanded means Bill himself cares little for money, so when he inherits a million dollars from an eccentric whose golf game he once improved, his first thought is of the eccentric s cheated relatives in America, and he makes his way there with a view toward dividing the winnings with them somehow Claire, unaware of this, is also on her way to America for a different purpose In the usual Wodehouse manner, various characters snowball around these two until there are several factions, paths cross, and misunderstandings blossom like spring flowers Meanwhile, Dawlish slowly discovers that Claire might not be the girl for him He feels what Wodehouse would call an affinity toward one Elizabeth Boyd, who, with her brother, would have inherited the million dollars were it not for him Elizabeth, who has no idea that her new friend Bill is the same Lord Dawlish who stepped in and inherited her fortune, might be Wodehouse s best drawn heroine Unlike most female characters seen from a male perspective, she isn t merely around to fascinate, but to be liked and admired for her own sake Humorous, strong willed, and unpredictable, she gives you an idea of the sort of girl Bertie Wooster might have been happy with if his stories didn t demand that he remain uncommitted What results is not only one of Wodehouse s best romances, but one of the best romances I ve ever read, period While not taking itself too seriously, it manages to tug hard on the heartstrings, even possibly induce a few tears One gets the rare feeling that the writer cares as much about his own characters as any reader could Laughter certainly isn t wanting, though, and here I might mention that, since Wodehouse s catchy idealism is a byword, his gift for black comedy has been severely underrated Plenty of authors, writing a story of this kind, would add a lovable pet monkey to the proceedings to appear in the wrong places and wreak havoc But far fewer would allow the same lovable monkey to be shot dead by accident, and no one but Wodehouse would have his hero realize with a start, second after the climactic love scene, that he s still holding the dead monkey by the tail