The Luck of the Bodkins by P.G. Wodehouse
1Boston : Little, Brown & Co., 1936. First American Edition. Hardcover. 298 pages ; 19 cm. $2.00 dust jacket with waterstain to dust jacket rear. Lean to spine. Pages are unmarked, and binding is firm.
THE LUCK OF THE BODKINS
By P. G. WODEHOUSE
Ivor Llewellyn, president of Superba-Llewellyn Motion Picture Corporation, hired Ambrose Tennyson to write scenarios, certain that he was the Tennyson who wrote The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck." This may well explain why, when Monty Bodkin, breaking the quiet of a Riviera hotel writing-room, asked Ivor to spell "sciatica", he decided that Monty was a customs* spy. Ivor s conscience was not clear. He had just been told by his sister-in-law that his wife Grayce expected him to smuggle a $50,000 necklace into America.
A few days later the liner Atlantic sailed for New York with the following perishable freight: Ivor, his conscience and his sister-in-law; Gertrude Butter-wick, Monty's off-and-on-fiancee (off at the moment) with the English Hockey Team,- Monty, who by his presence on board utterly confirmed Ivor's suspicions,- the Tennyson, encumbered by a brother, and Lotus Blossom, a motion picture star traveling with her pet alligator. Not on the passenger list but essential to this list of protagonists is Albert Peasemarch.
To a Wodehouse fan this tells more than enough. To all others, "Oh, come, ye disconsolate."
This is the third of Andrew Lang's popular fairy-tale collections and contains more than forty stories from all over the world, among them such favorites as The Story of Caliph Stork, Heart of life and The Story of the Fisherman and His Wife. Like its famous Blue and Red predecessors, this collection has been delighting children for over sixty years.
The editor tells us in his introduction that the parents who first told these enchanting stories to their young listeners long ago really believed "that witches could turn men into beasts, that beasts could speak, that magic rings could make their owners invisible ..." Perhaps this is why these tales have lost none of their freshness and wonder for children of today and for grownups "who have not forgotten how they once were children."
Looking Glass Library also publishes two companion volumes, the Blue and Red Fairy Books, and all three have been charmingly illustrated by Reisie Lonette. Ages 8-11
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