Monty Bodkin loves Gertrude, who thinks he likes Lotus Blossom, a starlet, who definitely adores Ambrose, who thinks that she has a thing for his brother, Reggie, who is struck by Mabel Spence, sister-in-law of Ikey Llewellyn (movie mogul, Ambrose's prospective employer, and reluctant smuggler), but hasn't the means to marry her.
With well-meaning but unhelpful ship's steward Albert Peasemarch and a toy mouse with a screw-top head thrown in for good measure, it will, indead, take the luck of the Bodkins to sort it all out.
©2008 Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
The publisher's summary sums up the plot very well - and Wodehouse is in his usual excellent form devising twists and turns, some of which you see coming and look forward to and others which take you by surpise.
Jonathan Cecil narrates this very well, handling a number of different accents with professional competence.
I listened to this with my father, a lifelong Wodehouse fan, on a journey from Buckinghamshire to Inverness-shire and we were only disappointed that our destination was not somewhat further away.
This is Wodehouse writing at the peak of his considerable powers. A great cast of hilarious characters, some astonishingly good scenes and sequences all of which are plotted in a masterly fashion.
This is the first P G Wodehouse I have listened to narrated by Jonathan Cecil; heretofore, I was a Martin Jarvis devotee. However, I have to say that although Jonathan Cecil's performance is quite different -and he doesn't have the great range that Martin Jarvis has, I found myself completely won over by his interpretation and his Lotty Blossom and Ikey Llewellyn are fabulously unforgettable.
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