Money makes the world go round for Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge - and when there isn't enough of it, the world just has to spin a bit faster.
Ever on the lookout for a quick buck, a solid gold fortune, or at least a plausible little scrounge, the irrepressible Ukridge gives con men a bad name. Looking like an animated blob of mustard in his bright yellow raincoat, he invests time, passion and energy (but seldom actual cash) in a series of increasingly bizarre money-making schemes. Finance for a dog college? It's yours. Shares in an accident syndicate? Easily arranged. Promoting a kind-hearted heavyweight boxer? A snip.
Poor Corky Corcoran, Ukridge's old school chum and confidant, trails through these pages in the ebullient wake of Wodehouse's most disreputable but endearing hero and hopes to escape with his shirt at least.
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This is early Wodehouse, but the master is getting well into his stride for his later masterpieces. Ukridge has the irrepressible optimism and inventiveness of a loveable Wodehouse rogue; he is a supremely imaginative and supremely incompetent entrepreneur (or unlucky if you take his viewpoint), always taking the 'broad vision', not trifling with details, always in search of capital. It would be interesting to see him on 'Dragon's Den'! The book is a series of short stories about his various mishaps and adventures as told by his long suffering pal Corky, and is full of affectionate and daft humour.
Jonathan Cecil narrates it all superbly and his perfect pacing allows you to savour the utter perfection of Wodehouse's prose, and he brings the characters splendidly to life. This is quite an old recording, so sound quality is not all that it might be, but you soon get used to it.
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