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The Coming of Bill por P. G. Wodehouse
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The Coming of Bill (edição 2012)

por P. G. Wodehouse (Autor)

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The nearest Wodehouse ever came to a serious story, The Coming of Bill is a fascinating blend of social commentary and light comedy. Kirk, an impecunious artist of perfect physique, and Ruth, a spoilt heiress, were blissfully happy through their early days of marriage and the birth of their first son. But when Kirk returns from a trip to Columbia to find Ruth under the thumb of her Aunt Laura, an advocate of eugenics, parenting philosophies divide them. It takes a series of comic mishaps, featuring a galaxy of vintage Wodehouse characters, to retrieve the family's happiness from the overbearing aunt.… (mais)
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Título:The Coming of Bill
Autores:P. G. Wodehouse (Autor)
Informação:Library of Alexandria (2012), 116 pages
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It's a bit more serious than the usual Wodehouse, although that's not saying much. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Oct 4, 2019 |
This book was originally published in 1920, before the stock market crash and the Lindbergh kidnapping; things become less humorous when they really happen. It is very different from all the other Wodehouse books I've read. As in another Wodehouse story, kidnapping a young child seems to be the perfect way to unite a couple, but, in this case, it is to re-unite them, not bring them together in the first place.

Two people who have fallen in love at first sight marry near the beginning of the story instead of at the end. The second half of the book centers around their baby, Bill. There are marital problems, characters with speaking parts actually die, a child is kidnapped, and more---including a failed expedition to find gold! I was reminded of some of the 1930s movies where the young man marries, only to discover that his wife is not what he thought she was; in these movies, however, he realizes that another woman, who has been a good friend all along, is his true soulmate and they live happily ever after. Aha! What's different about this book is that the two main characters change and grow!

There is a boxing coach who acts as an Elijah character: he recommends that the young couple marry before her father can forbid the marriage and is the mastermind behind the kidnapping scheme. The realization at the end that hard work is better than riches is rather like Candide's saying, we must cultivate our garden. ( )
  raizel | May 24, 2018 |
Having noted how the reviews for this work, along with the product synopsis, all stress that this is the closest P. G. Wodehouse came to writing a serious book, I suspected that this would be a weak offering. As it happens, it turned out to be one of the author’s strongest novels.

Yes, there are numerous scenes of a serious nature, but they succeeded in adding worth to the story. Humour is still very much in evidence, making this a well-plotted tale, featuring some quality characters. The author’s depiction of the little boy is funny and fantastic! ( )
  PhilSyphe | Feb 12, 2016 |
While I enjoyed this early Wodehouse, it was more realistic satire than the zaniness I am used to in his more famous books! The tongue-in-cheek commentary about love versus money would make a great film I think (and Wodehouse did write some good Hollywood scripts).

While I own this Kindle book, I actually listened to it via the Librivox recording. I sampled both of the recordings of this novel that Librivox has, started off with version 2 and ended up switching to this recording (I guess you could call it version 1). Neither of them were top-notch but both were pretty good single narrator recordings. I just found that in version 2, the narrator had a habit of pausing that disconcerted me. ( )
  leslie.98 | Aug 15, 2015 |
A pleasant piece of Wodehouse - no Jeeves here, it's the love story between a rich young woman and a struggling artist and the complications caused by a meddling aunt and sudden wealth. The "Bill" of the title is their son and I was reminded very much of Nancy Mitford's (superior) work "The Blessing", although Bill is too young to be as manipulative as dear Sigi! Very enjoyable, light read. ( )
  Figgles | Feb 23, 2014 |
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The nearest Wodehouse ever came to a serious story, The Coming of Bill is a fascinating blend of social commentary and light comedy. Kirk, an impecunious artist of perfect physique, and Ruth, a spoilt heiress, were blissfully happy through their early days of marriage and the birth of their first son. But when Kirk returns from a trip to Columbia to find Ruth under the thumb of her Aunt Laura, an advocate of eugenics, parenting philosophies divide them. It takes a series of comic mishaps, featuring a galaxy of vintage Wodehouse characters, to retrieve the family's happiness from the overbearing aunt.

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