Friday, February 8, 2013

Book Beginnings: A Prefect's Uncle

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.

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Marriott walked into the senior day-room, and, finding no one there, hurled his portmanteau down on the table with a bang.

-- A Prefect's Uncle by P. G. Wodehouse.

The picture above is not my copy -- it is the first edition cover.  Since this novel is Wodehouse's second published book, first edition copies are rare and pricey.

My edition is from the Collector's series published by The Overlook Press, so also has a cool cover, but not a $5,000 cover.


  1. I haven't read anything by him, but this seems to me it'd an interesting read.

    I hope you're enjoying it :)

  2. I've been told numerous times how humorous Wodehouse is. I'll be curious to hear what you think.

  3. I'd like to read me some Wodehouse one of those days.

  4. I haven't read this author yet...this one looks fascinating.

  5. I haven't read any of Wodehouse's writings, but this opening sentence makes me want to know why he's angry - at least it sounds to me like he's angry! (I'll confess. I had to look up portmanteau.)

  6. I've never read any Wodehouse, but maybe I should try some time. If I had a book worth $5,000.00 I'd be scared to touch it, never mind read it!

  7. Interesting comment. I've never heard of this one before.

  8. Was he mad that no one was there? Love Wodehouse!


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