Thursday, March 30, 2023

Spring Fever by P. G. Wodehouse -- BOOK BEGINNINGS


Thank you for joining me for Book Beginnings on Fridays, where we share the opening sentences (or so) from the books we are reading this week. You can also share from a book you want to highlight, even if you are not reading it right now.

Spring had come to New York, the eight-fifteen train from Great Neck had come to the Pennsylvania terminus, and G. Ellery Cobbold, that stout economic royalist, had come to his downtown office, all set to prise another wad of currency out of the common people.
-- from Spring Fever by P. G. Wodehouse. 

Spring Fever is a stand alone novel for Wodehouse, so no Bertie Wooster or his butler Jeeves, no Blandings Castle, not even a Psmith. But since I have spring fever right now, it seemed like a good choice for my Book Beginning this week. 

My copy has this cover, with the sort of illustrated covers by "Ionicus" that I love. Joshua Armitage used the pen name Ionicus to illustrate more than 400 book covers, including 58 Penguin editions of Wodehouse books in the 1970s and ‘80s. I've collected about a dozen, nowhere near all 58, but wouldn’t that be cool?


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Freda at Freda's Voice hosts another teaser event on Fridays. Participants share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book they are reading -- or from 56% of the way through the audiobook or ebook. Please visit Freda's Voice for details and to leave a link to your post.


From Spring Fever:
What a great day that was when she came back into my life; on the hoof, as it were, and not merely as a golden, insubstantial memory. It happened quite by chance, and at a moment, oddly enough, when I was not thinking of her but of chump chops, Brussels sprouts and French fried potatoes.
A fluffy farce by Wodehouse always puts me in a good mood. 

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