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Love Among the Chickens

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)

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1. 01 – A Letter With a Postscript
2. 02 – Mr. and Mrs. S.F. Ukridge
3. 03 – Waterloo Station, Some Fellow-Travellers, and a Girl with Brown Hair
4. 04 – The Arrival
5. 05 – Buckling To
6. 06 – Mr. Garnet’s Narrative – Has to do with a Reunion
7. 07 – The Entente Cordiale is Sealed
8. 08 – A Little Dinner at Ukridge’s
9. 09 – Dies Irea
10. 10 – I Enlist the Services of a Minion
11. 11 – The Brave Preserver
12. 12 – Some Emotions and Yellow Lupin
13. 13 – Tea and Tennis
14. 14 – A Council of War
15. 15 – The Arrival of Nemesis
16. 16 – A Chance Meeting
17. 17 – Of A Sentimental Nature
18. 18 – Ukridge Gives Me Advice
19. 19 – Asking Papa
20. 20 – Scientific Golf
21. 21 – The Calm Before the Storm
22. 22 – The Storm Breaks
23. 23 – After the Storm

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Summary

A young, but not too brilliant writer is conscripted by a ne'er-do-well friend to help out on a chicken farm in remote Dorset. While traveling to the country, the writer encounters a lovely young girl and her academician father on the train. He is delighted to discover that she is reading a copy of his latest book. In the countryside, he also discovers that the professor and his daughter are neighbors. However, over dinner one night, he gets into an acrimonious debate with the elderly scholar who storms out, furious with his daughter's potential suitor. Meanwhile the chicken farm seems to be a doomed enterprise... All this and other zany events form the delightful plot of Love Among the Chickens by PG Wodehouse. Published in 1906 in England and also serialized in the Circle magazine, it was revised and rewritten several times by the author himself. He changed the narrative viewpoint, the ending and the dedication several times before finally settling on this version. It was also the first Wodehouse book to be independently published in the United States. Love Among the Chickens is notable for being the first novel for adult readers written by the master humorist. It also introduces the insufferable Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge, schemer, egomaniac and supreme opportunist. This character features in many of Wodehouse's short stories and though he never reached the heights of popularity that others like Jeeves, Wooster and the Blandings set did, Wodehouse himself confessed a sneaking fondness for this slippery villain. Based on a real character whom Wodehouse knew well, and in fact dedicated Love Among the Chickens to, Ukridge features in more than 18 short stories about himself and several more which are about other denizens of Wodehouse's inimitable world. However, Love Among the Chickens is the only full length book the obnoxious Ukridge appears in. Wodehouse fans will be charmed as usual with his impeccable plotting, faultless sense of timing and the wonderful world of afternoon teas and eccentric aunts. Another quality that makes his works so attractive is the brilliant use of the English language and how he bends it to evoke both delighted chuckles and gusts of laughter. Few may know that Wodehouse, in spite of his lighthearted themes and plots, was a perfectionist when it came to his craft. He is famous for his detailed construction and development of plot lines and character study. He was also an extremely prolific writer, but naïve when it came to finance, politics and government regulations. Love Among the Chickens is indeed a most entertaining and madcap adventure, great for readers of all ages.

Reviews

Julie

- Review Love among the Chickens

Mark Nelson did an fantastic job as narrator! He could read to me any day. Fun book also.

Daniel

Mark Nelson is really excellent, and he really is a professional actor. He played Einstein in a Steve Martin play, and was in some movies too.

Bridget

- The whole book!

Loved this book! I live in Kentucky so I appreciated Beale's voice. Hilarious. The narrater was wonderful at the voices and was easy to pay attention to. Great for anybody looking for something to do on a rainy day. I was taken away into a world of Wodehouse. I listened to it with earbuds so nobody knew why I was laughing!

Carrie

An excellent listen. Wish I could search by narrator, Mark Nelson is great. He also reads both Jeeves books by Wodehouse.

Frances Hsueh

Mark Nelson's fine reading rivals the professionals.

Andy Wogan

Mark Nelson is an excellent reader who made the characters come alive I even enjoyed Beales broad Kentucky accent. I will look out for Mark again.

Alissa

This book was great! Loved hearing it. The reader, Mark Nelson, was excellent! One of the best I've heard!

Steve

- Great

The best novel by P. G. that I’ve read so far...so funny without getting preachy and serious.