The uncle in question is Frederick Altamount Cornwallis, Fifth Earl of Ickenham, better known as Uncle Fred, an old boy of such a sunny and youthful nature that explosions of sweetness and light detonate all around him (in the course, it must be said, of a plot that involves blackmail, impersonation, knock-out drops, stealing, arrests and potential jewel-smuggling).
This is Wodehouse at his very best, with sundered lovers, explorers, broke publishers and irascible aristocrats all eventually yielding to the magic, ever-so-slightly-unscrupulous touch of Uncle Fred. It is, as Richard Usborne writes, 'a brilliantly sustained rattle of word-perfect dialogue and narrative topping a very complicated and well-controlled plot'.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - wisewoman - LibraryThing
This is the second book in P. G. Wodehouse's Uncle Fred cycle, within whose pages Lord Ickenham, uncle to Pongo Twistleton, does all he can to "spread sweetness and light come what may." Of course ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Pferdina - LibraryThing
Lord Ickenham straightens out two mismatched couples while impersonating a Brazilian explorer at the country house of his old school chum Mugsy. The characters are typical Wodehouse. The situations ... Read full review