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By Mark on 01-08-15
Uncle Fred Fixes All!
If you could sum up Uncle Dynamite in three words, what would they be?
Wodehouse Willfully Rushed
What other book might you compare Uncle Dynamite to and why?
Blandings Castle stories, some including Uncle Fred, others Galahad
What three words best describe Jonathan Cecil’s voice?
Rich, flexible, hurried
Who was the most memorable character of Uncle Dynamite and why?
Mugsy, the aging tyrannical father and freeloader
Any additional comments?
Jonathan Cecil has the chops to carry Wodehouse off, but his delivery is oddly rushed in Uncle Dynamite. Part of the sublime charm of Wodehouse is the juxtaposition of the lazy, idling summer days of the feckless rich, with madcap, antic pratfalls and verbal parrying. At once dreamlike and lilting and screwball farce. But for some reason, the editors or Cecil rush one line of dialog after another, almost into an unbroken string, as if a rapid-fire delivery might add to the story. I don't think it does, and robs the tale of its momentum, which, if rendered at a human pace, would have built to a cacophonous crescendo by its culmination. Still, an immensely enjoyable listen, even if not quite reaching the heights.
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By C. B. Lane on 09-11-15
Has anyone else thought that Jo Rowling was inspired for her Harry Potter series by Uncle Dynamite?
Characters named: Hermione...Herold Potter...Reginald (sounds so close to Ronald) Reading tea leaves----Owls----an irascible uncle and a horse-faced aunt. Fred the trickster. I could go on and on. Marauders. Billius. Okay. I'll stop now ---- but seriously!
I am positive with the muffins bit and the heavy use of Gorgon ---- that Wodehouse was much inspired by Wilde as well.
And let me be clear ---- I love Sir Pelham's books! He is My favorite humorist of all-time.
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