Uncle Fred in the Springtime (Blandings Castle #7) ★★★★☆

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Title: Uncle Fred in the Springtime
Series: Blandings Castle #7
Authors: PG Wodehouse
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Humor
Pages: 224
Words: 73K

I am not sure what it was about this book, or if it was this book in and of itself, that caused me to give it this 4star rating. Maybe it was because it’s been 2 months since I read a Blandings Castle story? Maybe I was extra tired that night and so “everything” seemed funnier? I don’t know why, but this hit my humor spot perfectly this time around.

The main protagonist is an Uncle Fred and he and his get down to Blandings Castle with the usual reasons (money, matrimony, pigs) and the typical chaos ensues. Thankfully, Uncle Fred isn’t as dimwitted as many of Wodehouse’s male protagonists are and thus, while he’s no Einstein, he doesn’t do stupid things, like try to steal his own pig (that’s for Lord Emsworth, the master of Blandings Castle, to do).

When I originally read this in ‘02, my main impression was how stupid everyone was. 20 years later I realize that was youth talking and thinking. Ahhh, callow youth. I’ve come to realize that just because I don’t like something, or how something is done, doesn’t make it stupid. It simply makes those who do things differently from me stupid, the actual action isn’t 😉 All of the various characters had their own reasons for doing what they did in this story and while none of it would have been what I would have done (and hopefully, nobody of sound mind), it wasn’t necessarily stupid.

It had also been long enough that I didn’t remember a single thing from my ‘02 read so it was like I was reading this for the very first time 😀 Sometimes knowing you’ve read something doesn’t trigger ANY memories. Isn’t that weird? Some things are crystal clear (like how I’ve mentioned things from when I read my old journals) and others (like this book) are a complete blank. That doesn’t frustrate me though, it simply intrigues me. I like seeing how my own brain works but I don’t want to deep dive and become a neuro-specialist. All I need to know is that my brain is awesome and I’m good to go.

You want more than that? Then I’m afraid your life is going to be filled with frustrations and break downs. Be content. Like Lord Emsworth, hahhaahahaaa. Give that man a pig and he’s completely satisfied. Not trying to say that my brain is a pig, mind you. Because I don’t even eat bacon.


32 thoughts on “Uncle Fred in the Springtime (Blandings Castle #7) ★★★★☆

    1. My only advice is to space them out, no matter how much you are enjoying them. Because it is the kind of humor that is easy to burn out on.
      With that being said, if you like/dislike the first book, you’ll know about the whole shebang from that.

      I hope you enjoy it too. I find it hilarious 🙂


  1. The first Wodehouse book I read (as I may have mentioned before). It must have been good, as I devoured almost everything else he wrote. I did pick one up last summer, for the first time in twenty years, and it stood up pretty well – ie, he’s a meticulous stylist, not something I remember noticing as a teenager.


  2. I loved this book when I read it. I pick up Wodehouse every few years. I think that’s why I love him so much. I get a break in between. Re bacon, I didn’t used to eat it. Followed dietary laws for health. I’ve kind of gotten away from it, but I remember other Christians being angry with me for my own eating choices, like it was sinful NOT to eat pork or shellfish, which is a weird attitude.

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    1. I don’t think I could go years between Wodehouse, but months is definitely good for me.

      I don’t think it’s weird if you consider that they’re probably shallow Christians and you doing ANYTHING outside of “love everyone” is a challenge to them to take their Christianity seriously. Most social Christians don’t like being challenged that way.

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            1. Ohhhh, that guy! I read a short story or two with him in it. I didn’t realize he existed outside of the short story collections with Blandings stories.
              Well, another character to eventually track down. After PSmith of course 🙂


  3. “Trying to steal his own …” is a typical Wodehouse trope, right? It seems like in almost every book, Bertie is being asked to “steal” some item or other in order to solve someone’s domestic crisis.
    And, of course, it always goes great.

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    1. Yes, stealing something is a time honored way of solving problems in Wodehouse’s stories 😀
      Of course, most of the time they’re not trying to steal something that they already own, hahahaha.


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