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This book of short stories is comprised of many early short stories that appeared in magazines. Wodehouse is in top form with his witty wordings, nutty characters and very funny situations. Don't miss "Tried in the Furnace" about the annual outing of the Village Mothers of Maiden Eggesford. Wodehouse decribes,"No sooner were they out of sight of the vicarage than they began to effervesce to an almost unbelievable extent . . . a very stout Mother in a pink bonnet picked off a passing cyclist with a well directed tomato, causing him to skid into a ditch. Upon which all sixteen Mothers laughed like fiends in hell . . ."
It has been said before but I must say it again, Wodehouse is an unsurpassed master of humor.
Jan 8, 2009
Classic Wodehouse humor
I bought this book as a replacement copy for one that got lost in a move. It has a good overview of Wodehouse's various heroes, or anti-heroes as it were. There is one novel and many, many short stories, including a charming set on the subject of Golf.
It's too much to read in one sitting, and frankly, much though I enjoy Wodehouse, a little can go a long way. But this is a good introduction to his style and humor. Just don't try to read it all at once. Dip into a bit at a time and have a good chuckle.
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