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Monday, December 8, 2008

Jeeves and the Old School Chum and other stories

Jeeves and the Old School Chum
and other stories
by P.G. Wodehouse
audio book - 3 cassettes, 4.5 hours

After my recent first exposure to Wodehouse I had to run to the library for more. I can't seem to get enough of the absolute absurdity that is Bertie Wooster!

This set of stories included the following:
  • Jeeves and the Old School Chum
  • The Ordeal of Young Tuppy
  • Episode of the Dog McIntosh
  • The Love that Purifies
  • The Spot of Art
I'm not going to summarize the stories; they don't make sense - or sound even remotely funny - when I do that. You'll just have to trust me that they ARE, indeed, funny. Quite funny.

I didn't like this series as much as the longer Right Ho, Jeeves but I think that's because I'm not usually a fan of short stories. The action and characterization has to be condensed so much and I feel like there is less to enjoy in this set of tales. However, they ARE still funny and I'm glad I picked them up. I doubt I'll tire of good ole P.G. any time soon!


Rebecca @ The Book Lady's Blog said...

Wodehouse is been on my list of authors to check out for a while now, and I just never get around to it...thanks for another convincing review.

Christina (Endnotes) said...

I have noticed mention of Wodehouse on a number of blogs this week. I really must add him to my list.
They sound like a fabulous pick-me-up on a bland day.

Rebecca Reid said...

I'm working my way through many short story authors. I'll have to add this book to my list so I can get a feel for Wodehouse. Thanks for the review.

tracykitn said...

run run run to netflix (or, you know, the library, or whatever) and pick up the BBC series Jeeves and Wooster. Truly excellent. Hugh Laurie stars as Bertie, and they're (as always with the BBC) really faithful to the spirit of Wodehouse. Plus, it just seems much more funny, somehow, in that sort of "live" way.

Dave said...

Heather, don't know whether you're a golfer, but I've found Wodehouse's golf stories to be among his funniest. (These may not translate well for a non-golfer, but most deal with his standard themes of the frivolous rich and romantic mishaps.) He comes up with great visual nicknames for the golfers, such as "The Man with the Hoe" that are hilarious descriptions in themselves.

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