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The Most of P.G. Wodehouse by P. G. Wodehouse, Touchstone, 2000. 672 pages.
Reading Level: Young Adults, (ages 12-14) and up
Maturity Level: 5 (ages 12-14) and up
Laughter is good medicine, and if British humor is your cup of tea, this book will provide laughter throughout the holidays. It will also provide an excellent introduction to P. G. Wodehouse.
Through short stories, readers will meet Bertie Wooster, the none-too-clever British aristocrat, and his clever valet, Jeeves. They will also encounter hapless members of The Drones Club, Mr. Mulliner (always ready with a relevant story about some relation), the enterprising Stanley Ukridge, and the eccentric Lord Emsworth of Blandings Castle. Those who have never given a second thought to golf will find themselves chuckling over the golf stories included in this collection. The tome —at 672 pages it must be called that— concludes with an excellent short novel, Quick Service.
As comedies, some of these stories include social drinking and smoking. They also include occasional intoxication, usually coupled with comic and subsequently poor decisions. Readers will notice an occasional “damn” or mild profanity, but the stories themselves and their humor are very clean.
Combining understatement and literary allusions, slapstick humor and serious butlers, imperious aunts and impoverished aristocracy, The Most of P. G. Wodehouse should provide hours of entertainment to any Anglophile in need of a humorous read.
Cautions: Language (mild curse words), see comments above
Overall Value: 5 (out of 5)
- Moral/worldview value: 4
- Artistic value: 5
Categories: Boys, Girls, Entertainment
Cover image from Amazon