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Books, books, books - PG Wodehouse's eternal summer

We're all aware that times are tough, and, if you live in Syria, probably unendurable. But here I am once again writing about British comedy, which I think makes life worth living.

During the middle 60 years of the 20th century, P.G. Wodehouse (1881- 1975)—familiarly known as Plum—was the finest writer of comic fiction in the English language. His novels and stories, especially those about sun-dappled Blandings Castle or the immortal duo of dimwitted but lovable Bertie Wooster and his formidable valet Jeeves, are nearly all masterpieces of intricate plotting and clockwork timing, packed with Keystone Kop action, outmoded slang, literary and scriptural quotation, and, not least, smile-inducing similes on every page:

"Like so many substantial citizens of America, he had married young and kept on marrying, springing from blonde to blonde like the chamois of the Alps leaping from crag to crag."

Just reading sentences like that makes life worthwhile.

. . .foiling criminals can't disguise Peter's wrenching moral perplexities: Should he kidnap Ogden? Can he remain faithful to Cynthia? Does he deserve a second chance with Audrey? And what are her true feelings toward him? "The Little Nugget," despite its frivolities, sometimes recalls Jane Austen's most moving novel, "Persuasion." It certainly deserves to be as well known as, say, the brilliant solitaire that ushers in Wodehouse's great years, "A Damsel in Distress" (1919).

Note: Daniel1979 writes, "I found the complete Jeeves & Wooster in Jan/Feb time on Amazon (Kindle) for about £7 which was a great buy!"

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Daniel1979:

I found the complete Jeeves & Wooster in Jan/Feb time on Amazon (Kindle) for about £7 which was a great buy!

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