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Classic early Wodehouse
on 25 March 2011
One of the very early Wodehouse books, this is a bit rough around the edges but displays a lot of the sparkle and sheer good humour and positivity that the author is renowned for. Mind you, this has substantial elements of the "mystery story" about it which just about works but it is the humour that shines through. Although none of the major characters Wodehouse introduces us to later in his career are present you can see early stirrings of Psmith and of course the language is suitably "plummy". Wodehouse managed to get lots of golf into subsequent stories and wrote eloquently on cricket but this is the first time I've seen him take on rugby, even though he erroneously calls it football - though he probably called the round ball game "soccer", and the description of the rugby match is particularly entertaining. Although considered one of Wodehouse's lesser works, this is a delightful book by anyone's standards.