on 23 May 2008
`Something Fishy' is the sequel to `Money in the Bank' and once again Lord Uffenham is short of money and has had to let out his country pile but this time rather than hunting for diamonds Lord Uffenham intends to revive the family fortunes by the sale of some forged paintings. Once again a further niece is engaged to the wrong man and Lord Uffenham must right this wrong while ensuring that his finances will stretch to the wedding.
Another Wodehouse campaigner of old, Keggs, the esteemed butler of short story `The Good Angel' and novels `A Damsel in Distress' and `The Coming of Bill', now retired from business (his last employed being Lord Uffenham) he now owns three adjacent houses in Wodehouse suburb Valley Fields, one of which he lives in while renting one to Lord Uffenham and a further to a sculptor of very little merit. Keggs, has never lost his passion for money making schemes and has hatched such a scheme which he believes will make his retirement all the more comfortable.
Also worth mentioning is Keggs' brother in law, Battling Billson, who was previously managed by Wodehouse rogue Ukridge. And Percy Pilbeam also appears as a man unrivalled in the art of stealing compromising letters.
All in all it's like a `best of' Wodehouse compilation. One of my favourite Wodehouse novels and by definition, one of my favourite novels.
on 3 January 2011
This fairly short novel would be an ideal start for anyone wishing to sample the style and content of Wodehouse's writings. It is funny, well-crafted and proves that an author, when applying a little effort, can actually create long, grammatically complex sentences which flow easily together.
Coming from a working class background, I love the escape into this "other world" of butlers, Lords, aristocrats and "toffs." England was a wonderful place when such as these were in charge. We seem now to have thrown the baby out with the bathwater in our attempts to be "fair" and forcefully create "equality of opportunity." Well, some will always be born more equal than others and I for one don't see the problem!