7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2010
If you love Wodehouse you will adore this insight into school life at the turn of the century. Very amusing and delightful, a must if you want to read Wodehouse's work and a taste of things to come. A precursor to the Psmith books.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2001
I can't understand why people dismiss P.G Wodehouse's school stories as being inferior to his later books - Jeeves, Blandings etc. Ok, this book has been messed about a bit - some of the cricketers mentioned weren't around at the time when the book was set, but overall it's well worth reading. (and if you like it, read Mike and Psmith, which is even better.)
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2007
`Mike at Wrykyn' is the most satisfying of all P G Wodehouse's school stories, this is in part due to some of the action being away from the boarding school setting at Mike Jackson's home during the holidays. This gives him and the story sisters, brothers and parents making the central schoolboy appear flesh and blood rather than an Edwardian cliché.
The standard is also raised by the presence of Wyatt, Mike's inseparable school chum, although not a perfect character piece like Psmith whom was to eclipse him in later Mike books, Wyatt takes some edges off Wodehouse's perfectly square schoolboy template. Wyatt provides the entertainment whist his straight man, Mike, carries the story.
The story is fairly tame now but a young cricketer going for his colours as a first team cricket batsman in his first school term would have been considered quite an achievement to the early twentieth century school boys who read this book with a torch under the covers after lights out in an English boarding school dormitory.
The book is still very much in the vein of all of Wodehouse's school stories but does point to the character developments he was making and shows how the seeds of genius were sown.