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Snort Full of Blandings.,
This review is from: Lord Emsworth Acts for the Best: The Blandings Short Stories (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
Wodehouse described his Blandings short stories as `short snorts between the solid orgies' and they do rather wet the appetite rather than satisfy it.
The Blandings short stories allow the Threepwoods and particularly Lord Emsworth to come out of the shadow of being in the supporting cast of Wodehouse's novels to take centre stage. These stories highlight whilst a character actor can make a story in support he cannot necessarily carry it alone. The stories which feature Lord Emsworth in the lead are the poorer stories whilst the ones which follow the novel template of boy meets girl, Aunt Constance refuses match, Lord Emsworth brings things to a satisfactory conclusion for the sake of an quiet life, are where these characters really shine.
`The Crime Wave at Blandings' is the best story collected here it is nearly three times this length of the others and the story benefits from it by allowing the plot to twist not unlike a corkscrew and allow a romance to be supported by the cast of Blandings rather than make a feature certain individuals as some of the other stories do. This brings out the best in the Blandings repertory company and is worth the cover charge of the book alone.
Although the majority of these stories are not to the calibre Wodehouse brought to the Blandings novels they are indispensable as stories such as `The Custody of the Pumpkin', `Pig-hoo-o-o-oey!' and especially `Lord Emsworth Acts for the Best', in which Freddie Threepwood is married, contain the facts that are referred to in some of the greater orgies.
It's a shame the Freddie Threepwood novella from `Plum Pie' in which he travels on the Atlantic liner called, somewhat predictably, the Atlantic, spreading good news of love and Donaldson's Dog Biscuits is not included but, well er `Tinkery Tonk'.