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Wodehouse In Superb Form,
This review is from: Lord Emsworth Acts For the Best: The Collected Blandings Short Stories (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) (Paperback)
I steered clear of PG for a long time and only came to the conclusion that he must be worth trying when I moved to London and noticed that whenever the urge to smile and laugh got the better of the English commuter's dread of drawing attention to himself, it was because he (generally not she, I'd have to admit) was reading Wodehouse. These short stories didn't just have me smiling on public transport. I fell off my seat on a German bus laughing at one point - not what the honest burghers of Mainz are used to at all. It's difficult to believe someone can write something so absurd and keep the reader so engrossed. Frank Muir is a little unfair to single out Lord Emsworth and the Girl Friend as the pick of the bunch, because the Crime Wave at Blandings is every bit as good. The short story format gives away the repetitiousness of the formula but my guess is that noone will really get tired of it until the 20th reading at the earliest.