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Among the best of P.G.Wodehouse
on 25 September 2014
Those who already know the writings of P. G. Wodehouse need no further introduction. Those who are unfamiliar with him should know that he was one of the best humorous writers in English in the 20th century. He was also one of the best writers of English. He always seemed to find the right word.
In his series of books about Bertie Wooster and his manservant Jeeves he created a collection of unforgettable characters. Bertie Wooster was a young man-about-town living on a private income. Wooster had been educated in Eton College, and at Oxford University, where presumably, like the sons of gentlemen, he obtained a pass degree. He invariable speaks in slang.
His manservant Jeeves invariably uses correct English like a schoolmaster, and one of the joys of Wodehouse is the contrast between the language of these two. Besides these are various formidable aunts who terrify Bertie, and nubile high-minded young ladies who have designs on him and who he cannot stand.
Fortunately it is in the interest of Jeeves to frustrate these young ladies to safeguard his own position. After fiendishly complicated plots, for which Wodehouse is famous, Jeeves rescues Bertie from their clutches.
Altogether to be recommended to old readers and new