P.G. Wodehouse

So I started reading a few of his novels, including the collection “What Ho!” What to say? He’s generally good for a laugh; much of the humor has a timeless aspect that stands up pretty well after decades. I would expect his work to be less appealing to female readers. The use of language for comedic effect in individual sentences is often wonderful, e.g.,

I do not know if you have had any experience of suburban literary societies, but the one that flourished under the eye of Mrs Willoughby Smethurst at Wood Hills was rather more so than the average.

P.G. Wodehouse, “The Clicking of Cuthbert”

He’s a good author to have on the bedside table to read while drifting off. The amount of recycling that goes on is extreme: for example, “The Code of the Woosters” and “Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves” have precisely the same characters playing out precisely the same story (the first is probably funnier and also has fewer blatantly racist bits). Perhaps when you write 90 books + hundreds of other pieces that’s going to happen, but in his case it seems like overkill.

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