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Posted December 13, 2001
This book showcases 2 of Wodehouse's finest qualities - his amazingly intuitive grasp of life at school and the psyche of its inmates and his unparalleled wit. Indeed, it is hard to go through one of his 'school stories' without revisiting one's own childhood. The book opens with Mike, a simple, unassuming yougster, for whom the love of cricket transcends everything else. A slump in the fortunes of his family lands him in a new school, rudely interrupting his progress to the captaincy of his school eleven. As a result, the new school finds a somewhat resentful young gentleman on its premises. Mike, however, is not the only new entry. He is soon joined by Psmith and a round of introductions later, the two youths decide to brave the new school and its offerings together. How they go about doing this and the ensuing events form the crux of the story. The reader is witness to an interesting study in contrasts. On the one hand, we have Mike, a normal, almost awkward youth, who transforms into the epitome of flair and confidence on the cricket field and whose attitude to life and the people around him is simple and straightforward (almost blunt), which contrasts sharply with the sophisticated Psmith, who lends an air of importance and class to every scene he's part of. The interaction between these two as also the diverse ways in which they approach difficult situations is the most enjoyable aspect of the book. All in all, a very interesting read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.