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P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) grew up in England and came to the United States just before World War I, when he married an American. He wrote more than ninety books, and his works, translated into many languages, won him worldwide acclaim.
Posted March 6, 2001
Bertie Wooster's world is one of 1920s elegance and pith, of high society and low comedy, of fun and foibles, homicidal swans, leaky water bottles and near death from starvation at the hands of a food faddist. Bertie is--how should one say this?--not the brightest jewel ever to have emerged from a British university. He relies on his gentleman's gentleman Jeeves, a butler with more than enough wit and savvy to save Bertie from the many scrapes he gets into. Jeeves usually has a knack for doing the 'wrong' thing that turns out to be the right thing. When these stories were written in the period between World Wars I and II they were social satires; now they are period pieces and the cracker-dry wit is an acquired taste, especially among Americans. (Be on the lookout for the sly remarks Jeeves puts over on Bertie without Berties's knowing it.) For Anglophiles, this book is seventh heaven.
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Posted February 2, 2013
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