8 January 2014

Wodehouse: Two Blandings and Comments

This post comments on two Blandings novels by PG Wodehouse--my first addition to a proposed 'Reading List'. I planned to title this post 'Whorehouse and the Fresh Uncle'. But two letters from accuracy is difficult to explain as a mistake when the words aren't proper homonyms. Moreover, it seemed a little crass so soon after James Avery's passing. For those who don't know, Avery played Will Smith's Uncle Phil in 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'.

1. PG Wodehouse, Something Fresh (Arrow Books 2008)

The first story in the Blandings series.

2. PG Wodehouse, Uncle Fred in the Springtime (Arrow Books 2008)

Another Blandings novel--some say this is the ninth; others say it is the first in an 'Uncle Fred/Blandings' four-part series. Regardless, I began with this one after Richard Dawkins recommended it in a Goodreads interview. I cannot speak for the series' other plots (because I haven't read them, see below), but reading these two in the wrong order did not spoil the enjoyment of either book.

(Regarding that Dawkins-interview, be wary of the ad hominem, mobile-goalpost public comments. The recommendations are good ones. It's a pity his interview attracted irrelevant comments about his other works, but that's how the internet works.)

3. Comment

These two books are brilliant. They had such a therapeutically uplifting feel to them, that I have specifically not bought any more, to save the euphoria for another time.

Wodehouse's stories are relaxing: his prose is so pleasantly light, it is--in a good way--soporific to those parts of one's brain that refuse to pause when deadlines approach.

I'll read more of the series when I need to take my mind off law, which--as anyone acquainted with the subject should know--can be quite oppressive because there is always something more to research.

Created: 8 January 2014. Version 1.0.

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