this is one of the master humourist's lesser offerings.
it sounds a little stale for those who are avid fans. for first meeters with pg wodehouses, it gives a great introdcution.
having read the sunbierd and been thrilled by it, i downloaded this audio version to listen to it while travelling.
it has been abridged, and some essential parts removed altogether.
apart from that, the thrill that was conveyed in print is missing. even the despair that gnaws at you while reading it is shallower and more fleeting.
do not take it as a sample of wilbur smith's works. he is far far better than this audiobook is.
this is an intro to only the very basic philosophies and they too are not completely covered.
what is more, the listener is unnecessarily confused by the convolutions.
but it is better than nothing
this is one of the funniest books ever written. uncle fred is the most loveable old man in literature, with his penchant for seeking out situations that call for ingenious solutions, preferably with impersonations.
here he is truly dynamite.
pg wodehouse has in this book made full use of the interpretations of words by different people, his characters are drawn with sharp lines and more than a little charity.
read it again and again.
do not read it in public places if you are embarrassed by laughing out loud
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