"Reggie was a troubled spirit these days. He was in love, and he had developed a bad slice with his mid-iron. He was practically a soul in torment."
(P)1993 by Blackstone Audiobooks
This was my first by the author. I loved it! Very english, and very entertaining. Not so much a laugh outloud comedy, but lots of ironic humor. And attention-holding to the end! I'd definitely recommend it.
Reggie's trouble on the driving range was comparable to mine in my car,as I had to pull over due to hysterical laughter. This classic bedroom farce kept me in stitches.
The British Accent took a bit of getting used to, but once acclimated it was great. I will be listening to this one again and again.
This is my first book by P. G. Wodehouse and I'm looking forward to another. The story was interesting and the author has some insighteful comments every now and then. My only cristicism is that the story was sometimes predictable, but in a comedy this is not much of a problem. Quite enjoyable.
Evelyn Waugh said Wodehouse created a world for us to delight in, and he was about right. Get enough of Sir Pelham's stories under your belt and they have a cumulative effect, not unlike dry martinis, of making you think life isn't so bad after all. Yes, he can make you laugh. But even more importantly, he can make you smile.
Take Damsel in Distress. Aristocratic English girl falls for penniless American stranger. Defying her family, she slips off to London to meet him. Unexpectedly encountering her older brother in the street, girl ducks into a cab. At the moment this cab belongs to an American who falls in love with her on the spot...and who the family now believe, based on the older brother's outraged report, is the penniless young American. But I digress. To go any further would ruin the plot, and in Wodehouse plots--twisting, turning, surprising and always comic--are of the essence.
Beyond crazy plots and characters, Wodehouse is fun to listen to because he's such a good writer. It's pleasurable to follow the shape of his sentences, especially with a superb reader like Frederick Davidson who gets every drop of irony, sarcasm or comedy out of just about every line.
I suppose there may be bad performances of Wodehouse's books, but I haven't run across any of them. And the late, great Frederick Davidson was one of his best interpreters. This book, made into arguably the most bizarre of all Wodehouse films (it features Fred Astaire, George Burns, and Gracie Allen), has the same basic story as most of them: boy meets girl, falls in love, and faces silly obstacles. But it isn't the destination, it's the journey, and this one is a ride like Space Mountain.
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