A Jeeves and Wooster novel
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (always known as 'Plum') wrote more than ninety novels and some three hundred short stories over 73 years. He is widely recognised as the greatest 20th-century writer of humour in the English language. Perhaps best known for the escapades of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, Wodehouse also created the world of Blandings Castle, home to Lord Emsworth and his cherished pig, the Empress of Blandings. His stories include gems concerning the irrepressible and disreputable Ukridge; Psmith, the elegant socialist; the ever-so-slightly-unscrupulous Fifth Earl of Ickenham, better known as Uncle Fred; and those related by Mr Mulliner, the charming raconteur of The Angler's Rest, and the Oldest Member at the Golf Club. In 1936 he was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for 'having made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the happiness of the world'. He was made a Doctor of Letters by Oxford University in 1939 and in 1975, aged 93, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He died shortly afterwards, on St Valentine's Day.
Wodehouse (A Gentleman of Leisure, Audio Reviews, LJ 1/95) is one of the best and most accessible humorists for audio adaptation and this version does not disappoint. Reader Frederick Davidson has made superciliousness into an art form and lays it on thick throughout. His command of class, age, and gender variations is without peer. This work will be familiar to many listeners as it has been adapted for television and shown on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre. Unfortunately, there are duplication problems and side two of tape three sounds as if it had been recorded backwards and is completely incomprehensible. This flaw may have been corrected by the time you read this, but it may be worth the trouble to check. [Blackstone Audio offers free replacements for defective cassettes as well as a 30-day money-back guarantee to libraries.‘Ed.]‘Preston Hoffman, East Burke Community Lib., Hildebran, N.C.
"It's dangerous to use the word genius to describe a writer, but I'll risk it with him" -- John Humphrys "Wodehouse always lifts your spirits, no matter how high they happen to be already" -- Lynne Truss