2007: 1. Wodehouse: A Life 

“Wodehouse is a funny Old English name that has become synonymous with the kind of humour that involves silly young men, dotty peers, and a regiment of all-powerful aunts and butlers.”

Wodehouse: A Life, Robert McCrum

Forget negativity – in light of the fact that I am one month (and fourteen books) behind on my poor little blog, I am going skip the Worst of 2006 list, and start book blogging for 2007 – if I can even remember these poor little books, read so long ago.

Every once in a while I like to read literary/artistic biographies, and this time around it was the life of P.G. Wodehouse, he of Jeeves and Bertie, Aunt Agatha and the Drones, not to mention Blandings and Psmith – though I am a Jeeves girl myself (blame that cute Hugh Laurie, and dry Stephen Fry).* This biography captures Wodehouse’s long and interesting life – he himself was a bit of a cipher, who, despite his marvelous facility with words, and skill at creating madcap plots and daffy sentences, was not sophisticated enough to realize that being polite to the enemy in the Second World War, and making a broadcast that made light of his experience as a prisoner was a devastatingly stupid thing to do. McCrum makes the case pretty convincingly that Wodehouse was not a collaborator, just a naïf/idiot who made a devastatingly bad choice. Which is a relief, because I am much much too much in love with Bertie Wooster to have to give him up.

Recommended For:** Wodehouse lovers, people with an interest in the early days of Broadway (Wodehouse was also big in the theatrical scene), people interested World War II, and how regular small-minded people got overwhelmed by earth-shattering events.

* I started 2007 with a Stephen Fry novel – nice symmetry, right?

** This is a new feature for 2007!


Date/Place Completed: 01/02/07, Waiting to Depart from St. Thomas

Categories: Non-Fiction

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