Wodehouse: A Life
This account, while staggeringly complete, is in good need of an editor. It appears that each paragraph was written in serial, ironically enough, for ...more
Wodehouse spent a lot of his time writing, and when not writing preferred to follow a comfortable routine. McCrum tries to make the best of this by describing some of the ...more
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When reviewer Christopher Buckley respectfully restrains his frenetic pen, it's clear we're in the presence of a master. Acclaim for Wodehouse as a prose stylist, a humorist, a writerly model of Davidian proportions is effusive. The critics extend that praise to his biographer as well. McCrum wisely and dramatically scrutinizes Wodehouse's international embarrassment while captive to the Nazis. This retelling also allows the author to clean off history's grime and present a sympathetic picture o...more
Here's an idea: write a bio in the tone of the subject's work. Imagine Jeeves Does Wodehouse, or Psmith and the Author's Papers.
Although I was somewhat familiar with Wodehouse, the man, as well as his books, I found information in this book that I had not previously known, and some parts were much more interesting than expected.
It took me over a year to read this book. Sometimes I'd stop and read one of ...more
He had a very long career, so the book sort of bogs down in the middle with a lot of repetition, since he did churn out the books every year. Interesting to read about his involvement with Broadway shows and Hollywood.
I think that the author belabors the part about Wodehouse's internment by the Nazis during WW2. I u ...more
Given such an opaque figure to work with, the author might have done a better job on the big picture: the world Wodehouse came from the world he thrived in.
As other readers suggest, Wodehouse led a quiet and largely uneventful life. The centrepiece of the book (inevitably) is ...more
The man is fascinating, and admirable in his utmost dedication to his writing. No matter the circumstance, he writes. And he takes pains to edit and re-edit to bring out the humour, sometimes sacrificing the truth for entertainment even in his personal biographies.