Something Fishy is top-notch Wodehouse. When Keggs was a butler he eavesdropped on a meeting between his employer, J.J. Bunyan, and a covey of tycoons--J.J. and his associates each agreed to put up fifty-thousand dollars, the total to go to whichever of their sons was the last to marry. Thirty years later, Keggs wants to cash in on what he knows.
Like all Wodehouses, this one delivers the laughs. Bill Hollister is the dashing leading man, Jane the fiery heroine, and Lord Uffenham is the much abused nobleman. The younger Bunyan keeps trying to get the mi ...more
I liked this book a lot: while keeping a some things fairly simple (character development, for example - it's a short book at just over 200 pages), it delivered a fairly complex plot and gave me some characters who I really enjoyed spending a few hours with. I really prefer this to the Jeeves books, which I just couldn't quite get into - something about the fixation on the butler/aristocrat relationship j ...more
The plot, as usual with PG Wodehouse, is too rocambolesque for a review. Suffice it to say that right before the 1929 crash, a group of inebriated American millionnaires make a wager that will result in about a million dollars goi ...more
Another Wodehouse campaigner of old, Keggs, the esteemed butler o ...more
around a pact, a tontine, in which several millionaires had put up money, and it goes on accumulating until the last of their sons marries, and he gets the lot. Of course, the sons don’t know this – more’s the fun – and the tontine will now go to either Bill Hollister (our hero) or Roscoe Bunyan (our villain). Mixed up ...more
This one is a strong specimen without any wormholes or bruise-spots. It features a lovable old uncle with a bewildering accent whose marked characteristics are "yerss" and "yer" and who is at one point pictured as gazing benevolently down and saying "Bless yers, my children." An enjoyable apple in a healthy bag of app ...more
This is part of my New Year's resolution. I am aiming to read one Wodehouse a month. Given the sheer numbers, this resolution will extend into other years, thank goodness Plum lived so long. An integral part of this resolution is to buy all of the Overlook Press reprints, as they are very lovely on the outside and have a pleasant internal layout.
One of my favorites. I had been growing bored with Wodehouse--you always know how it will end---but this had a few surprises and lots of charm and wit.