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The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
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Feb 24, 11

Read in February, 2011

There are two schools of thought on re-reading books. One contends that with so many excellent books in the world, it is a shame to waste time re-reading any. Another contends, in the words of C.S. Lewis, "any book worth reading only once was probably not worth reading even then." Few authors serve as greater evidence for Lewis' contention than P.G. Wodehouse.

This was my third time reading The Code of the Woosters. For a Wodehouse uninitiate, this book would not be a bad place to start. The novel showcases many of the unforgettable Wodehouse characters introduced in his earlier books and throws them all together in another absurd situation, this time involving a silver antique cow-creamer and a weekend house-party at Totleigh Towers. Not only is the novel blessed with the inimitable Jeeves and Wooster as its central figures, but also hosts Bertie's beloved "aged-relative" Aunt Dahlia Travers, the insipid Madeline Bassett ("I believe the stars are God's daisy-chain..."), the simpering newt-enthusiast Augustus "Gussie" Finknottle, the vindictive Stephanie "Stiffy" Byng ("She is pure padded-cell from the foundation up!"), local clumsy curate Harold "Stinker" Pinker, Sir Watkin Bassett, (with whom Bertie shares a painful history), and the aspiring Fascist in black shorts, Sir Roderick Spode.

Over the course of the weekend the cow-creamer in question is sought by no less than four different parties and its pursuit results in dog attacks, policeman's helmet pilfering, repeated fisticuffs, newts flushed down drains, engagements called, called off and called again, etc., etc. Like a Seinfeld episode, Wodehouse's humor pales in the retelling and must be experienced first hand.
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message 1: by Hiroshi (new) - added it

Hiroshi Sasaki or should I start with the first book?


Ob-jonny Hiro, you should start with My Man Jeeves or The Inimitable Jeeves


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