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The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
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Apr 15, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: funny
Read in April, 2011

for a summary of the plot you can do no better than the great man himself:

And half an hour later I was toddling up the steps of [Aunt Dahlia's] residence and being admitted by old Seppings, her butler. Little knowing, as I crossed that threshold, that in about two shakes of a duck's tail I was to become involved in an imbroglio that would test the Wooster soul as it had seldom been tested before. I allude to the sinister affair of Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeline Bassett, old Pop Bassett, Stiffy Byng, the Rev. H.P. ('Stinker') Pinker, the eighteenth-century cow-creamer and the small, brown, leather-covered notebook.

No premonition of an impending doom, however, cast a cloud on my serenity as I buzzed in. I was looking forward with bright anticipation to the coming reunion with this Dahlia - she, as I may have mentioned before, being my good and deserving aunt, not to be confused with Aunt Agatha, who eats broken bottles and wears barbed wire next to the skin.


one of these days i am really going to have to re-read all of the j&w books and make a compendium of all of the hilariously elaborate & beautifully descriptive insults said by aunt dahlia. my favorite from this one: "Spink-Bottle, you ghastly goggle-eyed piece of gorgonzola, will you hop it or will you not?"
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message 1: by Jenny (new)

Jenny love these books. have you watched the early 90s j&w series with stephen frye and hugh laurie? <3<3<3

meeners i looooooove the tv series with fry & laurie. <3 now when i read the books i can't help but read all the dialogue in their voices!

message 3: by Jenny (new)

Jenny hehe. that's why i can't take _house_ seriously.

meeners totally! have you seen the blackadder series? hugh laurie as the fathead prince george / lieutenant george = priceless!!!

message 5: by Jenny (new)

Jenny i think we have the same pbs/bbc viewing history. made me feel fancy when i was a kid, including "are you being served?" ^^

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