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The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
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Jul 22, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: humour
Read in January, 1982

What always amazes me about PG Wodehouse is the way he disguises his craft so well; the effort with which he polishes every single sentence so that it is not only as funny as it could possibly be, but it also reads as though he had just sat down and dashed the whole book off in an afternoon. That's more than craft, that's close to art.

Anyway, along with Right Ho, Jeeves, this is one of Wodehouse's best works. An even more ludicrous plot - Spode, the cow-creamer, the notebook, Anatole, Milady's Boudoir... it goes on and on getting crazier and crazier and yet somehow it all works. And yet he doesn't disregard his characters, who all get their moments to shine - yes, even Bertie Wooster pulls off a coup or too of his own here, even if they don't quite work out the way he expected.

This probably isn't a work that will be included in the canon of "Great World Literature". But if there was any justice, it should be.

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