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The Man with Two Left Feet and Other Stories by P.G. Wodehouse
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Aug 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: classical-literature, short-stories, 2011-read

I first heard about P.G. Wodehouse in an interview of Hugh Laurie's in which he claimed that reading Wodehouse novels saved his life. I was intrigued. Who was this Wodehouse, and what about him made his novels special?

My curiosity (and my overwhelming fannish love for Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry) led me to watch all of Jeeves and Wooster, loving every minute of it. I read several Jeeves and Wooster books as well as one or two about Psmith and Blandings Castle. I love that the characters are all semi-connected, and I must admit that the time period Wodehouse writes about is my absolute favorite, a time when women were women, and men were fops.

The short stories in this collection are essentially Wodehousian in all aspects. The characters are delightfully earnest. One story stands out in particular: a dog does everything in his power to make his master (a thief) happy, but only ends up foiling his plans. These characters, bumbling through life, trying their best, and achieving dreams through sheer dumb luck, made me incredibly happy.

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Reading Progress

August 25, 2011 – Started Reading
August 25, 2011 – Shelved
August 30, 2011 –
20.0%
September 6, 2011 –
45.0%
September 19, 2011 –
75.0%
September 25, 2011 – Shelved as: classical-literature
September 25, 2011 – Shelved as: short-stories
September 25, 2011 – Finished Reading
January 8, 2012 – Shelved as: 2011-read

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