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Sunset at Blandings by P.G. Wodehouse
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Jun 30, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: p-g-wodehouse
Read in July, 2008

Wodehouse was working on this novel, subsequently titled ‘Sunset at Blandings’ when he died and such is his, and Blandings, popularity that even some thirty years after his death and its initial posthumous publication that it is still in print. The part of this book that is the first half of the last Blandings story sets the plot out beautifully and it is, of course, a tragedy that it wasn’t finished. However this is a Wodehouse Blandings story and we know the leads eventually elope and the good people are warmed to their cockles whilst the bad people are slightly disconcerted by the series of events.

The book also includes Richard Usborne’s analysis of the notes Wodehouse left and on what he imagined the rest of the novel would have contained and some extensive notes as to Wodehouse’s working methods which are very interesting and illuminating. These sections are keen to point out errors that they assumed Wodehouse would correct later in the draft and many a disclaimer that much of Wodehouse’s fantastic prose would be inserted later and although this is no doubt correct there is still plenty of fantastic prose to keep most of us entertained.

Other sections of the book are a great many footnotes compiled by Tony Ring and Norman Murphy’s essays on the model for not only Blandings itself but also the Empress.
Outside of the fragment of the novel the best part of this book is the forward by the now also late Douglas Adams, definitely the best foreword I’ve ever come across and an ideal opener for this, Plum’s last writing.
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