“The object of all good literature is to purge the soul of its petty troubles.”
— P.G. WODEHOUSE.
I FINALLY finished this little gem of a book. Summer Lightning by P.G. Wodehouse
I must’ve started it at least three times before I got into the characters and storyline. But once I did, it was a silly, slapstick kind of a story that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Wodehouse is a master narrator. The way his omniscient narrator described a personality or the thoughts someone was having was genius. I almost enjoyed the writing more than the actual story.
“Lady Constance’s lips tightened, and a moment passed during which it seemed always a fifty-fifty chance that a handsome silver ink-pot would fly through the air in the direction of her brother’s head. But she was a strong woman. She fought down the impulse.”
This is the kind of story that would be perfect on stage. Loads of typecast characters and humorous misunderstandings. It was written in the 1920s and has the overtone of that era somehow. You can feel it in the dialogue and action.
This was a nice break from the more serious books I’ve been reading lately and I’d love to read more Wodehouse. Have you ever read any of his?
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