Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Something Fishy

Something FishySomething Fishy by P.G. Wodehouse

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

J.J. Bunyan and his cronies each put $50,000 dollars in a fund just before the stock market crash and form a tontine. The last of their heirs to get married wins the whole pot, expected to be one million dollars when considering compound interest, etc. Years later, only two heirs remain...

Like all Wodehouses, this one delivers the laughs. Bill Hollister is the dashing leading man, Jane the fiery heroine, and Lord Uffenham is the much abused nobleman. The younger Bunyan keeps trying to get the million dollars while expending as little of his cash as possible. Augustus Keggs makes a return appearance and quickly becomes my third favorite Wodehouse butler. Without giving away too many details, how can you not love a Wodehouse story where someone paints a Roman beard on a giant statue?

Later: On a side note, reading bits of a Wodehouse out loud to innocent bystanders increases the enjoyment level immensely.

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