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A few short stories could be enjoyable, but a 200 page novel and an entire series is for hardcore obsessive Wodehouse fans.
on June 16, 2015
Not my cup of tea. Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie are delightful to watch as Jeeves and Wooster, but that's because the scripts and the direction are a well edited version of the overly stylized writing of Wodehouse. I like escapist reads and slapstick, but this bored me to tears. I can only take so much of the foppish, clumsy, vapid upper class even though the intent is supposedly to satirize the public school/country house life of the gentry. Reading between the lines, Wodehouse adores the lifestyle of his characters far more than he satirizes their nothing better to do than get in stupid scrapes lifestyle. I got very tired very quickly of the comic quips/metaphors after almost every bit of dialogue or plot development. That may be quintessential Wodehouse, but it left me cold. Perhaps I just need to be in the right mood, but while I can see chuckling over a short story, 200 pages is way too long. I met someone who has read every single thing he has written - can't imagine investing the time.