December 16, 2004

Plum Posting

Attention all Wodehouse fans! Kathy the Cake Eater is getting ready for her first dip into the Master's world and is looking for suggestions.

She asked specifically about whether to start with Bertie & Jeeves or Blandings. I suggested the B&J short story collection "Very Good, Jeeves" and Leave It To Psmith as good points to entre into either cycle. But I also recommended a selection of non-B&J/Blandings items including:

The Mulliner stories
"The Heart of a Goof" - hysterically funny golf stories
Money In The Bank
Hot Water
Uneasy Money

I'm sure you've got your favorites as well. Go tell Kathy. Yip! Yip!

Posted by Robert at December 16, 2004 03:17 PM

I love the golf stories! I love all Wodehouse, but the golf stories are some of my favorites even though I've never golfed.

Posted by: Jordana at December 16, 2004 03:37 PM

The single most satisfying Wodehouse story I've read, and re-read, is "The Crime Wave at Blandings." Unfortunately, it's not included in the collection The Most of P.G. Wodehouse, which otherwise is a good place to start.

Posted by: Don at December 16, 2004 03:55 PM

"Chester Forgets Himself" is my favorite of the golf stories, combining as it does a healthy attitude towards the correct vocabulary to use on the links, together with The Wrecking Crew, every gawfer's worst nightmare.

At the moment,I am rereading Summer Lightning, one of my very favorite Blandings novels.

Posted by: Robert the LB at December 16, 2004 04:11 PM

I pretty much plunged into the Jeeves & Wooster cycle in midstream with "The Code of the Woosters," and from there I went on to read everything else Wodehouse had written on the Dynamic Duo. Plum wrote a lot of fine stuff, but J&W are the pinnacle of his achievement, IMHO.

Posted by: utron at December 17, 2004 12:06 PM
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