Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Some Lesser-Known Works of a Master
Psmith is quintessential Wodehouse - urbane, gentleman-like, polite - and utterly oblivious to societal norms (or at least he appears to be). He knows how to manipulate things (and people :)) to go his way, but he's so debonair doing it, it's not even wrong. And he takes Mike along in his various schemes to improve their rather dull City-man lot. All this is of course related in Wodehouse prose, light and delicate but full to the brim with humor.
There's not much of a story, it's mainly anecdotes of Psmith and Mike at work, but I can't say I read Wodehouse for the story. It's more about the characters, and in the case of this series at least, it's all about Psmith. I'd say he does an okay job of carrying his series - he's not as much of a genius as Jeeves, and cares far more about appearances, niceties, etc. than Uncle Fred, and certainly not as lovable as Bertie, but he's not too bad. The book moves along as lightly as Psmith himself does - never a real page-turner but amusing enough to keep me reading. So typical Wodehouse, though not in prime form I'd say.