Gavin F (gavluvsga) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
Gavin F

Book #48: Young Men in Spats by P.G. Wodehouse

Number of pages: 216

This is the first P.G. Wodehouse book I've read, despite his fame from having written the Jeeves and Wooster books. This is a series of self-contained short stories about members of a "drone's club", usually bookended by other characters narrating the events to their friends. Because of the stories being about young, upper-class men, they were usually about the love lives of the individual characters, mostly with events going disastrously wrong, though there were a few unexpected twists in which things turned around in the characters' favour.

This was incredibly funny in places, though the language in which this was written (in the 1920s) did not make this an easy read, and at times I was flicking back through a few pages to re-read whole sections. The narrative refers to characters as "eggs", "crumpets" and "beans", apparently referring to specific personality types, though I had no idea how any of these were defined.

I thought this was a decent book overall, though I'm not in any hurry to read any more P.G. Wodehouse books.

Next book: The Popularity Illusion (Mitch Prinstein)
Tags: british, comedy, humor, love, period fiction (20th century)

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