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Book review: A Few Quick Ones 
17th-Apr-2010 01:31 pm
Considering how important humour is to me, it's perhaps surprising that I've never read any P.G. Wodehouse before, since he's considered one of the best comic writers ever. I've always intended to read some of his books but the sheer volume of them (more than ninety) left me not knowing where to start. Still, after enjoying watching John Lithgow perform one of his short stories last year I decided it was about time I gave Wodehouse a go, and went for one of the short story collections, A Few Quick Ones. Indeed I really enjoyed the book, and laughed out loud on several occasions. I'll definitely be reading more Wodehouse but perhaps not straight away - the stories of über-rich, über-posh idiots gambling their money away and getting themselves into scrapes and making fools of themselves may be aimed at puncturing that social class but there's still only so much of that priviliged world I can take in one go (perhaps it doesn't help that I read it when their modern-day equivalents are highly likely to be running the country again soon.) And disappointingly from such a well-respected writer there's two stories in this short collection that end in the same twist, and one that's not exactly a surprise the first time. Still, it's Wodehouse's comic turn of phrase that he's best known for, that doesn't disappoint, and it's what I'll be returning for more of at some point.
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