P.G. Wodehouse

 

The Gold Bat

 

This isnít the reason Wodehouse is still so popular, but itís an improvement on the earlier school stories. I probably enjoyed the boysí own adventures solving the crime and defeating the baddies as much as Wodehouseís distinctive expression. This isnít saying that the adventures are superb, rather that the expression (with occasional lovely exceptions) isnít yet as his superlative peak. I dare say this was perfectly pitched at the young contemporary audience he wrote it for.

 

March 2007