My Man Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse is the
first second full-length humorous book I read recently. Just before reading this, I tried to read ‘Three Men in a Boat’. Although that book was funny (until where ever I dropped it), it tested my patience without a story, or a story that moved tooooooo slow. So I dropped it mid-way.
But this book, at least in comparison, is a GEM. It’s more like a collection of short stories 🙂
First thing first. Whatever the name of the protagonist (Pepper?), he has been created as such an adorable character by the author. I think the characterization is one of the biggest advantages of this book. Jeeves – his maidservant, by contrast, is not adorable, but is resourceful and still likeable. All the other characters are realistic – there are surprisingly no cardboard characters in this book, to the credit of the author!
The second thing that worked in this book is the slightly difficult (but by no means disastrous) situations the main character is put into frequently. Often, he walks into those situations himself! The author surely has a lot of imagination 🙂
The vulnerability of the main character is what makes the book humorous, IMO. If he was created stronger – I don’t think, even with all those innovative situations, this book would have worked. The writing style needs a special mention: The Royal British English definitely adds charm to the writing. Wonder how good this book would have been if an American or an Indian author had written it!
Altogether, an excellent humorous read for a pleasant weekend. Don’t miss reading a humorous classic 🙂
Gutenberg Download link for eBook (Free): My Man Jeeves.