Bachelors Anonymous by P.G. Wodehouse: Recommended
A light and amusing read from the master: P.G. Wodehouse
You know those times when all you want is just something fun to read? Something that's pure entertainment - a book that will make you chuckle? This is perfect.
Because I am such a huge fan of Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories, I rarely stray into his other work. But every time I do, I'm delighted. And I found that this book was exactly the same. Every time I read Wodehouse it's pure pleasure.
It's perfect for reading on a short flight or on the beach. The story just whizzes by, enmeshing us in the antics of a Welsh Hollywood mogul, an impoverished young playwright, a crusty old solicitor and a fine variety of bizarre female characters.
It's a wonderful tangled story of how, when Ivor Llewellyn (our movie mogul) gets his fifth divorce, he is determined that he will never again propose to a woman. Never, ever again. It always ends in tears. Well, in large amounts of alimony he has to pay out.
But the problem is that he will take women to dinner. By the time the coffee is served, he finds that he has run out of intelligent conversation and his solution is to propose. He, his solicitor and his new employee are determined to correct this unfortunate - and very expensive - habit.
Set in this background, we then meet Joe the penniless playwright who falls for Sally, the equally penniless reporter. But Sally has just been left a fortune on the condition that she doesn't smoke a cigarette for the next two years. Enforcing this is a private detective, Daphne Dolby who is engaged to Lord Jaklyn Warner who then becomes engaged to Sally ..... you see what I mean about entangled?
Then there's Trout who gives Joe a Mickey Finn then falls in love with Mrs Bingham, a widow whose husband fell overboard on a day trip to Boulogne and who is proposed to by Llewellyn when he's in hospital hiding from Vera Dalrymple... you get the idea. This is delightfully nutty.
Only the brilliant and bonkers P.G. Wodehouse could have come up with this plot. I highly recommend it. Treat yourself to this highly entertaining book _ I bet you're like me and read it more than once. Enjoy!
This is the perfect quick read. Take it on your next plane or train journey or into the garden or onto the beach.
The twists and turns in the plat, as you'd expect, are totally delicious. As always, Wodehouse's characterization is absolutely spot on. This is highly recommended.
Read about P.G Wodehouse and his fascinating background. Did you know he started his career on Broadway? Did you know that he was in an internment camp during the Second World War?
I had been reading his books for years but until I read this book, I had absolutely no idea about the fascinating man behind the wonderful world of Wodehouse.
I read this book recently and it's the fascinating account of the author's long life.Even though I have been reading his novels for so many years I had no idea about what an eventful life he had.
I didn't know about his earlier years in America.Even more interesting is the trouble he got into during the Second World War. This is fascinating.
There is only one duo who played the parts of Jeeves and Wooster who were simply perfect for the roles. If the chronology wasn't all wrong, it seems as though the characters were invented for this pair.
Now, whenever I read a Jeeves book, it's Stephen Fry and Hugh Lawrie who are acting out the parts in my imagination.
Hear what Jeeves has to say
Bachelors Anonymous is one of the Wodehouse Collection series. In the video below, Stephen Fry, the very best Jeeves, explains why the author was just so extraordinary.
I don't know about you, but if any other actors play Jeeves in the future,I can't see how they could ever improve on Stephen Fry's portrayal. I'm convinced that the reason for this is more than just the fact that he's a fabulous and talented actor. His sheer love and appreciation for Wodehouse must play a part, surely?
As he says, he believes - and so do many others - that Wodehouse is the master. High praise indeed from such an eloquent and witty man as Stephen Fry.
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