Pure word music" DOUGLAS ADAMS
The author of almost a hundred books and the creator of Jeeves,
Blandings Castle, Psmith, Ukridge, Uncle Fred and Mr Mulliner, P.G.
Wodehouse was born in 1881 and educated at Dulwich College. After
two years with the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank he became a
full-time writer, contributing to a variety of periodicals
including Punch and the Globe. He married in 1914. As
well as his novels and short stories, he wrote lyrics for musical
comedies with Guy Bolton and Jerome Kern, and at one stage had five
musicals running simultaneously on Broadway. His time in Hollywood
also provided much source material for fiction.
At the age of 93, in the New Year's Honours List of 1975, he received a long-overdue knighthood, only to die on St Valentine's Day some 45 days later.
This short novel about a beautiful young American doctor and skilled golfer who is being pursued by a lovesick and apparently idle British aristocrat has an unusual history. In 1931, Wodehouse adapted it from an earlier play based on a Hungarian work. Not surprisingly, it lacks the stylistic flair of Wodehouse's more original works. Paul Shelley's narration is adequate but is missing the zing that might have been provided by a narrator such as Jonathan Cecil, whose energetic reading of Wodehouse's The Mating Season is also available in a new AudioGO release. VERDICT A pleasant romantic distraction that should appeal to golf lovers and others.-R. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.