Mike at Wrykin

By P.G. Wodehouse

Rating: 2 stars

While I’m a huge fan of Wodehouse’s work, I didn’t hugely enjoy this. It’s one of his juveniles, in his ‘school’ series and I didn’t find much in the way of his trademark humour or his fine control of language. Normally the upper-class nature of Wodehouse protagonists doesn’t bother me, but this public school setting really rubbed me up the wrong way.

It’s loosely about the titular Mike Jackson, starting at Wrykyn public school and mostly playing cricket. Oddly, despite my dislike of sport in general, cricket is the one sport that I retain some fondness for, so the cricket in the book doesn’t bother me, but the public school smugness and disdain for civic authority stuck in the craw. And, most disappointingly, even the marvellous characterisation that we know Wodehouse for is missing, with all the characters here being quite bland and nothing memorable about it.

An interesting early oddity but not a patch on his later work.

Book details

Publisher: Armada Books
Year of publication: 1953

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