Something Fresh (Blandings Castle, #1)

By P.G. Wodehouse

Rating: 4 stars

This book provided my first visit to Blandings Castle and, having read it, it certainly won’t be my last. Filled with the sort of eccentric cast that I’ve come to expect from Wodehouse, Blandings is led by the sort of absent-minded English peer who gave the House of Lords a bad name. In his extreme absent-mindedness, he pockets a priceless scarab from the collection of his future daughter-in-law’s father, while the latter is distracted. Hilarity, as they say, ensues as not one but two different people are determined to retrieve it.

What I thought was somewhat interesting about this novel was that we see beyond the upper classes and get a glimpse into the the lives of those who serve them and, what do you know, they are just as strange, neurotic and downright odd as those they serve. Well, what else should one expect from Wodehouse?

His touch is as light as ever, his characters engaging (or at least ridiculous, which is sometimes the same thing). I enjoyed meeting the absent-minded Lord Elmsworth and the entire Blandings clan and I shall certainly look forward to reading more about them.

Book details

ISBN: 9780099513780
Publisher: Arrow Books
Year of publication: 1915

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