Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Heavy Weather

Heavy Weather
by P.G. Wodehouse

(Edited Version of One Publisher's) Blurb:
Lord Tilbury's blood pressure is rocketing skywards. The Hon. Galahad Threepwood's decision not to publish his scandalous reminiscences will lose him a small fortune. But he's one of the bulldog breed who don't readily admit defeat.

Monty Bodkin, abruptly given the boot by Lord Tilbury, has taken up his secretarial duties at Blandings Castle, home of Lord Emsworth and his adored pig, Empress of Blandings. There, it seems the publication - or otherwise - of the memoirs is becoming a "cause celebre".

Three camps are forming: those who want the book published, those who want it suppressed and those who have been sent to steal it.  The fate of the Empress and two romances hang in the balance!

My Reaction:
(This was a "shared read" with Donald-- as, indeed, is usually the case when I'm reading P.G. Wodehouse.  He's definitely one of "our" authors.)

It was very good!  Plenty of laughs!  No boring golf or cricket (that I can recall).  At this point, I think I like the Blandings crew just as much-- or very nearly as much-- as the characters that people the world of Jeeves & Wooster. 

This book picks up right after (and I do mean right after) the end of Summer Lightning.  It's been months since we read that one, but I think we remembered enough that we didn't miss anything.  Loved it.

I have nothing more to say.  Just, if you haven't given P.G. Wodehouse a try before, he's worth your time.  Especially if you like snappy dialogue.  Particularly if you are in the mood to leave all your troubles behind and spend a few hours in the rosy-tinted past.  Sit back and relax!  Nothing really bad can happen in this happy, golden world, and if you possess a funny bone (some don't!), it will be tickled-- repeatedly.