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October 28, 2005


I love your charming description of your love of Wodehouse. I must confess I have not had the privilege of reading him, but I am about to order a copy "Leave it to Psmith" because of your review. It's nice to read a literate blog.

Thank you for the kind words. And welcome to the world of Wodehouse. You have made a very good choice by selecting "Leave it to Psmith" as your first Wodehouse pick.

i am in Houston too, and love Wodehouse as well! There is a group that gets together here every month (called the Drone Rangers), but i haven't been able to make it to a meeting yet. if you don't know of them already, try looking them up, and hope to see you there one of these days!

John Fletcher, my co-passenger who gifted me "A Man of Means", invited me to the Wodehouse meeting in Houston. I went for one session and indeed there were members of the Drone Ranger present there (they were the hosts). For a while I toyed with the idea of joining. But I belong to one book club already and going to another meeting every month was a bit daunting. Moreover, I decided that I enjoy my Wodehouse sufficiently by my lonesome self. Thanks for visiting. Nice encountering a fellow Houstonian and Wodehousian.

Nice post...but id have to say...starting with lord E would be the way to go.....

Ah, I grew up reading Wodehouse during high school and college. *dreamy smile*
I haven't read any of his books in a while, though devoured all the available books in the school library and elsewhere. I'll check the library for the new book you mention. Thanks for the trip down the memory lane Ruchira.


"A Man of Means" may be hard to find in a local library. It is one of P.G.W.'s more obscure books. I just checked on Amazon. It is available there but not the Porpoise publication that I was given by John. F. May be you shouldn't bother - it is not one of his best. Better to re-read something you liked before during high school and college. You will laugh (or not laugh) again but with a new perspective. I do that all the time.

Some others too have suggested that Lord Emsworth is the best intro to P.G.W. Actually, any number of characters would do. Some like Jeeves. In this case when I was writing the post, Psmith just sprang into mind because of the contrast with Ronald Bleke and also because I happen to like Psmith a lot. Recently though, I presented a good friend of mine, who has never read Wodehouse with "Life at Blandings." So in her case, I chose Lord E. and his entourage to ease her through the Wodehousian world.

These days, I have been reading 'Jeeves and the tie that binds' during my 35 min commute in the subway train. Probably, or should I say definitely, my fellow-passengers may well be wondering that I am gone nuts! Just can't stop smiling, giggling. Surprisingly, for a change, I have been more productive at work...

Hi, Ruchira

Distance doesn't matter these days. I have just launched a network on Ning called " Celebrating P G Wodehouse".

It would be great if you could join us.



Read some where about Jeeves' similarity with Humphrey of 'Yes Minister' fame. A huge fan of both, I felt the same, though in patches. Can hardly visualise Humphrey, with all his material retirement benefit plans taking off on fishing trips, or Bertie getting any wiser with time unlike Jim, not to mention of the sublimely pure kind of happiness you are filled with while on any Jeeves anecdote.

One thing is common though, you hardly want the episodes to finish, as the endings, however clever and unexpected they get, can hardly match the journeys.

Would love to join in as i have been out of a Wodehouse fan club since college!

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