I picked up this Modern Library compilation of Wodehouse short stories at the library, thinking I’d load probably use it as an appetizer to one of his novels. I went on a very brief overnight trip with Steady Eddie yesterday, taking along my usual small stack of books to keep me busy in the hotel room while he was in his meeting. Included in the stack was this Selected Stories of P.G. Wodehouse. I also took the aforementioned Kindle, planning to snag a $ .99 (or free!) Wodehouse e-book before turning in for the night and be ready to read it this morning. Alas, my Kindle died before I could even log into Amazon, so I had to make do with only the Modern Library short stories. I took the book with me to breakfast (oh, how I love to dine alone occasionally so I can read!) and read the foreword by the author. In it, Wodehouse discusses the best way to read his stories–in “small” doses, as in one at each meal and one before bed–which, of course, was perfect, given my circumstances. He also explains how difficult it is for him to stop writing his Jeeves stories. I was completely entertained and captivated by Wodehouse’s tongue-in-cheek humor. I love it! The little volume was my companion on the hotel treadmill, where I meet Bertie and Jeeves for the first time and laughed aloud over the comedy of errors (perfectly orchestrated behind the scenes by Jeeves himself, of course) that is “Jeeves Takes Charge.” I love it and can’t wait to read more!
Many thanks to Carrie, as well as this month’s host for the Reading to Know Bookclub, for the push to pick up Wodehouse. I’m sure I never would’ve done it without this motivation, and it would’ve been my loss. I hope I can respond to the short stories individually as I read them in some reflections in progress posts. Stay tuned!