Tuesday, June 05, 2007

P. G. Wodehouse

P. G. Wodehouse, the author of the Jeeves stories, is a very funny writer. Early in his career, he wrote schoolboy stories -- a genre J.K. Rowling has continued -- and Broadway comedies.

His best fiction has the intricate plotting and flawless pacing of a good stage comedy.

In addition, he is a wonderful stylist.

But his fiction is almost content free. Think about Harry Potter without darkness or growth -- a schoolboy story where no one learns or changes.

It doesn't matter. Wodehouse is fiction as juggling or dance. And maybe some of the humor comes from the perfection of a story which says nothing important.

And maybe there is a content I can't see.

A friend found a chapbook edition of a P.G. Wodehouse story translated into Medieval Icelandic, bought it and gave it to me. The perfect gift, and a funny idea.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My husband is a huge fan of Jeeves.