Classic · Fiction · Humor · Quick Read! · Theresa F

Summer Lightning | by P. G. Wodehouse

Summer Lightning by P. G. Wodehouse
(Overlook, 2003, 320 pages)

I’m not sure why, but this book was recommend, was on my “To Read” list, and since it had summer in the title I thought I would give it a try.  Written in 1929 and set in London and in the country at Blandings Castle, Summer Lightning is like reading the script to a 1930’s screwball comedy.  It is filled with mistaken identities, missing pigs, a funny butler, and very “witty” dialogue.  I didn’t realize while reading it but Wodehouse wrote many novels set at Blandings and was also responsible for the My Man Jeeves stories.

“Wodehouse once said of his work: ‘I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is mine, making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring life altogether.’ The Blandings series of novels is perhaps the best example of the author’s determined resistance to “real life.” These twenty-odd novels are centered on the beautiful estate of Lord Emsworth, who serves as unwilling host to almost everyone who goes in and out of his ancestral home. Lord Emsworth is old and absentminded, and his affections are limited to his younger brother, Galahad, his roses, and his pig, the Empress of Blandings.”  — John R. Griffin, MagillonLiterature

I enjoyed Summer Lightning very much.  It was a quick read because it is so full of dialogue, but sometimes I would go back and re-read spots because they were so funny.  I would recommend it and might read some more in the series.

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