- Series: Collector's Wodehouse
- Hardcover: 286 pages
- Publisher: The Overlook Press; Reissue edition (January 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585672327
- ISBN-13: 978-1585672325
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Laughing Gas Hardcover – January 1, 2002
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A brilliantly funny writer--perhaps the most consistently funny the English language has yet produced. -- The Times (London)
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Wodehouse's idyllic world can never stale....He has made a world for us to live in and delight in. -- Evelyn Waugh
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Fans of P.G. Wodehouse's comic genius are legion, and their devotion to his masterful command of the hilarity borders on obsession. The Overlook Press is pleased to feed their obsession by returning his funniest books to print: Heavy Weather, Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit, Mating Season, Laughing Gas, and more.
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In Laughing Gas, Reginald, third Earl of Havershot, and Hollywood's reigning child idol, Joey Cooley, switch bodies while under the influence of laughing gas during simultaneous dental procedures. Hilarity ensues, and I mean that quite literally. It really is a laugh-out-loud funny book.
The plot careens and swerves through lots of crazy coincidences, farcical situations, and unlikely encounters. But you don't keep reading to see what will happen next. The plot isn't the driving force with Wodehouse. Instead, what keeps the reader turning pages is the sheer joy of finding out what wonderful saying or hilarious conversation will come along next. The unexpected use of language is one of the charms of Laughing Gas. I opened the book at random just now and came across this little gem: "I didn't get his drift, and said so. He continued snowing." The book is full of little treasures like that.
Another thing I enjoyed about Laughing Gas is the lack of cynicism in the characters. A lot of comedy has a snarky side, which is fine with me for the most part, but the refreshing sincerity of Reggie Havershot and the rest of the fictional folk in Laughing Gas is a nice change of pace. Wodehouse really knows how to write a likeable everyman, even if that everyman might be a little slow on the uptake at times. Even the worst behaved characters probably won't get up to anything worse than "throwing soft-boiled eggs at the electric fan in the better class of restaurant." It's a fun story, and I'd recommend it to anyone who needs a good laugh.
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