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The White Feather (Collector's Wodehouse) Hardcover – August 15, 2013
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"Wodehouse is the greatest comic writer ever." --Douglas Adams
"Could a P. G. Wodehouse revival be more timely? Overlook Press, which is reissuing Wodehouse's comic novels, clearly has its finger on America's pulse…With its sumptuously bound editions, Overlook Press has done the master proud." --Los Angeles Times
"Wodehouse's novels are the very definition of British humor--bubblingly witty and dryly loony. And as Overlook continues its reissue of these absurd souffles, you can buy the work for yourself in suave hardcover volumes, the dust jackets as natty as the prose" --Entertainment Weekly
"Writers from Evelyn Waugh and George Orwell to Frank McCourt and Ben Elton have praised not only Wodehouse's comic genius but also his impeccable craftsmanship…Each element in a Wodehouse plot, however comically familiar, is irreplaceable." --Boston Globe
"The jokes in Wodehouse aren't like anyone else's jokes, because they depend less on punch lines than on how he manipulates the language--flawlessly, but with a well-honed sense of fun." --Newsweek
About the Author
P. G. Wodehouse (1881–1975) spent much of his life in Southampton, New York, but was born in England and educated in Surrey. He became an American citizen in 1955. In a literary career spanning more than seventy years, he published more than ninety books and twenty film scripts, and collaborated on more than thirty plays and musical comedies.
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This is his second book set in the fictional school of Wrykyn, The Gold Bat being the first. We are to follow young Sheen who dodges a "town versus gown" fight and is labeled a coward. The main story follows his efforts to redeem himself. Filling out the rest of the 150 page we get to see some of what will become the great Wodehouse wit, particularly in a sea battle between Wrykyn and a neighboring rival. Also well drawn are the profiles and motivations of people who will work with and against Sheen.
The White Feather is something of a classic type in British school boy stories, a fact Wodehouse will mention on a few occasions. It has more in common with books like Tom Brown School Days and may be thought of as juvenilia for middle school boys rather than all ages. Those of us who are fans should enjoy it for the chance to enjoy very the author as a young writer.
The Kindle version had no formatting issues and I note that the Amazon page indicates that besides the Kindle edition (free as of this review, April 2014) it can be downloaded from elsewhere on the web. The hardback is not free through Amazon and is part of a handsomely publish reissue of many Wodehouse titles.
My bottom line is that I enjoyed this book, even if parts of it were for me guess work. I recommend it to Wodehouse fans but I suspect that as an into to this wonderful writer, it will not work for a non-British reader.
Both for the reader and for the main character. But then it gets better and better.
It took me about 30 pages to start understanding what the story was about and who the characters were ... and a little longer to find out that the main character was not the one I thought.
From then on, I coudn't leave the book alone until it closed in the most expected, still magic finale.
I give it four out of five stars
The formatting for Kindle was good, with no obvious errors.
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But even an average Wodehouse piece is a delight. Read it, you'll enjoy it. C'est tout.Read more