Luck of the Bodkins by P.G. Wodehouse (review by Samyu Y. ’15)

Luck of the BodkinsLuck of the Bodkins by P.G. Wodehouse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Monty Bodkin is happily engaged to Gertrude Butterwick – for the time being. The same can be said for actress Lotus Blossom and writer Ambrose Tennyson. Reggie Tennyson hopes likewise for him and spitfire Mabel Spence, sister-in-law of the successful movie producer, Ivor Llewellyn. Llewellyn hopes Customs won’t catch him smuggling his wife’s pearl necklace into the States. Amid hysterical misadventures and droll misunderstandings, Wodehouse injects a measure of social criticism, focusing mainly on the idle rich. While Wodehouse’s tale of well-intentioned blackmail, broken engagements, and happy endings – complete with a full cast of vivid, strong-willed characters – proves amusing, it lacks plot. However, witty prose and lively, humorous language make all three hundred fifty-eight pages of this delightful, light novel worth reading. – Samyu Y. ’15

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