PG Wodehouse and his never-never world (was it really so?)
PG Wodehouse is arguably the best internationally known English humorist. His characters - Bertie, Jeeves, Lord Emsworth - are inherently funny and are involved in funny plots, in an environment that has been described as a fairyland - but is this last bit really true? To me, as a long-time reader of PG's books, his England is not a stereotype and shows the insights of an outsider. The real, contemporary world creeps in: the treatment of class, for example, is anything but stereotypical. Bertie's loathing of the countryside; Lord Emsworth's dislike of his fellow aristocrats. And Roderick Spode, the rabble-rouser and secret lingerie designer. And Wodehouse's America is also very interesting: New York and Broadway, which he loved, Los Angeles and Hollywood, which he found funny and fainty absurd. The only two "serious" books tat PG wrote are about America.
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