Thursday, July 7, 2022

What Ho! P. G. Wodehouse on Food by Paul Kent -- BOOK BEGINNINGS


Welcome back to Book Beginnings on Fridays, where participants share the first sentence (or so) of the books we are reading this week. Or you can share from a book that caught your fancy, even if you aren't reading it right this minute. 

How is your week going? I am enjoying my post-covid, post-holiday weekend, back-to-normal week in the office! I was going stir crazy having to quarantine when I didn't feel very sick. 


The Right Hon. was a tubby little chap who looked as if he had been poured into his clothes and had forgotten to say "When!"

-- a quote from "Jeeves and the Impending Doom" in What Ho! P. G. Wodehouse on Food by Paul Kent. 

This little book is a bon bon of a companion to Kent's three-volume study of P. G. Wodehouse. Labeled Paper 1 in "A Series of Occasional Papers," it excerpts and describes Wodehouse's writing on food, drink, overindulgence, dieting, vegetarians, food fads, and all things comestible. It is available from Can of Worms Enterprises, as will be the other four in the planned series as they are available.

Paul Kent is a long-serving member of the P. G. Wodehouse Society and lifelong Wodehouse fan. His earlier trilogy is not a Wodehouse biography. It’s the first full-length study of how Wodehouse's writing developed over his long career, and how the ideas in his head made it onto the page. Volume 1 (This is Jolly Old Fame) focuses on the development of Wodehouse’s unique writing style. Volume 2 (Mid-Season Form) explores "Wodehouse World" – the micro-universe he created with his many characters. Volume 3 (The Happiness of the World) examines how his work has survived through time.

Kent's Pelham Grenville Wodehouse trilogy is a must-read for all Wodehouse enthusiasts.


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From What Ho! P. G. Wodehouse on Food:
Food is, quite simply, one of the key ingredients in living the good life. When in "Jeeves and the Old School Chum" Bertie wishes to describe Bingo's great good fortune in every aspect of his earthly existence, the first thing he lists is his friend's talent for dining well.

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