REVIEWS: Mike and Psmith; Psmith in the City; Psmith, Journalist

I am DETERMINED to get these last few reviews up before the beginning of the new year. DETERMINED. So!

REVIEWS: Mike and Psmith; Psmith in the City; Psmith, JournalistMike & Psmith (Psmith #1) by P.G. Wodehouse
Published: Project Gutenberg (1909), eBook, 244pg
Source: Public Domain
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary

If Mike had been in time for breakfast that fatal Easter morning he might have gathered from the expression on his father's face, as Mr. Jackson opened the envelope containing his school report and read the contents, that the document in question was not exactly a paean of praise from beginning to end. But he was late, as usual. Mike always was late for breakfast in the holidays. When he came down on this particular morning, the meal was nearly over. Mr. Jackson had disappeared, taking his correspondence with him; Mrs. Jackson had gone into the kitchen, and when Mike appeared the thing had resolved itself into a mere vulgar brawl between Phyllis and Ella for the jam, while Marjory, recently affecting a grown-up air, looked on in a detached sort of way, as if these juvenile gambols distressed her.

Yay: much funnier the second time around, maybe because I was in a better mood? I didn’t even mind the huge cricket game at the end.

Nay: reading about the trials and tribulations of upper class white boys can be kinda MEH if you’re in the wrong mood.

Verdict: it’s Wodehouse! Maybe the plot isn’t as interesting as in his Jeeves and Wooster books, but the humor is the same. Psmith is basically a baby Jeeves (only one destined to become something other than valet).

Read: November 22-23, 2012

REVIEWS: Mike and Psmith; Psmith in the City; Psmith, JournalistPsmith in the City (Psmith #2) by P.G. Wodehouse
Published: Project Gutenberg (1910), eBook, 168pg
Source: Public Domain
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary

Mike Jackson, cricketer and scion of a cricketing clan, has dreams of Cambridge upset by father's financial troubles, sent under Manager Bickersdyke to New Asiatic Bank. Thankfully fellow cricketer PSmith draws off his lavender gloves to work as well, especially unwanted attention to Manager. They squeeze in cricket too.

Yay: Psmith is much more wordy in this book, and some of his speeches are v. funny. Loved how he tormented his unwanted bank boss.

Nay: jealous over how swank and easy that bank job IS! And Mike/Psmith threw it away for cricket and larking about. Oh well.

Verdict: better than the first book, especially if you didn’t like the cricket bits in Mike and Psmith.

Read: December 8, 2012

REVIEWS: Mike and Psmith; Psmith in the City; Psmith, JournalistPsmith, Journalist (Psmith #3) by P.G. Wodehouse
Published: Project Gutenberg (1915), eBook, 166pg
Source: Public Domain
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary

The story begins with Psmith accompanying his fellow Cambridge student Mike to New York on a cricketing tour. Through high spirits and force of personality, Psmith takes charge of a minor periodical, and becomes imbroiled in a scandal involving slum landlords, boxers and gangsters - the story displays a strong social conscience, rare in Wodehouse's generally light-harted works.

Yay: Psmith actually working towards something that doesn’t have anything to do with cricket or lol! That’s kinda neat. Also it’s actually got some thrills and intrigue, what with the gangs and shootings and whatnot.

Nay: Not as funny, overall? idk. Mike was gone for most of the book, and when he WAS there he mostly didn’t do much. Without Mike as a foil Psmith comes off as annoying, sometimes. Also, just realized how there’s no female characters, however. Even the female journalist sends her husband to complain instead of going herself. The first two books have female characters (not big ones, but still), but I don’t think this one even has a sister running around.

Verdict: The ending was AMAZING. Not my favorite Psmith book, but definitely still enjoyable.

Read: December 16-17, 2012

2 thoughts on “REVIEWS: Mike and Psmith; Psmith in the City; Psmith, Journalist”

    1. Psmith is definitely more CHARMING than Jeeves is (character-wise, I mean), but I love Bertie’s narrative voice just a bit better than what’s in the Psmith books. 😀 Have you read the first Mike book, the one without Psmith? I kinda want to read it, myself, but I’m not sure if I can handle a book with JUST Mike in it. Hm.

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