If you are new to Wodehouse, I would not recommend starting with either of these novels. They are part of his early work and are quite different from what became his more common style of plotting. These two novels are not the same type of zany adventure as found in LEAVE IT TO PSMITH, the fourth and final Psmith offering.
SMITH IN THE CITY was originally serialized in 1908 - 1909 in the English magazine, THE CAPTAIN. It is a very English story in which the incomprehensible game of cricket plays a large part. Cricket, incomprehensible to many of us not a part of the British Empire or Commonwealth, appears to be an acquired taste if not born to it. Despite the emphasis on cricket I enjoyed the book but I really like Wodehouse. The other main setting for the novel is the world of British banking. Early in life, Wodehouse himself was employed by a bank with little better result than that obtained by Mike and Psmith. I believe that Wodehouse's explanation was that the bank found itself with a surfeit of Wodehouses.
PSMITH, JOURNALIST is a very atypical Wodehouse. It has about as much in common with Leslie Charteris' The Saint stories as anything else to which I can compare it. Consider it The Saint with even more humor than that with which Charteris endowed his stories.
- Paperback: 90 pages
- Publisher: Digireads.Com (30 January 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 142094469X
- ISBN-13: 978-1420944693
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.6 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 159 g
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