This review is of the Amazon Digital Services, LLC edition, March 24, 2011. Available free from Amazon.
If you are new to Wodehouse, I would not recommend starting with this novel. It is part of his early work and is quite different from what became his more common style of plotting. The novel is not the same type of zany adventure as found in LEAVE IT TO PSMITH, the fourth, final and most popular of the Psmith offerings.
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.
- Hardcover: 140 pages
- Publisher: SMK Books (3 April 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1515432750
- ISBN-13: 978-1515432753
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 381 g
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