Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Pothunters, by P.G. Wodehouse

Another book set in a school. This one is a novel, and although it still has quite a bit of cricket, it is not central to the plot (meaning you can get to the end of a cricket section and think, "I have no idea what that meant, but I think I know who won," and you won't have missed anything vital).

The most striking feature of this book: some silver sports cups go missing, and the headmasters suspect some of the boys of pulling a prank, but when it is discovered that along with the cups, the thief also stole two pounds, they know a boy would never steal money, and so they completely turn their attention to outsiders. Oh, how things have changed in 100 years. I cannot even believe there was a time in the world's history when a school full of teenage boys could be completely cleared of suspicion of anything other than harmless pranks. I mean, schools have metal detectors now (and tony prep schools have more drugs than a pharmaceutical convention).

Rating: four and a half out of seven giant inflatable monkeys.

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