Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Prefect's Uncle, by P.G. Wodehouse

Another Wodehouse school story, still with quite a bit of cricket. The captain of the cricket team, Gethryn, has a smart-aleck uncle a few years his junior come to his school, and cause some trouble for him. The uncle, Farnie, steals some money (I thought The Pothunters established that such deviousness was beyond the English schoolboy?) and leaves school, and Gethryn has to abandon his team mid cricket match to bring Farnie back and return the stolen money. His teammates are upset, and he is ostracized for much of the football season (which here means Rugby, not association), but in the end everyone does the sporting thing. Some of the pranks (or "rags" as they were then called) are quite humorous and memorable.

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

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