P.G. Wodehouse is of course the man behind lovable nitwit Bertie Wooster and his guardian-angel manservant Jeeves. his second-most renown creation, the Indiana Jones to his Star Wars if you will, is a charming, aristocratic schemer named Rupert Psmith. what you need to know about him can be neatly summed up by his need to add a distinguishing silent P to his last name. while not necessarily a conartist per se, he does have a knack for selling his ideas to others and for taking advantage of his opportunities. his motto is, never confuse the impossible with the unlikely.
that's where this book comes in. it serves as the world's introduction to this wily semi-rogue. but alas, it takes the long way about, bringing Psmith in at a little passed the halfway mark. as evidenced by the title, the main character here is one Mike Jackson. Mike would ultimately become Psmith's sidekick, but in the meantime he has his own lackluster story to tell.
Mike meets Psmith when he transfers to a new school. the first half of the book concerns his career as star cricket player for the first school's team. it's an obsession with him, so book centers on the technical aspects of the game to a point that becomes tedious and often confusing. i guess it's possible that i feel this way for being neither British nor a sports enthusiast, but that doesn't make it any more vital to the story.
it's also odd to think of this as the work of Wodehouse - a man sometimes called the British Mark Twain - because it's not all that funny.
with the aforementioned transfer and introduction to Rupert Psmith, however, the story switches into high gear. Mike and Psmith quickly establish their relationship as something somewhere between a Holmes and Watson and an Abbott & Costello, and we're finally treated to the sort of high-spirited farce for which Wodehouse is so justly celebrated. it's just a drag that it takes so long.
which brings us to the happy conclusion i wrote this review specifically to highlight. you can safely disregard MIKE (the book), because another title, MIKE & PSMITH, offers said latter half in it's own right. that one cuts away the needless, Psmith-less preamble and gets down to the nitty-gritty. it's a rare case of a lily being un-gilded for a change. so that's the one to go for.
i don't understand why Wodehouse even bothered to write the first half anyway. all it ever really had any potential to be was the story of a Dr. Watson's life before he finds his Sherlock. does that really sound very interesting to you?
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