Friday, February 10, 2012

Reflections: Weekend Wodehouse

By this time, it's no surprise to most people that I adore P.G.Wodehouse and can never ever tire of reading his books. His words and stories may not carry a lot of heavy depth, complex plots, etc., but they contain so much lightheartedness, spirit and warmth, they always pep me up. Laughter is indeed the best medicine. And as for depth, in his own way, he does infuse subtle and important life lessons. Through his clever satire, he cuts through layers of social stiffness, the numerous convolutions we unnecessarily put ourselves through, and shows that all it takes is a little clear-headed, simplified, "cockeyed" look at the situation to realize what is important and what isn't. Life's pressing problems can often be resolved with some silliness, an abundant amount of nonchalance towards society, a sense of humor, the courage  to make a fool of oneself, and the kindness of heart and confidence of spirit to follow our desires - his stories show how one can live and let live peacefully. He envisioned a progressive harmonious society. His stories remind us how important it is to be able to laugh at ourselves and our life. I can keep going - in short, I loved this book too!

The book contains vignettes of stories and excerpts from his popular books, settings, and characters. Some of the most lovely nuggets from his memorable books are present here, and it is perfect for people like me who want to revisit favorite episodes from his numerous stories. Therefore, the book works as a series of short-stories. It also contains some of the author's notes and reflections - all of which I loved just as much as the stories. His self-deprecating humor, humility, and warm geniality are so very endearing to me.

It's yet another treasured book. Thanks again to my friend for going to great lengths to gift this book!


Anonymous said...

Nice coincidence that I stopped reading all philosophy and just last week turned to Wodehouse! :-)

Neeraja said...

Yay!! What book are you reading? :)

Anonymous said...

This one is Just Enough Jeeves :-)

Karthik said...

I haven't read this collection myself.. But practically anything by Wodehouse is enjoyable :-)

Neeraja said...

Nice to hear from you Karthik! :).
Yeah, I am sure to enjoy anything written by him!