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Book Title: The Head of Kay's|
The author of the book: P.G. Wodehouse
ISBN 13: 9781600967740
Edition: Classic Books Library
Date of issue: July 1st 2008
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 3.2
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The Head of Kay’s is the fifth of Wodehouse’s school stories, and his sixth published work overall. Like the other early school stories, these are simple, relatively short novels that were probably intended for younger readers. The action takes place at the fictional public school of Eckleton, where one of the houses (Kay’s) has a reputation for unruly behavior, due in large part to its incompetent and unpopular master. Over the course of the school year the house faces changes in administration, takes place in a number of sporting events, and experiences the joy of early 20th century summer camp.
Wodehouse was a prolific writer, and this is one of his earlier works. However, his skills improved notably between the earliest school story and this novel. The humor is strong (although this book is actually a bit less “laugh out loud” funny than some of Wodehouse’s earlier work), and the plot is simply better than the ones featured in earlier stories. It’s much more focused and engaging, and the description of school sporting events never threatens to take over the book, a problem with some of the other school stories.
While Wodehouse’s best was certainly still to come, this is an entertaining, quick read by a true master of English humor. 4.0 stars, recommended!
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Read information about the authorSir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more than seventy years and continues to be widely read over 40 years after his death. Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse's main canvas remained that of prewar English upper-class society, reflecting his birth, education, and youthful writing career.
An acknowledged master of English prose, Wodehouse has been admired both by contemporaries such as Hilaire Belloc, Evelyn Waugh and Rudyard Kipling and by more recent writers such as Douglas Adams, Salman Rushdie and Terry Pratchett. Sean O'Casey famously called him "English literature's performing flea", a description that Wodehouse used as the title of a collection of his letters to a friend, Bill Townend.
Best known today for the Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels and short stories, Wodehouse was also a talented playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of fifteen plays and of 250 lyrics for some thirty musical comedies. He worked with Cole Porter on the musical Anything Goes (1934) and frequently collaborated with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton. He wrote the lyrics for the hit song Bill in Kern's Show Boat (1927), wrote the lyrics for the Gershwin/Romberg musical Rosalie (1928), and collaborated with Rudolf Friml on a musical version of The Three Musketeers (1928).
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