My new office is a multi-company space, largely filled by an architecture firm that surrounds the walls + crevices + overhangs with towers and bridges and skyscrapers. The rest of the space is filled with a combination of tech companies, start-ups and one non-profit. There is a free, one-cup-flowing-a-plenty coffee maker within the kitchen/staff room and a large, flat screen TV adorning the wall. And while all these things are welcome and quite an upgrade from past work environments – my favorite feature of my new office is the employee book exchange.
The deal is thus … you bring a book, you share a book, you take a book, you read a book. This is how I came to hold ‘The Girl in Blue’. See, a friend had given me two of the ‘Twilight’ books because he was uninterested in the tale – and I admit to feeling the exact same way. But throwing away a book is incredibly wasteful, so instead I brought the two tomes to my book exchange and instead found this brightly-covered, humorous, little gem and was able to enjoy a tale much more to my liking.
‘The Girl is Blue’ is my first Wodehouse – of the Sir Pelham Grenville variety – and although I have always heard terrific things about the author, for some reason I have just never picked up one of his fanciful tales. Well, poo poo to me – because I was really missing out. He is hilarious. He is charming. He is adorable. He is British. Quote in point:
‘Anything in life that’s any fun, as someone wisely observed, is either immoral, illegal, or fattening.’
It was a simple, bordering-on-silly story full of multiple interesting and memorable characters. The plot touches on such ‘heavy’ themes as gambling, broken engagements, thievery, love, family fortune, heartbreak, and debt – but does so in such a cheerful and boisterous way that the reader has fun the entire way through the tale.
I am not sure I know exactly who to even call the ‘main’ characters in the book, because there were so many but if I had to hazard an assumption I would say the two main characters are Jerry and Jane. But they are surrounded by Barney, and Chippendale, and Vera, and Crispin, and Willoughby … and a few others – which all help to keep this read swift and blissful.
The good news is that most of Wodehouse’s books and short stories are now available for free download, which means I will be never be stuck on a late-running train without a book again. And it also means that you, dear reader, have no excuse to NOT read a Wodehouse. I have already chosen ‘A Damsel in Distress’ as my next P.G. read, and if you decide to jump on the Wodehouse wagon, I would love to hear what you think of his tales.