Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Spring Fever

1948, as part of 1983 Avenel edition of P. G. Wodehouse: Five Complete Novels
P. G. Wodehouse
Spring Fever
Original price $15.70, purchase price $9.99
Good condition hardcover

Unlike the '30s Jeeves books, I seldom reread this volume, and this story is a good example of why.  The plots and subplots are kind of boring.  Also, the "hero" likes to jokingly insult and threaten violence to the "heroine."  There are occasional flashes of the Wodehouse wit, and a bit of insight into Hollywood, but it's rather a slog to get to them.  Not exactly terrible, but not something I'd recommend.  The title has little to do with the story, other than it's set in the spring, and the cast is mostly dim-witted, although not feverish.

Also, this novel is riddled with typos, often of the extra-letter-in-a-word variety, I suspect due to Avenel trying to cash in on Wodehouse's name.

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