The main story follows his efforts to redeem himself. Better be willing to get into a fight that one of your schoolmates starts -- for fun! At this time he was writing about topics he most loved and were easiest for him. On finding that said gentleman now makes a living by giving boxing lessons, Sheen engages his services, and starts learning to box in secret. However, the beating is interrupted when he is rescued, Mr. Minor issues present such as mild cracking, inscriptions, inserts, light foxing, tanning and thumb marking.
Dictionary of Literary Biography: British Novelists, 1890-1929: Traditionalists. So when I read Wodehouse and get glimpses of that buddyboy college life heydays with all those funny traditions, rules, orders and friendships, I always enjoy them to the fullest. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Farrar Eric , and developed by the likes of Talbot Baines Reed The Fifth Form at St. Although this book has his trademark colloquialisms of the day, the subject matter has more depth than I was expecting. For Wrykyn had fallen for the time being on evil days.
The others all have good moments here and there, but this one has much more quality scenes, with fewer sections that make me want to skip over them. The book is a classic set in a bygone era of relative innocence. At the time, there are a lot of fights among Wrykyn's boys and the boys of a rival school and also town youths. But beyond the sport, it's a story about a young man losing and regaining the respect of his peers. Pages and binding are presentable with no major defects. And it's Sheen who raises this tale above Mr Wodehouse's other school stories, as whilst the others feature several lead characters, this tale focuses on one 'hero' and a few secondary characters.
Can he overcome the many obstacles in his path and restore the school's honour in the ring? In fairness, this book was originally published in 1907, and the author could not reasonably account for the ways that mores or tastes would change, so it's not unforgivable. The dialogue may not crackle with the absurd wit which later came to characterise Plum's world, but once it gets into its stride it reads well enough, and there are flashes of observation here and there in the narrative which suggest the author beginning to get to grips with the style which would finally flourish in books such as Piccadilly Jim or the revamped Love Among the Chickens a few years later. The character development of the protagonist is not complete but indicative of his triumph over a foe that he himself chose, giving him the admirable opportunity to win on his own terms - something about which almost everyone might dream The book is a classic set in a bygone era of relative innocence. Apart from Sheen, I quite liked Drummond, the strong but kind-hearted boy who was the school's best hope for Aldershot but is unable to compete because of an illness. Those who may be new to Wodehouse or have only read later books will not possibly be aware that when he first started writing books he started off with school boys and school day stories. Another Wodehouse school boy book that is hard to recommend except for those reading straight through The Master's works or for someone who loves turn of the century school life and boxing. Wodehouse: A Portrait of a Master.
As one reviewer said, it's odd to be cheering at the conclusion of a Wodehouse novel, instead of grinning wryly. Like many early Wodehouse novels, the story first appeared as a serial in the boys' magazine , between October 1905 and March 1906. And we only just managed to beat Greenburgh by a try to nil. Harms By Wodehouse and ; music by Hearts and Diamonds 1 June 1926 1926 London: Prowse By Wodehouse and Laurie Wylie; adaptation of The Orlov by Biuno Granichstaedten and The Play's the Thing , New York 3 November 1926 1927 New York: Brentano's Adaptation of The Play's the Thing by , New York 8 November 1926 1926 London and Sydney: Chappell; New York: T. I almost didn't go on. This is unfortunate, because it is a decent story, and the new characters are sufficient to drive the story forward.
Nonetheless a thoroughly enjoyable read. In a later expedition into town, Sheen is set upon by the town bullies and finds that when retreat is no option, he can take their blows and fight against odds. A book that cannot showcase Wodehouse's talent and should only be read by a reader who has already sampled Wodehouse's sweeter plums. Honestly, I could've just went and kissed those massive Cambridge library doors. The White Feather dates to 1907 and was the 6th book of his to be published. Wodehouse was following here the tradit Most of the readers of this rather short novel will be P. In order to save his reputation and the honour of his house at school after he shames himself by running away from a fight between fellow pupils and toughs from the local town, a studious schoolboy takes up the study of boxing.
Very soon the story starts properly with the introduction of Sheen, a senior boy who focuses more on his studies than on sports or social activities, and therefore is not particularly popular among his schoolmates. The fact that the skill in question is boxing does little to diminish that. My bottom line is that I enjoyed this book, even if parts of it were for me guess work. Wodehouse's fans wanting to explore his early literary career. Harms By Wodehouse and , New York 1 February 1918 1918 New York: T.
After being educated at , to which he remained devoted all his life, he was employed by a bank, but disliked the work and wrote magazine pieces in his spare time. I would have thrown it away in the empty fields beyond my bedroom balcony if Wodehouse had written anything else. He proves to have talent for boxing and soon becomes quite competent. As will be the case with much of his later work there is a fair amount of slang that you may be able to research. Not only does this book contain some abysmal writing problems like a premise that requires a lot of suspension of disbelief for contemporary readers, but also merges them with frequent instances of telling rather than showing, and a distant narrator - who shifts viewpoints.
Harms By Wodehouse and ; music by Sitting Pretty , New York 8 April 1924 1925 New York: T. As one reviewer said, it's odd to be cheering at the conclusion of a Wodehouse novel, instead of grinning wryly. The match had resulted in an absurdly easy victory for the visitors by over forty points. T I was all set and ready to dislike this book. Another look at life at Wrykyn, Wodehouse's prototypical early 20th century British public school.
And with that discovery comes a plan: he will fight for his House in the Lightweight division and win back his honor. They may be disappointed because they won't find the wittiness and humor of his Jeeves novels. It is his transition from sympathetic coward to sporting champion provides the emotional hook on which the novel hangs. The book opens with a collection of familiar characters as both Trevor and Clowes have returned to their former school and visit with Allardyce who has become Captain of the Football Team, and who is lamenting the sorry state of athletics at the school in the new year. Boxer Joe Bevan is the mentor, less prosaic than Wodehouse's later pugilists like Porky Chop, he combines a simple philosophy with a history as a Shakespearean bit-part actor, making him the somewhat improbable mouthpiece for Wodehouse's love of the Bard.