Wodehouse’s second novel, and second school book, brings up a very modern family issue in an old world context. A senior schoolboy at a select boarding school is told that his uncle is coming to visit — but that uncle, it transpires, is a cheeky young thing newly enrolled in the school, several years behind his nephew, as the product of a late marriage.
Gethryn’s troubles with his uncle, the rapscallion Farnie, are legion, and the book is often hilarious, much funnier than The Pothunters and showing even more of the dexterity with dialogue for which Wodehouse would become justly famous. Of course, I still didn’t get all of it — especially not the callousness of these schoolboys, not to mention the casual violence — but it was a highly enjoyable read, nonetheless.
TBR DAY 214: A Prefect’s Uncle by P. G. Wodehouse
GENRE: Humour, YA
TIME ON THE TBR: 4 years.
PURCHASED FROM: Abe’s Books.