A Damsel in Distress by PG Wodehouse
Rating: 7 out of 10
Publisher: Overlook Press
Originally Published: 1919
Synopsis (from the back of the book): Respectable George Bevan is minding his own business, zooming down the street in a taxi, when out of nowhere, lovely Maud Marsh jumps into the car with him, begging for his help. As George recovers from his shock, Maud’s sad plight comes to light. She is desperate to escape her aunt’s meddlesome ways and reunite with the man she loves. George is moved by Maud’s tragic tale and chivalrously offers to aid the hapless damsel. Mistaken identities, hilarious run-ins with high-tempered relatives, and all manner of shenanigans come George’s way before we can reach the exciting conclusion of this wacky romantic comedy.
Overall Impression: Wodehouse never gets old for me. I love the style of his writing (witty), the mis-adventures his charactures endure (zany and madcap), and how everyone ends up happy in the end (uh, happily). A Damsel in Distress is another delightful comedy of errors, with mistaken identities, crazy relatives, love-sick young people, and one butter-lovin’ fat man. Mix it all together and you have a delicious romp through the British countryside. I do prefer the Jeeves and Wooster stories to Wodehouse’s standalones, but nonetheless—this was a fun read and is classic Wodehouse.
Positives: Dashing, delicous, delightful!
Negatives: Not the best Wodehouse, but still good.
Other books I’ve read by PG Wodehouse: The Inimitable Jeeves (review), Jeeves in the Morning (review), A Gentleman of Leisure (review), My Man Jeeves, Bertie Wooster Sees it Through, Do Butlers Burgle Banks?, Code of the Woosters, Jeeves and the Tie that Binds, Girls Pearls and Monty Bodkin
Other blogger opinions:
Violet Crush: “Although I didn’t laugh out loud at everything, I did have a smile on my face throughout.”