- Tapa dura: 204 páginas
- Editor: BiblioLife; Edición: Large type / large print edition (18 de agosto de 2008)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0554233525
- ISBN-13: 978-0554233529
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Mike and Psmith (Large Print Edition) (Inglés) Tapa dura – Texto grande, 18 ago 2008
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that's where this book comes in. it serves as the world's introduction to this wily semi-rogue. but alas, it takes the long way about, bringing Psmith in at a little passed the halfway mark. as evidenced by the title, the main character here is one Mike Jackson. Mike would ultimately become Psmith's sidekick, but in the meantime he has his own lackluster story to tell.
Mike meets Psmith when he transfers to a new school. the first half of the book concerns his career as star cricket player for the first school's team. it's an obsession with him, so book centers on the technical aspects of the game to a point that becomes tedious and often confusing. i guess it's possible that i feel this way for being neither British nor a sports enthusiast, but that doesn't make it any more vital to the story.
it's also odd to think of this as the work of Wodehouse - a man sometimes called the British Mark Twain - because it's not all that funny.
with the aforementioned transfer and introduction to Rupert Psmith, however, the story switches into high gear. Mike and Psmith quickly establish their relationship as something somewhere between a Holmes and Watson and an Abbott & Costello, and we're finally treated to the sort of high-spirited farce for which Wodehouse is so justly celebrated. it's just a drag that it takes so long.
which brings us to the happy conclusion i wrote this review specifically to highlight. you can safely disregard MIKE (the book), because another title, MIKE & PSMITH, offers said latter half in it's own right. that one cuts away the needless, Psmith-less preamble and gets down to the nitty-gritty. it's a rare case of a lily being un-gilded for a change. so that's the one to go for.
i don't understand why Wodehouse even bothered to write the first half anyway. all it ever really had any potential to be was the story of a Dr. Watson's life before he finds his Sherlock. does that really sound very interesting to you?
This is a very light, and light hearted story. Nothing more is at stake than school loyalty and the demands of friendship. The school masters are faintly distant comedic figures and reality is whatever has the interest of the students.
Mike and PSmith begin the book as strangers to each other and to their new school. Each has been taken from their old school as near academic failures and form a friendship based mostly on not knowing anyone else. Mike is somewhat of an average guy if an exceptional cricket player. Psmith comes across as pretentious and possibly effete, however he has the quicker wit and seems to have many hidden qualities. Between them they will use force and Psmith's fast talking to secure a safe place in the student pecking order and routinely play the adults for fools.
For those of us who relate to Wodehouse mainly via the Bertie and Jeeves books, Psmith comes across as Jeeves clever but clearly destined for a Bertie Wooster lifestyle. In Psmith Wodehouse has created a character rich in contradictions and therefore rich in comedic potential. In Mike and Psmith we are not aware that there will be at least four more Psmith books. It is clear that this character can sustain more stories.
For me the humor in Mike in Psmith was rarely above the quiet smile level. It was a nice enough story. There was not enough plot or plot twists to make this a long book and Wodehouse keep this pacing crisp and the wind up is not long in coming. This book may appeal to younger reader, although perhaps not one missing a background in cricket. I cannot recommend it as an introduction to Wodehouse, but for the reader with some sense of who Wodehouse will become and in particular if you have not yet read the Psmith books, I can recommend Mike and Psmith.
This book has a complicated history. It was first published as two magazine serials which are combined in this book. In addition, the first serial was published as Mike at Wrykyn and the second as Mike and Psmith, or Lost Lambs.