Title: Leave it to Psmith
Author: P.G. Wodehouse
Series: Psmith #4
Narrator: Jonathan Cecil
Length: 9 hours
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: November 30, 1923
Recommended for fans of: The Importance of Being Earnest, Shakespearean comedies, Clue
Ronald Psmith (“the ‘p’ is silent, as in pshrimp”) is always willing to help a damsel in distress. So when he sees Eve Halliday without an umbrella during a downpour, he nobly offers her an umbrella, even though it’s one he picks out of the Drone Club’s umbrella rack. Psmith is so besotted with Eve that, when Lord Emsworth, her new boss, mistakes him for Ralston McTodd, a poet, Psmith pretends to be him so he can make his way to Blandings Castle and woo her. And so the farce begins: criminals disguised as poets with a plan to steal a priceless diamond necklace, a secretary who throws flower pots through windows, and a nighttime heist that ends in gunplay. How will everything be sorted out? Leave it to Psmith!
This was such a delightful read! I never would have read this if it hadn’t been picked by my book club, but I’m so glad I read this classic British comedy of errors.
I was a little overwhelmed by all the characters at first, but I adored the antics, mix ups, and mistaken identities. The humor was ridiculous and over the top, but I loved it. I laughed out loud multiple times, especially the scene with the chrysanthemum!
I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a lighter classic and a good laugh.