Once again a real gem from P. G. Wodehouse. A simple story that has been told in with slight variations so many times but in hands of writer like Wodehouse, it becomes a classic masterpiece. His writing is really a poetry in prose. He manages to use English language in a way that does not existed before him. The new expressions and similes and metaphors are created where none existed. The more I read of Wodehouse, more I become fan of him.
In this book, “A Damsel in Distress”, music director George Bevan meets and falls for young lady from Marshmoreton family. He traces her down to the Belpher castle but ends up with mistaken identity and there is all kind of funny things start happening around him. In the end he meets his love. There are other parallel love stories of Lord and his son as well. The story has all the elements of idyllic English countryside living as is often the case in Wodehouse stories. There are bets being placed in servant’s quarters, helping hands to potential suitors based on who placed bet on whom, strict mothers wanting the best for their daughters and the daughters who are ready to rebel and fly off.
Whenever I pick up a new book of Wodehouse, I think that it is better than the last one. Probably, with each book I understand more of his writing and I am able to enjoy it better. I just found that this book was made into a black and white movie and then later into a musical as well. I should definitely try to watch that and hopefully they would not have screwed it up.