Do Butlers Burgle Banks?
book published in 1968
ABOUT THE BOOK
Do Butlers Burgle Banks? features the hither to fortunate owner of Bond’s Bank, who find himself in a spot of trouble so serious that he wants someone to burgle the bank before the trustees inspect it. Fortunately for him, Horace Appleby, currently posing as his butler, is on hand to oblige. For Horace is, in fact, not a butler at all but the best sort of gangster, prudently concealing himself in an English country house while hiding from his rivals. Looking for peace and safety, Horace is to discover before long that the hotspots of Chicago are a whole lot more restful than the English countryside. [amazon]
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE (15 October 1881 – 14 February 1975) (pronounced /ˈwʊdhaʊs/) was an English writer of humour whose body of work includes novels, collections of short stories, and musical theatre. Wodehouse enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more than seventy years and his many writings continue to be widely read. Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse’s main canvas remained that of pre-war English upper-class society, reflecting his birth, education, and youthful writing career.
Best known today for the Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels and short stories, Wodehouse was also a playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of 15 plays and of 250 lyrics for some 30 musical comedies, many of them produced in collaboration with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton. He worked with Cole Porter on the musical Anything Goes (1934), wrote the lyrics for the hit song “Bill” in Kern’s Show Boat (1927), wrote lyrics to Sigmund Romberg’s music for the Gershwin – Romberg musical Rosalie (1928), and collaborated with Rudolf Friml on a musical version of The Three Musketeers (1928). [wikipedia]
I admit: I love Wodehouse. I believe I have read 7 books by him so far, along these past years. It is not top level literature, but it IS funny, in language, plots, characters, and this one is a great one that I would love to say as a play or movie – unfortunately, it does not seem to have been done yet.
I noticed also that it is written in rhymes. I don’t think I had ever noticed that before in Wodehouse’s works, maybe it’s a commonly known fact. As I am lunching into another of his, I’ll keep an ear.
It is such an easy read that I read all of its 220 pages in one evening/night. It also means the plot was exciting and I just COULD not wait the next evening to see how things were going to turn out.
If you need some cheering after an exhausting shoveling day, this is it.
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