As will be the case with much of his later work there is a fair amount of slang that you may be able to research. This is better than most of the others in the school series with a sympathetic hero. He died shortly afterwards, on St Valentine's Day. I believe he was sacked from somewhere. Sheen, the geek, fails miserably short of expectations. With Trevor as captain of football, both the Ripton matches had been won, and also three out of the four other school matches.
Sheen, a member of Seymour's House at Wrykyn School, flees from an unexpected assault by town boys. Seeing his pluck, bystander Joe Bevan, an ex-champion boxer, offers to tutor Sheen. Wodehouse was following here the tradit Most of the readers of this rather short novel will be P. Additionally, the Edwardian English colloquialisms that are probably obscure even among Brits , add an obstacle to reader comprehension. Did you hear that Ripton took thirty-seven points off us last term? The boxing, on the other hand, I can cope well with, especially so because I like the character - Sheen - who takes up the sport. Those expecting something like Bingo Little's schooldays should look elsewhere probably to Anthony Buckeridge's Jennings novels , but for those prepared to look past the Wodehouse brand, these early novels do merit a read. Wodehouse for crying out loud.
The story takes place in a boarding school called Wrykyn. This book had old-school charm poured all over it, sprinkled with picturesque English countryside nostalgia. A Wodehouse fan will definitely love this book. The humorous style of writing is seducing enough to continue reading though. They may be disappointed because they won't find the wittiness and humor of his Jeeves novels.
The main plot focuses on the struggle of Sheen, who has been shamed by an act of public cowardice and thus subsequently shunned by his peers,so he determines to redeem himself by excelling at both a scholarship competition and more dramatically a major boxing competition. Had it not been for the digressions into graphic descriptions of team sporting events I would've given this four stars. The dynamics of public school and peer pressure are also explored. The White Feather is something of a classic type in British school boy stories, a fact Wodehouse will mention on a few occasions. This is nail-biting, blood stopping, breath freezing suspense.
Since this is one of his earliest books, my expectations were not high. This, then, is Wodehouse at the cock-crow - a pre-Jeevesian jaunt into the world of public school life. He succeeds in winning an important boxing competition, and is received back into favor. Another of the school stories, The White Feather takes some of the worst aspects of the schoolboy culture and raises it front and center. Dictionary of Literary Biography: British Short-Fiction Writers, 1915—1945. The first chapter was difficult to understand and could have been left out, in my opinion.
Throughout his novel- and story-writing career Wodehouse created several regular comic characters with whom the public became familiar. The book is a classic set in a bygone era of relative innocence. I almost didn't go on. This charming early novel by P. Another of the school stories, The White Feather takes some of the worst aspects of the schoolboy culture and raises it front and center.
After chapter three, I changed my mind and had no problem reaching the end of the book. This story is another example of why Wodehouse is my favorite author. His light sense of humour helps, and the happy endings always cheer me up. That's not what this story is about. With ructions between this school and another in the area so we see that one pupil, Sheen shows himself up as a coward to his peers.
You can relate to the Sheen the geek, or Drummond the good guy who everyone in school listens to, the school days rowdiness. Does he redeem himself fair and square? The biggest shortfall however is the slow beginning. Note: I read the first chapter of this book nine days before I read the rest. Miyagi style, by a curious gentleman who turns out to be an ex-boxing champion. He is also not happy about his own behavior, so in a misguided attempt to make amends he goes to the town alone and ends up getting beat by the toughest of the town youths. Overall a good condition item.
Wodehouse constructed quite a frustrating novel. Perhaps best known for the escapades of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, Wodehouse also created the world of Blandings Castle, home to Lord Emsworth and his cherished pig, the Empress of Blandings. When I visit England and see those parks, teashops and huge college campus buildings I get a bit weak in the knees and starry eyed. Better be willing to get into a fight that one of your schoolmates starts -- for fun! This is therefore a sporting underdog story. Corners are dogeared in places. The hardback is not free through Amazon and is part of a handsomely publish reissue of many Wodehouse titles.
Sheen is a quiet, Having read a certain amount of Wodehouse, I was expecting something light and frivolous. I would have enjoyed visiting Joe's gym atop the Bl Another look at life at Wrykyn, Wodehouse's prototypical early 20th century British public school. Some light marking and sunning. Does Sheen manage to win the glory back for his house? My suggestion is that you let your imagination handle what you do not understand and depend on context to carry you through. Surprisingly, Sheen finds he has a knack for boxing. At the outbreak of the Second World War, and while living in northern France, Wodehouse was captured by the Germans and was interned for over a year.