Much as I hate to give a bad rating to anything Wodehouse, I'm afraid that this entry into the Wodehouse canon is not a good one. Yes, the writing is characteristically excellent. However, the story is not the usual wonderfully plotted snarl - twisting and turning to its inevitable happy ending.
This is an early Wodehouse and it shows. It's the story about the unexpected and unprotested invasion and occupation of England - and how the noble Boy Scouts cleverly contrived to save the Empire from under the heel of the oppressor. It relies heavily on then-popular, jingoistic stereotypes and a scathing lampoon of current journalists and their practices. But leaves the modern reader cold.
As a Plum curio, it's fine. We appreciate all the more Wodehouse's celebrated delicate style and zany plotting after reading his early efforts. However, anyone wishing to read true Wodehouse is encouraged to try any of the Jeeves and Wooster books, the Psmith books, or the Lord Emsworth book. (There are, of course, so many more which are worthy of note, but the space is not available in a short review.)...Continua