Summer Moonshine

Summer Moonshine (a novel outside any of the famous Wodehouse sagas) has never been, despite the presence of several memorable characters, like the Princess Dwornitzchek and her stepson Joe, one of my favourite Wodehouse novels.

  • Author: P.G. Wodehouse<
  • Title: Summer Moonshine
  • Pages: 182
  • Published: 1991 (1937)
  • Publisher: Penguin

A large part of that dislike can be attributed to the boneheaded cussedness of the stupid, retarded offspring of an unmarried eel who got hired by Penguin to design this particular series of reissues. The text is set with ragged right edges, which, as I’ve noted before, makes reading a book that’s as dialogue-intensive as any Wodehouse, a really difficult undertaking.



As for the rest — I feel, but that may have been caused by the problems mentioned above, that this is one of the less thoroughly drafted among Wodehouse’s novels. There are many plot strands, and I tend to lose oversight when reading Summer Moonshine. However, the beginning of the ending is particularly worth the effort of reading the book. The ending of the ending is quite weak; a bit out of the blue, not that that’s a problem in comedy, but in a way that makes me think Wodehouse needed a hat-and-rabbit trick to end the book, instead of having the end produced organically, as it were, by the beginning and the middle.

No Gutenberg edition, and since this book was published in 1937, the Mickey Mouse Act that Disney bought from the American Government means that there never will be one.

See also the Russian Wodehouse Society’s page on Summer Moonshine.