When it comes to funny books, many lists include recent publications of novels. However, the novel The Code of the Woosters by author P.G. Wodehouse, published in 1938, must certainly be included in a list of humorous books. This novel is the third in a series by author P.G. Wodehouse featuring his well-known characters named Bertie Wooster and a man who works as his valet named Jeeves. This humorous novel has grown in popularity over the years, even being featured in two syndicated newspapers in both the United States and Britain.
The entirety of the novel is very light-hearted and humorous in nature, including the supporting character’s names and off-beat interests. The novel is told primarily about main character Bertie Wooster as he navigates through a series of funny experiences after his Aunt sends him on a humorous adventure. The story begins as main character Bertie is attempting to recover from a rowdy party he threw the night before for his dear friend. His friend, named Gussie Fink-Nottle is said to be quite the character, described as a man who has a face that closely resembles a fish. It is also said that he is extremely interested in newts. The reader quickly finds that the cast of character in this funny book really are what makes it so humorous.
While he is recovering from the prior evening’s events, Bertie is asked by his Aunt, named Dahlia, to visit a local antique shop. She instructs Bertie to enter the store and “sneer” at a particular item which she says is a cow creamer. Her hope is that the sneering will cause the shop’s owner to lower the price of the item so that her collector husband can purchase the cow creamer for a reasonable price. More hilarious events ensue as Bertie runs into a series of colorful characters during his mission to sneer at a cow creamer at the antique store. As Bertie soon discovers, his Aunt Dahlia is not the only person who is interested in this particular item.
The ensuing story, based entirely on an antique cow creamer, secures this books place on a list of funny books. The book is a light and easy read and is both enjoyable and funny. Readers will enjoy the cast of characters and hilarious foibles experienced by the main character throughout the course of this funny novel.