Review: The Luck Stone

The Luck Stone
The Luck Stone by P.G. Wodehouse
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Is this a Wodehouse tribute to (or a parody of) Collins’ The Moonstone ? For we have it all, a gem stone, mysterious Indians and Britishers thrillingly following everyone around with gun shots flying here and there etc etc. The only difference is that the protagonist is your typical British boy. So you get the Wodehouse school story cake with the icing of a thriller.

It is also the least funny book of Wodehouse I’ve read in a while. And I don’t mean that as a negative. It has its hilarious moments (For instance, Ram, the Indian school boy. Also Wodehouse is probably the only author who can write the “Indian stereotypical character” which doesn’t make my blood boil. There’s also an extremely kind German master with a thick accent, so expect pages of dialogues which you have to decipher.) But intrigue seems to be the main focus. A very “different” Wodehouse book than to what I’m used to.

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