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Laughing Gasby P. G. Wodehouse
Synopses & Reviews
A Hollywood child star and an English aristocrat exchange souls while under ether at the dentist and the result is mayhem. Though his golden curls and sweet expression make him the idol of mothers throughout America, Joel Cooley is a tough nut who wants nothing more than to revenge himself on the agents, directors, and producers who make his life a misery, before escaping back to Ohio. When his soul is transplanted in the body of an English earl with a boxing Blue he has the chance to "poke them all in the snoot." Lord Havershot, meanwhile, finds himself under the thumb of the fierce Miss Brinkmeyer and terrorized by the boy stars Joey has supplanted.
The result is Anglo-American farce with the lightest of touches. This is another hilarious Wodehouse romp!
"This brilliant English novelist was perhaps the greatest farce writer of the twentieth century....One of the results of having read an entire weekend's worth of Wodehouse is that one starts to sound rather like him, if in tragically cheapened or, more to the point, bastardized form. Another result...is this: Life becomes somehow more madcap, wittier, sparklier, more like something dear Oscar Wilde would approve of, and people and situations who and which had previously seemed unamusing suddenly, joyously, are. Wodehouse's world is so utterly contagious because he wrote with a certain nonchalance, a merry ebullience." Adrienne Miller, Esquire
"A brilliantly funny writer — perhaps the most consistently funny the English language has yet produced." The Times (London)
"Wodehouse's idyllic world can never stale....He has made a world for us to live in and delight in." Evelyn Waugh
"The works of Wodehouse continue on their unique way, unmarked by the passage of time." Kingsley Amis
Fans of P. G. Wodehouse's comic genius are legion, and their devotion to his masterful command of the hilarity borders on an obsession.
When a bratty Hollywood child star and an English aristocrat exchange souls at the dentist in Laughing Gas, the result is transatlantic mayhem at its funniest.
Fans of P.G. Wodehouse's comic genius are legion, and their devotion to his masterful command of the hilarity borders on obsession. The Overlook Press is pleased to feed their obsession by returning his funniest books to print: Heavy Weather, Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit, Mating Season, Laughing Gas, and more.
About the Author
P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) was born and educated in England, and spent much of his life on Long Island, becoming an American citizen in 1955. In a literary career spanning more than seventy years, he published over ninety books, twenty film scripts, and collaborated on more than thirty plays and musical comedies.
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