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Book Note: P.G. Wodehouse, The Head of Kay's

I read this book about 3-Oct-2006. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1905. This note was last modified Thursday, 19-Oct-2006 18:21:00 PDT.

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An early (1905) school story. Structurally rather weird, but he's already solidly enmeshed with his material, the world of the English schoolboy. The Gutenberg edition I have calls it "a" head etc.; perhaps an English vs. American edition issue, the title I'm using comes from the English 1st.

In this one, friends who are prefects in different houses end up in the same house, with the outsider brought in as the new head prefect to replace his friend. This causes social tensions. Plus the house is in bad shape (owing mostly to the bad behavior of the master) to begin with.

But in the end all is made good, partly by the departure of the bad master (that being Mr. Kay).

I definitely like his old school stories better than the more famous Jeeves stories.

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