To Ukridge, as might be expected from one of his sunny optimism, the whole affair has long since come to present itself in the light of yet another proof of the way in which all things in this world of ours work together for good. In it, from start to finish, he sees the finger of Providence; and, when marshaling evidence to support his theory that a means of escape from the most formidable perils will always be vouchsafed to the righteous and deserving, this is the episode which he advances as Exhibit A.
—Ukridge | No Wedding Bells for Him by P.G. Wodehouse
If there’s one staple I must read before the long days turn short, it’s P.G. Wodehouse. And while I love Wooster and Jeeves, and Blandings Castle, my favorite of all, just might be Ukridge.
First published in the United Kingdom on June 3, 1924, Ukridge arrived in the U.S. a year later. He would pop up every now and again for sixty years, making him the longest-running characters of Wodehouse–if, perhaps, the lesser known.
Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge is the sort of fellow who will do anything for a buck–except actually work. He’s a dreamer and a schemer, one who truly believes everything will work out in his favor. Oddly enough, it usually does.
This collection, narrated by Ukridge’s long-suffering friend, James “Corky” Corcoran, is made of up ten chapters, each a story unto its own. Their madcap adventurers are both exasperating and comical, the perfect anecdote to a crazy day.
Needless to say, if you haven’t been introduced, I recommend you give Ukridge a try. He’s based on an old school friend of Wodehouse, you know. Chances are good, you just might recognize the character yourself . . . someone you hate to see coming, for fear of what it will cost you, yet whose sunny optimism and uncanny ability to get out jams, you can’t help but admire.