P.G. Wodehouse, Uncle Fred Flits By

If you have an hour or so, and you want to read one of the funnier short stories ever written, then read Uncle Fred Flits By, by P.G. Wodehouse.

I could not find it for free, but you can check out the first few pages at the above link.

Also, this recent piece discusses some of Wodehouse’s darker characters. 

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4 Comments

what are you talking about? the story was not in the least bit funny. I didnt even know it was supposed to be funny until I was told otherwise.

Luke, thanks for reading and commenting.

Have you read the whole story?

To each his own.

This story is hilarious. I read it as a child, after which it became one of my favorite stories, and recently I had the privilege of seeing John Lithgow perform this story in “Stories by Heart”, and I nearly died of asphyxiation, due to laughing so hard. I don’t know, chr1. Maybe certain people need to learn how to have an imagination to see funny things, instead of having others point funny things out for them.

Zach,

Thanks for reading. Wodehouse was extremely good at dialogue, the musicality of making phrases, names wordplay etc. funny…combined with excellent satire…I really can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard at a story.

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