Thursday, 10 November 2011

Wodehouse or Chandler?

There are no other contenders for the title (which I'm not even going to bother to identify).  To help you along, here are a couple of quotes, picked more or less at random:

There was a desk and a night clerk with one of those moustaches that get stuck under your fingernail.
Degarmo lunged past the desk towards an open elevator beside which a tired old man sat on a stool waiting for a customer.  The clerk snapped at Degarmo's back like a terrier.
'One moment, please.  Whom did you wish to see?'
Degarmo spun on his heel and looked at me wonderingly.  'Did he say "whom"?'
'Yeah, but don't hit him,' I said.  'There is such a word.'
Degarmo licked his lips.  'I knew there was,' he said.  'I often wondered where they kept it.'

And -

Women never know when to stop on these occasions.
I remember Mrs Bingo Little once telling me, shortly after their marriage, that Bingo said poetic things to her about sunsets - his best friends being perfectly aware, of course, that the odd egg never noticed a sunset in his life and that, if he did by a fluke ever happen to do so, the only thing he would say about it would be that it reminded him of a slice of roast beef, cooked just right.
However, you can't call a girl a liar; so, as I say, I said: 'Well, well!'

Difficult call, isn't it?

But I must say, I did enjoy typing that!


  1. Difficult, indeed. I've recently downloaded a nice little collection of Wodehouse for the Kindle and, currently, I've got 'My Man, Jeeves' as the perfect antidote to Stieg Larsson.

  2. Must get an old Chandler out. Genius.

  3. Hard boiled or soufflé, how to choose? Both.

    (although I've been in love with Philip Marlowe for about 45 years, so he's who I turn to most often)

  4. Either will do nicely thank you.

  5. I've never read Wodehouse but he's still popular with The Borrowers. Chandler, I love... thanks for prompting me to revisit him!

  6. Just as an addendum and a tribute, the great Christopher Hitchens, I learn, apparently used to delight in exploring that same comparison.
    I'd say RIP, except that I'm sure that's the last thing he'd have wanted.