It's rare for humour to last across a couple of generations. It can still cause a smile but books like Scoop and three men in a Boat are hardly going to cause you to split your sides laughing.
There are moments when this feels the same with the gentle humour ticking away but then there are flashes of real brilliance as Pooter and his wife clash. The chapter on the Lord Mayor's ball is very clever with the wife filling in the misisng details at the end.
As a way to relax last thing at night it is hard to better this for a funny and distracting read.
More to come...