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text 2018-09-06 16:03
TBR Thursday
The Franchise Affair - Josephine Tey
The Body in the Library - Agatha Christie
Jaws - Peter Benchley
Carry on, Jeeves - P.G. Wodehouse

 

I will finish up my book club selection Bloody Jack this evening (and since book club is tomorrow, that's not a moment too soon).  And I must continue to work on the latest interlibrary loan, Beggars in Spain.  It's due on the 17th, so I can breathe a little easier.

 

Once those are done, I can plunge into Halloween Bingo with abandon!  My first Josephine Tey, The Franchise Affair, then Dame Agatha's The Body in the Library, and finally, Jaws.  I'm pretty sure that I read Jaws when I was in junior high, but I don't remember many details.  I may try to find a companion to go see the movie The Meg, if I think my heart can take such a thing.

 

And then, just to recover from the thriller, Carry On, Jeeves.

 

Plus, at work, I have finished up the cataloguing of a set of romance novels from the 1940s and 1950s.  The dust jackets are beautiful and I've been having a grand time determining subject headings for them.  Who knew there were so many young orphaned women in the world?  I'm both glad and sorry to be finished with them.

 

 

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review 2018-08-09 14:01
Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves - P.G. Wodehouse

Bertie Wooster is visited at his club by his old friend Stinker Pinker. Stinker it would seem, is worried that his amour, Stiffy is going off him, so asks Bertie, who wouldn’t seem like anyone’s first choice to dabble in relationship counselling, to help. At first he refuses, given Stiffy is staying at her uncle’s house at Totleigh Towers, where Bertie is persona non grata following a misunderstanding with a stolen object d’art. However, circumstances conspire to find Bertie at the Towers. And soon things start to go in such a direction that only Jeeves can fix.

 

This is the first P.G. Wodehouse I have read. I picked it up with the intention of just reading a few pages to get a feel for the novel. I soon found myself chuckling away to Bertie’s narrative, the idiosyncracies of his relationship with Jeeves a joy to read.

Behind the steely, subdued exterior of Jeeves there lurks a sharp brain and an even sharper tongue. His job is less man-servant, more babysitter in some respects. He is there to ensure Bertie doesn’t dig himself into too deep a hole, and does an admirable job of hiding his master’s ineptness from the man himself.

 

This time Bertie is endeavouring to help an old friend save his engagement. What Bertie doesn’t foresee is that he will be accused of being a thief, again, and have to dodge a betrothal of his own, not to mention a dog who attacks first and asks questions later.

 

There are a rag-tag assortment of characters, all wonderfully villanous, inept, conniving and madcap in turn. There are also some wonderful turns of phrase and word play that make the reader laugh out loud. It’s apparent that Wodehouse had fun when he wrote these novels.

 

It’s farcical, frenetic at some point and highly entertaining, I’ll be turning to Jeeves and Wooster again when I need to escape the real world for a while.

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text 2018-04-28 13:20
Erster Satz: P. G. Wodehouse - Ehrensache, Jeeves!
Ehrensache, Jeeves!: Roman - Thomas Schlachter,P.G. Wodehouse

Ich streckte eine Hand unter der Bettdecke hervor und klingelte nach Jeeves.

 

„Guten Abend, Jeeves.“
„Guten Morgen, Sir.“
Das erstaunte mich.
„Ja ist es denn Morgen?“
„Jawohl, Sir.“
„Sind Sie auch sicher? Draußen sieht es so dunkel aus.“
„Das ist der Nebel, Sir. Wir sind, wie Sie sich erinnern mögen, im Herbst - Gezeit der Nebel, reicher Ernte Zeit.“

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review 2018-04-27 04:19
Tales of Rich Fools Fail to Amuse
My Man Jeeves - P.G. Wodehouse,Simon Prebble

This is a collection of eight short stories -- half of them starring Jeeves and Wooster, the other half featuring Reggie Pepper (who is basically Wooster without Jeeves). Like the rest of the books featuring Jeeves and Wooster, this is frequently hailed as a comedic classic, a masterpiece, and has no dearth of fans -- highbrow and lowbrow alike.

 

I am not one of them. Wooster and Pepper are vapid, privileged aristocrats -- vain, insipid, too wealthy and seeming incapable of narrating -- or conversing -- in coherent sentences. Jeeves is a frequently (but not infallibly) conniving and tricky valet, who seemingly knows more than anyone else around him. I honestly don't know if I'd want him working for me, he's too nosy, too duplicitous for my taste. All the characters get into farcical situations that are complicated and entirely of their own devices. If they could just be upfront and honest with others (including each other), their lives would be far less complicated.

 

Prebble did a fine job, I think. Yeah, I had no patience for any of the narrators of the stories -- but that's not on him. That's totally on the characters. I think he grabbed the personalities perfectly. I just don't see why anyone would bother.

 

I'm primarily posting about this experience as a reminder to myself: Just give up, HC. You and Wodehouse are just not compatible. You may have friends (Internet-based and Real Life) that love him, but you just don't understand the appeal.

 

Not funny. Not amusing. Not charming. Pretty much a waste of time. Just can't recommend this to anyone.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/04/26/my-man-jeeves-audiobook-by-p-g-wodehouse-simon-prebble-tales-of-rich-fools-fail-to-amuse
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review 2018-03-09 16:13
The Inimitable Jeeves / P.G. Wodehouse
The Inimitable Jeeves - P.G. Wodehouse

A classic collection of stories featuring some of the funniest episodes in the life of Bertie Wooster, gentleman, and Jeeves, his gentleman's gentleman--in which Bertie's terrifying Aunt Agatha stalks the pages, seeking whom she may devour, while Bertie's friend Bingo Little falls in love with seven different girls in succession (including the bestselling romantic novelist Rosie M. Banks). And Bertie, with Jeeves's help, hopes to evade the clutches of the terrifying Honoria Glossop... At its heart is one of Wodehouse's most delicious stories, 'The Great Sermon Handicap.'

 

At last, I have met Bertie Wooster and his man Jeeves. They are an amusing pair. Wodehouse’s writing is a pleasure to read, although I don’t think I’m up to plunging into the next book right away. For me, it will be most effective in smaller doses.

I have to wonder if this was where the Monty Python group got their first ideas for the Upper Class Twit of the Year sketches? The dim-witted Bertie and the lovelorn Bingo would be helpless without the well-informed Jeeves, who sorts out their various problems.

I loved Bertie’s penchant for purple socks and red cummerbunds, not to mention Eton spats! All of which Jeeves manages to dispense with to return Bertie to his bland, proper best. I also enjoyed Aunt Agatha’s determined meddling and Bertie’s reluctant involvement in the family battles.

My enjoyment of Dorothy Sayer’s Lord Peter Wimsey series inspired me to give Wodehouse a try—the two authors were contemporaries, and I suspected that the relationship between Lord Peter and his butler Bunter might be a nod to Wooster & Jeeves. Lord Peter may have started out a bit more like Bertie in the first book, but he quickly became a sleuth to be reckoned with; however the relationship between Lord and butler has definite similarities, confirming my hypothesis.

I’m delighted to have made their acquaintance and shall continue on with their adventures in the near future!

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