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review 2019-02-23 10:18
Lonesome Wooster
Jeeves in the Offing (Jeeves, #12) - P.G. Wodehouse

This slim volume was first published in 1960 and appears three quarters of the way down the lengthy list of Wodehouse novels featuring the inestimable Jeeves. In fact, in this episode the celebrated gentleman’s valet quickly departs for a holiday in Herne Bay, Kent and helps decide Bertie Wooster to accept a summons to his Aunt Dahlia’s ‘rural lair’. Ordinarily one of the highlights of the series is the interplay between the two main characters, however, with Jeeves absent for most of the tale, Bertie is without his customary foil, which at times feels like just half of a double act. The plot works though and the other characters aid the comic moments, but Bertie, unprotected by the attentive Jeeves, does feel somehow incomplete.

While her husband (Uncle Tom) has gone away to schmooze a wealthy business partner and get an important deal over the line, Aunt Dahlia must host the other abandoned spouse (Mrs Cream) and her son (Wilbert), ensuring that nothing is done to jeopardise the deal from afar. Joining the group for the weekend at ‘Brinkley’ is Lady Wickham’s daughter (Roberta), whose reputation as a prankster precedes her; Aubrey Upjohn, former headmaster at Wooster’s preparatory school; and Upjohn’s stepdaughter (Phyllis). But for Jeeves absence, Bertie would have avoided such a toxic brew, but consoled by his journalist friend, ‘Kipper’ Herring and reminded that at least the party would enjoy the delights of Chef Anatole’s kitchen, he relents. Still, ahead of his departure, Bertie gets a call from a distraught Lady Wickham, who has discovered in ‘The Times’ the announcement of her daughter’s engagement to Bertie. Intriguingly this is also news to Bertie. Yet, since his former proposals of marriage to Bobby Wickham were so unceremoniously rejected, Bertie rightly deduces that a game is afoot.
As usual, the rather pleasant-but-dim Bertie is cast as an important cog in the machinations of others, in which he is destined to be the weak link. The final outcome, of course, being the culmination of unintended consequences and a belated intervention by Jeeves.

Poking fun at the aristocratic classes, masterfully manipulated by their intellectual superior in Jeeves, remains a rich seam, well mined by Wodehouse. However, it is the interplay between beloved characters, the past era of gentry and intricate plotting, which the author satirizes so mercilessly. For the reader, this familiar though ridiculous portrayal of a bygone age remains a glorious example of English farce.


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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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text 2016-04-19 15:00
Top Ten Tuesday: April 19
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Neil Gaiman,Douglas Adams
Emma (Annotated) - Jane Austen,Douglas Patten
Texts from Jane Eyre - Mallory Ortberg
Dad is Fat - Jim Gaffigan
Adulthood is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection - Sarah Andersen
Moranthology - Caitlin Moran
Bitch In a Bonnet: Reclaiming Jane Austen From the Stiffs, the Snobs, the Simps and the Saps, Volume 1 - Robert Rodi
The Parasol Protectorate: Soulless, Blameless, and Changeless - Gail Carriger
Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery - Kurtis J. Wiebe,Roc Upchurch
Jeeves And Wooster Omnibus - P.G. Wodehouse

Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh (or at least chuckle)


(Top Ten Tuesday concept and topic thanks to The Broke and the Bookish)


The Hitchhiker’s Guide series by Douglas Adams

      The ultimate funny book. If you don’t laugh your way through these, we can’t be friends.


Emma by Jane Austen

      All of Austen’s works are essentially comedies. Some are lighter and funnier than others, but Emma wins for the best use of free indirect discourse to make us laugh at Emma’s cluelessness (see what I did there?). It's also the novel that contains both Miss Bates and Mrs. Elton, two of the most ridiculous—yet believable—characters I’ve ever seen in print.


Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg

      Ortberg takes literary figures, real and imagined, and creates a series of text conversations that capture each character perfectly. The humor is wry and so sharp you could cut yourself. It gives you the kind of chuckles that come from being in with the inside joke.


Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

      Jim Gaffigan is one of my favorite comedians. Dad is Fat is mostly about adventures in marriage and trying to survive five (six? I forget) children. Cutesy family comedy is not usually my style, but Gaffigan nails it with his delivery.


Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

      Maybe not laugh out loud funny, but if you’ve ever been young and anxious, Andersen’s cartoons will make you chuckle in recognition.


Moranththology by Caitlin Moran

      Caitlin Moran is not “classy” and that’s why I like her. She has a great eye for absurdity and a loud, unapologetic style that makes you laugh while you cringe at the embarrassing things she (constantly) does.


Bitch in a Bonnet by Robert Rodi

      Rodi captures all of the meanest, sharpest edges of Jane Austen’s writing and adds plenty of his own snark in this book dedicated to “reclaiming Jane Austen from the stiffs, the snobs, the simps and the saps.”


Rat Queens series of comics by Kurtis J. Wiebe

            This series about a fearsome foursome of badass lady mercenaries manages to be hilarious and unapologetically adult without sacrificing character for laughs.


The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger

            It’s touted as steampunk adventure, which is true, but at it’s heart it’s a British comedy of manners that just happens to be populated with vampires, werewolves, and steam-powered whatsits.


The Bertie & Jeeves novels and stories by PG Wodehouse

            The Classic of Classics in 20th century British comedy. Just like with Hitchhiker’s Guide, I can’t deal with anyone who doesn’t laugh at Bertie Wooster and his faithful Jeeves.

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review 2015-11-13 00:00
Thank You, Jeeves (Bertie Wooster & Jeeves)
Thank You, Jeeves (Bertie Wooster & Jeeves) - P.G. Wodehouse The best Jeeves volume I've read so far. I was giggling almost all the time. I love Bertie. He is so honest, and funny, and naive, and nice. He doesn't have an ounce of malice in his entire being. Since this volume is about Jeeves leaving Bertie because Bertie loves to play banjo, and Jeeves is like "it's me or the banjo", and Bertie, feeling a bit rebellious, chose the banjo, you would think that we wouldn't have Jeeves in the book. Quite the opposite. It is like he never left.
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text 2014-09-28 18:30
#Bookadayuk Day 28: Favorite Literary Troublemaker
Thank You, Jeeves - P.G. Wodehouse

Bertie Wooster doesn't intentionally cause trouble, but he's very good at getting himself in a tight situation. He's one of my favorites, since his trouble gives us a chance to see Jeeves in action and laugh heartily along the way.




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