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Ring For Jeeves: A Wooster & Jeeves Comedy (Jeeves #10)

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The ninth Earl of Rowcaster, also known as Bill, has a certain Jeeves temporarily in his employment. At the racetrack, Bill, posing as a bookie, has run off with Captain Biggar's generous winnings and retreated to Rowcaster Abbey.
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Published August 16th 2011 by AudioGO (first published 1953)
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F.R.
This book did genuinely surprise me, as – despite what I thought – I had read it already. I told myself I’d missed out on ‘Ring for Jeeves’, the sole Jeeves novel without Bertie Wooster, as a Jeeves novel without Bertie Wooster just seemed to me unspeakably strange. However, despite my professed ignorance, on turning the pages I found it all came back to me. Clearly I had read ‘Ring For Jeeves’ before, then equally clearly I had blocked the whole experience from my mind. As this really is not a...more
Meg M
This is probably the most scathing review I'll ever write about Wodehouse. I borrowed this book from a friend as I was heading out to the train. It was a long ride; I was desperate for something to read and I never turn down Wodehouse.

The description on the back had the main character listed as "the ninth earl of Towcester (pronounced Toaster)..." but the main character was actually the early of Rowcester (pronounced Rooster). The book just got weirder from there.

Jeeves, that proper and stalwart...more
Maureen
my idol has feet of clay aka p.g. wodehouse sometimes writes duds

hate to say it but i really felt as i read this entry in the jeeves series that it was just cranked out to get the author a few bob. i had thought previously that jeeves without wooster might be palatable but the two characters really do seem to need each other to strike sparks, even though jeeves is given a similar drones club member to serve here albeit one less rolling "in the stuff" than bertie. somehow jeeves comes off as dull...more
Ian Wood
Rather than be a Jeeves and Wooster novel ‘Ring for Jeeves’ is an adaption of a P G Wodehouse musical play of the same name. The decision to use Jeeves was no doubt a commercial decision to trade on this great name to bring them flocking to the theatre. This makes for an unfortunate book in the series for three very good reasons.

Firstly in order for the correct ending in a musical comedy the leads must fall in love and marry, consequently Bertie cannot be the lead male as he cannot marry as thi...more
Jennifer
I spent most of this book missing Bertie Wooster, who's only mentioned a few times in passing. The set-up here is the same as with Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories. It's set in the 50s, with Jeeves returning as a temporary butler for, I want to say, Lord Bill Towesceter (pronounced toaster.) Bill is Bertie-like in that he's gotten himself entangled in a scheme to make some extra money before marrying the Chief Constable's daughter and Jeeves is there to help him out of it. Though Bill isn'...more
Margaret
Ring for Jeeves features Jeeves without Wooster: Bertie is away and has temporarily loaned Jeeves to Bill Belfry, earl of Rowcester. Bill and Jeeves get into trouble while working as bookies to raise cash for Bill, who's engaged and needs money; hijinks ensue at Bill's country house. I really, really missed Bertie's first-person narration, and Jeeves seemed at a loss far more often than he ought; the plot was entertaining, but not enough to keep me from longing for the usual Jeeves and Wooster t...more
Raj
I must say that I was somewhat disappointed with this novel. For a Jeeves and Wooster book it was missing a very important element – Wooster. Bertie is mentioned a few times but remains off the page, with Jeeves temporarily ensconced with Lord Rowcester of Rowcester Abbey and his attempts to make enough money to marry his love, with the usual Wodehousian mishaps.

The humour in this book felt a little forced to me. For a start it is set in the 1950s, and talk of the War, the atom bomb and the Soci...more
Todd Martin
I hope I don’t give away too much of the plot when I say that Ring for Jeeves consists of a cast of bumbling characters getting themselves into a comic cluster-f*ck that only Jeeves can extricate them from. Though perhaps that comes as no surprise.

What is a surprise is the tone of the novel. I think what most people find endearing about Wodehouse stories is the light-hearted innocence that permeates his books. There are convoluted muddles and unpleasant characters, but all are drawn for comic ef...more
Margaret
Ring for Jeeves is another fairly routine Wodehouse novel, though it is distinct in the Jeeves and Wooster series because Wooster is away for this story. Bertie, instead of avoiding aunts, is at a special school to prepare members of the upper class for a possible populist uprising. Unfortunately, this means Bertie is not our narrator and we miss out on the Wodehousian slang that Bertie uses in his recounting of events. This is also a post-war Wodehouse novel, and some of the lighthearted goodn...more
John
A complete oddity. A Jeeves and Wooster book without Bertie Wooster. Instead Jeeves is working for Bill Rowcester (name not that far removed!) who essentially is Bertie without any qualms about getting married; he's also less morally scrupulous. That said the chemistry just isn't the same and bits of the book seem very laboured. What also doesn't help is that Bertie's voice is missing in the narration - instead a third person narrative is employed which jars after reading the others. An interest...more
Wael Mahmoud
Usually i don't give one star to a book i complete reading, But because of a recommendation from one of my closed friends with big words about the great sarcastic P.G. Wodehouse, I decide to complete it anyway, So my opinion will be fair. It's a very silly novel suitable for children maybe, I even don't know why he wrote it as a novel and not a play, And to be honest the novel made me interesting in watch TV episodes presented Jeeves. You can say it's a bad comedy style of Agatha Christie.
Davidg
Sadly, I have to report that this is a very poor Wodehouse. I realised before the end that this was one of those books that was based on a play. I also assumed that it wasn't originally about Jeeves, but it seems that I was wrong. However, the Jeeves of this book does things that he would never do in any of the other books: fleeing as a bookie's runner, organising thefts for money (rather than to appease Aunt Dahlia) and failing to solve any of the issues raised by the plot. The happy ending occ...more
Sumit
If everybody is not happily settled (well except for Aunts), its not end yet. That's the philosophy on which Wodehouse world works. It will go darkest before dawn and everything that can go wrong will definitely go wrong. Unexpected guests, old lovers, money matters, undesired neighbors, and of course Aunts keep on dropping like hailstones in a winter thunderstorm. But no worry if you have your trusted Butler around, Ring for him and have faith that sun will shine, birds will sing, flowers will...more
Mary
I find that the narrator/reader of the Wodehouse books makes a big difference in my enjoyment of the story. Jonathan Cecil read The Code of the Woosters, my first "Jeeves" experience, and I have compared each of the following two readers to his interpretation of the (same) characters--usually unfavorably. Wodehouse is my current favorite author, and Cecil is my favorite Wodehouse reader. Right ho!
Julie
I always thought that I wouldn't bother with reading Ring for Jeeves. It's the only Jeeves book not to feature Bertie Wooster, had a peculiar publishing history (it's based on a play by Wodehouse's long term theatrical collaborator Guy Bolton) and is generally acknowledged to be one of the master's less successful novels. But, getting the urge (as I do every two or three months) to read a Wodehouse novel, I thought I'd give it a go. It certainly doesn't bear comparison with the best of his oeuvr...more
Anna  Matsuyama
The story is adapted from a play Come On, Jeeves that Wodehouse wrote with his friend Guy Bolton.

Written in third person narrative and the only Jeeves & Wooster novel without *gasp* Bertie.

Kati
I made it halfway through, then I had to drop it. Until that point, I was simply bored. But in that moment, the book started downright annoying me. You see, Bertie Wooster isn't actually in this book, it's a Wooster-less "Jeeves & Wooster" piece. And though the language is still witty, it lacks its usual sharpness without Bertie as the snippy observer. But I could've dealt with that. What I could not deal with was Jeeves being the accomplice to an actual crime: his new lordship skimmed a bet...more
William
The fair way to judge a book like this is whether it made you laugh, and indeed it did, out loud and several times.

Jeeves is delightful as always. Earl Towcester (pronounced "toaster") seems a lot like Bertie Wooster, who does not appear in this particular story, but I have not read Wodehouse for too long to know for sure. The only disappointing character is the earl's brother-in-law, Rory Carmoyle (how does Wodehouse think up such bizarre names?), who is clueless beyond all imagining.

The plot i...more
James
I love Jeeves and Wooster, for me they represent the height of civilization, a profoundly silly creation that exists only to spread a little happiness in what can be a glum world. To be Bertie Wooster is a life long aspiration of mine all the more cherished for its complete unlikelihood.

I started this book and was shocked to realize that it contains no Wooster. Which is a bit like opening your lunchbox on day and instead of getting the peanut butter and jelly sandwich you have been looking forwa...more
Mustafa
I would not invite any of these characters (namely Jeeves, Bill, Biggar, Moke or Rory) to dinner, because I'd choke and die of laughing.

- "D'you know what this place needs, Moke? A nuclear bomb, right there on the banquet hall."

- It was a confusion of ideas between him and one of the lions he was hunting in Kenya that had caused A. B. Spottsworth to make the obituary column. He thought the lion was dead, and the lion thought it wasn't.

- He had a large black patch over his left eye, and a mustach...more
Lisachan
"- Va' avanti, Jeeves, ti ascolto. Che cosa ti prende?
- Si tratta del vostro pigiama, milord. Se fossi stato informato del fatto che Vostra Signoria aveva l'abitudine di dormire con pigiami color malva, l'avrei sconsigliata. Il color malva non si addice a Vostra Signoria. Una volta fui costretto a parlare in questo senso, nel suo miglior interesse, al signor Wooster, che a quel tempo era anche lui un patito dei pigiami color malva.
Bill si scoprì in imbarazzo.
- Come siamo arrivati all'argomento d
...more
Sammy
The only Jeeves novel not to feature Bertie, and it's a bit odd. Granted, the Jeeves books only take up about 15% of Wodehouse's literary oeuvre, so there's no reason why I should expect them all to be consistent, but it's intriguing how much the loss of Bertie's narrative voice really does affect the novel.

Instead, Jeeves is temporarily servant to another man, and this is really one of Wodehouse's typical country house comedies of errors. His trademark turns of phrase are as funny as ever, and...more
Rosa
Cuando el otro d��a me dio por buscar la lista de libros de Jeeves & Wooster de Wodehouse y me di cuenta de que al menos la mitad no hab��an sido traducidos al castellano y por tanto no los hab��a le��do, me fui corriendo a la biblioteca y me traje el primero que encontr�� que era nuevo para m��. En este caso, tenemos a Jeeves pero no a Bertie Wooster, que ha prestado su "valet" a Lord Rowcester. En realidad, mientras est�� Jeeves, da lo mismo cambiar si es "very good sir" que si es "very go...more
Tanmay.
After reading "clicking of cuthbert" I was immediately impressed with Wodehouse.Had heard a lot about his legendary Jeeves stories.So thought of giving it a try.So just randomly picked this one.

I must say I had to struggle with this apparently short book quite a few times before I could finally go beyond first 4-5
pages with a substantial amount of comprehension.
To be frank,the book starts arcanely.The author's characteristic style,excessively colloquial language and the slangs etc do go tangent...more
Ensiform
In this unusual Bertie & Jeeves adventure, the pair is split up. Jeeves works for Bill, the Earl of Towcester. Bill faces a steep gambling debt to a murderous ex-Army Captain (one of those types with red faces and a small bristly mustache), a rift with his intended Jill, and a crumbling estate he wants to sell. Jeeves, of course, sets it all right in the end.

As usual, Wodehouse’s comic timing is sharp, even if some plot points take a bit long to resolve themselves, and the rapid dialogue is...more
Kyle Miller
No Bertie, no Agatha, no Dahlia; but Captain Biggar, the ridiculous pukka sahib, helps make up for their absence. Wodehouse wrote brilliantly in the voice of Bertie but the third-person really lets him play his gorgeous faux-Augustan style to the hilt.

Not as bad as people say and worth a read, just like every other Jeeves novel.
Alberto
"Llamen a Jeeves" es el título en español de esta novela protagonizada por El Mayordomo. Me ha parecido alejada de sus mejores obras, sobre todo en un inicio desconcertante en la Inglaterra de postguerra donde el antiguo orden social se derrumba, donde Jeeves aparece casi como una autoparodia y sus apropiadas citas de otras novelas lucen aquí como monumentos a la pedantería que llegan a salpicar al propio autor.
Pero Wodehouse es capaz de remontar, y aunque conociendo al personaje se puede prever...more
Aston
The strange thing is that the description here on goodreads isn't the same as what happening in my swedish book. In it, there's only one story, and it's about Mrs Spottsworth and her necklace (well, mostly) and Jeeves' Lord is Lord Rowcester.
I think this book is very good, but it really isn't the same without Bertie. But you should read it anyway!
Lucy
"Good heavens! He must look the most ghastly outsider. Eh, Jeeves?"
"Certainly far from soigné, m'lord."
"Very far from soigné. Oh, by the way, Jeeves, that reminds me. Bertie Wooster told me that you once made some such remark to him, and it gave him the idea for a ballad to be entitled, 'Way down upon the soigné river.' Did anything ever come of it, do you know?"
"I fancy not, m'lord."
"Bertie wouldn't have been equal to whacking it out, I suppose. But one can see a song hit there, handled by the...more
Ruby Rose Scarlett
Entertaining as usual. However, I much prefer it when Jeeves is paired with Bertie so that wasn't a favourite for me. I also noticed that the female characters in Wodehouse's novels are often much more intelligent and efficient than the male ones. Very interesting, considering most of the men do their best to avoid women in most of the Jeeves books.
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Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more than seventy years and continues to be widely read over 30 years after his death. Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse's main canvas remained that of prewar English upper-class so...more
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