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The Code of the Woosters (Jeeves #7)

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  13,007 ratings  ·  809 reviews

“To dive into a Wodehouse novel is to swim in some of the most elegantly turned phrases in the English language.”—Ben Schott

Follow the adventures of Bertie Wooster and his gentleman’s gentleman, Jeeves, in this stunning new edition of one of the greatest comic novels in the English language. When Aunt Dahlia demands that Bertie Wooster help her dupe an antique dealer into
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Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Published (first published 1938)
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Dan 1.0
No one weaves a plot like Wodehouse. Also, if you have a cow creamer, guard it with your life.

The 2012 re-read:
Aunt Dahlia dispatches Bertie to Totleigh Towers to purlorn a silver cow creamer coveted by his uncle Tom from Sir Watkyn Basset. Unfortunately, Bertie has his work cut out for him in the form of Stiffy Byng and Madeline Basset. Can Bertie escape with the cow creamer without winding up married to either woman?

This is my second reading of Code of the Woosters and I can definitely say the
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Henry Avila
Gussie (Augustus) Fink-Nottle, is getting married, the shy, newt lover, (men need silly hobbies, to keep sane), to lovely Madeline Bassett, an unlikely pair, daughter of Sir Watkyn Bassett. A stern former magistrate, that the unfortunate Bertie, met officially, once, not a happy memory. Madeline, was Wooster's ex- fiancee (he didn't want to be one), the marriage averse Bertie, had given a bachelor party, for his friend, at the Drones club. It was a drunken, deplorable affair, which might have be ...more
Jason Koivu
Classic Wodehouse. It doesn't get any better than this...actually it doesn't get much different than this either.

Perhaps that's not entirely fair. For me at least, The Code of the Woosters contains some of my favorite scenes and some of Wodehouse's most memorable characters. Herein his hero Bertie Wooster is at his daffiest, unable to accomplish the simplest of tasks, berating a cow creamer, without getting himself in thick soup. Soon after he's got a Bassett and that malodorous Spode badgering
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Michael
Oh my god this is so, so, so funny. I was discussing Wodehouse with someone yesterday and, as he put it, "There are passages that you want to chase people around the house with, saying, 'Wait! Wait! Just listen to this bit!'"

Haven't laughed so hard in a good long while. God, but I love Wodehouse.
Alison
Jul 20, 2008 Alison rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: looking for light, clever fun
Recommended to Alison by: Morfeus
Shelves: rgbookclub
"You might put it that Hell's foundations are quivering. That is not overstating it, Jeeves?"
"No, sir."

P.G. Wodehouse was an English writer whose career spanned over seventy years and whose work included almost 100 novels, numerous short stories, 15 plays and 250 lyrics for some thirty musical comedies. Despite his impressive resume and reputation as a "master of English prose", I, unfortunately, wouldn't have known he existed if it hadn't been for Rory Gilmore. I guess that makes me more of a B
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Sriram
I'm always shocked to find that hardly anyone in these United States has ever heard of or read the works of Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse.... most indians who read english stumble upon his works sooner or later-more so, I dare say, than the english themselves.

I've always maintained that if a Wodehouse book cannot lift your spirits, you must be pretty close to suicide.

Amazing plots, memorable characters and superb prose. Long winding complex sentences that never fail to incite peals of laughter,
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Algernon
Wodehouse loves to pepper his texts with all kinds of wacky similes, so I would like to start my review with one too: reading one of his novels is like drinking a glass of chilled champagne, on a sunny morning, reclining in a chaisez longue on an impeccably trimmmed English lawn. And Code of the Woosters is a Grand Cru - one of the best years.

My previous Wodehouse novels were written in third person, this time Bertie Wooster is the narrator and I noticed an increase in goofiness and general bon
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F.R.
Addendum, January the 3rd 2014

Well last night I went to see the West End show: ‘Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense’, which is an adaptation of ‘The Code of the Woosters’. My lovely fiancée bought us tickets for Christmas, which truly thrilled me whilst also making me a little anxious. Could any adaptation of what is one of my favourite books live up to my lofty expectations? If it didn’t reach the heights, could I hide my disappointment from my love and thus not seem ungrateful for this w
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Stephen
This is a nice "feel good" story that will both entertain and genuinely brighten your mood. It's the kind of story you read when you need to recharge your happy battery and need a big fat smile. Bernie Wooster is especially attrative if you are a fan of British comedy, which I have a real weakness for. The dry humor, the purposely clever phrasing and the awkward social settings were right in my wheelhouse. It reminded me of a gentler, less acerbic (and, admittedly, less funny) version of the 70' ...more
Don
Mar 08, 2008 Don rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cow-creamer aficianados and helmet pinchers
It's quite possible that a world without Wodehouse would be a world without Three's Company, a world without Frasier, a world, in short, without convoluted situations from which much comedy is derived. That is to say, the old s.c. The mind reels.

There's something to be said for a prolific author that can at once delight so many and fail to register with even more. Some of my best friends are non-Wodehouse readers, which is to say that none of my friends appreciate the Wodehousian wit. For better
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Luís Blue Yorkie
I’ve been missing out. For years, P. G. Wodehouse and his hilarious works of fiction have been out of my mind.. and I knew nothing about them. But thanks to Goodreads and his colaborators, I’m really pleased to have such books..

The Code of the Woosters will definitely transport you to a different time and place. Think early 1900’s England (when butlers and creamers were a large part of the vocabulary,and a large part of everyday life.) But don’t walk away assuming that this book is quaint. It’s
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Jason Pettus
although i am mostly a fan of cutting-edge and very contemporary fiction, i also have a weak spot for victorian and edwardian class-conscious british satirists, and it doesn't get much better when it comes to that than pg wodehouse. his series of wooster and jeeves tales have not only been adapted numerous times in all kinds of media, but even sparked the cultural understanding of "jeeves" automatically standing for a butler -- they're that well-known. highly worth checking out if you're just st ...more
Maru Kun
The first time I got hit on the head by a bread roll was at the age of twenty one. As a grammar school boy I was an obvious target. The assailant was a Hooray Henry (the generic term for a member of the British minor aristocracy) and the venue a restaurant in the City of London. I felt quite privileged. Many people never have the chance to see the English upper classes recreate a food fight straight out of PG Wodehouse. From an anthropological perspective it was quite wonderful, although crumbs ...more
E.O. Higgins
Being a miserable old curmudgeon, it generally takes a lot make me laugh out loud (and I’ve seen every episode of 'Last of the Summer Wine' too), however, despite this, I always make a point of never taking any PG Wodehouse with me if I happen to travelling on public transport.

Drawing attention to oneself on a bus or train is generally a hateful thing, and I am a man particularly averse to the angry shuffle of newspapers. So, since reading Wodehouse produces from me all manner of involuntary gro
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M0rfeus
Without question the BEST of the Jeeves and Wooster novels--and I have read them all. I last read this worthy tome in 1987 and had fogotten what a masterpiece it is, brilliantly crafted like a fine symphony, with all characters and plot devices coming together at just the right moment to deliver the maximum hilarity.

I don't think I can recap the plot except to say that it concerns two loving couples torn asunder through various misunderstandings, a stolen 17th century "cow creamer", a little bro
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Louise

5 Stars

It’s summer again! And summer means lying out on the lawn with a cold drink and a Jeeves and Wooster. The UK’s been having somewhat of a heatwave recently so actually the ‘lawn’ was more like ‘straw’ and I missed the company of my beautiful dogdog who passed away last month, but otherwise it’s as close to perfect Jeeves and Wooster conditions as you can get and I was able to spend a very enjoyable day snorting to myself over Bertie’s misadventures.

There is, of course, nothing significantl
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Trevor
I really enjoyed this one. But my favourite joke in the whole thing was when Wooster refers to someone as a ‘sensitive plant’ and is told, “You know your Shelley!” To which he replies, “Am I?” That just about sums up everything I love about Wodehouse. The poetic reference Wooster only uses because he steals it from Jeeves and then his utter bewilderment at what he takes to be a bizarre adjective being used to refer to him. Utter joy.

And the women in this one are even more selfish and manipulativ
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Melki
How disappointing!

Written in first person, this one places us right inside Bertie's head - most unpleasant. Like a weird bug under a magnifying glass, he's more fun when observed from a distance. And poor wonderful, all-knowing Jeeves is reduced to a mere background character. What a waste.

I was happy to see the end of this story.
Bill  Kerwin

A classic piece of Wodehouse silliness, involving Bertie Wooster, his formidable Aunt Dahlia and (of course) Jeeves in a scheme to steal an 18th century cow-creamer during a weekend party at a country house. Written in 1939, it also features a would-be fascist dictator of England named Spode, head of an organization called "The Brown Shorts" (by the time he started his movement, the shirts had already been taken). Laugh-out-loud funny. Highly recommended.
Bokeshi
Reading Wodehouse always brings me a certain kind of child-like joy that's hard to describe. His turn of phrase is hilariously brilliant, of course, and his plots usually have more twists than a Shakira video, but a sense of pure happiness his books give me is the main reason why I keep coming back for more. That's what literature should be all about, right? And this one shows the great gelastic genius at his barmy best.
Jim
I'm amazed by how many people have performed this & couldn't find the correct edition. Mine was downloaded from the library & is an audio play with Rosalind Ayers listed as the performer. Actually, there were quite a few & an audience in the background. It was well performed & the typical, funny mess that Bertie gets himself into & Jeeves helps him out of.

I haven't listened to or read a Jeeves story in decades, so thought it was about time. I've been watching Downton Abbey &a
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David Ranney
"If I had my life to live again, Jeeves, I would start it as an orphan without any aunts. Don’t they put aunts in Turkey in sacks and drop them in the Bosphorus?"

"Odalisques, sir, I understand. Not aunts."
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"But what is the love life of newts, if you boil it right down? Didn't you tell me once that they just waggled their tails at one another in the mating season?"

"Quite correct." I shrugged my shoulders. "Well, all right, if they like it. But it's no
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Faith-Anne
If you want a happy book that's guaranteed a laugh, be sure to read anything by P.G. Wodehouse. He's a gem of a writer. Sometimes it's good to break away from 'serious' literature & enjoy laughing. Wodehouse is the perfect solution to life's misfortune. Enjoy the ride!
J.
Aunt Dahlia orders Bertie to go to an antique shop to sneer at a cow creamer that she wants for half the price. Sir Watkyn acquires the cow creamer and takes it to Totleigh Towers. Bertie is on his way to Totleigh to try and fix relations between his friend Gussie Fink Nottle and Madeline Bassett. Aunt Dahlia has ordered Bertie to steal the cow creamer. Stiffy Byng gets Bertie embroiled in her romantic yearnings for the curate 'Stinker' Pinker. Meanwhile Gussie has lost his diary in which he lam ...more
Paul Secor
We seem to be inundated with comics these days. In fact, you could probably toss a pebble over your shoulder randomly and hit one. (Actually, you might be doing all of us a favor if you made it a very large rock instead of a pebble.) No matter how many folks may call themselves comics, it's my opinion that, at any time, there are only a small number of people who can actually make the rest of us laugh. P.G. Wodehouse was (is) one of those people.
The Code of the Woosters, while it is a very funny
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Brian
May 10, 2009 Brian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brian by: Ben
Shelves: read-2009
I want to say that this was a 'laugh out loud' kind of book but I'd be lying because I don't laugh out loud when reading a book nor have I seen many people laugh out loud while reading a book. I think there may be exceptions to this but have no explanations for this phenomena except maybe the possibility of drugs or the lack thereof. I do laugh inside my head pretty loudly and with this book the inside of my head was roaring. My brain was in tears.

Bertram Wooster and Jeeves are able to solve eve
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Abhishek
Another one of the Wodehouse masterpieces! The back cover page of my book has a line from Stephen Fry - "You don't analyse such sunlit perfection, you just bask in its warmth and splendour." And that is precisely how I feel about The Code of the Woosters (and most of the P.G. Wodehouse books). P.G. Wodehouse is the master when it comes to creating loveable characters out of thin air, he is the master when it comes to creating the most awkward and yet funny situations out of nothing, and he is th ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This is one of the best pieces of humorous prose ever written. If you are breathing and have even a rudimentary sense of humor (and a modicum of intelligence) you will come away from this one with tears of laughter rolling and sides sore.

Within this volume (whether you choose to read text, listen to a GOOD narrator, or go Ebook) you will find the hilarious story of the "imbroglio" of Stiffy Byng, The Curate H.P. "Stinker Pinker", Madeline Bassett, Augustus "Gussie" Fink-Nottle, the eighteenth ce
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Micha
‘Well, that’s how it is with me. I wabble, and I vacillate—if that’s the word?’
‘Perfectly correct, sir. [...:]
I think that pretty much sums up everything you need to know about the genius of this work.

Oh, alright - just one more though!
"The dog Bartholomew gave me an unpleasant look and said something under his breath in Gaelic, but I ignored him."
Ann Sloan
After reading a string of depressing, although well-written books, I decided that I needed a definite change of pace. P. G. Wodehouse’s Bertie and Jeeves seemed just the ticket, old thing.
If you have any sense of humor, then you will appreciate Wodehouse’s creations of Bertram Wooster and his man Jeeves. Bertie is a complete twit, constantly getting himself into awkward, potentially embarrassing predicaments, while Jeeves is the calm, perceptive, and always sensible gentleman’s man who somehow s
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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 40 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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