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Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit (Jeeves #11)

4.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,329 Ratings  ·  246 Reviews
Fans of P. G. Wodehouse's comic genius are legion, and their devotion to his masterful command of the hilarity borders on an obsession.

In Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit, Bertie is in it up to his neck when a perfectly harmless visit to Aunt Dahlia at Brinkley Court finds him engaged and beleaguered on all sides, and only Jeeves can save the day.It was Bertie Wooster's opin
Published September 1st 1983 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published October 15th 1954)
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Jason Koivu
Mar 18, 2016 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another deeelightful romp in the Wodehouse world! Romp-tiddly-romp, I say, what?! What, what?!

Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit, aka What Ho, Jeeves, is a bit different from others in the Wooster/Jeeves line in that it reads like a play. In my case, it listens like a play, because I ingested this audiobook-style. So, in place of Wodehouse's wonderful narration via Bertie's inner monologue, we get awkward exposition and strange soliloquy. Instead of a witty description of Jeeves' discontent over Berti
Jul 06, 2008 Trevor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, humour
I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoy these books. If there is one problem, it is that I’m reading them out of order – but that is hard to avoid. The problem is that they seem to have been out of print for ages and trying to find them in second hand bookshops is also remarkably difficult. I asked a woman in a second hand bookshop I frequent about them and she said they disappear as soon as they come in the door. She has a lovely grey cat that allows you to pat it while you talk to her the l ...more
Dec 09, 2014 F.R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“It is pretty generally recognized in the circles in which he moves that Bertram Wooster is not a man who lightly throws in the towel and admits defeat. Beneath the thingummies of what-d’you-call-it his head, wind and weather permitted, is as a rule bloody but unbowed, and if the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune want to crush his proud spirit, they have to pull their socks up and make a special effort.”

Let’s just take ‘Ring For Jeeves’ as a blip. An ill starred, dark alleyway that Wodehou
Jan 08, 2016 Girish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A jolly good book this! Jeeves and the Feudal spirit is a balm to the soul much like a well made English tea on a cold morning.

Bertie Wooster wears a mustache that Jeeves does not approve. He is in mortal danger of being affianced to Florence Craye who wishes to shape him. Oh and also the slight danger of being pummeled to pulp by a pumpkin headed cop to who Florence was engaged. Aunt Agatha is in trouble and needs all the help she can get. All while Jeeves has to be away.

Bertie must fend for hi
Dec 04, 2013 Mira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bertie Wooster has grown a mustache.
Does Jeeves approve?
Jeeves does not approve. But Florence Craye does!
Who's Florence Craye?
Florence Craye, author of Serious Novel Spindrift, is Wooster's ex-fiance.
So is Wooster in for it this time?
Not if Stilton Cheesewright, pumpkin-headed man about town, manages to leg it down the aisle with her first.
Who's Cheesewright?
Florence's current fiance, who comes down as firmly anti-mustache.
So will Cheesewright pound Wooster into a fine paste?
Not until after Woos
Mar 13, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Another entertaining chapter in the life of Bertie Wooster and his man, Jeeves.

Just read some (any) of these tales of England's finest as they drift through their lives of leisure and inherited wealth.

What's that you say, "I don't think I will find it terribly amusing or interesting"? Forsooth, relax and sit back. You are about to embark on a voyage of wit, humor, and all sorts of adventure. Let these two be your guide to a pleasurable bit of page-turning.

Sure it's not summer, but if a wet, raw
Ian Wood
Mar 26, 2008 Ian Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
By 1954 PG Wodehouse had two things to apologise to his public for, firstly his previous novel, Ring for Jeeves and secondly his unfortunate broadcasts made during his internment by the Nazis.

That he should produce a Jeeves and Wooster novel so soon after ‘Ring for Jeeves’ made for an acceptable contrition of his ill judged musical cash in, that it contained Roderick Spode his very ill judged ‘satire’ of Oswald Mosley. That Wodehouse could make jokes about the Blackshirts with the same lightness
Jan 12, 2013 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, novels
Another one that draws the guffaws from a disgruntled girl. :) The greatest complaint I can make about these books relates to their titles: the notion of Jeeves' "feudal spirit" is referenced in other works, so it doesn't really help to distinguish this novel from the others. It might better have been called "Bertie grows a moustache" or "A lot of preamble about a darts tournament we never even get to witness", or "How Aunt Dahlia tried to sell off her magazine because she was tired of always be ...more
3.5 Stars

Very enjoyable, but lacking a certain something found in the best Jeeves & Wooster novels. Not quite as laugh out loud funny. More of an occasional chortle. Good to see Jeeves back with Bertie where he belongs though. Bertie, not Jeeves, should always be the main attraction, but the more time the two spend together playing off each other, the better.
Jul 19, 2015 Rajan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bliss
Reading Wodehouse is pure bliss. His writing style seems simple but it is not. Wodehouse is a genius and he painstakingly creates humor out of ordinary everyday situations. It is not slap stick, satire or comic. It is pure unadulterated humor. Reading Wodehouse is the best stress buster and anti-depressant. He doesn’t claim to very highly literary writing prowess. In his own words “I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring r ...more
Perry Whitford
Aug 12, 2015 Perry Whitford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny things, mustaches. Whilst Jeeves presents a decidedly cold shoulder to Berties' newly grown facial furniture, novelist and ex-flame Florence Craye is rather taken by it.

Not so her current fiance, the hulking, pumpkin-headed G.D'arcy 'Stilton' Cheesewright, a combustible chap 'who could give Othello a couple of bisques and be dormy one at the eighteenth'.

At the same time Bertie is touched up for the loan of a 1,000 pounds by one Percy Gorringe. Percy, as well as sporting an offensive set o
If you like books where people say “Ho!” and “Ha!” and even “What Ho!” a lot then I reckon you should try the adventures of the hapless man-about-town Bertie Wooster and his unflappable butler, Jeeves.

This is not my favourite Jeeves book so far but still very enjoyable. Bertie Wooster is interrupted in his reading of a thrilling new novel “The Mystery of the Pink Crayfish” by Rex West (I wish someone would write this novel) to attend to the problems of his Aunt Dahlia, who is trying to sell her
Apr 15, 2008 Sluggo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been working my way through ALL that Wodehouse wrote (70 some books for a start) and am nearly there. I just picked one to add here. With the exception of some of his very first writing, before he got into the swing of his style, they are ALL absolutely wonderful. There's satire, but its never mean spirited. They are funny as hell, but not trashy. Above all, Wodehouse really loved humanity and you can feel that in his writing- you come away from his stuff feeling, as he was fond of quotin ...more
Aug 01, 2011 A. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Wodehouse. He's my guilty pleasure. My beach reading. This novel fell a bit short of my expectations. Usually, Wodehouse leaves me with tears in my house. I guffaw at inopportune moments, implore my wife to drop what she is doing to listen to some outrageous dialogue, and reread hilarious passages. Not this time. Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit is entertaining, but it is not laugh out loud funny. The set up seems a little tired and Jeeves is trotted out only when a problem must be solved. Th ...more
Elizabeth Mallory
My favorite of Wodehouse are his novels Hot Water and The Girl in Blue, but Jeeves and Wooster hold a special place in my heart. This story was replete in its Wooster fumbles, lovable Aunt Dahlia moments, and general hilarity and chaos. Plus it spawned a new family joke:

...she said, stiffly.
...he said, stiffly.
...she said, stiffly.
...he said, stiffly.
I don't know when I've known a bigger night for stiff speakers.
Carolyn Rose
Jan 06, 2016 Carolyn Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a light romp of a book. Terrific character voice and sense of time and place. If only we all had a Jeeves.
Apr 07, 2016 Malquiviades rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extraordinary. As always. Not a single comma to be changed.

The first person narrative (Bertie) is as always the best point of it all, when getting hands on a Jeeves-Wooster novel.

As usual, I do not try to analyse the book. Wodehouse is well beyond our human nature to be analysed. You just have to sit down, relax and enjoy the extremely fun and pleasure that just happens to jump from his books.
Jan 28, 2009 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love Jeeves and Wooster, but I'm not sure I have anything very insightful to say about them. It's all here in this installment -- lethal cocktails, predatory females, exasperated aunts, and scrape after scrape narrowly averted by the ever-resourceful Jeeves.

I'm sure that life among the between-the-wars moneyed types wasn't actually much like this ... but isn't it nice to imagine that it was?
Apr 27, 2014 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Violence, sex, strong language -- it's all here. At least, it's all here in as polite and delightful a form as Bertie and Jeeves can dish up -- which is very polite and delightful indeed. Bertie is once again in danger of becoming affianced, or beaten up, or both, and only the wily cogitations of his man Jeeves can save him. But Jeeves is away, at a luncheon of butlers, and Bertie must fend for himself. Many disastrous and hilarious complications ensue, until Jeeves returns. These novels are ton ...more
Dec 17, 2014 Ankita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Q- is there ever a time when Wodehouse is not an absolute pleasure?
A- No. Never.

Remarkable. Splendid. Absolute Pleasure. Laugh riot. As ALWAYS. LOVE the work of P.G Wodehouse.
Mar 14, 2012 Bert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't think of any other book that has shown me as good a time as this one has. An absolute non-hipsterish pleasure. I'll probably have to go off and read all the rest of them now.
Nov 10, 2015 Keely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this book. I've been reading all of this series out of order, but I can tell already that this is one of my favorites. I just loved the dynamic with Bertie and Aunt Dahlia. The two together is one of the funniest things I ever read. Every time I read something great in a Jeeves story I usually take a photo, and it was a struggle to not take too many photos and fill up my storage. I just love these stories. And, of course, the mustache. I felt that there was a lot less passive aggressiveness ...more
Aug 21, 2013 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as good as other Jeeves books, but still amusing and charming.
Apr 11, 2012 O rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jeeves fixes everything. EVERYTHING.
Not my favorite in the series (that would be Right Ho, Jeeves and/or Carry on, Jeeves) but it is my first Jeeves paperbook (which I purchased only to lend it to people who reads, because honestly, more people should read it) and I did laugh most of the times (when Bertie asked Jeeves to repeat that tongue-twister was hilarious). I hope this is the end of Florence and Stilton... as much as I love Bertie getting tangled into unwanted love relationships, Florence is frivolous and so volatile when i ...more
David Ranney
Apr 30, 2015 David Ranney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She is one of those intelectual girls, her bean crammed to bursting point with the little grey cells, and about a year ago, possibly because she was full of the divine fire but more probabl because she wanted something to take her mind off Aunt Agatha, she wrote this novel and it was well received by the intelligentsia, who notoriously enjoy the most frightful bilge.
"Tchah!" I said, registering scorn.


"I said 'Tchah!" With ref. to F. Widgeon. I
Anna C
Jun 17, 2014 Anna C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my third Bertie and Jeeves novel, and it has only deepened my appreciation for Wodehouse. Although the plots tend to be extremely predictable, Wodehouse throws in so many reversals that it ends up being a complicated Gordian knot that only Jeeves can solve. The language is simply a delight; Wodehouse should remain in print indefinitely for the simple reason that his books are practically a dictionary of old British slang. And whether or not there is a biting social commentary lurking un ...more
Sep 05, 2011 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I love Wodehouse's use of language. It is an art form! Just listen to this: "It was the first time I had met the Vinton Street chap [a policeman], always hitherto having patronized his trade rival at Bosher Street, but Barmy Fotheringay-Phipps, who was introduced to him on the morning of January the first one year, had told me he was a man to avoid, and the truth of this was now borne in upon me in no uncertain manner. It seemed to me, as I stood listening to the cop running through the story se ...more
Oct 23, 2013 Devon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 31, 2008 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in my car at University (years ago) because in order to get a reasonable parking spot I had to get to uni several hours before my first lecture. A good student would have studied, I read P.G Wodehouse instead. This weekend I listened to it as an audiobook version and heartily recommend it. I laughed despite being prostrate on the couch with a horrible illness that shall remain un-named. I laughed despite the fact that my apartment was a mess and the weather was lousy! I even lau ...more
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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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