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The Mating Season (Jeeves #9)

4.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,028 Ratings  ·  260 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.

The Mating Season is a time of love, mistaken identity, and mishap for Bertie, Gussie Fink-Nottle and other guests staying at Deverill Hall-luckily there's unflappable Jeeves to set things right.

Paperback, 246 pages
Published February 1st 1986 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1949)
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Nov 18, 2011 Kinga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are books which you read and think: "Psh.. I could write that. And better."

Well, this is not one of those books. There is no doubt in my mind that I could never produce anything of such brilliance. Wodehouse has such a way with words. The sentences are full of rhythm and flow effortlessly. The punchline is delivered with a perfect timing and will have you chuckle.

The plot is as you would expect it to be from a comedy of manners. There are romantic entanglements and romantic misunderstandi
Jason Koivu
Sep 18, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, wodehouses, humor
If you're me and I'm you, who are or are not these other two chaps?

That's is the question one might ask when diving into a terribly tangled web of deceit such as you'll find in P.G. Wodehouse's The Mating Season, where a faked identity might be the only thing that saves our hero Bertie Wooster from the horrors of marriage!

This is one of my personal favorite of Wodehouse's. It amps up the daffy mishaps tenfold! The storyline gets delightfully twisted intentionally as half the cast pretends to be
May 25, 2012 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Once again P.G.Wodehouse explores the subject of romance in this new Jeeves and Wooster novel. It is somewhat inevitable, because:

This is springtime, the mating season, when, as you probably know, a livelier iris gleams upon the burnished dove and a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.

As a result of a hilarious opening scene involving Gussie-Fink-Nottle, the search for newts inside the fountain in Trafalgar Square and a policeman, Bertie is forced to intervene in order to
Luís Blue Coltrane
In The Mating Season, Bertie Wooster finds himself yet again entangled with Madeline Bassett. Bertie Wooster, his manservant Jeeves, and a bunch of Bertie's friends (Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeline Bassett, and Catsmeat Potter-Pirbright) end up on holiday at the country manor Deverill Hall, but at very different times. Deverill Hall is the home of five intimidating aunts led by a hoity-toity matriarch molded in the image of Aunt Agatha: Dame Daphne Winkworth. Bertie has been invited to lend an urba ...more
The best pick me up for a soul suffering the doldrums of an ugly flu. Read it almost at a stretch while sniffling away to glory.
Jeeves, as is his habit, comes to the rescue of many an asundered soul.
This book involves hoards of aunts, their nephews, nieces, Bertie, Jeeves and guest appearance by Thos, Bertie's transmitting of a cousin.
The sundered hearts are Corky - Edmond, Catsmeat - Gertrude, Gussy - Madeline, Queenie - Dobbs
the masquerades are Gussy - Bertie who impersonate each other (due t
Dec 09, 2014 F.R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The interconnectivity of things, part 94. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised, as the fiction of Wodehouse is nothing if not brimming full of literary allusions, but I was distinctly pleased to come across a direct reference to Robert Browning’s ‘Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came’. Having spent the previous two weeks reading the fourth volume of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, which takes its inspiration from that very poem, it seemed as if the world was all coming together in a series ...more
Oliver Ho
May 20, 2013 Oliver Ho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd read the collected Jeeves and Wooster short stories a few years ago, and this is the first of their novels I've read. Very funny, very light, many excellent lines, like when Wodehouse describes someone as, "a tall, drooping man, looking as if he had been stuffed in a hurry by an incompetent taxidermist."

Two other examples:

"He looked like a peevish halibut."


"I am told by those who know that there are six varieties of hangover – the Broken Compass, the Sewing Machine, the Comet, the Atomic
Aug 28, 2015 Siv30 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: satire
בימי חלדי, בימים בהם2 ערוצים בטלביזיה לא היוסימן לפרובינציאליות נטולת שיק ומודעות חברתית, הייתי מכורה לסדרות הומור בריטיות: אני לא חושבת שפיספסתי פרק בסידרה "מישהו מטפל בך" או "כן אדוני השר". בחלומותי הורודים, אביר בריטי מלא הומור מושחז ואינטיליגנטינושא אותי אל ארץ קרירה שבה החיים משעשעים יותר.

"עונת הזיווגים" הוא השלישי מספרי וודהאוס שתורגם לעברית. למרות שהשניים הראשונים ממתינים על מדפי, התחלתי דווקא בשלישי, בשל העובדה הפשוטה שהוא נקרא ישר משקית הקניות.

וודהאוס, שהתגורר רוב חייו הבוגרים בארצות הב
Ian Wood
Mar 04, 2008 Ian Wood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
The Jeeves and Wooster novels are arguably the jewel in the crown of Wodehouse’s catalogue and ‘The Mating Season’ is without doubt the greatest of them all.

Gussie Fink-Nottle’s engagement will be broken if his non appearance at Deverill Hall is reported to Madeline Bassett and since he was given 14 days without the option after Catsmeat Potter-Pirbright convinced him to wade in the fountain in Trafalgar square this is looking quite likely. Since Bertie would be the next in line, due to an unfor
Apr 07, 2013 Ray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Right up there. It seems to have more and shorter set pieces than other Jeeves novels and the pace benefits as a result. Particularly liked the after dinner impromptu rehearsal. Wodehouse could have been just as much at home in the Spy novel genre, such are the plot dynamics.
Jul 02, 2007 Nickie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hapless fops and their haughty hired help
It took me a while to notice that I had a half-smile on my face every moment that I was reading this. Great way with words, faultless comic momentum. And i saw a picture of PG Wodehouse and he was quite the cutie too. What ho! Bally good etc
Jan 25, 2009 Jessi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another Bertie-and-Jeeves story in which Bertie does something ridiculous that could get him in trouble, and Jeeves has to step in and save the day. In this book, Jeeves is saving him from potential matrimony (the horror!) and a bad reputation. Bertie travels to a country estate in the guise of his friend, Gussie Fink-Nottle, who has been detained by the police for taking a dip in a public fountain after a night of inebriation. The ruse causes assorted romantic mix-ups, of course, and the da ...more
Gail Cooke
Sep 01, 2010 Gail Cooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
British humorist P. G. Wodehouse’s most famous character invention, Jeeves, the quintessential gentleman’s gentleman, has become an iconic figure. He has even captured the internet with the popular “Ask Jeeves” site. Jeeves’s gentleman, Bertie Wooster, the often wrong but always cheery has almost reached the same exalted state. They are both brought to vibrant, laughable life by the voice of Jonathan Cecil in “Jeeves and the Mating Season.” When Gussie Fink-Nottle is temporarily incarcerated, Be ...more
Dec 02, 2015 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, british, audiobooks
Another wonderfully convoluted plot with Bertie pretending to be Gussie Fink-Nottle at a country house party, his friend Catsmeat Purbright pretending to be his manservant, and eventually Gussie pretending to be Bertie! Romantic entanglements & misunderstandings abound along with maiden aunts, a small but fierce dog and a village entertainment require performances from all three friends.
An Odd1
Dec 07, 2014 An Odd1 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
* "The Mating Season" mixes four couples before they match. Impersonations abound. This effort, set again in a village manor, with exploits around and beyond, is either weaker or too complicated for me. I confused who was currently attracted to whom, so I skimmed along to the happy ending maneuvered by Jeeves, his master Wooster, and pals.

In this first-person narrative, 'an angel who eats lots of yeast' (disingenuous gal who bubbles with mischievous energy) prods young gadabout Bertie to perfor
Oct 21, 2008 Libbeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1990, humour
I will use this "review" for all the P. G. Wodehouse I have read. I read them all so long ago and enjoyed them so much that I have given them all 5 stars. As I re-read them I will adjust the stars accordingly, if necessary, and add a proper review.
When I first discovered P. G. Wodehouse I devoured every book I could find in the local library, throughout the eighties and early nineties. Alas, this means that I have read most of them and stumbling across one I have not read is a rare thing. I'm su
Samyuktha jayaprakash
I finally laid my hands on a wodehouse book and oh how i regret for not laying on it sooner. I feel like my english is in a much better shape already. This man has such a wizardry with words and happens to have a very good story to say too.
The combination of wooster and jeeves is legendary and characters like gussie , corky and catsmeat want you to switch worlds. There is a steady undercurrent of humor and metaphors throughout the book. The plotline of the story is simple - It is the mating sea
May 04, 2008 Hirondelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even before checking copyright page, I notice a difference in tone between Wodehouse earlier and later (say post WWII) books. The later books feel a bit more tired, a bit more recycled, less vital. I am running out of the earlier books (sobs...) and anyway this was irresistibly calling my name wanting to be read. Its weaker somehow than the 1930s Jeeves books, but still hilarious. Bertie pretends to be Gussie, Gussie pretends to be Bertie, their friend Catsmeat pretends to be Berties valet. We m ...more
BJ Rose
Jul 14, 2009 BJ Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
IMO, this was not as good as Code of the Woosters, but it was very enjoyable nonetheless. Bertie is not very gifted in the brainbox, but he is such a likeable character, and is always willing to help his friends, which of course gets him into difficult situations that only Jeeves can get him out of. The main enjoyment in a Wodehouse story is not what happens, but how the author describes what happens through dialogue. And Bertie does go on and on and on, so there's plenty of dialogue.
May 13, 2015 Jenne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jenne by: Beston Barnett
Shelves: audiobook
No one does similes like Wodehouse...god, they're just too good.
"His stare was cold and hard, like a picnic egg."
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
When Bertie first heeds the command of his fearsome Aunt Agatha ('the one who chews broken bottles and kills rats with her teeth') to head down to Deverill Hall, King's Deverill, Hampshire, there to appear in the village concert being arranged by the vicar's daughter in benefit towards the restoration of the church organ, he had been blissfully unaware of two points of not inconsiderable consequence.
Firstly, the innocent sounding vicar's daughter was in fact Cora 'Corky' Pirbright, an impulsive
Mike (the Paladin)
Note: The synopsis on the back of this audio edition really annoys refers to Jeeves as Bertie's "Butler". Jeeves would be incensed!

Again Wodehouse comes through in a book that defines "hilarity" and "uproarious" with Gussie sentenced to jail and Bertie having to impersonate him...with the dangers of Madeline Basset looming again, Jeeves will again come to the rescue.

Maybe he should have some extra fish?
Feb 15, 2014 Reds_reads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second Jeeves and Wooster book I have read and my expectations were not that high. Having watched and enjoyed the TV series I decided to try the books. This was several years ago and having read the first of two books that I bought I was underwhelmed and was not motivated to read this, the second book.

I'm not sure what finally prompted me to pick up The Mating Season but I'm glad I did, I enjoyed it so much. The plot is pretty much as all the Jeeves books are - Jeeves saves Bertie fr
Douglas Dalrymple
Nov 05, 2012 Douglas Dalrymple rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In which we get three pairs of star-crossed lovers, discover Bertie Wooster’s middle name, and learn that there are six varieties of hangover: “the Broken Compass, the Sewing Machine, the Comet, the Atomic, the Cement Mixer and the Gremlin Boogie.” Also, Jeeves demonstrates his skills in knocking out policemen.
Bertie is off to King's Deverill where he has been roped into taking part in the local talent show. Once again, he finds himself in a sea of broken hearts. Gussie Fink-Nottle's relationship with Madeline Bassett is on the rocks again, while Catsmeat and Corky Pirbright's relationships are being stymied by the machinations of not one, but five aunts! Bertie ends up having to impersonate Gussie, Gussie impersonates Bertie, Catsmeat has to impersonate a valet, and the usual addition of policemen, c ...more
alana Semuels
Aug 27, 2009 alana Semuels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bertie and co. are in top form in this book, which includes dogs, leprechauns, movie stars and lots and lots of aunts. For some reason, I get the most out of P.G. Wodehouse when I listen to his books read aloud, and this one was no exception.
Charlie George
Mar 28, 2014 Charlie George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, humor, british
Jeeves and Wooster is a marvel of English wit and wackiness, nearly as rich and enjoyable as Monty Python. Wodehouse's contortions of the language are brilliantly antic. I wish I had discovered this treasure trove earlier in life.
Jan 25, 2010 Homeira14 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? It's P.G. Wodehouse: one of the funniest British writers of all time. I needed some levity after a couple "heavy" books -- glad I did. I hadn't read Wooster and Jeeves book in a over a decade; it was time.
Sarah Wilson
Dec 29, 2014 Sarah Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, audiobooks
I listened to the audiobook.

The first hour or so of this book, the narrator might as well have been speaking another language. It was written in the 40s, in England. There were so many slang terms I didn't understand... Even the words I knew were put together in a way much different than how we speak today. Not to mention the situations they found themselves in were so far away from present-day life. Butlers, milk trains, telegrams... I still don't fully understand the main plot of all of them g
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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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