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The Mating Season (Jeeves #9)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  3,056 ratings  ·  194 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 1983 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 1949)
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Kinga
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...more
Algernon
[9/10]
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...more
F.R.
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
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...more
Ian Wood
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...more
Erik Simon
Generally speaking, the whole Borges think has escaped me. So many speak of his brilliance, and I'm just too fucking dumb to get it. That said, a few weeks ago, I read the he said that we don't read to find out what happens in a story because if that were true, why do we reread books? That's some smart shit there. Not always true, but true often enough, and especially true whenever I read Wodehouse. What happens in a Wodehouse novel is often secondary to his execution. There are some terrific co...more
Ray
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.
Nickie
Jul 02, 2007 Nickie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Jessi
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
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
Libbeth
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...more
Hirondelle
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. It´s 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 Bertie´s valet. We...more
BJ Rose
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.
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...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Note: The synopsis on the back of this audio edition really annoys me...it 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?
Reds_reads
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...more
Douglas Dalrymple
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.
alana Semuels
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
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.
Homeira14
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.
Rollie Reid
Wodehouse at his best. I find it hard to review Wodehouse, because you either get him or you don't. The Mating Season is yet another wonderful and weird adventure with Jeeves and Wooster. This time, Wooster is in Kings Deverill, impersonating Gussie Fink-Nottle (the notorious newt fancier), and facing off against five formidable aunts. Those who know Wooster will know that he has two formidable aunts of his own, and so, aunts tend to make Bertie wilt. The game turns even muddier when Gussie show...more
Judi
A perfect interlude of wit. Look forward to reading more.
Morris Nelms
Funny. I mean really funny. Wonderful.
Tenzin
Bertie Wooster and his inimitable gentleman's gentleman Jeeves set off to create and solve yet another well convoluted, multi-dimensional fiasco, this time in Deverill Hall, Hampshire. Amusing banter flows to and fro as Gussie is sent to prison, Wooster taking his place to prevent a Bassett/Fink-Nottle fallout that could result in the Bassett girl attaching herself to Wooster, who dreads it, especially with Madeline Bassett gushing about the stars being God's daisy chain. Under the imposing figu...more
Sammy
Oh, Wodehouse. Always delightful, ever reliable. I think Wodehouse's absolute funniest moments are generally his short stories, where his wordplay and wit were at their peak. However, the novels give him a chance to showcase his tight plotting skills, and the barrage of mistaken identities and double-crossing - which reached its pinnacle in "The Code of the Woosters" - makes "The Mating Season" another blissful Bertie Wooster romp. Almost a contrast to the following novel, "Ring for Jeeves", in...more
Devon
Wodehouse certainly topped himself in this one. Ordinarily Bertie has to get one or two couples to either come together, stay apart, or STAY together. This time he has FOUR couples, and he has to make certain that they all go smoothly or else HE might be the one walking down the aisle. You'd have to give someone like Bertie credit: if I had to face even a fraction of what he faced, and especially if I had to face the novel's plot, I probably would have ended the book much sooner as I would have...more
Elizabeth
Although I love Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories, this one wasn't my favorite. The plot was a complicated entanglement of mixed up identities and I felt that a good deal of the humor came from the overall situation rather than specific scenes. Sometimes it was hard to keep everything straight and as I worked on trying to remember who was who and what was what I think I lost some of the humor. Bertie spends a good deal of time at Deverill Hall where there are a collection of Aunts. Gussie F...more
Drew
P.G. Wodehouse never fails me. The Mating Season is no exception. Bertie and Jeeves are successful in their efforts to ensure the various couples visiting Deverill Hall are reuninted by the end. Their efforts to make this happen are quite hilarious and reminiscent of Shakespeare's 12th Night. Like Dickens, Wodehouse, also has a way of fitting a character's essence to his last name. Gussie Fink-Nottle is a perfect example and he has a major role in The Mating Season.
Kate
P G Wodehouse has a wonderful writing style; fast-paced, witty, and incredibly visual when it comes to the comic situation his characters end up in. There are few writers who make me laugh at loud, in fact, Wodehouse may be the only one, and I love him for it.

In The Mating Season our hero, the loveable man about town Bertie Wooster is destined for Deverill Court on the instructions of his fearsome aunt Agatha. Gussie Fink-Nottle is bound for the same place, but, after a drunken incident involvin...more
Sowmya
This is the first Wodehouse I successfully completed. I had assumed I'm not a fan based on a few audio books I had attempted years ago. Turns out I'm not a fan of audio books.

I immensely enjoyed reading this book and I will be reading more Wodehouse now.

I had been reading heavy subjects - disaster, war, racism, classism and more. This book came at an opportune moment and gave the long needed relief and break from serious matters and life itself.
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