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The Return of Jeeves: A Jeeves and Bertie Novel (Jeeves #10)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  2,518 Ratings  ·  184 Reviews
The young and impoverished ninth Earl of Towcester is Jeeves' temporary new master while Bertie Wooster is away at school. Lord Towcester's rather complex situation is soon straightened out by the ingenious Jeeves, who has all problems of romance and finance solved and is on his way again.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 1st 1990 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published April 22nd 1953)
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Dec 09, 2014 F.R. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Was a hilarious journey with Bill, the impoverished Lord of the Abbey, his fiancee Jill, a veterinarian, Jeeves, who has taken residence as his butler as Bertie is out at a school which teaches self-sufficiency. Monica aka Moke, Bill's sister, and Rory her bumbling husband, are also in residence. Enters, Rosie aka Mrs. Pottsworth, the rich lady who amassed wealth of her dead husbands, and Captain Bigger, the hunter of large wild animals, who is secretly in love with her. Mix with this , a pendan ...more
Ian Wood
Mar 25, 2008 Ian Wood rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
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
Feb 13, 2014 Maureen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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
Apr 03, 2016 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Jeeves and Wooster without bonehead Bertie doesn't bare thinking about. Not bad, just needs that ZING! that one gets when the duo are together. Nevermind, Jeeves is still as cool and calm as ever.

Made me snarf an' snort a few time so thats not so bad.

"Bugger this Jeeves I'm off to the Drones to get wasted with the chaps until I'm so drunk I do the left handed snakedance."

"Indeed sir."

Now that's one I would love to see in the books.
Meg M
Dec 12, 2011 Meg M rated it it was ok
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
Jul 27, 2014 Davidg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 03, 2008 Jennifer rated it liked it
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
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
Jan 07, 2014 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 29, 2011 Raj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
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
Jan 31, 2016 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The brilliant thing about Bertie Wooster is that everything is enjoyable to read when narrated through his eyes. I was horrified to open this book to a third-person narration, and then to realize that Wooster wasn't in the book at all. Even worse, Jeeves was not at all himself: far from being above reproach, he was absolutely unscrupulous, unnaturally chatty, and very short-sighted (if Wooster had left an incriminating costume in a chest, Jeeves would have removed it to safety instanter). I coul ...more
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
Jan 04, 2016 Vilis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Labs veids kā saīsināt garu lidojumu, bet ir tāda mehāniskas atrakstīšanās sajūta, tāpēc brīžiem šķita, ka autors ved pa ļoti labi iemītu taciņu.
Geoff Woodland
Dec 19, 2015 Geoff Woodland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pure Jeeves at his best. Set in the 1950’s, but with the attempted life style and attitudes of the 1930’s. The author’s ability to paint pictures, by using words, is perfect.
Sep 11, 2016 Maxine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A silly yarn that's still good for a giggle!
Oct 11, 2015 T.W. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read with great pleasure P.G. Wodehouse’s series of humorous stories and novels featuring Bertie Wooster as narrator and Jeeves as his “gentleman’s gentleman.” While I enjoyed Ring for Jeeves, it’s my least favorite of the Jeeves corpus—probably because it is written in the third person, and because Bertie Wooster is off at some school and so doesn’t appear. Jeeves is on temporary loan to the ninth Earl of Rowcester (aka Bill), and though Jeeves’ role is less prominent, he still manages to shi ...more
B. Tollison
Even with a cast of six (excluding Jeeves) the void that Bertie Wooster leaves just can't be filled.

Most of the Jeeves stories are told from the first person perspective via Bertie Wooster while Ring for Jeeves is told from the third person and Bertie Wooster is entirely absent (apart from a few references) and the story suffers because of it.

Without Bertie's simple mindedness, his colloquialisms and affectations the narration comes across as relatively dry. While the prose and humour is undenia
Harker US Library
Dec 19, 2014 Harker US Library rated it it was ok
These days, nearly half a century after the death of P. G. Wodehouse and twice that long since his first books were published, readers tend to remember only one subset of his canon: the Jeeves and Wooster novels, which follow bumbling young aristocrat Bertie and his suave, brilliant butler Jeeves as they dodge the salvos of undesirable jobs (and occasional death threats) hurled at them by Bertie’s overbearing aunts. Well, Wodehouse is worthy of plenty of complimentary adjectives—he’s witty, ende ...more
Dueep J.
Oct 11, 2014 Dueep J. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is so silly one wondered why PGW bothered with it. These is one thoroughly ridiculous soul of tact who one wants to brain, because if he has to put his foot in his mouth, he Will, even though his wife suggested dog muzzles. I am talking about Rory Carmoyle.
How did PGW dream up such a blithering blundering nincompoop? The Carmoyle gumboil is not even funny. the Two stars is just because the audiobook has been read by an amazing reader, -not Jonathan Cecil,- and I just can't switch the Z
وائل عبد المنعم
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.
Picked this up for a road trip with grand-girl number 1 to look at colleges. We thought she should be introduced to Wodehouse. No Bertie in this book, but plenty of shenanigans and Jeeves.
Dec 30, 2014 Somdutta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wodehouse fans
The phosphorous in the fish which Jeeves loves so very much saves the day in Wodehousian world. This time its not Bertie but Bill (Lord Rowcester) who is at the receiving end of Jeeves's genius advice.When Jeeves has his tooth in the physcology of an individual , he has a complete grip of the situation and has the solution. Sir Roderick is also an entertaining character, who makes wrong comments at the wrong time.
May 08, 2014 Sumit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 05, 2012 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
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!
Anna Kļaviņa
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.

May 04, 2014 Kati rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 04, 2014 William rated it liked it
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
Jan 07, 2014 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, comedy
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
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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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