Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit (Jeeves, #11)
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Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit (Jeeves #11)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  3,180 ratings  ·  188 reviews
A Jeeves and Wooster novel





The beefy 'Stilton' Cheesewright has drawn Bertie Wooster as red-hot favourite in the Drones club annual darts tournament - which is lucky for Bertie because otherwise Stilton would have beaten him to a pulp and buttered the lawn with him. Stilton does not, after all like men who he thinks are trifling with his fianc�e's affections.





Meanwhile Bert...more
Paperback, 231 pages
Published August 7th 2008 by Arrow (first published October 15th 1954)
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Trevor
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
F.R.
“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...more
Mike
Mar 13, 2010 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Ian Wood
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...more
Mira
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...more
Maureen
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
pinknantucket
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...more
Sluggo
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
A.
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
Perry Whitford
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...more
Cathy
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?
Nick
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
Roberto
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.
Mike
Not quite as good as other Jeeves books, but still amusing and charming.
O
Jeeves fixes everything. EVERYTHING.
Anna Cain
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
Sally
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
Devon
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Samantha
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
Jeffrey
Wodehouse in fine form. The language and clever turns of phrases are so entertaining, it doesn't really matter where the plot goes.


Aunt Dahlia: ...Tom opened the safe and I stood there as if I been turned into a pillar of salt, like 'Lot's wife'.

Bertie: I recalled the incident to which she referred, it having happened to come up in the examination paper that time I won that prize for Scripture Knowledge at my private school, but it's probably new to you, so I will give you a brief synopsis. For...more
William
This is probably fun if you really like the Wooster and Jeeves series, but I'm not there yet. It reads like a stage farce, and is pretty visual, maybe because I saw the BBC series with Hugh Lurie and Stephen Fry. It has the usual plot full of silly errors and puffed up aristocrats, and some wit, but not enough to help me want to finish it. I suspect there are better books in the series, but this one seems to me purely for the Wodehouse fan club.
David Hebblethwaite
I’ve never watched the Jeeves and Wooster TV series, but even so, it was hard not to imagine the voices of Fry and Laurie whilst reading this. Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit sees Bertie Wooster having to contend with a threat from one G. D’Arcy ‘Stilton’ Cheesewright to break his spine in four places (because Cheesewright’s fiancée has left him for Bertie, even though Wooster wasn’t keen), and his Aunt Dahlia’s desperation to keep her husband from finding out that she pawned her pearl necklace to...more
Harker US Library
Bertie Wooster Sees It Through begins when Wooster grows a mustache—a mustache which, although many consider it “the most obscene thing they ever saw outside of a nightmare,” is enough to make his ex-fiancée, Florence Craye, fall helplessly in love with him again. Soon, he must escape the fury of Craye’s current partner, Stilton Cheesewright. His position becomes even more precarious when his forceful Aunt Dahlia invites all three to her estate, and Wooster can only rely on his butler Jeeves to...more
Kati
You really can't rate the Jeeves & Wooster books based on their storylines because they're always the same: Bertie gets himself into a spot of trouble of the female kind and Jeeves has to save his skinny butt. It's the prose that Wodehouse uses that makes every tiny bit a thing of hilarity. Like, he oozed off, he legged it out of the room, my aging relative, I shook the coconut etc. and so on. These are books made for picking up people when they feel down. Also, they are best enjoyed in audi...more
Tiffany
If life has made a turn for the worse and things have been a real downer lately then.. you need Jeeves to cheer you up. I love a good P.G. Wodehouse and this one is hilarious. Bertie gets himself tied up in a love triangle, some trouble with his favorite aged ancestor and a fake pearl necklace and all kinds of comic relief. The benefit of these books is that by the end you'll be better able to talk like an Englishman.. a trip to the car wash is "ghastly, horrendous, the worst possible disaster i...more
PoligirlReads
Can anyone read a Jeeves and Wooster book without hearing it in the voices of Fry and Laurie? I sure can't. Must be quite the problem for anyone narrating an audiobook of Wodehouse. "Sounds good, chap. Quite good. But...and this is if you don't mind...can you make it sound a little bit more Stephen Fry-ish?"

This story is a fun one, with the good-natured, if less-than-bright Bertie somehow wrangled into an engagement and dodging the continual threat of having his spine broken in ever-increasing...more
Tim Hicks
Gosh, folks, with some of the plot "summaries" here it's hardly necessary to read the book. How about letting us discover what happens for ourselves?

But one doesn't read a J&W for the plot. It's the language, which is as wonderful as always. The plot is full of twists, but we expect them so we can't call them surprises.

Jeeves is quite disappointing here, since he relies repeatedly on the knowledge available from his fellow butlers. I did like the use of his "specials."

We can only admire ho...more
Stephanie
First sentence: As I sat in the bath-tub, soaping a meditative foot and singing, if I remember correctly, 'Pale Hands I Loved Beside the Shalimar,' it would be deceiving my public to say that I was feeling boomps-a-daisy.

Man, I love Wodehouse. And I love Bertie Wooster. And I love Jeeves. Wodehouse is in a class of his own when it comes to creative use of the English language.
Jgrace
Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit – Woodhouse
(Also published as Bertie Wooster Sees it Through)
Audio performance by Jonathan Cecil
3 stars

This is the eleventh book in Woodhouse’s Jeeves and Wooster farce series. It doesn’t much matter where any of the books fall in the series. The plots are much the same. In this episode, Bertie is in training for the Drones Club dart match and, much to Jeeves’s disgust has grown a mustache. Aunt Dahlia is attempting to sell her magazine, ‘Milady’s Boudoir, and two...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
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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 30 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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