Much Obliged, Jeeves (Jeeves #14)
Spring brings four more antic novels by P. G. Wodehouse. In Quick Service a complicated chain of events is set into motion after Mrs. Chavender takes a bite of breakfast ham, and readers are reminded that disaster can be averted if you Ring for Jeeves. Bertie Wooster avoids Madeleine Bassett in Much Obliged, Jeeves, at Blandings Castle, in Uncle Fred in the pringtime, Uncl...more
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The usual plot and characters are all in order. Finicky friends and daffy family members all seemingly conspire to thrust Bertie Wooster neck-deep into the soup, then jam him between a rock and a hard place. Hovering about the periphery is the all-knowing, gentleman's gentleman extraordinaire Jeeves, ready to extra ...more
But the crux of this story is an election in Market Snodsbury, and how the journal detailing the exploits of various gentlemen - recorded faithfully by their valets and kept securely at the butlers' ...more
The gifted Bernard Cornwell (many of whose books I have reviewed) was recently quoted as saying that Wodehouse “…wrote the most English novels ever written.” I would add that he did so while skewering many of the class lines, traditions and manners that we find so familiar.
It can be argued that one Wooster and Jeeves is ...more
Honestly, this would have been worth reading just to discover this little bit of trivia, but even without that it's a fine Wodehousian romp; not my favorite of the Woosters, but very entertaining all th ...more
You probably don’t need me to tell you that P.G. Wodehouse is the funniest writer of the past century. Wodehouse defies superlatives. He is, quite simply, the best comedic writer to ever put pen to paper. I am a confirmed Wode ...more
Bertie wakes up on top of the world, with a rainbow between his shoulders - And we know thunderstorm is imminent. Bertie's pal Ginger is contesting elections. Bertie's safely engaged lady terrors threaten to come unhinged towards him and his 'reputation' for pinching stuff threatening the good name of Woosters ...more
Madeline Bassett, Roderick Spode, Aunt Dahlia all return in this latest instalment of sundered engagements, purloined silver ornaments, obstinate moneymen and the kind of fiendishly tricky problems which can only be neatly ironed out by almost deity-like butler with a huge brain he owes to his consumption of masses of fish. All is seemingly as it should be then. However there’s a decided lack of oomph in this volume of the Wooster memoirs. A ...more
The two editions have slightly different endings. In the USA edition after Jeeves informs that he has destroyed the 18 pages from the Junior Ganymede Club Book that he has written about Bertie, Jeeves express hope that he will stay in Bertie's service permanently.
As my copy was UK edition (ISBN: 97800995139 ...more
Thank you for the delightful visit to a time when the sun never set on the British empire and a wealthy idiot could spend his days at his aunt's estate in the English countryside and only worry about avoiding becoming engaged. It was lovely spending a few hours with the best gentlemen's gentlemen ever and that dear fool Bertie. Thank you for not aging them or trying to make them modern.
Perhaps the most remarkable things about this book, given that it was written by Wod ...more
'Too often it is when one feels the fizziest that the storm clouds begin doing their stuff.' ~ Much Obliged, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse
Still good, but not as good as the other Jeeves books I've read before. With Wodehouse, you can usually see plot twists coming from a mile away, but it hardly matters since the getting there is highly enjoyable. However, I find that this is short on those sublime turns of phrase that I came to expect in a Jeeves story. What I found most hilarious is how Be ...more
Florence only backs a winner, so in order to win her approval Ginger must prove his mettle by becoming ensconced as the Conservative member of Parliament for straight-laced little Market Snodsbury, Aunt Dahlia's stomping ground. ...more
I went through the entire P.G. canon like a demon when I first discovered these books. Not only Bertie and Jeeves, but Psmith and all the in ...more
The narrative voice of the book is what set it apart from the joy of watching the TV series. Wooster makes continual blunders in his diction and constantly wonders if he's using the right words. Thus, ...more
In taking this step, sir, I do not feel that I have inflicted any disservice on the Junior Ganymede club. The club book was never intended to be light and titillating reading for the members. Its function is solely to acquaint those who are contemplating taking new posts with the foibles of prospective employers. This being so, there is no need for the record contained in the eighteen pages in which you figure. For I may hope, may I not, sir, that you will allow me to remain permanently in your...more
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
I laughed outloud at quite a few parts, and appreciated some references to both Sherlock Holmes (a fairly common event in novels) and Raffles (far less common)--my two favourite series.
This might be the best one that I h ...more
Or he usually does. This Jeeves & Wooster book has been the first one I didn't really LOVE. It just didn't have the same -crackle?- as the other books I like. But, we do find out Jeeves' first name in this book. I was so surprised that they just blurted it out. But I can't reveal it here - you have to read Wodehouse and wonder and wonder about it first.
So not my favorite Bertie Wooster ad ...more
I would agree with him on this one. Simply put, you can't analyse Wodehouse's mastery over writing humorous short stories.
Much Obliged, Jeeves is part of the ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ series of novels with a great storyline which leaves you guessing right up until the last few pages. Wondering, how the chaos will ever be resolved, and as always the resolution is startling in its simplicity and genius.