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Jeeves in the Offing (Jeeves #12)

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A Jeeves and Wooster novel

Jeeves is on holiday in Herne Bay, and while he's away the world caves in on Bertie Wooster. For a start, he's astonished to read in The Times of his engagement to the mercurial Bobbie Wickham. Then at Brinkley Court, his Aunt Dahlia's establishment, he finds his awful former head master in attendance ready to award the prizes at Market Snodsbury
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Paperback, 200 pages
Published August 7th 2008 by Arrow (first published 1960)
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Jason Koivu
Jeeves was right, but that title is wrong!

The statement in title form, How Right You Are, Jeeves does two things. It tells you that Jeeves is going to offer up correct advice, as per usual. It also leads you to believe that Jeeves will play a large role in said title, and that is not the case. They should've stuck with the alternate title Jeeves in the Offing.

Jeeves is Bertie Wooster's manservant. Jeeves has extracted Bertie from many a mishap. When Bertie is without Jeeves, he often finds hims
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Jason Koivu
In the offing, indeed! Where the hell is Jeeves?!

Jeeves is Bertie Wooster's manservant. Jeeves has extracted Bertie from many a mishap. When Bertie is without Jeeves, he often finds himself neck-deep in the soup. When a Jeeves & Wooster book is without Jeeves, the book often drowns in said soup.

Jeeves in the Offing is not one of P.G. Wodehouse's best. It lacks the wit and fun that fill the pages in spades when both Bertie and Jeeves are doling out the words. In this story, Bertie is left to
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Girish
Jan 30, 2016 Girish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am sure, somewhere PGW books are categorised under therapeutic books for stress. This one is a gem that might make casual observers of your reading gain evidence that you are off your rockers!

Bertie is summoned by Aunt Dahlia to Brinkley while Jeeves is taking his off to judge beach side beauty pageants. Before reaching, he also finds from the Times (the paper), that he is engaged to Roberta Wickham, his personal nightmare and lover of his childhood friend Reggie Kipper. Brinkley spells chaos
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Peter
Jul 28, 2016 Peter rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
What a breeze, this was a delightful read, maybe not the best of the Jeeves and Wooster books. Do you no what? It made me laugh and smile which is just the tonic needed after the debacle that was Murakamis' The Wind-up Turd Chronicle.

Nearly got that guff out of my system once I've got through the letters of Mozart and a book by John Betjeman, this little trilogy of purging shall make oneself normal again
Vimal Thiagarajan
Jan 29, 2016 Vimal Thiagarajan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of those books in the Jeeves series in which young, bounding Bertie has to fend for himself, since Jeeves is off on vacation. The plot borrows several elements from previous Jeeves books, but is unputdownable all the same due to the usual comic Woosterisms, the highlight being his comic befriending of the loony doctor of old, Roderick Glossop.
F.R.
Dec 09, 2014 F.R. rated it liked it
As a fan, one strolls away from the later Jeeves & Wooster novels with one’s hands deep in one’s pocket and a look across one’s face which can only can be described as perturbed. (Okay, ‘confused’ and ‘troubled’ would also be good adjectives; although ‘troubled’ might be over-stating things somewhat). You see there are still a lot of incredibly good jokes in these latter Jeeves & Wooster novels, there’s a lot of laughter on the pages, one is never going to feel short-changed on the comed ...more
Trevor
Jul 22, 2008 Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, humour
Yet another delight.

This one needs you to have read a few of the others in this series - or at least, I think it is better if you know some of the other characters and the sorts of 'solutions' that are offered in other books to resolve the types of problems Bertie's friends are likely to find themselves in before you read this one.

It is wonderful to watch Wodehouse set up situations and then to deny (or is it defy?) our expectations repeatedly. This one refers to mystery novels quite frequently
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Rebecca
Feb 14, 2016 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
It was mayhem all around and I lived it through with Bertie. But this time around Bertie unfortunately failed to make a mess of it as much as he is capable of. And Jeeves was a late entry as the saving saint. Enjoyed this one immensely best of all the Jeeves I've read so far.
Faith-Anne
Mar 17, 2008 Faith-Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who want to laugh
Any of Wodehouse's "Jeeves and Wooster" books are books worth reading. His books are delightful escapes into a world where misadventures happen. Don't except solutions to world hunger or any other problems of humanity to be solved. Instead, just sit back & enjoy the ride. I find it impossible to read a Wodehouse novel without laughing.
Wendy
Nov 21, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, humor
The usual hijinks and misunderstandings, all wrapped up in a Jeevesian bow. There’s a lot less Jeeves-Bertie banter than one could wish for, but it still goes down sweet and smooth as hot chocolate on a frosty day.
Alex Konrad
Jan 18, 2013 Alex Konrad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every Hollywood comedy I had ever seen came back to me as I saw the prototype from which they were modeled, and now I don't believe I'll ever see a movie like that again without wishing I was actually reading P.G. Wodehouse. First, the situation becomes so complex and entangled that at one point it is almost incomprehensible, and the reader has to be surprised he can tie it down at all. Second, his usage of English slang in dialogue and narration should not be passed over too quickly, because he ...more
meeners
Mar 13, 2012 meeners rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny
As had happened so often in the past, I was conscious of an impending doom. Exactly what form this would take I was of course unable to say - it might be one thing or it might be another - but a voice seemed to whisper to me that somehow at some not distant date Bertram was slated to get it in the gizzard.

and the heavens bless you, bertie wooster, for it!

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bonus: aunt dahlia quotes!
1."A very hearty pip-pip to you, old ancestor," I said, well pleased, for she is a woman with whom it is always a
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Ensiform
Jun 15, 2012 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, wodehouse
With Jeeves on vacation, Bertie finds himself at his Aunt Dahlia’s place in Brinkley Court, along with an American family, the Creams, who must be handled with kid gloves to prevent their canceling a big business deal with Bertie’s uncle; Audrey Upjohn, Bertie’s former headmaster, who still chills Bertie’s soul; Upjohn’s insipid daughter, Phyllis, who is infatuated with the playboy kleptomaniac wastrel American, Willie Cream, and must be put off; and old pal Roberta Wickham, engaged to be marrie ...more
Mike
Apr 02, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Another book read first under different title. This time the other one is "Jeeves in the Offing".

Another volume of Bertram getting stuck and Jeeves eventually contriving a rescue. Such a brief description does not do the book justice, of course. Let me try harder:

Imagine a man: well-to-do, relaxed, with a certain charm and poshness living a rather predictable and enjoyable (if you like your creature comforts more than your intellectual pursuits) life when it gets horribly twisted by events beyon
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Lachlan Smith
Soon after I began reading this book, 'Jeeves in the Offing' by P.G. Wodehouse, I found it was written in the 1960's. Reading on, I began to see that the changing culture had affected Wodehouse's writing - it was not quite as witty, not quite as satirical as his previous books had been. The language he uses is still magnificent, but unlike the other Jeeves novels it seems rather imposed. Whereas Wodehouse should perhaps have started writing novels about the new decade in which he lived, he inste ...more
The Idle Woman
I am rather ashamed to say that this is the first Jeeves & Wooster novel I've read, but it was definitely worth the wait. A delicious farce, full of vim, vigour and people falling into lakes, this follows Bertie's misadventures at his Aunt Dahlia's, as he strives to prevent an engagement taking place, and hunts for a valuable missing 18th-century silver cow-creamer. Perfect refreshing silliness. I'm very much looking forward to reading more of them.

For a full review, please see the post on m
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Norman Styers
Jun 07, 2016 Norman Styers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best of the Jeeves novels, and that's saying something, even though Jeeves himself is off stage for much of the book.
Ian Brydon
Jan 24, 2016 Ian Brydon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another foray into the wonderful world of Wodehouse!

This is not, perhaps, the finest of the Jeeves and Wooster novels, but that still leaves plenty of scope for it to be very good. Many of the old favourites are present, including Aunt Dahlia and Roderick Glossop, and we finally get to meet Aubrey Upjohn, former headmaster of Bertie's preparatory school. Connoisseurs of the Wodehouse oeuvre will be pleased to know that the story even features a cow creamer, and Augustus the cat makes a couple o
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Gláucia Renata
Aug 27, 2015 Gláucia Renata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fórmula é a mesma dos outros da série: enquanto Jeeves se ausenta, seu patrão Bertie Wooster se mete numa roubada. Dessa vez tem que ajudar seu amigo de infância, Keeper, em seu noivado secreto com a geniosa Roberta Wickham. Bertie tenta consertar as coisas mas só o que consegue é piorar a situação. Afinal, falta-lhe o principal. Seu cérebro, o mordomo Jeeves.
A trama aqui é o que menos importa. O que torna esse livro delicioso são os diálogos e as situações vividas pelos fleumáticos aristocrat
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Rajan
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
Dana Clinton
One of the hardest squares for me to fill in my ongoing quest to complete the entire bingo card in the library challenge is one which requests I listen to an Audio book. I don't have a player in my car, and I don't really like the medium, which requires that I do nothing else in order to concentrate, and I can't even mark passages I liked! However, I checked out a suitable one from the library which I have just finished, and it was fun to listen to because the reader, Ian Carmichael, is oh so Br ...more
Hákon Gunnarsson
Feb 20, 2015 Hákon Gunnarsson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Wodehouse is one of the writers I like to read if I feel down, and it usually cheers me up. There isn't much reality in his work, it's more a song of joy, even when one of his heros are having problems. He created a very fun world in his work, and I like to visit that world from time to time, but I'm not going to say all his work is equally good.

Jeeves in the Offing has all the classic ingredients of a good Wodehouse story: love problems, marriage looming on the horizon, bossy aunts, and misund
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Perry Whitford
May 26, 2014 Perry Whitford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I don't know if you know the meaning of the word 'agley', Kipper, but that, to put it in a nutshell, is the way things have ganged."*

Bertie Wooster usually looked forward to his brief sojourns at Brinkley Court, Market Snodsbury, the country pile of all beloved aged relative, Aunt Dahlia. An idyllic spot with extensive grounds and a scenic lake, more importantly, all guests get to enjoy the supreme culinary concoctions of Anatole, the resident chef. Particularly handy with Jeeves away on holida
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Anthony Peter
May 29, 2015 Anthony Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was published in 1960, and though the Wodehouse Society information pages suggests that Jeeves had been simmering during the 1950s, it looks as if 'in the Offing' is a return to old territory, and I thought it felt a little bit that way. It's tightly, very tightly, plotted, but feels a little mechanical. I've been trying to work out why. Perhaps it's something to do with a reduced range of characters: for example, it lacks the background idiocy of the Drones. Perhaps it's because it i ...more
Megan
Mar 07, 2012 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars, fiction
Charming and well worth a read, but a bit pale. It's not as tightly written or plotted as the best of them, but it's still quite smooth rendition of the familiar Wodehouse formula.

It does, though, contain my favorite favorite favorite description of the dreaded cow creamer: "Why anyone should want such a revolting object had always been a mystery to me, it ranking high up on the list of things I would have been reluctant to be found dead in a ditch with."
Jen
Mar 23, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though Jeeves tried to take a vacation, he still ended up saving Bertie Wooster. The language in these books makes me ridiculously happy, and as I have only read a few Wodehouse books thus far it was the first time coming across a writing technique he infrequently used that was clever and made my brain work a little harder.
Teri-k
All the Jeeves & Wooster books are good, but this is one of the best. We get Aunt Dahlia, Sir Roderick Glossip playing butler, scheming Bobby Wickham... and the cow creamer makes a reappearance! This despite the fact that Jeeves is on vacation for much of the story, only popping in now and then to lend his magnificent brain to Bertie's and friends' problems. His final solution is especially hilarious. :)
Amrita Bandopadhyay
Every Jeeves and Wooster tale, I believe, is a breath of fresh air in a world that is increasingly losing its sense of humour. Jeeves in the Offing is no exception.
Jeeves is on holiday and Bertie is left on his own at Brinkley Court, his Aunt Dahlia's residence. Bertie, without Jeeves, hurtles into one fiasco after the other. He is faced with the terror of meeting Aubrey Upjohn, his former headmaster, and Sir Roderick Glossop, the brain surgeon who Bertie has offended on more than one occasion.
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Ron
Jan 26, 2015 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very disappointed in this Jeeves story. This is the fifty-first Wodehouse title (either novels or short story collections) I've read, and it ranks as my least favorite. It seemed like it was quickly put together; there was no cohesiveness between the characters; Glossip was not... Glossip (the sudden chumminess was just strange); Jeeves was missing except for an appearance here and there, and his "solutions" were told after the fact in a few lines; Wooster was spineless in a not funny way; ...more
Jessi
I'm sure I've read this before but it was possibly quite a long time ago (or I just forgot to add it to Goodreads.) I quite enjoyed the narrator, Frederick Davidson, for this one and hope to find another with him as Bertie.
Jeeves is on vacation and Bertie is in the weeds. He's going to his Aunt Dahlia's house so he has a way to eat. His aunt already has guests -- a girl Bertie asked to marry him (she, quite rightly, refused) and her stepfather, a former schoolmaster of Bertie's, Aubrey Upjohn.
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