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Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
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Oct 21, 2010

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Read in October, 2007

Maybe it is hard to review one Jeeves & Wooster novel in particular, the formula is always the same. But this "Right Ho, Jeeves" is a good example and I remember enjoying The Mating Season very much as well. The naive dandy Bertram Wooster always finds himself in a pickle and his ludicrous attempts to solve the problem unvariably make thing worse. At the very end, faithful butler Jeeves, who has seen the whole situation unfold, quickly makes some decisions, talks to the right people and spreads some strategic lies, thus solving the entire matter in the blink of an eye. As his only reward he often gets Wooster's permission to destroy some trendy (but in Jeeves' eyes unstylish) piece of clothing that Bertram has acquired in the beginning of the novel.

Then why is P.G. Wodehouse so great, when all his plots are more or less the same? It is because the language is so hilarious, multi-layered and always right on the spot. One can imagine Wodehouse molding and rewriting the same sentence over and over, until it sounds exactly the way he wants it. Often you get the inclination to read sentences a few times, just because they are so cleverly written and convey exactly the meaning (plus the subtext) they want to have, while at the same time being terribly funny and sounding just perfect.

Apart from that, the world of Bertram Wooster, in which an angry aunt or an undesired marriage are about the highest kind of problems that occur, is very relaxing. No global social problems here, just ideal escapism brought to you in a language that you can't but admire.

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