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The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
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Sep 18, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, humour, read-2012
Read in September, 2012 — I own a copy

Bertie Wooster is summoned by his Aunt Dahlia, who requests first that he poke fun publicly at a strange antique called a 'cow creamer', then that he travel down to Totleigh Towers to steal it. Bertie has also received a summons to the same country estate from his newt-loving friend Gussie, who is engaged to the fluffy Madeline, and another from her cousin Stephanie (Stiffy). Clearly Bertie is in great demand, so with Jeeves in tow he tootles down in his natty little car.

Unfortunately, Madeleine's father Sir Watkyn Bassett is not a fan of Bertie's, having once fined him for stealing a policeman's helmet, and he holds him in great distrust. Worse, he is accompanied by a would-be dictator, Roderick Spode, who threatens violence against Bertie... until Jeeves manages to unearth a secret which Spode does not want to be revealed.

it's all ridiculous, of course; Bertie staggers from one crisis to another, terrified of the wrath of Spode, the tears of his aunt, and perhaps worst of all the embraces of Madeleine, should she and Gussie decide not to get married. Jeeves stays calm and generally comes up with brilliant solutions to every problem, even though sometimes the solutions seem to make things even worse for Bertie...

What makes Wodehouse worth reading, over and over again, is his wonderful use of language, his irony, his quotations and mis-quotations from classics, and the slightly gormless but extremely good-hearted Bertie, who will do anything - or almost anything - for those he cares about.

Highly recommended.

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