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Carry on, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
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Jan 04, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: laughter-doeth-good
Read in August, 1981

Wodehouse invented the English twit, and perfected the butler. All the Jeeves series are a delightful outing. Is there an undercurrent of sadness about Wodehouse's oeuvre? To some degree, he presaged the end of an era, so many of his hapless twits living out the twilight of the era of English "gentleman" (the last vestiges of the country estate that long outlived feudalism) and living on their wits, the result being quite ungentlemanly. Their antics remain funny, and Bertie Wooster has a lot of commendable, likable features. I think it's a given that he knows Jeeves has him beat, nine ways to sundown.

I read the entire Jeeves series while in Venice, along with Colette's Cheri series -- not intentionally read together, rather because they were the books I happened to collect along the way.
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