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Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit

(Jeeves #11)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  6,817 ratings  ·  437 reviews
In Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit, Bertie is in it up to his neck when a perfectly harmless visit to Aunt Dahlia at Brinkley Court finds him engaged and beleaguered on all sides, and only Jeeves can save the day.
Hardcover, 231 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Harry N. Abrams (first published October 15th 1954)
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Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
"What if he does think you the world’s premier louse? Don’t we all?"

Poor Bertie cannot catch a break. Despite the quote above everybody and their sister around London area run to him to happily unload their troubles on him leaving the guy, to use one of the book expressions, in soup. This time it happened innocently enough. His (and mine too) favorite Aunt Dahlia asked him to accompany one boring couple she knew to a dinner at a London restaurant.
Boring couple
It would be pointless to try describing crazy ha
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Bertie, you worm, your early presence desired. Drop everything and come down here pronto, prepared for lengthy visit. Urgently need you to buck up a blighter with whiskers. Love. Travers.

A summon from Mrs. Travers at Brinkley Court, Brinkley-cum-Snodsfield-in-the-Marsh, Worcestershire is not something Bertram Wooster is likely to ignore, although he might play dumb for our entertainment with a hilariously escalating war of words by way of telegrams. The reader familiar with the happy-go-luck
Jason Koivu
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another deeelightful romp in the Wodehouse world! Romp-tiddly-romp, I say, what?! What, what?!

Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit, aka What Ho, Jeeves, is a bit different from others in the Wooster/Jeeves line in that it reads like a play. In my case, it listens like a play, because I ingested this audiobook-style. So, in place of Wodehouse's wonderful narration via Bertie's inner monologue, we get awkward exposition and strange soliloquy. Instead of a witty description of Jeeves' discontent over Berti
Jul 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour, literature
I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoy these books. If there is one problem, it is that I’m reading them out of order – but that is hard to avoid. The problem is that they seem to have been out of print for ages and trying to find them in second hand bookshops is also remarkably difficult. I asked a woman in a second hand bookshop I frequent about them and she said they disappear as soon as they come in the door. She has a lovely grey cat that allows you to pat it while you talk to her the l ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
After a week of 2020 it was high time for my first P.G. Wodehouse of the year.

I was delighted to discover that I hadn't already read Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit (1954), not that there was anything especially new or unexpected. Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit is the usual Jeeves and Wooster comedy masterclass in which, in this episode, Bertie has another unwelcome entanglement with Florence Craye, to the chagrin of the magnificent, and very green eyed, Stilton Cheesewright. Meanwhile Aunt Dahlia,
Nandakishore Varma
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humour
Bertie is growing a moustache, and Jeeves doesn't like it.

Bertie is pissed. Jeeves does not object to David Niven's moustache, then why the fuss about his. Jeeves says:"Mr. Niven's moustache is very becoming to him."

This time Bertie is determined to hold on - but the problem is that Florence Craye, who has turned to novel-writing of late, also thinks the moustache is fascinating: thus inviting the wrath of Stilton Cheesewright, her fiance, who considers it a cheap trick by Bertie to steal his gi
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bertie Wooster has grown a mustache.
Does Jeeves approve?
Jeeves does not approve. But Florence Craye does!
Who's Florence Craye?
Florence Craye, author of Serious Novel Spindrift, is Wooster's ex-fiance.
So is Wooster in for it this time?
Not if Stilton Cheesewright, pumpkin-headed man about town, manages to leg it down the aisle with her first.
Who's Cheesewright?
Florence's current fiance, who comes down as firmly anti-mustache.
So will Cheesewright pound Wooster into a fine paste?
Not until after Woos
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“It is pretty generally recognized in the circles in which he moves that Bertram Wooster is not a man who lightly throws in the towel and admits defeat. Beneath the thingummies of what-d’you-call-it his head, wind and weather permitted, is as a rule bloody but unbowed, and if the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune want to crush his proud spirit, they have to pull their socks up and make a special effort.”

Let’s just take ‘Ring For Jeeves’ as a blip. An ill starred, dark alleyway that Wodehou
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, humor, audio
With lots of stress in my life right now, I find the need for escaping, and Jeeves and Wooster are the perfect fluff to lift one’s spirit. All-out situational comedy and hilarious writing with zero substance.

This time we have a trouble-causing mustache, a necklace that needs stolen and unstolen, and the usual engagement to escape. There are night-time intrusions into the wrong rooms, misunderstandings, and the plot thickens to even embroil Jeeves himself. But of course, Jeeves cannot be embroil
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"'Did you ever read Spindthrift?' I asked, retrieving the soap.
'I skimmed through it, sir.'
'What did you think of it? Go on, Jeeves, don't be coy. The word begins with an l.'
'Well, sir, I would not go so far as to apply the adjective which I fancy you have in mind, but it seemed to me a somewhat immature production lacking in significant form. My personal tastes lie more in the direction of Dostoevsky and the great Russians.'"
In a stressful thesis-writing period, Wodehouse is your (my) man.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
A jolly good book this! Jeeves and the Feudal spirit is a balm to the soul much like a well made English tea on a cold morning.

Bertie Wooster wears a mustache that Jeeves does not approve. He is in mortal danger of being affianced to Florence Craye who wishes to shape him. Oh and also the slight danger of being pummeled to pulp by a pumpkin headed cop to who Florence was engaged. Aunt Agatha is in trouble and needs all the help she can get. All while Jeeves has to be away.

Bertie must fend for hi
Jul 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, novels
Another one that draws the guffaws from a disgruntled girl. :) The greatest complaint I can make about these books relates to their titles: the notion of Jeeves' "feudal spirit" is referenced in other works, so it doesn't really help to distinguish this novel from the others. It might better have been called "Bertie grows a moustache" or "A lot of preamble about a darts tournament we never even get to witness", or "How Aunt Dahlia tried to sell off her magazine because she was tired of always be ...more
Iza Brekilien
Reviewed for Books and livres

I had to wash my kitchen. Not fun. I thought, why not make this fun by forgetting about the washing while listening to a Jeeves audiobook ? I did and it worked !

It's been years since I last read a book by P.G. Wodehouse and since I was given two of his audiobooks, I thought it was time to remedy that. Those stories are usually so funny ! Jeeves and the feudal spirit totally is, and there's no need to read the series in order to understand anything, the plots are more
Manuel Alfonseca
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
ENGLISH: Tenth book about Jeeves and his master Bertie Wooster, which forms a trilogy with "Right Ho Jeeves" and "The code of the Woosters," which we could call the trilogy of Aunt Dahlia and Anatole. As always, Bertie is about to marry a girl he doesn't love, in this case his cousin Florence, daughter of her aunt Agatha.

ESPAÑOL: Décimo libro de Jeeves y su amo Bertie Wooster, que forma una trilogía con "Right Ho Jeeves" y "The code of the Woosters", que podríamos llamar la trilogía de Tía Dahli
Celia T
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A reread! Actually I think this was the first Wodehouse I read back in junior high
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, humour, audiobook
Brouhaha at Brinkley...

When Jeeves returns to the old homestead after a short holiday, imagine his horror on discovering that in his absence Bertie has taken the opportunity to grow a moustache! Not everyone shares his distaste for the facial hair, though. Florence Craye, for one, thinks it’s simply marvellous. In fact, so enthusiastic is she that her fiancé, the beefy Stilton Cheesewright, develops a strong desire to break Bertie’s spine in four, or perhaps, five places. Only the thought that h
Perry Whitford
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny things, mustaches. While Jeeves presents a decidedly cold shoulder to Bertie's newly grown facial furniture, novelist and ex-flame Florence Craye is rather taken by it.

Her current fiance, the hulking, pumpkin-headed G.D'arcy 'Stilton' Cheesewright, doesn't like the Wooster wire brush either, and he's a combustible chap 'who could give Othello a couple of bisques and be dormy one at the eighteenth'.

At the same time Bertie is touched up for the loan of a £1,000 pounds by one Percy Gorringe.
Jeff Crompton
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Wodehouse's best, I think. It has the same basic plot as all the Jeeves novels, but it's perfectly paced, and the details are all just right. Here's one such detail - Bertie Wooster's account of the menu of a dinner cooked by Anatole, his Aunt Dahlia's amazing French chef:
Le Caviar Frais
Le Consommé aux Pommes d'Amour
Les Sylphides à la crème d'Ècrevisses
Les Fried Smelts
Le Bird of some kind with chipped potatoes
Le Ice Cream

I love the way that keeping up the French just became too much e
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, humor
Jonathan Cecil again excels in this audiobook narration of Bertie Wooster's entanglement with Florence Craye, Stilton Cheesewright and his Aunt Dahlia's attempt to sell her magazine The Lady's Boudoir to Mr. Trotter. To add to the fun, Lord Sidcup (formerly known as Spode) appears at Uncle Tom's invitation to look at Dahlia's pearl necklace, causing consternation and confusion.

Cecil's voice for the regular cast of characters was as always wonderful but his voice for Mr. Trotter, a Yorkshire news
3.5 Stars

Very enjoyable, but lacking a certain something found in the best Jeeves & Wooster novels. Not quite as laugh out loud funny. More of an occasional chortle. Good to see Jeeves back with Bertie where he belongs though. Bertie, not Jeeves, should always be the main attraction, but the more time the two spend together playing off each other, the better.
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How lucky was I to find P. G. at an early age? Revisiting Bertie and Jeeves and the crowd is even better read aloud. I've discovered that I must have walked around with both English and French dictionaries back then. Some of this obviously went over my young head that I find hilarious now.
No wonder I developed a strange sense of humor that has made people wonder about me for 50 years.
Rishav Agarwal
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nothing like a quick few pages of Jeeves and Wooster to get rid of those Monday (or Tuesday) blues. In this one we find Wooster growing a moustache, getting betrothed (again) and getting his spine broken (again), and Jeeves rescuing him from all three. Absolutely delightful read.
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Another entertaining chapter in the life of Bertie Wooster and his man, Jeeves.

Just read some (any) of these tales of England's finest as they drift through their lives of leisure and inherited wealth.

What's that you say, "I don't think I will find it terribly amusing or interesting"? Forsooth, relax and sit back. You are about to embark on a voyage of wit, humor, and all sorts of adventure. Let these two be your guide to a pleasurable bit of page-turning.

Sure it's not summer, but if a wet, raw
Pamela Shropshire
While Jeeves has been on his annual holiday, Bertie has grown a mustache. As he suspected, Jeeves is not enamoured with said mustache. Aunt Dahlia is in need of assistance again, this time to help chivvy a certain L.G. Trotter into purchasing her magazine called Milady's Boudoir. She had come upon the idea of hiring a top-tier female author to write an article for the paper, a way of "salting the mine" as she puts it; but to pay this author, she hocked her pearl necklace, replacing it with a fak ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A delightful, entertaining, humorous, witty, near perfectly plotted read. Bertie Wooster decides to grow a moustache. Jeeves disapproves. Bertie is accidentally engaged to Florence Craye. Stilton Cheesewright was engaged to Florence and is jealous of Bertie's interference, threatening to break Bertie's spine in five places. There are lots of awkward moments for Bertie, including Bertie being found in Florence's room at one o'clock in the morning and Bertie taking the wrong necklace from a house ...more
It was Bertie and Jeeves, so obviously I adored it, although a little bit less than the best of their adventures. And Jonathan Cecil was great as always.

Bertie's mustache; 2, then 3, then 4, then 5 places where Stilton wanted to break Bertie's spine; Anatol's dishes... - you couldn't help laughing.

And now try to read out loud: Theodore Oswaldtwistle, the thistle sifter, in sifting a sack of thistles thrust three thorns through the thick of his thumb. - I can't do it at normal pace and correctly.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Jeeves saves the day...again.
2018 - A book of your choice
Jeeves and Bertie are always delightful!
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Jeeves And Bertie that's all I need to say! ...more
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Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more than seventy years and continues to be widely read over 40 years after his death. Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse's main canvas remained that of prewar English upper-class so ...more

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