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Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

(Jeeves #16)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  3,300 ratings  ·  733 reviews
Bertie Wooster (a young man about town) and his butler Jeeves (the very model of the modern manservant)—return in their first new novel in nearly forty years: Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks.

P.G. Wodehouse documented the lives of the inimitable Jeeves and Wooster for nearly sixty years, from their first appearance in 1915 ("Extricating Young Gussie"
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Hardcover, 243 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by St. Martin's Press
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Leah
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-to-me, 2013, humour
Spot on, Faulks, old chap! Simply spiffing!

Those of you who kindly read my reviews on a regular basis will know that the thing that is most likely to make me spit, splutter and curse is someone messing with an author I love. And yet somehow, I can’t seem to resist. So when I heard that Sebastian Faulks was about to publish a new Jeeves book, I knew I had to read it as soon as it came out – and polished up both my spittoon and my curses in preparation…

‘And what was his attitude towards/>
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James Beech
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Mechanically, Faulks does a very good job of capturing Wodehouse's style. He pulls from the same eclectic lexicon of british slang and biblical allusion. He writes his sentences with the same ponderous grace. His humor relies on the same sort of witty, situational comedy.

However, Faulks also makes several choices that are at odds with the traditions of the Jeeves and Wooster novels. For one thing, he makes direct references to World War I, which Wodehouse would never do. He also disc
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Richard Derus
Rating: 3.9* of five

I am so very happy to be back in the Woosterverse! Sebastian Faulks, of august reputation and titanic talent, is here shown at his wittiest best and his most playful.

As always, I'm unwilling to post a review or give a star rating that a site which censors its users' reviews can then monetize. My review is at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud. The novel's not perfect, but it's as welcome as spring rain and a wonderful gift idea for anyone you know who might need t
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Jon
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
I feel like a curmudgeon giving only two stars to this homage. I admire Faulks a great deal, but I think this attempted copy was a mistake. Many other Wodehouse fans on Goodreads disagree with me. They were able to overlook all the little irritations and appreciate the fun; I was so irritated by the little irritations that I gave up after about 15 pages. The essence of Wodehouse is his apparently effortless, whimsical style; but here it seemed as if Faulks was working very hard and not quite getting ...more
Gaby
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was raised in a family of staunch Wodehouse fans and have a deep affection for Jeeves and Bertie Wooster. When I learned that a new Jeeves novel was coming out, authorized by the Wodehouse estate, I signed up to read it immediately. I worried that it wouldn't have the same flavor as Wodehouse's earlier novels.

In this new adventure, Jeeves and the Wedding Bells, we have Sebastian Faulks' homage to the original. We find the same level of absurd twists that characterize Bertie Wooster
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Spiros
Sep 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: fans of well-wrought (modern Dutch) curios
Shelves: arc
A nice try, but not quite the article. Aside from a certain (inevitable) tone-deafness in trying to replicate Bertie's inimitable narrative voice, this story lacks the Master's genius for plotting. Also jarring were a very un-Wodehousian setting of the story in a very specific time (the 1926 General strike) and reference to Georgiana's parents dying on the Titanic (Bertie normally would have said something along the lines of "handed in their dinner pails"). I wonder why, if he wanted to produce ...more
Isa Lavinia


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I was so incredibly happy to have been approved to review this title! P.G. Wodehouse is my absolutely favourite author and I do not allow a year to go by without rereading a few of his works, they really brighten up your day.

Faulks, in an author's note, made clear that he, "didn’t want to write too close an imitation of that distinctive music for fear of sounding flat or sharp." In my opinion this was a mistake.
It's absolutely jarring to read these beloved characters sounding as not quite t"didn’t
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Anna
Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Anna by: npl
Shelves: humoresque, britmania
Some hits, some misses; but I will accept it at face value as an homage -- if it points someone in the direction of the real deal, it will have served its purpose.

I would however like to read one of Faulks' original stories.
Tom Mathews
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
It may lack some of the Wodehouse zing but it is a creditable pastiche. B+ for effort.
Lauren Stoolfire
Sebastian Faulks does an excellent job capturing Wodehouse's tone and it was brilliant to see both Jeeves and Wooster back on the scene in top form!

Bertie is a very generous soul willing to do practically anything to help out his friends, but he doesn't quite have it all when it comes to the brains department. It's a good thing he has Jeeves to back him up! Here he tries his best to help both Georgiana Meadows and "Woody" Beeching out in love - they're not a couple but are in two separate relationships. We
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Ian
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What ho, Good Readers!
I hadn't ventured far into this jolly tome before wondering if dear old Plum had checked out of death's dark vale for long enough to rattle off a sporting yarn before heading off for his daily helping of nectar and ambrosia, or whatever they dish up at the better class of celestial watering hole.
It turns out that some imposter must have been pretending to be Plum but got rumbled (probably due to laying on the literary allusions thick enough to have me crying 'Ho
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Chris
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was raised on P.G. Wodehouse. My mother loved him--to the point we often read Jeeves stories to one another aloud to raise our spirits. Sebastian Faulks is one of my favorite authors. But I never, ever would have thought of putting the two together.
Mr. Faulks, you have done Sir Plum proud.
At the beginning of the book Faulks makes clear that he's trying to pay homage to Wodehouse and not just "copying" him. He also notes that he was invited by Wodehouse's family to write this book in hopes of
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Helle
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, english
This is Sebastian Faulks’s modern take on Jeeves and Wooster, as approved by the Jeeves and Wooster Estate. I was moved already in the foreword (sheesh!) where Faulks says that he has written this as a tribute to P.G. Wodehouse; he is, in his own words, not an expert in things Wodehouseian, but a fan.

It was light entertainment in the Wodehouse spirit, and I recognized many references to words, characters, slip-ups etc. from the originals, but I suspect I missed as many as I haven’t read them al
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Lori
Faulks writes in the introduction to this book that it is intended to be a homage to Wodehouse, and his love for Plum and his characters shines through. He imitates the narrative style of the originals very well and the dialogue between Jeeves and Wooster is done particularly nicely. I liked the way that Faulks refers back to incidents and characters of earlier Wodehouse stories. For me, the 'action' scenes (e.g. Bertie spilling the pudding over Dame Judith) lacked punch and spark - Faulks' does ...more
John
I felt the plot and dialogue were fairly true to the original books, and perhaps a bit easier to follow as they were a tad less slapstick; although, there's a cricket-based subplot in the middle that caused to story to drag a bit. Not mentioned often in reviews, but I wasn't thrilled with the ending - saying much more would be a spoiler, but it doesn't fit with the series at all IMHO.
Narration is a terrific fit!
Nigeyb
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sebastian Faulks, in the book's introduction, describes this book as a tribute by a fan and not an imitation.

For my money, and as an avid P.G. Wodehouse fan, I'd say Jeeves and the Wedding Bells is every bit as good as the real thing. Sebastian Faulks is to be congratulated for pulling off the perfect homage.

I smiled, chuckled and on a couple of occasions guffawed, through this charming Jeeves and Wooster story.

P.G. Wodehouse would have approved I'm sure. Jeeves and the Wedding Bells reminds me how much I love the work of P.G. Wodehouse and inspir
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Ronna
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Though I've never really found that authors can truly "Do" another author, I found that Faulks did a grand job in his ode to P G Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster. I'm a big fan of the books and the BBC TV shows based on these novels, so I was thrilled to see the upcoming release of this book. Getting an advanced copy to read and review was a special added treat, and it did not disappoint.

Bertie and Jeeves are at it again, off to save the day, causing more confusion than solutions but g
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Michael Kerr
Wodehouse has widely been quoted as describing his novels as "musical comedies without the music." Faulks manages to capture this tone and sustain it throughout this novel. If you liked the originals, you'll sail through Jeeves and the Wedding Bells.

Bertie Wooster's voice is spot on, though Jeeves sometimes sounds a bit more like Stephen Fry's version than the Wodehouse original. In one marked departure from Wodehouse's usual reality-avoidance, we discover that Jeeves had a distant relative - a crick
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Kwoomac
While this wasn't written by Wodehouse, it was a lot of fun being reunited with Bertie and Jeeves. It's like a restaurant bringing back your favorite meal. You had adjusted to it not being an option anymore but still missed it. And now, here it is, another taste of Bertie and Jeeves. Bertie was spot on. Spot on! Not as happy with Jeeves. I felt like he was a little over written, more of a caricature. He said something in French on every page. I went and read a couple of actual Wodehouse stories ...more
Wart Hill
That was super fun. Very Jeeves & Wooster-y

And if they ever decide to make a new Jeeves and Wooster TV show, Julian Rhind-Tutt needs to be Bertie. Seriously.
Anushree
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me unimaginably happy. It's almost like the hand of Plum itself had put these words to paper. Thank you, Uncle Sebastian. :')
Trisha
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wish I could remember the first time I picked up one of P.G. Wodehouse’s hilarious books but I’ve been a fan ever since and usually try to read something of his every year. Like many people my favorite characters from his vast collection are the clueless Bertie Wooster and his ever faithful and impeccably erudite gentleman’s gentleman, Jeeves.

Unfortunately Wodehouse died in 1975, and I had assumed that Jeeves and Wooster had met their demise as well. But I was wrong. Thanks to Seba
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Madhulika Liddle
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Disclaimer: My rating of this book has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that a ‘bone-lazy shirker’ of an ex-footman in it is called Liddle!

To get on to the plot itself. Bertie Wooster, on a holiday in the south of France, meets the gorgeous Georgiana and is pretty much in love when the damsel drops a bombshell: she is the ward of her uncle, who is in such dire financial straits that for the family to keep its estates (and one assumes dignity) intact, it is essential that either she, Georgiana, o
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Aidan
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a dedicated Wodehouse fan, I approached this work with some trepidation. It is, after all, a fanfiction, and fanfictions are 99% terrible.

So I was pretty surprised that Faulks manages to imitate Wodehouse's tone, and Bertie's interior monologue. That's a very unique character, with a lot of quirks and eccentricities, and I imagine it was very difficult to work in so many allusions to other stories.

There were two things that almost reduced this to four stars, however. F
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Nancy
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bertie and Jeeves are Back

Woody, one of Bertie's pals is in trouble. Amelia, the girl he loves, doesn't want anything to do with him because she thinks he's been flirting with other girls. Her father feels the same way because he doesn't have enough money. Bertie and Jeeves to the rescue. They connive to become members of the house party at Amelia's family estate. The estate is in financial difficulties and Amelia's father is looking for a good marriage either for Amelia or her cousi
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Emily
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wonderful homage to one of my all-time favorite authors, P.G. Wodehouse. This book made me smile a lot. (view spoiler)

I didn't giggle and guffaw as much as I do when I read Wodehouse (I once had a coworker sit through a lunch hour of my doing this before asking if she co
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Stephen
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it
When Ian Fleming died in 1964, his estate commissioned a series of authors to write new James Bond novels: Kingsley Amis, John Gardner, Raymond Benson (an American) and Sebastian Faulks ("Devil May Care" in 2008). Faulks' Bond is among the best of the lot. He already had a number of non-imitative novels to his credit. In 2013, Faulks was chosen by the estate of P.G. Wodehouse to write a new Jeeves and Wooster novel. I don't know which assignment should have struck more fear in his breast. The ar ...more
Cora
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was so much fun. I thought it was a very affectionate and witty homage to a comic master. It had all the usual ingredients: the country house setting with shenanigans in the gardens and on the rooftops, the horrific middle-aged battle-ax females, the lovely dewy-eyed young misses, the strong young men with ridiculous nicknames (Stinker, Boko, etc.) the inevitable sartorial mistake that Bertie insists on wearing despite Jeeves' deep disapproval (which gets shed at the end to Jeeves' great re ...more
Bettie
Mar 13, 2014 marked it as to-read
Description: When I read comic books I cannot help noticing that no modern author can ever make me laugh as much or make me feel as good as I do when Im reading a P.G.Wodehouse. The fact is that modern humor has come a long way since the time Wodehouse began his work. Mainly because the public becomes more and more open minded, enabling therefore authors to tackle once taboo subjects such as sex, violence, drugs, dirty words etc. with much ease, making their work therefore more colorful and grab ...more
Brenda
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The author does a good Jeeves and Wooster story that provides, as he puts it in the intro, "What I therefore tried to do was give people who haven't read the Jeeves books a sense of what they sound like; while for those who know them well I tried to provide a nostalgic variation - in which a memory of the real thing provides the tune and these pages perhaps a line of harmony." I laughed out loud several times. I love the funny way Woodhouse often phrased things, and Faulks gav ...more
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Sebastian Faulks was born in 1953, and grew up in Newbury, the son of a judge and a repertory actress. He attended Wellington College and studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, although he didn’t enjoy attending either institution. Cambridge in the 70s was still quite male-dominated, and he says that you had to cycle about 5 miles to meet a girl. He was the first literary editor of “The Independe ...more

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