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Ring for Jeeves

(Jeeves #10)

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Ring for Jeeves features one of Wodehouse's best-known characters, Jeeves. It is the only Jeeves novel in which his employer, Bertie Wooster, does not appear (though he is mentioned). Wodehouse adapted the story from a play, Come On, Jeeves, that he had written with his lifelong friend and collaborator Guy Bolton.

The story opens with Jeeves's employer, Bertie Wooster, havi
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Published April 12th 2004 by Harry N. Abrams (first published April 22nd 1953)
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Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor
Bertie Wooster had been sent (or had volunteered - this is unclear) to a school where idle British aristocracy was taught to take care of themselves; in particular the art of mending the socks was mentioned. Speaking about which this class would benefit lots of modern people who never had any trace of British aristocracy in their blood.
Mending the socks

Coming back to the subject, not to remain idle Jeeves offered his services to Bill Rowcester who was broke. His only hope of ever getting any money was to sell h
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017

“We’re in the soup, Jeeves.”
“Certainly a somewhat sharp crisis in our affairs would appear to have been precipitated, m’lord.”

The familiar refrain comes with an unexpected twist in this tenth episode of the series : one of the principals is missing, Bertie Wooster having been sent back to school and his place in the soup given to William ‘Billiken’ Egerton Bamfylde Ossingham Belfry, the ninth Earl of Rowcester. The particular trouble alluded to in my opening quote is also somehow familia
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book did genuinely surprise me, as – despite what I thought – I had read it already. I told myself I’d missed out on ‘Ring for Jeeves’, the sole Jeeves novel without Bertie Wooster, as a Jeeves novel without Bertie Wooster just seemed to me unspeakably strange. However, despite my professed ignorance, on turning the pages I found it all came back to me. Clearly I had read ‘Ring For Jeeves’ before, then equally clearly I had blocked the whole experience from my mind. As this really is not a ...more
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ring for Jeeves - Excellent humor though a bit adventerous for the usual Jeeves. For starters Jeeves in the service of Bill Rowcester while Bertie is away in preparatory school for life in world of declining aristocracy.

Bill Rowcester comes a close second to Bertie however and even brings on an additional audacity and the dimension of dire financial straits. Billiken and Jeeves have to masquerade as Bookies to make ends meet so that Bill can marry the normal daughter of local constable Jill. Th
Was a hilarious journey with Bill, the impoverished Lord of the Abbey, his fiancee Jill, a veterinarian, Jeeves, who has taken residence as his butler as Bertie is out at a school which teaches self-sufficiency. Monica aka Moke, Bill's sister, and Rory her bumbling husband, are also in residence. Enters, Rosie aka Mrs. Pottsworth, the rich lady who amassed wealth of her dead husbands, and Captain Bigger, the hunter of large wild animals, who is secretly in love with her. Mix with this , a pendan ...more
Ian Wood
Mar 24, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
Rather than be a Jeeves and Wooster novel ‘Ring for Jeeves’ is an adaption of a P G Wodehouse musical play of the same name. The decision to use Jeeves was no doubt a commercial decision to trade on this great name to bring them flocking to the theatre. This makes for an unfortunate book in the series for three very good reasons.

Firstly in order for the correct ending in a musical comedy the leads must fall in love and marry, consequently Bertie cannot be the lead male as he cannot marry as thi
Jason Koivu
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: wodehouses, fiction
I'd have to rank this as my least favorite Jeeves & Wooster book. Probably because there's no Wooster in it. There's plenty of Jeeves, more so than any of the others in the series that I can remember, but that's not necessarily a good thing. Jeeves is relatively wordy here and it doesn't seem right. He's out of character at times. More problematic than that is the cast. I don't know or care about these characters. They remind me of the flighty, daffy sort of Wodehouse's earlier writing. And fina ...more
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Jeeves and Wooster without bonehead Bertie doesn't bare thinking about. Not bad, just needs that ZING! that one gets when the duo are together. Nevermind, Jeeves is still as cool and calm as ever.

Made me snarf an' snort a few time so thats not so bad.

"Bugger this Jeeves I'm off to the Drones to get wasted with the chaps until I'm so drunk I do the left handed snakedance."

"Indeed sir."

Now that's one I would love to see in the books.
Nandakishore Varma
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
A rare Jeeves, without Bertie. Bertie here, has "loaned" him to William "Bill" Rowcester, an earl who is (as usual in Wodehouse novels) totally impoverished and trying to sell his ancestral home. It involves ghosts and ghost-enthusiasts, too. ...more
Aug 04, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
my idol has feet of clay aka p.g. wodehouse sometimes writes duds

hate to say it but i really felt as i read this entry in the jeeves series that it was just cranked out to get the author a few bob. i had thought previously that jeeves without wooster might be palatable but the two characters really do seem to need each other to strike sparks, even though jeeves is given a similar drones club member to serve here albeit one less rolling "in the stuff" than bertie. somehow jeeves comes off as dull
Maggie M
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the most scathing review I'll ever write about Wodehouse. I borrowed this book from a friend as I was heading out to the train. It was a long ride; I was desperate for something to read and I never turn down Wodehouse.

The description on the back had the main character listed as "the ninth earl of Towcester (pronounced Toaster)..." but the main character was actually the early of Rowcester (pronounced Rooster). The book just got weirder from there.

Jeeves, that proper and stalwart
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
- PG Wodehouse.

There was a thread the other day in which someone had asked for recommendations in the Comedy genre. Other than comics(graphic novels), I had not ventured into this genre till now. Just read through the recommendations and PG Wodehouse seemed like a very popular choice and I remembered someone telling to start with his most legendary character - Jeeves.
After that, I forgot about this thread for a while. Then, I was going though my father's old collections and Voi
I spent most of this book missing Bertie Wooster, who's only mentioned a few times in passing. The set-up here is the same as with Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories. It's set in the 50s, with Jeeves returning as a temporary butler for, I want to say, Lord Bill Towesceter (pronounced toaster.) Bill is Bertie-like in that he's gotten himself entangled in a scheme to make some extra money before marrying the Chief Constable's daughter and Jeeves is there to help him out of it. Though Bill isn' ...more
Todd Martin
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
I hope I don’t give away too much of the plot when I say that Ring for Jeeves consists of a cast of bumbling characters getting themselves into a comic cluster-f*ck that only Jeeves can extricate them from. Though perhaps that comes as no surprise.

What is a surprise is the tone of the novel. I think what most people find endearing about Wodehouse stories is the light-hearted innocence that permeates his books. There are convoluted muddles and unpleasant characters, but all are drawn for comic ef
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The brilliant thing about Bertie Wooster is that everything is enjoyable to read when narrated through his eyes. I was horrified to open this book to a third-person narration, and then to realize that Wooster wasn't in the book at all. Even worse, Jeeves was not at all himself: far from being above reproach, he was absolutely unscrupulous, unnaturally chatty, and very short-sighted (if Wooster had left an incriminating costume in a chest, Jeeves would have removed it to safety instanter). I coul ...more
Ring for Jeeves features Jeeves without Wooster: Bertie is away and has temporarily loaned Jeeves to Bill Belfry, earl of Rowcester. Bill and Jeeves get into trouble while working as bookies to raise cash for Bill, who's engaged and needs money; hijinks ensue at Bill's country house. I really, really missed Bertie's first-person narration, and Jeeves seemed at a loss far more often than he ought; the plot was entertaining, but not enough to keep me from longing for the usual Jeeves and Wooster t ...more
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A complete oddity. A Jeeves and Wooster book without Bertie Wooster. Instead Jeeves is working for Bill Rowcester (name not that far removed!) who essentially is Bertie without any qualms about getting married; he's also less morally scrupulous. That said the chemistry just isn't the same and bits of the book seem very laboured. What also doesn't help is that Bertie's voice is missing in the narration - instead a third person narrative is employed which jars after reading the others. An interest ...more
From TIA:
An all-star cast brings P.G. Wodehouse's supremely funny 1950s horse-racing novel to galloping life. Jeeves, on loan to young Lord Rowcester (Bill), devises a plan to assist his impoverished new master sell his crumbling pile to a wealthy American widow. But will she buy it?

There's also White Hunter Captain Biggar on the trail of a bookie and his clerk who conned him at Epsom races. Who are they? Could they in fact be Bill and Jeeves? Will the captain unmask them? Will Jeeves and his gi
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Wodehouse is the greatest comic writer ever.” –Douglas Adams

Who am I to disagree with Douglas Adams? There have been very few dark days in my life which could not be brightened by reading P.G. Wodehouse. Would the Trumpocalypse be the exception? I'm glad to report that Wodehouse managed to cheer me up, even on a day when the real world felt like a bad joke.

Adapted from a 1954 stage play into a rather rambling novel, "Ring for Jeeves" is acknowledge to be one of the weaker Jeeves stories, and th
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Sadly, I have to report that this is a very poor Wodehouse. I realised before the end that this was one of those books that was based on a play. I also assumed that it wasn't originally about Jeeves, but it seems that I was wrong. However, the Jeeves of this book does things that he would never do in any of the other books: fleeing as a bookie's runner, organising thefts for money (rather than to appease Aunt Dahlia) and failing to solve any of the issues raised by the plot. The happy ending occ ...more
May 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: humour
I must say that I was somewhat disappointed with this novel. For a Jeeves and Wooster book it was missing a very important element – Wooster. Bertie is mentioned a few times but remains off the page, with Jeeves temporarily ensconced with Lord Rowcester of Rowcester Abbey and his attempts to make enough money to marry his love, with the usual Wodehousian mishaps.

The humour in this book felt a little forced to me. For a start it is set in the 1950s, and talk of the War, the atom bomb and the Soci
Nov 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
In this unusual Bertie & Jeeves adventure, the pair is split up. Jeeves works for Bill, the Earl of Towcester. Bill faces a steep gambling debt to a murderous ex-Army Captain (one of those types with red faces and a small bristly mustache), a rift with his intended Jill, and a crumbling estate he wants to sell. Jeeves, of course, sets it all right in the end.

As usual, Wodehouse’s comic timing is sharp, even if some plot points take a bit long to resolve themselves, and the rapid dialogue is pure
Ring for Jeeves is the only Jeeves novel without good old Wooster; it feels lacking, and not just because Bertie isn't there. The characters and plot just aren't the winged things that Wodehouse usually unleashes across the pages, though moments of wit (it couldn't be otherwise) do keep one reading at a respectable pace. ...more
John Frankham
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humorous-fiction
Probably the least good of the Jeeves and Wooster series. The last, and without Wooster! Still good fun, but not in 'mid-season form'!

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'Ring for Jeeves features one of Wodehouse's best-known characters, Jeeves. It is the only Jeeves novel in which his employer, Bertie Wooster, does not appear (though he is mentioned). Wodehouse adapted the story from a play, Come On, Jeeves, that he had written with his lifelong friend and collaborator Guy Bolton.

The story opens with Jeeves's employe
Alistair Chalmers
This is the first fiction book I have read in a very long time, so don't take this review too seriously.

I was told that this book is a bit of a silly one, and it lived up to that expectation. This also happens to be the first book of Wodehouse that I've read. I liked that the book draws you into the minute details of everything, seemingly insignificant things are brought to life with colourful language and the slang of the day.

As an Earl, pretending to be a bookie, turns into a bandit and toge
Iain M Rodgers
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
The publisher should withdraw this book. It completely ruins the image of Jeeves. Instead of being subtle and clever, he is long winded and pedantic. His solutions to some problems, instead of being neat and ingenious are crude and stupid.

There are one or two amusing moments but the whole atmosphere is different.

If the name Jeeves was changed to something else and Bertie similarly swapped out it would at least protect those characters from damage.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, ebook
An interesting entry in the Jeeves series in that Bertie Wooster is absent - he has lent Jeeves to Bill, the ninth Earl of Rowcester (pronounced Roaster).
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-reading
Wodehouse is always good for a quick, hilarious read. The silliness of the protagonist (In this book it's Bill and not Bertie) is balanced nicely with the unflappability of Jeeves. I have to admit, I can stomach this level of inanity in only about one out of 100 of the books I read, so Wodehouse is not a regular on my reading diet. Still, I love his apt and quirky descriptions:

"William, ninth Earl of Rowcester, though intensely amiable and beloved by all who knew him, was far from being a menta
I was sure I would not have enjoyed it like other parts of the series (without Bertie? no way!). I was wrong.

Yes, I missed Bertie very much, but there was Rory, Captain Biggar, Bill. Of course, like always, female characters were also important for the story and enjoyment.

By the way, the idea of Bertie going to a school that teaches the aristocracy to fend for itself - priceless.

I can understand why some readers didn't like it as much as other parts of the series but I have found here something
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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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