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Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit (Jeeves #11)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  4,901 Ratings  ·  287 Reviews
A Jeeves and Wooster novel

The beefy 'Stilton' Cheesewright has drawn Bertie Wooster as red-hot favourite in the Drones club annual darts tournament - which is lucky for Bertie because otherwise Stilton would have beaten him to a pulp and buttered the lawn with him. Stilton does not, after all like men who he thinks are trifling with his fiancée's affections.

Meanwhile Berti
Paperback, 231 pages
Published August 7th 2008 by Arrow (first published October 15th 1954)
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Jason Koivu
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, humour
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
Nandakishore Varma
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"'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.
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
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Perry Whitford
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny things, mustaches. Whilst Jeeves presents a decidedly cold shoulder to Berties' newly grown facial furniture, novelist and ex-flame Florence Craye is rather taken by it.

Not so her current fiance, the hulking, pumpkin-headed G.D'arcy 'Stilton' Cheesewright, 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. Percy, as well as sporting an offensive set
Mar 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
The weedy butterfly gets saved by the Butler!
Ian Wood
Mar 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
By 1954 PG Wodehouse had two things to apologise to his public for, firstly his previous novel, Ring for Jeeves and secondly his unfortunate broadcasts made during his internment by the Nazis.

That he should produce a Jeeves and Wooster novel so soon after ‘Ring for Jeeves’ made for an acceptable contrition of his ill judged musical cash in, that it contained Roderick Spode his very ill judged ‘satire’ of Oswald Mosley. That Wodehouse could make jokes about the Blackshirts with the same lightness
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1982-to-1989, humour
I will use this "review" for all the P. G. Wodehouse I have read. I read them all so long ago and enjoyed them so much that I have given them all 5 stars. As I re-read them I will adjust the stars accordingly, if necessary, and add a proper review.
When I first discovered P. G. Wodehouse I devoured every book I could find in the local library, throughout the eighties and early nineties. Alas, this means that I have read most of them and stumbling across one I have not read is a rare thing. I'm su
Tim Hicks
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
Gosh, folks, with some of the plot "summaries" here it's hardly necessary to read the book. How about letting us discover what happens for ourselves?

But one doesn't read a J&W for the plot. It's the language, which is as wonderful as always. The plot is full of twists, but we expect them so we can't call them surprises.

Jeeves is quite disappointing here, since he relies repeatedly on the knowledge available from his fellow butlers. I did like the use of his "specials."

We can only admire ho
Jul 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Selva Subramanian
Hilarious! Typical PGW!
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Any novel that begins this way is sure to be a fun read: "As I sat in the bath-tub, soaping a meditative foot and singing, if I remember correctly, 'Pale Hands I Loved Beside the Shalimar', it would be deceiving my public to say that I was feeling boomps-a-daisy."
If you like books where people say “Ho!” and “Ha!” and even “What Ho!” a lot then I reckon you should try the adventures of the hapless man-about-town Bertie Wooster and his unflappable butler, Jeeves.

This is not my favourite Jeeves book so far but still very enjoyable. Bertie Wooster is interrupted in his reading of a thrilling new novel “The Mystery of the Pink Crayfish” by Rex West (I wish someone would write this novel) to attend to the problems of his Aunt Dahlia, who is trying to sell her
Apr 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been working my way through ALL that Wodehouse wrote (70 some books for a start) and am nearly there. I just picked one to add here. With the exception of some of his very first writing, before he got into the swing of his style, they are ALL absolutely wonderful. There's satire, but its never mean spirited. They are funny as hell, but not trashy. Above all, Wodehouse really loved humanity and you can feel that in his writing- you come away from his stuff feeling, as he was fond of quotin ...more
Aug 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Wodehouse. He's my guilty pleasure. My beach reading. This novel fell a bit short of my expectations. Usually, Wodehouse leaves me with tears in my house. I guffaw at inopportune moments, implore my wife to drop what she is doing to listen to some outrageous dialogue, and reread hilarious passages. Not this time. Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit is entertaining, but it is not laugh out loud funny. The set up seems a little tired and Jeeves is trotted out only when a problem must be solved. Th ...more
Elizabeth Mallory
My favorite of Wodehouse are his novels Hot Water and The Girl in Blue, but Jeeves and Wooster hold a special place in my heart. This story was replete in its Wooster fumbles, lovable Aunt Dahlia moments, and general hilarity and chaos. Plus it spawned a new family joke:

...she said, stiffly.
...he said, stiffly.
...she said, stiffly.
...he said, stiffly.
I don't know when I've known a bigger night for stiff speakers.
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extraordinary. As always. Not a single comma to be changed.

The first person narrative (Bertie) is as always the best point of it all, when getting hands on a Jeeves-Wooster novel.

As usual, I do not try to analyse the book. Wodehouse is well beyond our human nature to be analysed. You just have to sit down, relax and enjoy the extremely fun and pleasure that just happens to jump from his books.
Jan 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love Jeeves and Wooster, but I'm not sure I have anything very insightful to say about them. It's all here in this installment -- lethal cocktails, predatory females, exasperated aunts, and scrape after scrape narrowly averted by the ever-resourceful Jeeves.

I'm sure that life among the between-the-wars moneyed types wasn't actually much like this ... but isn't it nice to imagine that it was?
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't think of any other book that has shown me as good a time as this one has. An absolute non-hipsterish pleasure. I'll probably have to go off and read all the rest of them now.
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Q- is there ever a time when Wodehouse is not an absolute pleasure?
A- No. Never.

Remarkable. Splendid. Absolute Pleasure. Laugh riot. As ALWAYS. LOVE the work of P.G Wodehouse.
Susan in NC
Apr 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always a delight, I turned once again to a favorite reread in this terrifying time of election nastiness- long live Jeeves and Wooster! I may write in Jeeves, actually...
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This may well be my favorite Wodehouse. :)
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jeeves fixes everything. EVERYTHING.
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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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