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P. G. Wodehouse documented the lives of the inimitable Jeeves and Wooster for nearly 60 years, from their first appearance, in 1915, ("Extricating Young Gussie") to his final completed novel (Aunts Aren't Gentlemen), in 1974. These two were the finest creations of a novelist widely proclaimed to be the finest comic English writer by critics and fans alike. Now, 40 years later, Bertie and Jeeves return in a hilarious affair of mix-ups and mishaps.
With the approval of the Wodehouse estate, acclaimed novelist Sebastian Faulks brings these two back to life for their legion of fans. Bertie, nursing a bit of heartbreak over the recent engagement of one Georgina Meadowes to someone not named Wooster, agrees to "help" his old friend Peregrine "Woody" Beeching, whose own romance is foundering. That this means an outing to Dorset, away from an impending visit from Aunt Agatha, is merely an extra benefit. Almost immediately, things go awry and the simple plan quickly becomes complicated. Jeeves ends up impersonating one Lord Etringham, while Bertie pretends to be Jeeves' manservant "Wilberforce," - and this all happens under the same roof as the now affianced Ms. Meadowes.
From there the plot becomes even more hilarious and convoluted, in a brilliantly conceived, seamlessly written comic work worthy of the master himself.
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By DCinMI on 11-06-13
I've read every Wodehouse book I could get my hands on, and he's definitely one of my top ten authors of all time. It must have been a scary proposition for someone to attempt to continue his work, but I'm very glad that Mr. Faulks did so.
I think it would be hard to get any closer than this to the "real thing." It's obvious this author knows his Wodehouse. The humor, mannerisms, and style of speech are definitely faithful to the Wodehouse tradition. I hope that he will continue the series, as I'd like to see what happens with this new direction he's taken with Bertie and Jeeves. (I'd also like to see the author tackle another of my favorite Wodehouse characters--Psmith.)
They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. I think P.G.W. would be very flattered by this novel.
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By Kathi on 02-02-14
A Funny Book
I liked this book very much--but it was not exactly what I was unconsciously hoping for. I think after hearing Wodehouse read by Jonathan Cecil (Audible) and played so outrageously comically by Hugh Laurie & Stephen Fry (TV), I was hoping for something that approximated what I had in memory.
That was my big mistake. This book is very good--it is quite clever, and fun to listen to. However, I initially wanted it to be what it wasn't. When I stopped that--and listened to it on it's own merits, I found it to be delightful. Suggest you do not try too hard to make it into the next sequel to either past book-on-tape narration or tv characters, but allow this book to be itself.
Sebastian Faulks has done a very good job of carrying on in the tradition of Wodehouse--not an easy task at all. This is a fine and fun book to listen to, and would be even more fun (I think) for someone whose memory was less engrained with other voices for the characters. I think Wodehouse himself would approve of Faulks continuation of his characters and style. It is all very well done. I really do recommend this book--it's a fun listen, and hopefully the listener will approach it from the beginning for the pleasure it will bring as it is (without expecting voices that have spoken for Jeeves and Wooster in the past).
Do try this--it's a lot of fun. Just as the original Wodehouse books are! The narration is also very good--just not what I was previously used to.
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