G Wodehouse s best It lacks the wit and fun that fill the pages in spades when both Bertie and Jeeves are doling out the words In this story, Bertie is left to fend for himself for the most part while his manservant is off on holiday Jeeves briefly pops his head in to comment on the proceeds, but that s about it.
Drawn again to Brinkley Court to partake in his aunt s French chef par excellence Anatole s cooking, Bertie soon finds himself embroiled in one ridiculous scheme after another, where the bog standard love triangle looks like an octagon The plot is a tad muddier than usual, as I don t feel Bertie has any great impetus pushing him on as is the case in other books If my review sounds very similar to the one for How Right You Are, Jeeves it s because they are the same book with different titles, one for America and one for Britain I guess Americans couldn t be trusted to understand what offing means.
I just love P.
G Wodehouse s stories It was a pity Jeeves wasn t really in this one but I already have 2 of these on my TBR pile, so yay
I am sure, somewhere PGW books are categorised under therapeutic books for stress This one is a gem that might make casual observers of your reading gain evidence that you are off your rockers Bertie is summoned by Aunt Dahlia to Brinkley while Jeeves is taking his off to judge beach side beauty pageants Before reaching, he also finds from the Times the paper , that he is engaged to Roberta Wickham, his personal nightmare and lover of his childhood friend Reggie Kipper Brinkley spells chaos what with suspected kleptomaniac playboys, loony doctors in disguise, whangee wielding retired headmasters upset of bad press and Step up Bertie, Bobbie and Kipper to bring disorder to the proceedings Jeeves has to break his offing to untangle the mess and save the Wooster name or less.
I reeled at some of the most insanely ingenious lines that pop out at you like ghosts out of fireplaces sample this There was the sort of silence which I believe cyclones drop into for a second or two before getting down to it and starting to give the populace the works.
A total Stress Buster What a breeze, this was a delightful read, maybe not the best of the Jeeves and Wooster books Do you no what It made me laugh and smile which is just the tonic needed after the debacle that was Murakamis The Wind up Turd Chronicle.
Nearly got that guff out of my system once I ve got through the letters of Mozart and a book by John Betjeman, this little trilogy of purging shall make oneself normal again As a fan, one strolls away from the later Jeeves Wooster novels with one s hands deep in one s pocket and a look across one s face which can only can be described as perturbed Okay, confused and troubled would also be good adjectives although troubled might be over stating things somewhat You see there are still a lot of incredibly good jokes in these latter Jeeves Wooster novels, there s a lot of laughter on the pages, one is never going to feel short changed on the comedy front Yet there s also an intangible and indescribable lack of something Quite how you would define this something is an issue which is beyond even the greatest minds, but the joie de vivre as our French cousins would say in one s heart upon reading the later Jeeves Wooster novels most definitely comes with a caveat and footnotes Undoubtedly this reluctance to fall to one s knees and praise the later Jeeves Wooster novels with every ounce of one s being is a quirk unique to those who ve read and enjoyed the earlier Jeeves Wooster novels One can find this reluctance worn like a scar on the soul of every single Wodehouse fan who has made their way right from the start of the saga to where one stands now with Jeeves in the Offing As for all the joy within its pages, all the times it will make one laugh out loud, one can t escape the truth that it simply isn t as good as what went before It lacks the spark and fizzle of the earlier Jeeves Wooster novels a quality wonderful and magical which existed within their pages, and which made them some of the funniest books ever to have been written in the English language, is sadly absent here That s not to say that Jeeves in the Offing is a bad novel It could still easily find its way into any list of the top two hundred comic novels ever written if not scraping into the premier one hundred and fifty , but compared to its predecessors, a magnificent something is just lacking Right Ho, Jeeves , Joy in the Morning and The Code of Woosters tower over it as the magnificent works that they are while Jeeves in the Offing , for all the amusement within its pages, doesn t have that spectacular sparkling something Not that one wants to give Jeeves in the Offing a bad review To misquote Mark Antony, one comes to praise Jeeves in the Offing , not to bury it This is a delightfully funny novel It is always a joy to meet up again with Bertie Wooster and his man Jeeves, a pleasure to accompany them on one of their, never uneventful, jaunts to Brinkley Court If one is already a fan, then the self needs girding as one needs to be aware that this is a book which will amuse greatly, but still leave one slightly unsatisfied and that is without a doubt a perturbing sensation However if one happens to be a neophyte, if one has never read any P.
G Wodehouse and has been told that Jeeves Wooster is the best place to start and is wondering which volume to begin with, then by all means feel free to open the account with this one This is a novel which will make any reader chuckle out loud, will beautifully introduce the uninitiated to Wodehouse s brand of English silliness and to two of the greatest comic characters in the English language One will have a glorious time reading this novel and will also have the hugely pleasurable sensation of realising that there exist other novels in this series which for all the hilarity within the pages of Jeeves in the Offing contain that indefinable something which makes them some of the most magical pieces of fiction ever written.
One of those books in the Jeeves series in which young, bounding Bertie has to fend for himself, since Jeeves is off on vacation The plot borrows several elements from previous Jeeves books, but is unputdownable all the same due to the usual comic Woosterisms, the highlight being his comic befriending of the loony doctor of old, Roderick Glossop.
Yet another delight.
This one needs you to have read a few of the others in this series or at least, I think it is better if you know some of the other characters and the sorts of solutions that are offered in other books to resolve the types of problems Bertie s friends are likely to find themselves in before you read this one.
It is wonderful to watch Wodehouse set up situations and then to deny or is it defy our expectations repeatedly This one refers to mystery novels quite frequently and I think one of the things you can say about Wodehouse is that his plotting is as tight as the best mystery novel As I said, I wouldn t start with this one, but it is a must read if you are trawling your way through the archives of Bertie Wooster.
Again, all I can say is that it is utterly breathtaking watching a master story teller at work If I didn t know better I would say it must be incredibly easy to write a book like this Everything seems so effortless.
Art loves to hide.
A Bertie And Jeeves Classic, Featuring A Cow Creamer, The Redheaded Miss Wickham, And The Formidable Schoolmaster Aubrey Upjohn Jeeves Is Infallible Jeeves Is Indispensable Unfortunately, In How Right You Are, Jeeves, He Is Also In Absentia In This Wonderful Slice Of Woosterian Mayhem, Bertie Has Sent That Prince Among Gentlemen S Gentlemen Off On His Annual Vacation Soon, Drowning Dachshunds, Broken Engagements, And Inextricable Complications Lead To The Only Possible Conclusion We Must Put Our Trust In A Higher Power Go And Fetch Jeeves Another great farce Twists and turns with Wooster reading he is engaged and his friend Kipper trying to marry the lovely vermillion head who gets him in an entanglement Funny throughout with his aunt, cow creamer and his old school master from the past Thankfully Jeeves solves all their problems albeit Bertie ending up looking like a loon.