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Bertram Bertie Wooster is part of the English idle rich, don t you wish you were too Set during the bleak Great Depression of the 1930 s, these dark aspects are unseen by the clueless gentleman that strangely gives it charm Most of his friends are members of the notorious Drones Club in London and hardly notice the bad economic conditions either, such a bunch of nincompoops the world would be hard to find any He has a valet Jeeves, much smarter than his boss and for that matter his friends That comes in handy, as Jeeves is always getting them out of trouble, with small assistance from his employer The big mystery is why such an obvious genius remains, I know times are tough yet with the constant harassment and never ending turmoil but maybe this will change The often engaged but never married Bertie, finally drives poor Jeeves out, by Wooster s incessant banjo playing excruciating caterwauling which would raise the dead even butlers have limits Leaving the noisy city and going to live in a quiet country cottage by the sea, where there are no neighbors to complain about, shall we say Bertie s not a very expert performer, being kind The silly Lord Chuffy Chuffnell the landlord and one of Wooster s numerous Oxford friends, needs help, plenty of it Miss Pauline Stoker , Bertie s ex fiancee for two days and new love of Chuffy s , the lord doesn t know about their past peccadilloes and Bertie can keep a secret, is visiting here, yes trouble will commence shortly Her wealthy American father has brought his little yacht, to keep an eye on the pretty but fickle athletic daughter , Jeeves new employer is you guessed it Lord Chuffnell The fun begins with the eccentric Bertie the poor are called crazy and his new mysterious valet Brinkley, cause the local police the two of them , many headaches migraines if truth be told The forever calm Jeeves will have to use all his wisdom to eliminate the misunderstandings , for a hopeful, proper and acceptable ending This is England.
A delightful amusing romp into the mythical lives of the very well to do, there adventures, problems and mishaps admittedly not serious, compared to us, still quite entertaining as written by the incomparable Mr excuse me, Sir P.
G Pelham Grenville Wodehouse even his name brings a smile to the reader.
Jeeves and Wooster break up after Jeeves lays down an ultimatum and Bertie chooses his banjolele over his manservant Hilarity ensues.
The 2011 2012 re readAfter Jeeves and Wooster have a spat over a banjolele, Jeeves leaves Wooster for Lord Chuffnel, who is enad with Bertie s ex fiancee, Pauline Stoker Complicating matters are Stoker s dad, a millionaire who wants to buy Chuffnel s mansion, and Chuffy s, who is being pursued by Wooster s old nemesis, Sir Roderick Glossop When Bertie winds up engaged to Pauline instead of Chuffy, can even Jeeves set things right After so many books, I m almost at a loss at trying to convey the awesomeness of P.
G Wodehouse in words He moves the characters through the various scenes like a puppet master While this is the first Jeeves novel, it s by no means the genius butler s first outing I d forgotten how much history there was between Bertie and Sir Roderick Glossop, renowned nerve specialist, prior to this book The supporting cast did a good job driving the story, from the Stokers to the Chuffnels to Brinkley, the replacement Jeeves Little Seabury and his protection racket cracked me up Things are not as perfect as they would later become in the Jeeves books Today s readers may find Bertie and Glossop being in blackface for a good portion of the story and the casual use of the n word is sure to offend Since this was the first full length Jeeves outing, it feels like old Plum was still working some of the bugs out.
Still, it s still a great story So many lines of quotable dialogue and hilarious situations Even though you can see a lot of them coming, it doesn t lessen the impact As usual, it was a joy to watch Wodehouse do what he does best.
I enjoyed revisiting Thank You, Jeeves, with the Wodehouse Cracks Me Up group and am excited about reading the other eight this year.