G Wodehouse was an English writer whose career spanned over seventy years and whose work included almost 100 novels, numerous short stories, 15 plays and 250 lyrics for some thirty musical comedies Despite his impressive resume and reputation as a master of English prose , I, unfortunately, wouldn t have known he existed if it hadn t been for Rory Gil I guess that makes me of a Bertie than a Jeeves.
Many of his works include recurring settings and characters One such set of characters, Bertram Wooster and his clever butler Jeeves, are at the heart of The Code of the Woosters Bertie is an old school English bachelor who rubs elbows with other upper class British socialites He s a bit dim yet extremely loyal it s part of his own moral code , and to say that he has a knack for getting himself into situations is an understatement Jeeves, his loyal servant, is there to get Bertie out of his entanglements by use of his good sense and keen problem solving skills He s so good with information, he even had a search engine named after him Ask.
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Throughout reading, I was trying to decide how I would best describe Wodehouse s style The best I could come up with was Sherlock Holmes meets Three s Company There are no mysteries hereno murders or missing person cases to be solved But each particular mess Bertie finds himself in the spectacle of as raw a bit of underhanded skulduggery as has ever been perpetrated in a civilized country requires as much instinct and know how to tidy up as any case Holmes was called in on The predicaments seem to follow the Three s Company philosphy of situational comedy If it can happen, it willand with the most inconvenient timing, ironically, and with things and body parts getting bruised and broken Throw in some dry, deapan dialogue, a lot of black mailing, and multiply the shenanigans by ten His descriptions are some of the best and most comical ever writtenOn Gussie a fish faced pal , confirmed recluse , a less promising prospect for marriage it would have seemed impossible to discover in a month of Sundays On Madeline Bassett a droopy, soupy, sentimental exhibit, with melting eyes and a cooing voice and the most extraordinary views on such things as stars and rabbits On Spode It was as if Nature had intended to make a gorilla and had changed its mind at the last moment I can see myself being hooked on this series It s light, it s intelligent, it s clever and engagingas I am reading, I m smiling inside.
Oh my god this is so, so, so funny I was discussing Wodehouse with someone yesterday and, as he put it, There are passages that you want to chase people around the house with, saying, Wait Wait Just listen to this bit Haven t laughed so hard in a good long while God, but I love Wodehouse.
Take Gussie Fink Nottle, Madeline Bassett, Old Pop Bassett, The Unscrupulous Stiffy Byng, The Rev An Th Century Cow Creamer, A Small Brown Leather Covered Notebook And Mix With A Dose Of The Aged Aunt Dahlia And One Has A Dangerous Brew Which Spells Toil And Trouble For Bertie And Jeeves A buddy read with a secret group which includes Dan 2.
0 and Erin.
For those who somehow manage to avoid knowing anything about this classic British humor series the main heroes are Bertie Wooster and his servant Jeeves Bertie s job is to get into all kind of absurd and improbable from the normal logic point of view situations arising from his noble attempts to help his countless aunts and friends and Jeeves job is to get him out of yet another trouble using some truly ingenious tricks This time it all started very much innocently Bertie suffering from a hangover from a previous night s party visited one of his aunts Dahlia She asked him to go to an antique dealer to pick up a cow creamer for her husband an antique collector At this point I have to talk about this particular kitchen utensil A cow creamer is a creamer a vessel to serve cream in, for example for tea made of silver in form of a cow according to the description and Bertie s impression very ugly.
We all know that there is a very fine line between an enthusiastic collector and fanatical one, so seemingly easy mission of Bertie turned out to be very important Bertie managed to fail, completely and promptly This failure resulted in his visit to a countryside, double, triple, and quadruple blackmail, desperate attempts to help two couples in love overcome all obstacles in their way, equally desperate attempts to stay out of jail, and avoid getting beaten to pulp May I remind you the centerpiece of all this excitement was a cow creamer which antiquity was under serious doubt Absurd and funny situations guaranteed Let me start with good parts At times the tale was really funny I laughed out loud several times with one scene being particular good, especially considering this whole scene was played out in Bertie s imagination So as a humorous book it works most of the time.
The initial problem was entirely my fault Some scenes in the beginning depend on the knowledge of the previous adventures to be funny Yours truly jumped from the first book straight to book seven this one, so some jokes happily flew over my head unnoticed To be fair I did not let this fact to influence my rating The following problems did not depend on the knowledge of the previous books This book strongly reminded me of a joke A very funny joke with great payoff, but overly long like it took this whole book to tell this one joke Once again before this read I was only familiar with the very first book of the series which was an anthology of the short stories, but I think that the short story format works much better for Bertie Wooster and Jeeves I was not much impressed with Jeeves solutions for the impossible situations They seemed to me sort of ordinary nothing like a brilliant work of mind of Jeeves in the second short story of the first anthology That one made me an instant fan of the guy So the final conclusion good and funny one, but its length became its problem 3 stars I still want to continue reading the series, but this time I will do it in order.
We must say to ourselves What would Napoleon have done He was the boy in a crisis He knew his onions Long have I resisted the fatal charm of P.
G Wodehouse My previous forays into his oeuvre have been lacklustre That was until, of course, The Code of the Woosters and I crossed paths He paused and swallowed convulsively, like a Pekingese taking a pill So scrumptious I should of known that I would of fallen into the trap sooner or later, given my proclivity for novels of a certain kind you know, the jolly hockey sticks country house in Surrey la Nancy Mitford, Evelyn Waugh and Stella Gibbons One doesn t want to make a song and dance about one s ancient lineage, of course, but after all the Woosters did come over with the conqueror and were extremely pally with him I am afraid I have become a fan and will be keeping my eyes well and truly peeled for Jeeves in Wooster in the future Heartily recommend this instalment to those who think they don t like P.
G Wodehouse Spoiler you do She was fully aware that she was doing something that even by female standards was raw, but she didn t care.
Classic Wodehouse It doesn t get any better than thisactually it doesn t get much different than this either Perhaps that s not entirely fair For me at least, The Code of the Woosters contains some of my favorite scenes and some of Wodehouse s most memorable characters Herein his hero Bertie Wooster is at his daffiest, unable to accomplish the simplest of tasks, berating a cow creamer, without getting himself in thick soup Soon after he s got a Bassett and that malodorous Spode badgering him to no end, and this is hot off the heels of a binge to do in honor of his fish faced friend Gussie Fink Nottle, the newt fancier Everything seems to converge upon poor Bertie in a most pitiless way, providing the reader with hoots galore and good old fashioned British hijinks To go back to my original statement The Code of the Woosters, while a good un, is not a vast departure from the normal Book after book Wodehouse churned out pretty much the same story But it matters not a lick The sense of humor might put the starch up some people s collars, but it fits me like a worn in pair of loafers Not every book s a school prize winner, but I ve seldom been disappointed If you want to give Wodehouse a go, The Code of the Woosters is the stuff to give the troops I m always shocked to find that hardly anyone in these United States has ever heard of or read the works of Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse most indians who read english stumble upon his works sooner or later so, I dare say, than the english themselves.
I ve always maintained that if a Wodehouse book cannot lift your spirits, you must be pretty close to suicide.
Amazing plots, memorable characters and superb prose Long winding complex sentences that never fail to incite peals of laughter, long after you ve put the book down.
Wodehouse is the master of the simile and the metaphor.
He can nail a character with just one sentence His stories are full of estranged lovers, funny misunderstandings, meddlesome aunts, young curates ambitious vicars and absent minded uncles and an absolutely convoluted plot.
Bertram Wilberforce Wooster and his Gentleman s personal gentleman the incomparable Reginald Jeeves will remain of of the most memorable characters in literature.
Quotes like this will be peppered throughout the book It was a confusion of ideas between him and one of the lions he was hunting in Kenya that had caused A B Spottsworth to make the obituary column He thought the lion was dead, and the lion thought it wasn t I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled Memories are like mulligatawny soup in a cheap restaurant It is best not to stir them QED.
It s an extraordinary thing every time I see you, you appear to be recovering from some debauch Don t you ever stop drinking How about when you are asleep As usual, I m behind on reading goals being the last to finish this buddy read with Evgeny and Dan 2.
0My first foray into Wodehouse s writing, and I ve fallen for him The comical and cleverly coined style made this one a fun read, even if the plot only left behind a three star impression.
I finally see where the Jeeves came from and I approve The highlights of the story were when Master and butler collaborated, argued, or battled protective guard dogs over bed sheets Fun times It s now gotten my attention that this is the third interesting story I ve read about this form of relationship, and I ve enjoyed all three Need to track down eventually.
Bertie runs into foul circumstances and somewhat annoying misunderstandings when he sets out to make things right for his aunt s cow creamer goal only to end up sabotaging a friend s pending marriage, his possible freedom at the hands of a local magistrate, and bungling his aunt s cow creamer dreams and his attachment to her cook s artistic food that he apparently would almost risk his soul for.
Not all characters were likeable I wanted to shake a particular girl gah, what a nuisance Kind of like an episode of Green Acres where it s funny because so many people are exasperating, but while I can stand a 20 something minute episode of Green Acres, I wouldn t want to sit down for an extended episode that lasted much longer than that With this book it carried on a bit too much for my nerves, so it wasn t all fun and games, but still a classic worth reading.
No one weaves a plot like Wodehouse Also, if you have a cow creamer, guard it with your life.
The 2012 re read Aunt Dahlia dispatches Bertie to Totleigh Towers to purlorn a silver cow creamer coveted by his uncle Tom from Sir Watkyn Basset Unfortunately, Bertie has his work cut out for him in the form of Stiffy Byng and Madeline Basset Can Bertie escape with the cow creamer without winding up married to either woman This is my second reading of Code of the Woosters and I can definitely say there is a reason I ve been recommending it to people for the better part of a decade P.
G Wodehouse was in mid season form when he chiseled this masterpiece out of a block of stone The Code of the Woosters should be handed out in writing classes as a prime example of how to orchestrate a plot The twists are perfectly timed so the jaw droppingest moments happen at the end of chapters.
The writing is superb and Wodehouse moves his characters through the scenery like a master puppeteer Gussie Fink Nottle, that ghastly gob of gorgonzola, makes his return, still bethrothed ish to Madeline Basset and is just as quirky Who else would think to put newts in the bathtub after breaking an aquariam La Basset is the same as she was in the previous volume I m not sure if Stiffy Byng or Stinker Pinker make appearances in other volumes but they are quite memorable here Roderick Spode is by far the best supporting character of the book, though, a facist who cowers whenever someone mentions Eulalie, the meaning of which is not clear until the end As always, the narrative is a minefield of hilarious similes The plot meanders all over Totleigh Towers Like most Jeeves stories, Bertie gets himself deeper and deeper into the soup, the plot encircling such props as the aforementioned cow creamer, a notebook, and a policeman s helmet As I mentioned before, the reversals of fortune are impecably timed.
I could go on and on about this book Suffice to say, it s an easy five and my go to recommendation for people who want to give P.
G Wodehouse a shot They didn t make an episode of the phenomenal BBC Jeeves and Woosters series starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie out of it for nothing Gussie Augustus Fink Nottle is getting married, the shy, newt lover, men need silly hobbies, to keep sane to lovely Madeline Bassett, an unlikely pair, daughter of Sir Watkyn Bassett A stern former magistrate, that the unfortunate Bertie, met officially once, not a happy memory Madeline was Wooster s ex fiancee he didn t want to be one , the marriage averse Bertie, had given a bachelor party for his friend, at the Drones club It was a drunken, deplorable affair, which might have been overdone the celebration , just a little, but still the way the members all gentlemen, like it When Bertie gets up from bed the next day, at last, and not very quickly, in his home, Mr.
Wooster doesn t know whether it s morning or night To an idle rich man, makes no great difference Jeeves, his butler, and a genius his boss, is sadly not , informs Bertie, his Aunt Dahlia, needs to talk to him, so he uncomfortably goes to see her She has a wacky scheme involving an antique, cow creamer, poor Bertie, females are always getting him into big trouble After a misadventure inside a shop, with Sir Watkyn, how unlucky can a man be, Bassett buys the item mentioned before, not our errand boy And his friend the giant, frightening, Roderick Spoke a would be dictator of England scares Mr.
Wooster, never a brave human being Unfortunately Sir Watkyn, recognizes Bertie as the person that appeared before him, in court, but thinks he s only a petty criminal Now by how s Bertie s dressed, he believes, has lifted himself up and has become respectable Bassett congratulates him, for turning his life around, the wise Sir Watkyn s methods work Then Wooster embarrassingly collides with Sir Watkyn, outside, trying to take the silver cow creamer Bertie gets invited later to the new, Justice of the Peace s home, guess who By Gussie and Madeline, Sir Watkyn, has come into quite a lot of money, inherited he says, but Bertie is not quite so sure Aunt Dahlia still needs Wooster to steal the cow creamer, from Bassett, for her husband Tom, some women will never be discouraged A fanatical collector of strange objects, his uncle is, and another weird hobby Besides Sir Watkyn, wants to take Anatole the best cook in the United Kingdom, from the inflamed Aunt Dahlia Wooster shudders Complication arise though, Stephanie Byng, Madeline s cousin demands that Bertram, take the local policeman s helmet their in a feud Where can you hide a helmet, though She s engaged to one of the many friends, Bertie s acquired in his university days, the always hapless man knows by now, disaster will occur Humiliation, and every conceivable thing which will show the world, Mr Bertram Wooster, is not a real gentleman , he can t say no though Bertie almost becomes engaged to Stephanie, and then Madeline, again Engagements here come swiftly, but are broken even faster, and what about the cow creamer, how can he take that too When Bertie is being closely watched by everyone, especially the suspicious, evil, Spoke, his connection to Aunt Dahlia was found out Somehow all these things , will work themselves out for a happy ending, well, a satisfying one while Jeeves is still around The funniest P.
S the code, never let a pal down