Sunday, 24 February 2013

Carry on, Jeeves (Jeeves #3)

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 31st 2003 by Overlook Hardcover (first published 1925)
1585673927 (ISBN13: 9781585673926)
edition language
original title
Carry On, Jeeves

"A Gentleman of Leisure is a comic novel dedicated to Douglas Fairbanks--who starred in the film version; in "Hot Water, J. Wellington Gedge is the man who has everything--but finds himself caught in a series of international events. "Summer Moonshine involves a complicated love quadrangle and what is probably the ugliest home in England; and "Carry On, Jeeves is a collection of stories in which Jeeves the charge and a familiar bevy of individuals appeal to him to solve their problems.

My Review

What everyone should learn from the British is the art of passing wicked comments at making fun of someone without even letting you have a hint of who is being targeted. Carry on, Jeeves is just that. Still do not get it? Here, read this.

"I'm not absolutely certain of the facts, but I rather fancy it's Shakespeare who says that it's always just when a fellow is feeling particularly braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with the bit of lead piping."
P.G. Wodehouse (Carry on, Jeeves (Jeeves, #3))

Yeah. That.

Having learnt a lot about Jeeves and Wooster in the second installment, Wodehouse gets the humor back in action. This one is not a novella like The Inimitable Jeeves; but a collection of a few stories (again!) There were just three basic highlights in here.

1.       The humor. It didn’t get any of the much deserved attention. Thanks to the shrewd ways of Jeeves.

2.       The story of how the intelligent, crafty butler meets his bird-brained employer. That was the hilarious part. This one completely had me.

3.       The last chapter narrated by Jeeves.

 Now all this while, our lovely Bertie was the one who did this little ritual of narrating the story. When Jeeves took over I began to realise that the beauty of humor lies in narration and Bertie Wooster with all his skills has been downright ignored. Jeeves is pathetic as a narrator. Things from his point of view are never funny. Jeeves is a person who is more interesting when talked about than when he is doing the talking.

On the whole, not a very disappointing read I’d say.

About The Author-
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 30 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 society, reflecting his birth, education, and youthful writing career.

An acknowledged master of English prose, Wodehouse has been admired both by contemporaries such as Hilaire Belloc, Evelyn Waugh and Rudyard Kipling and by modern writers such as Douglas Adams, Salman Rushdie and Terry Pratchett. Sean O'Casey famously called him "English literature's performing flea", a description that Wodehouse used as the title of a collection of his letters to a friend, Bill Townend.

Best known today for the Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels and short stories, Wodehouse was also a talented playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of fifteen plays and of 250 lyrics for some thirty musical comedies. He worked with Cole Porter on the musical Anything Goes (1934) and frequently collaborated with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton. He wrote the lyrics for the hit song "Bill" in Kern's Show Boat (1927), wrote the lyrics for the Gershwin - Romberg musical Rosalie (1928), and collaborated with Rudolf Friml on a musical version of The Three Musketeers (1928).



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