Sunday, 24 February 2013

Very Good, Jeeves (Jeeves #4)

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 20th 2006 by Overlook Hardcover (first published 1930)
1585677469 (ISBN13: 9781585677467)
edition language
original title
Very Good, Jeeves!
Jeeves is not only the tireless servant to the feckless Bertie Wooster, but savior to a good number of others. Here, Jeeves helps Bingo Little in the affair of the marooned cabinet minister; Sippy Sipperly when he's persecuted by his former headmaster; Tuppy Glossop in his foolhardy pursuit of opera singer Cora Bellinger; and Bertie's fat Uncle George's brushes with the lower classes! Unabridged. September '98 publication date.
My Review-
That one complain that I’ve had with the plot so far is was that it has always had the same outline. Bertie falls into trouble trying to help others and Jeeves helps him out of the situation. Meanwhile things get convoluted and it makes you laugh. Now in this book, Jeeves is trying to help out a lot of people. There is Bingo Little who is swooning over the cabinet minister and seeks help from our very intelligent Jeeves. The Cabinet Minister is in turn persecuted by his former Headmaster, Tuppy Glossop who is after an opera singer Cora Bellinger. There are a lot of characters, each with his own set of troubles and there is Jeeves with his sarcasm and his intense problem solving skills. They make you laugh and have a nice time in all.
Now that I’ve read four of these I can figure out how Wodehouse used certain devices that have gotten us rolling on the floors. The most killer ones would be identities and the repetitive use of a single word just in different tones.
The genre might be humor but it is not a very easy book to read. The humor is light and to get it, you have to make efforts. 200 pages aren’t really 200 pages. This one was a palate cleanser in the sense that it did not have the Bertie and Jeeves plot. One major thing that I noticed here would be, the short stories aren’t as good as the Wodehouse novels.
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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