Monday, 11 March 2013

Jeeves and The Feudal Spirit (Jeeves # 11)

Hardcover, 231 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Overlook Hardcover (first published 1954)

1585672297 (ISBN13: 9781585672295)
edition language
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Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit
Fans of P. G. Wodehouse's comic genius are legion, and their devotion to his masterful command of the hilarity borders on an obsession.

In Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit, Bertie is in it up to his neck when a perfectly harmless visit to Aunt Dahlia at Brinkley Court finds him engaged and beleaguered on all sides, and only Jeeves can save the day.
My Review-
."A very hearty pip-pip to you, old ancestor," I said, well pleased, for she is a woman with whom it is always a privilege to chew the fat.

"And a rousing toodle-oo to you, you young blot on the landscape," she replied cordially.***

"You wished to see me?"

"Yes, but not in the way you're looking now. I'd have preferred you to have fractured your spine or at least to have broken a couple of ankles and got a touch of leprosy."

"My dear Dahlia!"

"I'm not your dear Dahlia. I'm a seething volcano."


Aunt Dahlia has been a mystery as a character to the readers making swift entries and exits of the plot. With Jeeves in the Offing, the reader gets his/her insight into her character. She has always come across as an annoying aunt who looks down upon others and thinks highly of ONLY herself. She has never left a chance to insult her in the cruelest and prompt way. Jeeves in the Offing is just an extension of the same.

Some might think that when the plot does not change much with each volume then what is the purpose of writing so many volumes? I’d say nothing much but Wodehouse’s wonderful ways at making things hilarious. With doomed lovers, a lazy, forever on a vacation Bertram Wooster and a cunning butler Jeeves Wodehouse manages to weave a story that brings a smile on your face.

Other than that I find no other words or adjective to describe other than his work. A little disappointment happens every time and it is bound to happen because the story is set in 1920’s even if it promises to be set in 1860’s.


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