Monday, 11 March 2013

Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves (Jeeves #13)

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 17th 2002 by Everyman's Library (first published 1963)

184159105X (ISBN13: 9781841591056)
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original title
Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves


Bertie Wooster vows that nothing will induce him to return to Totleigh Towers, lair of former magistrate Sir Watkyn Bassett. Apart from Sir Watkyn himself, the place is infested with his ghastly daughter Madeline and her admirer, would-be dictator Roderick Spode. But when his old friend 'Stinker' Pinker asks for Bertie's help, there is nothing for it but to buckle down and go there. His subsequent adventures involve a black statuette, a Brazilian explorer with a healthy appetite for whisky-and-soda, an angry policeman, and all the horrors of a school treat. It takes Jeeves, posing as Chief Inspector Witherspoon of the Yard, to sort out the mess and retrieve his employer from the soup.
My Review-
Stiff Upper Lips Jeeves has Jeeves trying to play games to get his master Bertram ‘Bertie’ Wooster to get back to Totleigh Towers when he has vowed that nothing in this world will induce him to go back to the same.

Generally when you reach the end of a chapter of a B&J book what happens is things tend to become more complex and that somehow generates a mystery in the minds of the reader about what shall happen next. That is absent in this book. What I observed was halfway through the chapter things got almost there and took a sharp U-turn. With the beginning of the next chapter somehow things were again the same. There is too much repetition. The funny moments are not as funny for the very same reason. Somewhere it seems as if it is spot on, right how Wodehouse does it. But, again Wodehouse seems to have given up on that winning formula and deviating in a whole new direction. However it is not so. Many old characters make reappearance and one has to have read all of them the earlier books in the series to get the story in this one. So its definitely not for those who are new to the dry humor and wit of Wodehouse. Other than that you pick up this book and it’s not going to disappoint you.


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