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Recurrent jokes that are continued from one story to another are another secret ingredient mixed by Wodehouse into his recipe for success I have already mentioned the wardrobe malfunctions Another example is the reference to the habit of Jeeves to move about silentlyMy private belief, as I think I have mentioned before, is that Jeeves doesn t have to open doors He s like one of those birds in India who bung their astral bodies about the chaps, I mean, who having gone into thin air in Bombay, reassemble the parts and appear two minutes later in Calcutta Only some such theory will account for the fact that he s not there one moment and is there the next He just seems to float from Spot A to Spot B like some form of gas or,I dismissed Jeeves with a nod, and he flickered for a moment and was gone Many a spectre would have been less slippy I am sure the author will come with a fresh twist on the old jokes for his next novel, and this is one of the reasons I am glad that he was so productive and that I have so manyof his novels to enjoy in the future.
Recommended as the best remedy for a sour disposition If you haven t yet read one of Wodehouse farces, this is a good introduction to his style.
Bertie Wooster takes the reins from his gentleman s gentleman Jeeves, who had everything well enough in hand, and soon everything s gone pear shaped, if that s the expression I m looking for Bertie s well intentioned schemings upset his aunt and uncle s brilliant French chef, who gives notice, which upsets everyone s gastric juices Meanwhile his meddling upon a friend s behalf almost divorces Bertie himself from his beloved bachelorhood, egads When one comes to the realization that they are a first class idiot, it s time to throw in the towel and call the National Guardor even better, Jeeves.
Well now, how can you go wrong with a comedy that has Right Ho taking up two thirds of its title You can not, my old bean, you can not Add in a generous helping of Gussie Fink Nottles, Madeline Bassetts and Tuppy Glossops and you have yourself a school prize winner Drunken awards speeches and other kooky hijinks abound
Beginning with a critique of my own limbs, which she said, justly enough, were nothing to write home about, this girl went on to dissect my manners, morals, intellect, general physique, and method of eating asparagus with such acerbity that by the time she had finished the best you could say of Bertram was that, so far as was known, he had never actually committed murder or set fire to an orphan asylum Half of the book is quotable and funny Another half is not quotable, but still funny More on this later.
Bertram Bertie Wooster spent a nice vacation considering he was not working anywhere I am not sure if this trip could be called such in Cannes Upon coming back he had a misfortune of stumbling straight into the following mess one engaged couple breaking up, one couple being in love with each other, but due to their hmm.
peculiarities yes, this is the best word unable to confess their feelingsI have no doubt that you could have flung bricks by the hour in England s most densely populated districts without endangering the safety of a single girl capable of becoming Mrs Augustus Fink Nottle without an anaesthetic Add to this inability of his aunt Dahlia son her later to get money from her husband for her magazine to replace her gambling loss, having to make a speech for Market Snodsbury Grammar School prize giving, resignation of Aunt Dahlia s genius chief Anatole and you will start getting an idea of the insurmountable difficulties poor Bertie was facing Like a true fighter he rushed headlong into all problems trying to untangle them It was easy to guess the outcome of his efforts, but you can trust Wodehouse to come up with the most hilarious ones all the time In other words, theBertie was trying the worse the mess become.
I read some of the books of the series before and they never failed to amuse me This time something clicked or I started reading in the right mood, or this is really the funniest book of the series and I laughted out loud non stop, people around looking at me the weird way be damnedJeeves, I m engaged I hope you will be very happy, sir Don t be an ass I m engaged to Miss Bassett At this point I came to what I think is the highlight of the book Let me start with a personal example I had two good aunts I was content Only after reading this novel I realized my life was seriously lacking I need the third aunt Not just anybody, but Aunt Dahlia I wonder if she can adopt me He initial exchange of telegrams with Bertie was the first scene that thawed the ice so to say and made me laugh Her first personal appearance was nothing short of brilliantAm taking legal advice to ascertain whether strangling an idiot nephew counts as murder If it doesn t look out for yourself You can see she cares deeply about her nephew Still not convincedIt isn t often that Aunt Dahlia lets her angry passions rise, but when she does, strong men climb trees and pull them up after them Any other named character was great, colorful and funny, but Aunt Dahlia out shined them all The story was ridiculous, funny, and full of twists The humor started at page 14 I double checked and never stopped until next to last page Yes, this is me readingI said, Don t talk rot, Old Tom Travers I am not accustomed to talk rot, he said Then, for a beginner, I said, you do it dashed well So regarding the rating this time it was very easy Any book that makes me laugh aloud and uncontrollably is worth 5 stars End of story One word of caution reading it convinced me my vocabulary was mediocre as I kept encountered lesser known words at least once per pageBertie, do you read Tennyson Not if I can help P.
S Sorry, I could not resist inserting onequote I promise, it is the last oneYes, Jeeves The man had materialized on the carpet Absolutely noiseless, as usual A note for you, sir A note for me, Jeeves A note for you, sir From whom, Jeeves From Miss Bassett, sir From whom, Jeeves From Miss Bassett, sir From Miss Bassett, Jeeves From Miss Bassett, sir At this point, Aunt Dahlia begged us for heaven s sake to cut out the cross talk vaudeville stuff Always willing to oblige, I dismissed Jeeves with a nod, and he flickered for a moment and was gone P.
S For people living in countries where the government has not gone wild with copyright laws, the book is available from Project Gutenberg Sorry, my German friends.
Another adventure with Jeeves, the butler, and his employer the great, maybe Bertram Bertie Wooster the so called master.
But who is really in charge And for that matter the smartest It s very apparent from the beginning and the butler did it However this isn t a murder mystery only the pompous affected, and no one dies here , just their dignity sacrificed When our not quite competent Bertie comes back to his London place, from Cannes, France after a vacation of two months his whole life is a vacation to tell the truth His intimidating Aunt Dahlia insists he come to her country house, Brinkley Court immediately the shall we say Mr.
Wooster, lacking fortitude obeys.
Strange since his aunt and her daughter Angela, had spent their vacation with him, oh well Jeeves had stayed in England, also informs Bertie, that his silly old university friend, Augustus Gussie Fink Nottle, Wodehouse makes up the greatest names wants to see him Weird since Gussie hates London and spends his time studying newts, you ve read correctly salamanders at his country estate A man needs to keep busy they the all knowing public insinuates, people are funny others imply Back to the book you guessed it, a girl is involved, Madeline Bassett, a woman that Wooster met at Cannes.
Yet when Fink Nottle arrives, he doesn t need to see his good friend but Jeeves instead a wise choice.
Word has gotten around the wise butler, can solve any romantic difficulties So the uncomfortable Bertie invites Gussie, to go to his aunt s house, if a little brighter the friend would decline and run for the hills but nobody in this entire novel is that intelligent, just one, this no understatement for sure luckily or is it, Madeline is a guest there By the way, the reason Wooster s aunt asked him to come is she wants him to give some presents, in the local grammar school, to the small children no big deal.
Except poor Bertie is terrified, why the man also has to make a small speech, in front of the whole village, public discourse makes him shake rattle and roll Disaster follows disaster, as Wooster without any help from Jeeves naturally , foolish Bertie insists on this, when he tries himself to bring together two couples and get them to the altar The shy Fink Nottle and Madeline, his cousin Angela, and her estranged boyfriend, Tuppy Glossop Both duos become engaged and not engaged, even Bertie somehow gets roped in Jeeves, please help them A fun book to tickle the funny bone for those who have one.
In 2012, I was elected the Vice President of our college alumni association here in the UAE I was to take charge at our annual get together at the same event, I presented an ottamthullal, a satirical dance drama which was a runaway hit What with all the celebratory euphoria, I imbibed a little too much of the happy juice in the parking lot outside the venue drinks were not allowed in the hall and before I knew it, I was pickled to the gills.
You can see me with a beatific smile as I took the stage later in the day.
See the serenity of the countenance And here I am, shaking hands with the President I don t remember what I was saying to him In fact, I don t remember much of the afternoon Here s Bertie Wooster, talking about Gussie Fink Nottle, about to distribute the prizes at Market Snodsbury School.
When I was able to see clearly once , I perceived that Gussie was now seated He had his hands on his knees, with his elbows out at right angles, like a nigger minstrel of the old school about to ask Mr Bones why a chicken crosses the road, and he was staring before him with a smile so fixed and pebble beached that I should have thought that anybody could have guessed that there sat one in whom the old familiar juice was plashing up against the back of the front teeth Many people would have guessed the same thing about me that day Fortunately, I was not called on to give a speech like Gussie was If it had happened, I m sure the script would have gone something like the passage reproduced below.
Gussie, having stretched his arms and yawned a bit, switched on that pebble beached smile again and tacked down to the edge of the platform Speech, he said affably.
He then stood with his thumbs in the armholes of his waistcoat, waiting for the applause to die down.
It was some time before this happened, for he had got a very fine hand indeed I suppose it wasn t often that the boys of Market Snodsbury Grammar School came across a man public spirited enough to call their head master a silly ass, and they showed their appreciation in no uncertain manner Gussie may have been one over the eight, but as far as the majority of those present were concerned he was sitting on top of the world Boys, said Gussie, I mean ladies and gentlemen and boys, I do not detain you long, but I suppose on this occasion to feel compelled to say a few auspicious words Ladies and boys and gentlemen we have all listened with interest to the remarks of our friend here who forgot to shave this morning I don t know his name, but then he didn t know mine Fitz Wattle, I mean, absolutely absurd which squares things up a bit and we are all sorry that the Reverend What ever he was called should be dying of adenoids, but after all, here today, gone tomorrow, and all flesh is as grass, and what not, but that wasn t what I wanted to say What I wanted to say was this and I say it confidently without fear of contradiction I say, in short, I am happy to be here on this auspicious occasion and I take much pleasure in kindly awarding the prizes, consisting of the handsome books you see laid out on that table As Shakespeare says, there are sermons in books, stones in the running brooks, or, rather, the other way about, and there you have it in a nutshell It went well, and I wasn t surprised I couldn t quite follow some of it, but anybody could see that it was real ripe stuff, and I was amazed that even the course of treatment he had been taking could have rendered so normally tongue tied a dumb brick as Gussie capable of it.
It just shows, what any member of Parliament will tell you, that if you want real oratory, the preliminary noggin is essential Unless pie eyed, you cannot hope to grip Gentlemen, said Gussie, I mean ladies and gentlemen and, of course, boys, what a beautiful world this is A beautiful world, full of happiness on every side Let me tell you a little story Two Irishmen, Pat and Mike, were walking along Broadway, and one said to the other, Begorrah, the race is not always to the swift, and the other replied, Faith and begob, education is a drawing out, not a putting in I must say it seemed to me the rottenest story I had ever heard, and I was surprised that Jeeves should have considered it worth while shoving into a speech However, when I taxed him with this later, he said that Gussie had altered the plot a good deal, and I dare say that accounts for it.
At any rate, that was the conte as Gussie told it, and when I say that it got a very fair laugh, you will understand what a popular favourite he had become with the multitude There might be a bearded bloke or so on the platform and a small section in the second row who were wishing the speaker would conclude his remarks and resume his seat, but the audience as a whole was for him solidly.
There was applause, and a voice cried Hear, hear Yes, said Gussie, it is a beautiful world The sky is blue, the birds are singing, there is optimism everywhere And why not, boys and ladies and gentlemen I m happy, you re happy, we re all happy, even the meanest Irishman that walks along Broadway Though, as I say, there were two of them Pat and Mike, one drawing out, the other putting in I should like you boys, taking the time from me, to give three cheers for this beautiful world All together now Presently the dust settled down and the plaster stopped falling from the ceiling, and he went onThis is the funniest part from the funniest book I have ever read.
The 2012 re readGussie Fink Nottle is in love with Madeline Bassett but can t seem to talk to her Madeline Bassett is in love with Gussie Fink Nottle but thinks Bertie Wooster wants to marry her Bertie s cousin Angela was engaged to Tuppy Glossop but they had a bust up over whether or not Angela saw a shark Can Jeeves put them all back together He might have been able to, had he and Bertie not had a falling out over Bertie s white mess jacket First off, this review will hardly be unbiased My love for P.
G Wodehouse is such that if the zombie apocalypse occured and Wodehouse came staggering toward me with a lust for brains, I would be completely unwilling to shoot him.
The second full length Jeeves and Wooster novel is a big improvement over the first The writing is crisper, the similes evenhilarious, and Jeeves and Wooster function like a well oiled machine Once again, the rift between Jeeves and Wooster was used as a plot device,effectively than in Thank You, Jeeves.
As usual, quotable lines are in abundance As usual, I did not write any of them down while I was reading Lack of appetite I m as hollow as the Grand Canyon The exquisite code of politeness of the Woosters prevented me clipping her one on the ear hole The strength of the Jeeves and Wooster books is that Bertie is a bit of a fathead, and he performs the role admirably in Right Ho, Jeeves Bertie thinking he could be as good as Jeeves at solving problems Pshaw, I say Once things are suitably muddled, Jeeves saves the day, as he always does I do not consider the previous sentence a spoiler since it happens in every Jeeves book.
Funny moments abound, many of them centering on a drunken Gussie Fink Nottle Aunt Dahlia is in fine form Tuppy, Angela, and Madeline Bassett were negligible but still had their moments Right Ho, Jeeves, the second Jeeves and Wooster novel, is a much better read than the first Wodehouse is the master of the bumbling romantic comedy Four easy stars.
And last, but certainly not least, Woosters can bite the bullet.
This dashed difficult problem of where to begin it It s a thing you don t want to go wrong over, because one false step and you re sunk I mean, if you fool about too long at the start, trying to establish atmosphere, as they call it, and all that sort of rot, you fail to grip and the customers walk out on you Bertie Wooster, in spite of being a silly ass, has a way with words His first person narrative is a joy to read, it does help that he has P.
G Wodehouse to write on his behalf He is right of course, the first paragraph of anything is often the hardest one to write I am, in fact, in the soup at this very moment 12 hours laterI must admit that I found myself, at moment of going to press, a little destitute of constructive ideas Well, I m dashed, I went to bed with only one paragraph done, I woke up to find still only one paragraph done Where are those little elves chappies who are supposed to get things done for you when you are getting your eight hours shuteye You know, making shoes, writing reviews and whatnot What rot these stories are I d say I have a good mind to complain, except that I don t actually have a good mind Right Ho, Jeeves starts off comfortably enough with Bertie having tea in bed and chatting with super butler valet Jeeves about his newt loving friend, Gussie Fink Nottle, suddenly he is notified in a telegram thata V shaped rumminess has manifested itself from the direction of Worcestershire , at Brinkley Court, where his aunt Dahlia resides It seems his cousin Angela Travers has broken her engagement with his pal Tuppy Glossop, and his aunt Dahlia is having trouble financing her magazine The sort of rummy problems Jeeves can solve in a jiffy, except that Bertie is on the outs with Jeeves over a mess jacket with brass buttons, so he resolves to sort out these difficulties himself Much hilarity ensues, featuring Bertie getting himself engaged to a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, Brinkley Court s French chef, Anatole shaking a few fists at Gussie clinging to a roof for dear life, fire alarms going off and many other lunatic incidents Right Ho, Jeeves is a little unusual in that it is an actual novel rather than a collection of short stories like the other Jeeves books I have read The subplots tie in together surprisingly well so the book does not feel overly episodic Throughout the book, the well meaning Bertie comes up with several wild schemes to alleviate his friends problems Unfortunately, he cannot planthan two steps ahead, and the second step is usually wrong As with most Wodehouse s books, there is no real substance to the plot, you read his books for the extraordinary language, hilarious dialogue, and lovable characters Wodehouse does pull out a nice little twist at the end, though, with Jeeves applying his psychology of the individual to save the day.
Wodehouse s books are all feel good books that you pick up when you feel a little down they will soon start to restore your brain tissues They are also ideal if you need a change of pace fromserious fiction I ll be dashed if I can think of anything else to say What I ll do is, I ll bung in some quotes instead to beef up the review.
Tinkerty tonk The Jeeves Wooster television series is extremely diverting, sir If you have not had the pleasure, might I venture to suggest that you endeavour to acquire the DVD forthwith Thank you, sir.
Notes Audiobook credit read with appropriate jolliness by smashing cove, Mark Nelson American chap and accent, but spiffing fellow , whose enjoyment of the book is quite infectious Bonus points for Anatole s accented dialogue Download from Librivox I am glad nobody has to steal anything and try to put it back this time, one of Wodehouse s favorite plot devices.
QuotesEloquent No, it s not eloquent Elusive No, it s not elusive It s on the tip of my tongue Begins with an e and means being a jolly sight too clever Elaborate, sir Jeeves doesn t have to open doors He s like one of those birds in India who bung their astral bodies about the chaps, I mean, who having gone into thin air in Bombay, reassemble the parts and appear two minutes later in Calcutta Only some such theory will account for the fact that he s not there one moment and is there the next He just seems to float from Spot A to Spot B like some form of gas I consider that of all the dashed silly, drivelling ideas I ever heard in my puff this is the most blithering and futile I read it backwards I read it forwards As a matter of fact, I have a sort of recollection of even smelling it But it still baffled me He was one of those timid, obsequious, teacup passing, thin bread and butter offering yes men I wish there was something else you could call him except Uncle Tom , said Aunt Dahlia a little testily Every time you do it, I expect to see him turn black and start playing the banjo He barked raspingly, as if he were having trouble with the tonsils of the soul Gah Too many great quotes to put in, just read the whole book why don t you Bung oh Follow The Adventures Of Bertie Wooster And His Gentleman S Gentleman, Jeeves, In This Stunning New Edition Of One Of The Greatest Comic Novels In The English Language Bertie Must Deal With The Market Snodsbury Grammar School Prize Giving, The Broken Engagement Of His Cousin Angela, The Wooing Of Madeline Bassett By Gussie Fink Nottle, And The Resignation Of Anatole, The Genius Chef Will He Prevail Only With The Aid Of Jeeves Every line was perfection I kept laughing out loud and looking for someone to read bits too, but alas, there was no one who appreciates this the way I do at hand The real tragedy, though, is realizing that I will never have friends with awesome names like Tuppy Glossop, Pongo Twistleton, and Gussie Fink Nottle