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Jeeves in the Offing: (Jeeves & Wooster)

Jeeves in the Offing: (Jeeves & Wooster) [Kindle Edition]

P.G. Wodehouse
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Written in 1960, Jeeves In The Offing finds PG Wodehouse's best-loved characters on as fine form as ever. With Jeeves on holiday, Bertie Wooster accepts an invitation to Brinkley Court, where he hopes to pass a few pleasant days. However, there is little time to relax when the visit turns out to involve Bertie's ex-headmaster, a former fiancée, an eccentric playboy, and a purloined cow-shaped creamer. Bertie struggles to master the situation, but soon enough he needs to call for the assistance of his butler.

The supremely competent Jeeves saves the day as usual, able to assess any situation in a moment and dispense the appropriate advice. He guides his employer safely through numerous trials, with a great deal of humour derived from the very triviality of the obstacles which must be overcome, as well as the comic ways in which the difficulties are resolved.

Simon Callow's reading captures the characters' nuances perfectly--the Butler's "Very good, sir" and "Indeed, sir" (for example) have just the right measure of professional respectfulness, studied disinterest, and a slightly superior air. As with the other cassettes in the Penguin series, Jeeves In The Offing provides a wonderful rendition of Wodehouse's expertly-crafted material. --John Oates


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 292 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (26 Mar 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS2FO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,879 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The author of almost a hundred books and the creator of Jeeves, Blandings Castle, Psmith, Ukridge, Uncle Fred and Mr Mulliner, P.G. Wodehouse was born in 1881 and educated at Dulwich College. After two years with the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank he became a full-time writer, contributing to a variety of periodicals including Punch and the Globe. He married in 1914. As well as his novels and short stories, he wrote lyrics for musical comedies with Guy Bolton and Jerome Kern, and at one stage had five musicals running simultaneously on Broadway. His time in Hollywood also provided much source material for fiction. At the age of 93, in the New Year's Honours List of 1975, he received a long-overdue knighthood, only to die on St Valentine's Day some 45 days later.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughter in the Offing 23 May 2008
`Jeeves in the Offing' is a Jeeves and Wooster novel which yet again sees our hero's tasting the gastric delights at Brinkley Court, where they have been enlisted to re-unite the union of Bertie's school pal `Kipper' Herring and one Bobbie Wickham, who has not only haunted them previously but also that other Wodehouse great Mr Mulliner.

Also on hand is Psychiatrist Roderick Glossop whom is no longer a spectre to Bertie but a co-conspirator posing as the butler, Swordfish, in order to bring about a discrete analysis of the son of Mrs Cream, noted crime novelist.

As ever with the Jeeves and Wooster books Bertie's prose steals the show with lines such as `I ignored the remark with a coldness which must have made itself felt' which are only ever bettered by the dialogue such as a greeting between Wooster and Aunt, `Turned up again, have you?' `Just this moment breasted the tape.' priceless.
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It's not unusual for Jeeves to slope off and leave poor Bertie to struggle and flounder alone, what with taking holidays, resigning over trifles and the like. So when Jeeves pushes off to Hern Bay for his hols, it seems like a timely stroke of luck that aunt Dahlia should choose the very day of his departure to telephone and invite Bertie to Brinkley Court for a relaxing sojourn (if only that were aunt Dahlia's true intention), where he can enjoy the excellent cuisine prepared by the French chef, Anatol. There are several other guests staying at the country house, including a couple of Bertie's old enemies, an old girl friend, an American crime writer and her son, the sweet but soppy god daughter of aunt Dahlia, a daft dachshund and a lazy cat. The location and situation is exactly the sort to generate a complicated and hair-raising adventure for young Wooster - and without Jeeves to soothe and guide him, it could all turn very ugly. Fortunately, Jeeves is only across the other side of the country and is happy to postpone the end of his holiday and bring his problem-solving talents to Brinkley when he receives his employer's distress signal.

There are 3 CDs in the box and the running time is 2.5 hours. It's another feast of bumbling buffoonery, brilliantly read by Simon Callow. Highly recommended!
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With this play on lines from Robert Burns, Bertie Wooster, the aristocratic and and dithery protagonist of P. G. Wodehouse's "Jeeves" novels, expresses his dismay at the way matters of love and quiet country life have "ganged" since his arrival at his aunt Dahlia's country estate. Shortly after his arrival, he is surprised to read in the newspaper that Roberta "Bobby" Wickham is engaged to marry him. Bobby, upon her arrival, quickly sets him straight--she is in love with his best friend Reginald "Kipper" Herring, and because she knows her parents find Herring unsuitable, has made them believe she will marry Bertie, whom they dislike even more. She believes that their discovery of the truth will be a relief.

At the same time, Aunt Dahlia persuades Bertie to try to break up the budding romance between Phyllis Mills and the American Willie Cream, also staying at the estate. Phyllis's mother, Aunt Dahlia's friend, does not like "Broadway Willie." Tact is necessary in dealing with this matter since Willie's father is a wealthy man negotiating important business deals with others at Aunt Dahlia's country estate.

Jeeves is on vacation, and Aunt Dahlia, needing a butler of her own, hires Sir Roderick Glossop, a well known psychiatrist, to act as butler, his real job being to spy, purportedly, on Willie Cream to uncover unsavory details which can be used to break up his romance with Phyllis. During Bertie's stay, a piece of valuable antique silver, a creamer in the shape of a cow, disappears--perhaps a result of Willie Cream's "kleptomania."

As always, Bertie engages in word play and puns, the coining of new words, and quotations from well known works. He sometimes massacres English words, and he delights in misquoting in foreign languages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bertie Soldiers on during Jeeves's Vacation 21 Jan 2005
Bertie Wooster is one of P.G. Wodehouse's greatest comic characters. He is normally balanced by the quick wit, aplomb and shimmering progress of Jeeves, his butler. But even butlers need a vacation. So Bertie bids good-bye to Jeeves for the year . . . and promptly faces all sorts of unexpected problems.
The troubles begin a most distraught telephone call to Bertie from Lady Wickham. She sobs between words as she demands to know if "this awful news is true." The awful news is in this morning's Times. When Bertie opens the Times, he finds an announcement of his engagement to Lady Wickham's daughter, Bobbie, a woman to whom he has tried to become engaged to in the past. Darned if Bertie can figure out what it's all about. Bobbie, although beautiful, is one of those women who want to improve their men, and Bertie isn't up for such improvements. The path to solving the challenge leads him to his aunt Dahlia's country home, Brinkley Court, to help her entertain Homer Cream, an American tycoon who is doing a deal with her husband, Tom, where Bobbie is also staying. Bertie's old headmaster is also in residence, which leaves Bertie quaking. But the lure of Anatole's delightful cooking draws Bertie to Brinkley.
Once there, events become ever wackier. Sir Roderick Glossop, who thinks Bertie is dotty, is posing as the butler to evaluate a fiancé.
As usual, romance, plots to gain funds, weird collections and mistaken identities quickly twist the story into unexpected complications and directions.
The pages are filled with original similes and metaphors that will delight any student of the English language. This story has great fun with the fish theme. Bertie's great friend Reginald Herring has the nickname of "Kipper.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Image of the cover of the book is the incorrect ...
Image of the cover of the book is the incorrect version. I was looking for the version as in the picture to complete my collection, however the book sent was an older edition. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Steph
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun - with an amusing dash of Middle English
No one writes quite like Wodehouse. It may all be nonsense but it`s diverting, timeless and really rather clever. Eh, what!
Published 5 months ago by Patrick Baird
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This item was purchased as a present. After placing the order I was informed that the item had been despatched and arrived well packed before the designated delivery date. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David Farrar
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing longevity
I calculate that Wodehouse would have been about 78 years old when he wrote this book - born 1881, published in 1960 - and I found it just as funny as his earlier Jeeves and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lancsman
4.0 out of 5 stars p g wodehouse rocks
as ever jeeves and wooster are utterly entertaining with the usual supporting cast of aunts and barmy friends -pure escapism
my only carp is that simon callows voice sometimes... Read more
Published 14 months ago by currer bell
As always with Wodehouse what can go wrong? This book is up to his constant standard and I would happily reccommend it to anybody with a sense of humour. JEEVES IN THE OFFING
Published 18 months ago by MR.R.K.RUFUS
4.0 out of 5 stars the usual magic of the wooster maze
not breaking new ground at this point in the canon. but as always, gorgeous to read. not enough jeeves perhaps?
Published 18 months ago by Louis R Hessey-Antell
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
A well written book by a good author, well worth the time-out. Buy it, read it, enjoy it. That's all I shall say.
Published 22 months ago by bryonyevex
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect pick-me-up!
Bertie is stunned to find his forthcoming marriage to the lively and always unpredictable Bobbie Wickham announced in The Times. Read more
Published on 19 July 2011 by Adrenalin Streams
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book let down by typos
If you've read any other Jeeves book you know what you're getting with this one. Hilarious from beginning to end. Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2010 by Riccohb
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