- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Arrow; paperback / softback edition (1 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099513749
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 106 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Right Ho, Jeeves: (Jeeves & Wooster) Paperback – 1 May 2008
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There are a lot of things one can say about 's books - immature, very childish, total unworldly, lacking in any political or ecological conscience … It is difficult to challenge any of those judgements (and I should know because most of them have been applied, regularly, to me, too). However, I prefer to think of them as exquisite, beautifully written, faultlessly constructed, charming and ceaselessly entertaining. Sadly all too few of those epithets have ever been applied to me!
[Right Ho, Jeeves] is, to my mind, the apotheosis of Wodehouse's world. His plots are always full of Byzantine twists, his characters are usually hilarious, but in this novel he excelled his own extremely high standards and brought off a comedy classic.
There are two set pieces in particular (Gussie Fink-Nottle's address when presenting the prizes at Market Snodsbury School's Speech Day, and the stream of outrage from Anatole, the sublimely talented yet extremely temperamental French chef, when Gussie appears to be pulling faces at him through the skylight of his bedroom) which must rank among the finest examples of humorous writing. If one is prepared briefly to suspend disbelief and enter Wodehouse's world the rewards are enormous. This particular book was first published in 1934, but is already looking back to an unspecified Corinthian past, largely of Wodehouse's own imagining.
In this world, gentlemen always wear suits, and occasionally spats though never (in England, anyway) white mess jackets, or not, at least, if Jeeves has his way. They also never bandy a lady's name or break an engagement, no matter how disastrously they might view the prospect of nuptials. Bertie Wooster, though not the brightest chap ever to have ventured into metropolitan life, is a stickler for such correct behaviour, and frequently finds himself beset as a consequence.
Wodehouse's writing is a joy - always grammatically perfect, yet he is able to capture the different voices with clinical precision. Bertie rambles in a manner now reminiscent of Boris Johnson (though without the egregious narcissism) [though, of course, in reality it is the other way round with Johnson trying to be like Wooster, but lacking the charm to pull it off] while Jeeves favours a cultured orotundity of speech, peppered with a mixture of highly scholarly references to poetry and philosophy contrasted with bathetic allusions to his rather bizarre-sounding family. The plots are immensely intricate, to the extent that they make Agatha Christie's novel seem entirely transparent, but Wodehouse always ties up every loose end, no matter how impossible that might seem even just one or two chapters from the end of the book.
I have read this novel several times before, and am confident that I will read it several times again, as it never fails to cheer me up.
This is one of the full-length novels featuring Bertie and Jeeves and, while I usually prefer the short stories, is excellent. With a cast of characters including Aunt Dahlia, the lovely Angela, the awful Madeline ("stars are God's daisy chain") and the rather sweet and retiring Gussie, this is a wonderfully light and feel-good read.
The books are a fantastic read, and this edition will please every Wodehouse fan.
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