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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 50 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 13 Sept. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ17S8
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In this collection we revisit Bingo Little and his romance-writing wife, Tuppy and his ferocius father Sir Roderick Glossop who thinks an asylum is the only appropriate place for Bertie, the irrepresible Bobbie Wickham, and Bertie's sweet Uncle George who wants to marry the waitress from the bun-shop...
Wodehouse's language is sublime, his plotting immaculate, and his ability to reveal the absurd and ridiculous untouched. I love all the Jeeves & Wooster stories which bear constant re-reading - highly recommended.
Amongst the stories collected here are one in which Jeeves lays out someone with a golf club, Wooster is found up a tree at night carrying a plant pot by a police officer, finds himself stranded on a duck island being menaced by a swan, and the course of true love is fixed by forgetting a picnic basket and draining a car of petrol so it breaks down in a deserted country lane.
As with other Jeeves and Wooster stories the plots are ridiculous and somewhat contrived, but that is exactly why we love them. Wooster inevitably gets himself into a scrape through no fault of his own, and it requires the superhuman brain power of his trusted manservant to recover the situation without too much loss of dignity. There are the usual selection of domineering aunts, rich buffoon friends, precocious brats and scheming would be suitors.
I maintain that PG Wodehouse is like Enid Blyton for adults where in this idyllic 1920/30s environment nothing terrible ever happens, and a happy ending is always guaranteed, a warm and inviting comfort blanket which lovingly envelops you.
Weather extracting Tuppy from the arms of an opera singer or saving Bingo from being caught putting the housekeeping on a horse Wodehouse and Jeeves never let the menagerie or the reader down. Although not as clever as the twists and turns in later Jeeves novels the short form does suit Bertie's narrative of Jeeves successes.
As ever the Wodehouse language as over complicated by Wooster's pen is a pleasure to behold. Bertie's description of the game of Rugby been as `fruity' a description to ever grace any publication `I know that the main scheme is to work the ball down the field somehow and deposit it over the line at the other end, and that, in order to squelch this programme, each side is allowed to put in a certain amount of assault and battery and do things to its fellow man which, if done elsewhere, would result in fourteen days without the option, coupled with some strong remarks from the Bench.' Top hole.