Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
Wodehouse’s most famous creations, likeable nitwit Bertie Wooster and his effortlesly superior valet and protector Jeeves, reach a kind of apotheosis in The Code of the Woosters, in which Bertie is rescued from his bumbling escapades again and again by the ever-nonplussed gentleman’s gentleman Jeeves.
I had only really come across Jeeves and Wooster in the old British TV series of the same name, starring Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie (yes the same one that is now in House in the US). I thought of as a British farce and truly wondered if it would still be funny after all these years.
This book was picked for one of my bookgroups and I was quite pleased to be "forced" to read such a different book from my usual fare.
What a Jolly Spiffing read, What Ho!! Laugh out loud British farce and such clever writing. It was particularly topical for me, coming after just finishing watching the TV series, Downton Abbey. A look at the British aristocracy and quite how dated it is and how the staff behind the scenes keep things running and the master from killing himself.
The story was one that could be described as a Whodunnit set in a British country estate, I kept expecting Miss Marple to come into the drawing room through the French windows!! Just as you thought someone was "bang to rights" up stepped good old Jeeves, in his understated way, and saved the day with a well placed idea.
Splendid writing and storyline and jampacked with school boy nicknames and japes that are so very funny.
I am delighted to have been introduced to this author, even if it is 75 years later. A keen reader should pick up at least one of the Jeeves and Wooster books and give it a go. 5 out of 5 for a thoroughly entertaining read.