Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

Book - 2013
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A gloriously witty novel from Sebastian Faulks using P.G. Wodehouseâe(tm)s much-loved characters, Jeeves and Wooster, fully authorised by the Wodehouse estate.

Bertie Wooster, recently returned from a very pleasurable soujourn in Cannes, finds himself at the stately home of Sir Henry Hackwood in Dorset. Bertie is more than familiar with the country house set-up: he is a veteran of the cocktail hour and, thanks to Jeeves, his gentleman's personal gentleman, is never less than immaculately dressed.

On this occasion, however, it is Jeeves who is to be seen in the drawing room while Bertie finds himself below stairs - and he doesn't care for it at all.

Love, as so often, is at the root of the confusion. Bertie, you see, has met Georgiana on the Côte d'Azur. And though she is clever and he has a reputation for foolish engagements, it looks as though this could be the real thing. However, Georgiana is the ward of Sir Henry Hackwood and, in order to maintain his beloved Melbury Hall, the impoverished Sir Henry has struck a deal that would see Georgiana becoming Mrs Rupert Venables.

Meanwhile, Peregrine âe~Woody' Beeching, one of Bertie's oldest chums, is desperate to regain the trust of his fiancée Amelia, Sir Henry's tennis-mad daughter.

But why would this necessitate Bertie having to pass himself off as a servant when he has never so much as made a cup of tea? Could it be that the ever-loyal, Spinoza-loving Jeeves has an ulterior motive?

Evoking the sunlit days of a time gone by, Jeeves and the Wedding Bells is a delightfully witty story of mistaken identity, a midsummer village festival, a cricket match and love triumphant.

âe~At two memorable moments in Jeeves and the Wedding Bells I did indeed laugh until I criedâe¦ Jeeves and the Wedding Bells is a masterpieceâe¦ Faulksâe(tm)s plot is bang on-messageâe¦ Faulks captures perfectly both the tone and the spirit of Wodehouseâe(tm)s originalsâe¦ This is a pitch-perfect undertaking: proof, almost a century after his debut, that Jeeves may not be so inimitable after all.âe(tm) Matthew Dennison, The Spectator

Publisher: London : Hutchinson, 2013
ISBN: 9780091954048
0091954045
Characteristics: viii, 259 p

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Irene99
Jan 28, 2015

I loved this! It was so delightfully written, with lots of laughs, and love thrown in for good measure. I don't know if I'll ever get all the British allusions. But it was so much fun to read, it is the only book that I decided to read right through a second time. Enjoy!

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stewstealth
Jun 26, 2014

An echo of Wodehouse, funny with an appropriate ending. Worth reading for Wodehouse fans, this homage is done well.

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edwt
Jun 24, 2014

AS a great fan of Wodehouse ( read everything available) this book is
reminiscent of the originals and it may inspire the reader to search out the original Wodehouse books - they will be amply rewarded in that endeavour.

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ownedbydoxies
May 24, 2014

While I really, really wanted to like this book (I love the writing of both Wodehouse and Faulks) I have to say it was only so-so. Faulks states at the beginning that he's trying to honor the type of writing found in the Jeeves books, and realizes he can't copy it, so he does issue a disclaimer, but still the thing is not nearly the light, frothy good-time offering that Wodehouse excelled at. However, it's okay. Of course, it also stands that Wodehouse could never have written anything like Faulks' Birdsong. Not everyone can excel at everything.

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SSCurrie
May 03, 2014

Brilliant. As good as Wodehouse

bibliotechnocrat Mar 29, 2014

Wodehouse has widely been quoted as describing his novels as "musical comedies without the music." Faulks manages to capture this tone and sustain it throughout this novel. If you liked the originals, you'll sail through Jeeves and the Wedding Bells.

Bertie Wooster's voice is spot on, though Jeeves sometimes sounds a bit more like Stephen Fry's version than the Wodehouse original. In one marked departure from Wodehouse's usual reality-avoidance, we discover that Jeeves had a distant relative - a cricket pro - who died at the Battle of the Somme.

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In one way, the book is a sad read, because the ending is definitely not in the Wodehouse playbook. The plot advances like so many of the Bertie and Jeeves stories, with the popsy (and the threat of marriage and growing up) being dodged at the last possible moment.... That this story follows another trajectory underscores the fact that the Wodehousian garden has definitely closed. At least for me, the ending of this book is the ending of the idyl. That none of it was ever real is kind of beside the point.

pscho Feb 27, 2014

Mr Faulks has done a lovely job of capturing the feel of the master's writing. There are massive changes in the lives of Bertie and Jeeves in this novel. Highly recommended to new fans or old.

LaBeteNoir Jan 31, 2014

Never read the originals, but have viewed the television versions to get a idea a feel for the characters. This homage is great because we get to see Wooster grow up.

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jazpur
Jan 08, 2014

If anyone could carry it off, the homage to PG Wodehouse, Sebastian Faulks could and he did! Most enjoyable

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