2012: 51. The World of Jeeves

"Now, touching this business of old Jeeves - my man, you know - how do we stand?  Lots of people think I'm much too dependant on him."

The World of Jeeves, P.G. Wodehouse

Is it possible that you, who are reading this blog, have never read any Jeeves? That you are not familiar with his genius - and, even better with the piffling proose of Bertie Wooster?  If that is at all possible, please, step away from the computer and go find some Wodehouse.  This is a pretty good collection, in fact - a nice fact collection of short stories (though the novels are so, so good too - I recommend The Code of the Woosters).  The premise is the same - Bertie or one of his friends gets into a pickle, and Jeeves has to get them out (and then Bertie has to give up some ugly piece of clothing his insists on wearing), but, oh its all about the journey.  And, of course, the prose.  If only you knew Bertie - not only so you could use Jeeves to get out of your problems, but to listen to him talk.  A sliver chosen at random from the book (the story is "Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest.")

So the next night I took him to supper with me.  It was the last time.  I'm a quiet, peaceful sort of bloke who has lived all his life in London, and I can't stand the pace set these swift sportsment from the rural districts set.  What I mean to say is, I'm all for rational enjoyment, and so forth, but I think a fellow makes himself conspicious when he throws soft-boiled egss at the electric fan. 

Seriously, do do yourself a favor and go read some Jeeves if you haven't.  And if you have, isn't he just divine?  And you know, the BBC version with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie is pretty good too.

Categories:  Fiction, Re-Read

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