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Much Obliged, Jeeves Hardcover – April 12, 2004
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There is, of course, the usual cast. In addition to Bertie and Jeeves, Aunt Dahlia is present, as is her husband, Thomas Portarlington Travers. In addition, Roderick Spode (who is now Lord Sidcup), Madeline Bassett, Florence Craye, and Bingley, who filled in for Jeeves for a short time, join us from previous novels. A Bertie and Jeeves novel wouldn't be complete, of course, without an old school chum; in this case, it is Harold "Ginger" Winship, who is standing for the seat in the House of Commons for Market Snodsbury. Add in L.P. Runkle, Magnolia Glendennon, and Bertie's marvelous narration, and you have all the ingredients for a great Wodehouse farce, as Bertie preserves his bachelorhood and all else turns out for the best.
The Jeeves and Wooster stories are among his most popular works. They are light reading and are purely fictional comedy - based on life in Britain around or before the WWI era. There are approximately 18 books in the Jeeves series plus some short stories. All the stories are narrated by the "the wealthy, scatterbrained" Bertie Wooster and feature his butler Jeeves as a steadying force.
As pointed out by many others, "the plots are on the surface formulaic," but Wodehouse's genius lies in the ability to create a complicated web of characters and sub-plots that somehow have a happy ending. The plots often involve women, politics, and gambling. In many cases, a relative or a friend will create a situation which is inevitably solved through some unlikely and humorous set of events.
Jeeves, the butler or valet, is the most intelligent character in the stories with a superior education and intellect, far ahead of Bertie and most of the others. He seems to be everywhere anticipating problems and providing solutions. These stories are referred to as the "Jeeves" works. Wodehouse has suggested that Jeeves was not completely fictional but was based on an actual butler called Eugene Robinson, who he employed for the purpose of study. According to the author, he extricated Wodehouse from a real-life predicament.
In general, the books feature a humorous cast of characters with names that remind one of Dickens, such as Tuppy Glossop, Augustus (Gussie) Fink-Nottle, Bingo Little, Rev. Harold P.Read more ›
Naturally, where Wooster happens to be, an ex fiance or two is bound to be there too. Here it's Madeline Bassett and his cousin Florence.
A spot of bother occurs when a book that belongs to the butler's club (called the Junior Ganymede) is pinched. Apparantly, butlers are obliged to write about their employers, and other butlers use it as a reference when they're being interviewed. According to Jeevers, a line or two about each employer is sufficient, but he was obliged to write 18 pages about Wooster. His friend, Ginger, is the proud protagonist of 11.
Although most plots in the Jeeves and Wooster books are similar (ex-fiances, trying to break approaching nupitals, old friends from school, Anatole's cooking and Jeeves to the rescue), it doesn't really get to be too boring, or cliched. Crisp, witty dialogue and a couple of hours light reading are quite refreshing!
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Jeeves stories are the best of Wodehouse and Cecil is the best of narrators.Published 10 months ago by Sydney Wolf
Number four of four in the "Totleigh Towers series," Much Obliged, Jeeves is hilarious, weell written, and extremely entertaining, as always. If you already love P. G. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Craig
P.G.Wodehouse is a favorite writer of my families. Love Jeeves and Wooster and all their family and friends. Doesn't get any better!Published 22 months ago by Tay
wodehouse is always a 5 star guarantee and Much Obliged Jeeves is one of his best hits. I would always recommend it without hesitation.Published 23 months ago by manuel penia
This book is the only one where Jeeves concedes something at the end, unlike the usual MO of Bertie submitting to Jeeves' better judgment in the area of mustaches, dinner jackets,... Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by J. Henderson
ordered it, paid for it, got it, it's just that simple,,,, nine more words not needed at this time. capishPublished on July 29, 2013 by Michael
Jeeves was a disappointing read for me unfortunately. Maybe my lack of interest was due to the events in my life at present, just couldn't warm to the book.Published on November 4, 2012 by Hannah
P.G is British humor at it's best! I've red most of his books and enjoyned each and every one of them.Published on September 1, 2011 by Diana