Sunday, 2 February 2014

Jeeves #16 Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

Presenting Jeeves #16 Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks.

Here is the summary of the book:

A gloriously witty novel from Sebastian Faulks using P.G. Wodehouse'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 C�te 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 'Woody' Beeching, one of Bertie's oldest chums, is desperate to regain the trust of his fianc�e 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.

To be true, the only Jeeves story prior to this one I read was a short story in school 'Jeeves in Springtime'. While that does does not make me an expect on all things Jeeves but I liked what I read and when I saw this on Netgalley, I couldn't resist requesting it. Sebastian Faulks presents in his own words a representation of Bertie Wooster & Jeeves. And without it sounding a true copy, he presents his view of Jeeves and what he liked about it all. To serve as an example to modern generations about these stories and urge them to give it a go. Must say he does a good job for it all.

A lively read. Faulks' interpretations of Jeeves was definitely spot on and the tone was definitely right. All the hair-brained plannings and the dialogues were too spot on, as expected.

"Faulks' Ode to Wodehouse - A job well done"

Genre :      Adult Fiction, Histrorical, Humor

Publisher: Hutchinson

Release Date: 7th November, 2013

My Copy: publisher & netgalley

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository


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