Right Ho, Jeeves

Right Ho, Jeeves

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by P. G. Wodehouse
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1421833948

ISBN-13: 9781421833941

Pub. Date: 02/20/2007

Publisher: 1st World Library

Jeeves has some outrageous ideas about how Gussie Fink-Nottle can capture the affections of Miss Madeline Bassett: scarlet tights and a false beard. What follows is a delightful romp through the banquet halls and boudoirs of English high society by "the funniest writer ever to put words on paper" (Hugh Laurie).

"P. G. Wodehouse at his shining best." --John

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Jeeves has some outrageous ideas about how Gussie Fink-Nottle can capture the affections of Miss Madeline Bassett: scarlet tights and a false beard. What follows is a delightful romp through the banquet halls and boudoirs of English high society by "the funniest writer ever to put words on paper" (Hugh Laurie).

"P. G. Wodehouse at his shining best." --John Mortimer

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) grew up in England and came to the United States just before World War I. During his lifetime he wrote more than ninety books which were translated into several languages and won international acclaim.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421833941
Publisher:
1st World Library
Publication date:
02/20/2007
Series:
Jeeves and Wooster Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
316
Sales rank:
869,155
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

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Right Ho, Jeeves 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Right Ho, Jeeves is so laugh out loud funny, one can only shake the old pumpkin in delight. Is there a better scene anywhere than Gussie Fink-Nottle, drunk to the gills, handing out prizes at a boys' school? And really, could there be a more fantastically proper hero than Jeeves? A man who can save two romances and pull Bertie's dinner jacketed self out of the fire? No, Jeeves is perfect, as is this stellar work by Wodehouse. The more Wodehouse I enjoy, the more I am convinced that no one used language as playfully and brilliantly as Wodehouse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!! Highly recommended!!!
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'You silly a . . . ' is a phrase often repeated by Bertram (Bertie) Wooster's favorite Aunt Dahlia in describing him in this country romp of romance and gastronomy gone wrong. And that's the nicest thing she has to say about him in this story. Bertie's main redeeming quality to his friends and family in this story is his manservant, Jeeves. Over the years of their relationship, everyone who knows Bertie comes to realize that Bertie is a bumbling fool and that Jeeves is a problem-solving genius. The parallels to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are unavoidable in one's mind, except these stories are played out as comedy along the lines of A Midsummer Night's Dream rather than as serious business. Like Dr. Watson for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Bertie is the narrator of this novel. Bertie, as a gentleman, feels that it is important to keep Jeeves in his place. He looks for the old feudal spirit of serf to master from Jeeves. When Jeeves challenges Bertie's decision to wear an informal jacket in the country that he brought back from Cannes, Bertie decides to put Jeeves in his place. In Right Ho, Jeeves, everyone is looking for solutions to their problems from Jeeves. The fly in the old ointment though is that Bertie tells Jeeves to stifle himself while Bertie tries to save the day. As you can imagine, each Bertie wheeze (or plot) turns out to be a blunder instead that makes things much worse. Then Bertie tries again, with even worse results. And so on. As background to the story's beginning, Bertie is just back from two months in Cannes on the Riviera with Aunt Dahlia, his cousin Angela, and her friend, Madeline Bassett. Aunt Dahlia recruits Bertie to give the prizes at the local school, while Bertie scrambles to avoid the appearance. His old pal, Gussie Fink-Nottle, a newt expert, has fallen for Madeline Bassett but he is too shy to propose. Bertie works on Gussie's resolve. Tuppy Glossop, another pal, is engaged to cousin Angela until they have a row about double chins and sharks. Bertie tries to bring reconciliation to the warring parties. Aunt Dahlia's domestic peace depends on the gourmet cooking of Anatole, which is essential to get money for her magazine out of her dyspepsic husband, Uncle Tom, to offset what she lost at the casino. Bertie's misconceptions soon have Anatole in despair, and contemplating departure. Aunt Dahlia is shaken to the core. Things look glum indeed for the young lovers, Aunt Dahlia, and for Bertie. How will the day be saved? The book is wonderfully read by Alexander Spencer, my favorite narrator of these P.G. Wodehouse stories and novels. Wodehouse intended these to be read as musical comedy, rather than considered as being drawn from life. With the proper narration, with an appropriate English accent, the tales are much enhanced. Why, then did I rate the book down one star? First, the plot does go on and on through its complications. A good editor could have chopped this down by about 25 percent and made a much better novel. Second, there is a reference to people of color beginning with the letter 'n' that will offend many, and certainly offended me. A better offering in this series are the stories in the audio cassettes entitled, Jeeves and the Old School Chum. You might start there if you don't know Bertie and Jeeves yet. Only after you have used up the five star Jeeves audio tapes should you listen to this one. And you should do so only if you are fully compelled to have more of Bertie and Jeeves. After you have finished this book, consider whether you have ever failed to take good advice. If you have avoided that, was false pride involved? If so, how can you overcome that misconception and self-deception in the future? What? Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Overlook Press book is tasteful, having a light blue cloth cover with title and author in gold lettering on the spine only. It's small and light with a nice look and feel that invites browsing. That's the way I discovered Wodehouse, one of the pleasant surprises of my life. Be sure to read 'Right Ho, Jeeves' before 'Code of the Woosters.' It's not as funny but gets you accustomed to the Wodehouse rhythms, has classic scenes of its own, and plot and character-wise leads into the better book. Overlook Press just published both, my two favorites, as the beginning of a set. Bringing these particular two out first shows the publisher understands Wodehouse. There is an effortless quality in the sentences and plot twisting, chuckles come regularly, and the 'Englishness' of Bertie and Jeeves is `just right.¿ Even Wodehouse, the master, didn¿t always achieve these results. There is one unnecessary, straining-to-be-funny reference to black people in each book. In 'Code of the Woosters', Bertie describes in his involved way someone seen in shadows as reminding him of a 'negress.' In 'Right Ho, Jeeves' there is a disparaging play on the name `Uncle Tom,¿ Aunt Dahlia's husband. Colloquialisms, slang, and `cool¿ expressions of the day are dated but this does not detract much, surprisingly. In any case, they are numerous, varied, inventive and, I am convinced, many are coined. Only Bertie said them, even back then, so in that sense they're not dated. The 'main course' in Wodehouse, the measured, balanced, sophisticated, intricate and amazingly humorous sentences, are served in generous portions. One might be a paragraph long and meander through the whole history of a topic until finally coming to its point in, say, the last six or seven words. That point is like a punch line and you never know what it will be or where Bertie is going with his well-constructed rambling. Jeeves is the other great presence in ¿Code of the Woosters¿ and ¿Right Ho, Jeeves.¿ His dialogue is spare, his appearances few and brief (he is always 'shimmering out' after a few lines), but his presence is always felt. It wasn¿t until this fourth reading that I realized how rarely he is physically present in scenes. Often he is there only as part of Bertie¿s thought processes. Such restraint on the author¿s part, using the critical element of his successful formula so sparingly. Or might the reason the duo of Bertram and Jeeves works so well be that '90 percent Bertram, 10 percent Jeeves' lack of equilibrium?