Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

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"Bertie Wooster (a young man about town) and his butler Jeeves (the very model of the modern manservant)--return in their first new novel in nearly forty years: Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks. P.G. Wodehouse documented the lives of the inimitable Jeeves and Wooster for nearly sixty years, from their first appearance in 1915 ("Extricating Young Gussie") to the his final completed novel (Aunts Aren't Gentlemen) in 1974. These two were the finest creations of a novelist widely proclaimed to be the finest comic English writer by critics and fans alike. With the approval of the Wodehouse estate, acclaimed novelist Sebastian Faulks brings Bertie and Jeeves back to life in a hilarious affair of mix-ups and mishaps. Bertie, nursing a bit of heartbreak over the recent engagement of one Georgiana Meadowes to someone not named Wooster, agrees to "help" his old friend Peregrine "Woody" Beeching, whose own romance is foundering. Almost immediately, things go awry and the simple plan quickly becomes complicated. Jeeves ends up having to impersonate one Lord Etringham, while Bertie plays the part of Jeeves' manservant "Wilberforce"--and this all happens under the same roof as the now affianced Ms. Meadowes. From there the plot becomes even more hilarious and convoluted, in a brilliantly conceived, seamlessly written comic work worthy of the master himself"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: London : Hutchinson, 2013
ISBN: 9780091954055
Branch Call Number: FIC Faulk
Characteristics: viii, 259 pages ; 23 cm


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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!

Jun 26, 2014

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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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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