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Ring for Jeeves (1953)

af P. G. Wodehouse

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New recording by Martin Jarvis featuring the much-loved Jeeves and Wooster partnership.
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The only Jeeves novel not to feature Bertie, and it's a bit odd. Granted, the Jeeves books only take up about 15% of Wodehouse's literary oeuvre, so there's no reason why I should expect them all to be consistent, yet it's intriguing how much the loss of Bertie's narrative voice really does affect the novel.

Instead, Jeeves is temporarily servant to another man, and this is one of Wodehouse's typical country house comedies of errors. His trademark turns of phrase are as funny as ever, and he shows perhaps a greater analysis of character motivations than we usually see in the Jeeves or Blandings canons, where most of the characters are deliberately farcical.

Still, I must admit it's slightly unusual to read, since this just isn't the funniest of Wodehouse's works. It's more a breezy little character piece, but I ultimately don't think that was Wodehouse's greatest strength. It's a confection, and really you shouldn't read too much at once without feeling light-headed. Without Bertie Wooster's narrative voice to distress and bamboozle us, our knowledge that Jeeves will save the day somewhat ruins the low dramatic stakes. (Indeed, some of the business in the book's second act - where Jeeves becomes almost exclusively a classical literature quotation machine - borders on self-parody.)

Not a bad book at all, and indeed things liven up in the third act when Wodehouse really goes out guns a-blazing. Still, a trifle odd! ( )
  therebelprince | Nov 15, 2020 |
I found this free audiobook version of this novel at www.loyalbooks.com The audiobook is read by Mark Nelson, who is SO PERFECT for the role, it's like they somehow got into my brain and linked it to my thoughts on how Jeeves actually should sound, to me.
As usual, the book is very funny. There are characters, and they have things happen to them. They make a HUGE mess of everything and everyone, trying to make their own lives better. Hilarity ensues.
I find these novels a perfect way to wind down, before falling asleep. I loved every bit of it. Please, give these books, ebooks, or audiobooks a try if you haven't already. 4 stars. ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
An interesting entry in the Jeeves series in that Bertie Wooster is absent - he has lent Jeeves to Bill, the ninth Earl of Rowcester (pronounced Roaster). ( )
  leslie.98 | Oct 6, 2019 |
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Title: Ring for Jeeves
Series: The Jeeves Omnibus #3.1
Author: P.G. Wodehouse
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Humor
Pages: 256
Format: Digital Edition

Synopsis:


In this novel, Bertie Wooster has gone to school to learn to take care of himself and so Jeeves is on loan to another useless lump of English Aristocracy. Unfortunately for this lump, he's not rich like Bertie so his life is a bit harder. He wishes to marry the local veterinarian but without the funds, well....

Jeeves suggests he become a bookie and between the 2 of them, they start bringing in the money. Until the Lump (as I shall be calling him from here on out) goes against Jeeves' advice and covers a bet. The horse wins and suddenly the Lump owes an african hunter 3000 pounds, plus some odd change. At the same time the Lump's ancestral house is falling to pieces and the only way to save it is to sell it. Hopefully to a rich american widow. Unfortunately for the Lump, the Great White Hunter chases him and Jeeves and tracks him down to his ancestral home. Where it turns out the rich american widow is someone he knows and has loved.

Hijinks ensue, Jeeves gives advice and the Great White Hunter and the Widow marry, the Widow buys the house and ships it to America and the Lump now has the money to marry the Vetinarian. And Jeeves gets a call that Bertie has been kicked out of the school for hiring an old woman on the sly to do his darning of socks for him.

My Thoughts:

While this was amusing, Lumpy Aristocrat was no Bertie Wooster. And Jeeves taking an active part in the proceedings seemed a bit out of character for him. Wearing a fake mustache and hoofing it with a fiver when Lumpy welshes on the bet, well, it just didn't seem like Jeeves.

Lumpy was useless. Bertie isn't useless because he has money but Lumpy? That guy needs to be cut out of the gene pool. Makes me wonder how long before this starts happening to the nouveau rich here in America in this day and age.

I breezed through this and while I wouldn't recommend skipping it if you're reading the omnibus editions, I certainly wouldn't recommend seeking it out just on its own.

★★★☆½ ( )
1 stem BookstoogeLT | May 29, 2019 |
This is an ultramodern (1950s) episode with Bertie not in the picture. But an old Jeeves still has it in this rollicking post-War story of the usual recipe ingredients: betting, financial issues, marriage, and dolts. Lots and lots of lovable pesky, irritating dolts This one is actually one of my favorites. The script just never gets old. ( )
  Sandydog1 | Mar 12, 2019 |
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