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July 31, 2022

Top 5 Jeeves & Wooster Novels

Filed under: Talking Books — Fergal Casey @ 4:16 pm
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5) Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves

A late entry in the Wodehouse canon, this is an unexpected return to mid-season form and features the almost impossibly funny speech by Sir Watkyn Basset on the occasion of the utter destruction of his grandfather clock by one Bertram Wilberforce Wooster. What had this clock not survived? But it had yet to pass the ultimate test of Mr Wooster.

4) Joy in the Morning

Joy cometh in the Morning, says scripture, and also in this novel, according to a piece of apocrypha. Bertie tangles with the fearsomely physical nemesis Stilton Cheesewright and also gets in intellectual knots at the start with his attempt to buy Jeeves a suitably brainy birthday present in the shape of a Spinoza book. One should never ask for a book in a bookshop, it just unnerves the staff.

3) The Mating Season

Wodehouse rather crosses the streams by having Bertie infilitrate a gathering pretending to be Catsmeat, for all the world as if he was staying at Blandings Castle. Complications ensue leading to the uproarious moment wherein Catsmeat and Gussie have to perform their much anticipated comic cross talk piece at the local hall but transform their slapstick into a veritable Russian 19th century novel by dint of their utter depression.

2) The Code of the Woosters

Bertie tangles with Roderick Spode and is supplied by Jeeves with the one word that can tame the would-be Fascist strongman’s temper. Now if only he could remember what it was…

1) Right Ho, Jeeves

There are many splendid moments in this novel, not least the midnight fire alarm and Bertie’s gruelling bicycle trek, but the showstopping highlight is of course the uproarious occasion of one Gussie Fink-Nottle giving out the prizes at the Market Snodsbury Grammar School while so full to the gills of the good stuff (thanks to several sources) that it is practically lapping against the back of his teeth.

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