Where were we? Ah yes, I had just told Jeeves that I was sitting on top of the world with a rainbow round my shoulder, but expressing a doubt as to whether this state of things would last, and how well -founded that doubt proved to be; for scarcely a forkful of eggs and b later it was borne in upon me that life was not the grand sweet song I had supposed it to be, but, as you might stay, stern and earnest and full of bumps.
When I asked Adam, another character of ISH, to help me with these recordings for my reading competition, I also asked him if he had any recommendations. Immediately he told me that I should read a book he happened to have in his room: Much Obliged Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse. Had I read any of the series? He inquired. I hadn’t. He smiled and told me I was in for a treat.
I trust Adam and his British wit I believe has most likely taken generations to cultivate. His pick of Much Obliged, Jeeves betrays this completely. It’s one of the wittiest novels I’ve ever read. So witty, I fear I missed a lot of it.
If you’re not familiar with P.G. Wodehouse’s series (or the t.v. series as I have also discovered), Much Obliged, Jeeves is the second last book in the series that follow Bertie Wooster and his butler Jeeves. Since I have not read any of the other books in the series, I was compelled to get up to speed quickly with this novel; thankfully the novel does a good job of summarizing most of the others in two pages. It’s a bit of a dizzying book with a lot happening at once: one of Bertie’s friends Ginger, who is engaged to a terrible woman and also running for Parliament, needs Bertie’s help when Ginger’s disgruntled employee Bingley steals the Club Book of the Junior Ganymede Club, a club formed by the butlers. The book contains all the dirt the butlers have shared about their employers. The novel follows with absolute chaos, and a fury of characters running about, often preventing Bertie and Jeeves in succeeding in their quest.
When I think of this book I actually think of a more sarcastic, more openly ridiculous version of Downton Abbey. If you’re a fan of British culture, British wit, and over the top British names, you should definitely look into the Totleigh Towers series.
Now I want to briefly come back to Adam who did read from the first page of this novel. I cannot emphasize enough how British he is, or seems, and it’s a bit comical when you discover he actually was raised in Germany. His roots are nonetheless very British – he’s met Stephen Hawking multiple times and drank port with Prince Philip, so I don’t believe you can get more British than that! Please enjoy his lively reading of Much Obliged, Jeeves. Perhaps or perhaps not already a few gin and tonics in. We’ll never tell.
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