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!
An echo of Wodehouse, funny with an appropriate ending. Worth reading for Wodehouse fans, this homage is done well.
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.
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.
Brilliant. As good as Wodehouse
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.
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.
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.
If anyone could carry it off, the homage to PG Wodehouse, Sebastian Faulks could and he did! Most enjoyable
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