Jeeves and the Wedding Bells Hardback
This is a gloriously witty novel from Sebastian Faulks using P.G.
Wodehouse's much-loved characters, Jeeves and Wooster, fully authorised by the Wodehouse estate.
Bertie Wooster, recently returned from a very pleasurable soujourn in Cannes, finds himself at the stately home of Sir Henry Hackwood in Dorset.
Bertie is more than familiar with the country house set-up: he is a veteran of the cocktail hour and, thanks to Jeeves, his gentleman's personal gentleman, is never less than immaculately dressed.
On this occasion, however, it is Jeeves who is to be seen in the drawing room while Bertie finds himself below stairs - and he doesn't care for it at all.
Love, as so often, is at the root of the confusion. Bertie, you see, has met Georgiana on the Cote d'Azur. And though she is clever and he has a reputation for foolish engagements, it looks as though this could be the real thing.
However, Georgiana is the ward of Sir Henry Hackwood and, in order to maintain his beloved Melbury Hall, the impoverished Sir Henry has struck a deal that would see Georgiana becoming Mrs Rupert Venables. Meanwhile, Peregrine 'Woody' Beeching, one of Bertie's oldest chums, is desperate to regain the trust of his fiancee Amelia, Sir Henry's tennis-mad daughter.
But why would this necessitate Bertie having to pass himself off as a servant when he has never so much as made a cup of tea?
Could it be that the ever-loyal, Spinoza-loving Jeeves has an ulterior motive?
Evoking the sunlit days of a time gone by, Jeeves and the Wedding Bells is a delightfully witty story of mistaken identity, a midsummer village festival, a cricket match and love triumphant. "At two memorable moments in Jeeves and the Wedding Bells I did indeed laugh until I cried.
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells is a masterpiece. Faulks' plot is bang on-message. Faulks captures perfectly both the tone and the spirit of Wodehouse's originals.
This is a pitch-perfect undertaking: proof, almost a century after his debut, that Jeeves may not be so inimitable after all". (Matthew Dennison, The Spectator).
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 07/11/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780091954048
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Review by Eyejaybee
I recently read Sebastian Faulks's novel "Devil May Care" which represented his contribution to the "official" James Bond canon and was generally unimpressed. This homage to P. G. Wodehouse is far more impressive though I felt it still fell rather flat, and failed to capture the magic of the original.Bertie is on good form throughout though Jeeves makes relatively little contribution to the proceedings, and the plot, such as it was, seemed very weak. I worry that anyone reading this without having read the originals (classics such as "Right Ho, Jeeves" and "The Code of the Woosters" leap to mind) might be put off trying them.
Review by freelancer_frank
This is a book about comic resolution. Faulks captures the Wooster voice and Jeeves's mannerisms very well. He also extends these with a literary patina that draws on Shakespeare and the Romantics. The story is nicely structured and entertaining. The ending, while not a surprise, is satisfying. For me, from time to time, it was easy to forget that this was not Wodehouse.
Review by AdonisGuilfoyle
I somehow knew that Sebastian Faulks' 'homage' to Jeeves and Wooster wouldn't pan out but I couldn't resist, so I borrowed a copy from the library to prove myself right. There are some authors, or some fictional narrators at least, whose words should remain sacrosanct: Austen (sure, borrow her characters, but don't attempt to mimic her wit); Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series (looking at you, Robert Goldsborough); and P.G. Wodehouse. Each possessed some imitable quality, perhaps related to the era in which they were writing, which cannot be reproduced.That said. There are a couple of points I can <I>appreciate</I>, if not admire, about Faulks' little moneyspinner: he does get the humour right on odd occasions, but seemingly more by accident than design; and he throws in a couple of twists not to be found in the original, whether for ill or good. I liked the role reversal, but the denouement is lame.Wodehouse, and I haven't read any J+W stories in a while so I might be generalising, is more about telling the tale than the story itself. Faulks, I fear, misses the mark so completely with both Jeeves and Wooster, particularly Wooster as narrator, that not even humour can mask the tired plot. Yet another engagement mix-up in a country house setting falls under the 'homage' tag, but the cricket match and rustic village masque bored me to tears. Also, quotations and Latin <i>ad nauseum</i> do not a successful Wodehouse pastiche make.One final note of praise for the author: reading this has made me want to re-read the original novels all over again!
Review by pan0ramix
Faulks isn't Wodehouse but he makes a really good attempt, and the result is nearly as hilarious as the original.<br/><br/>