Bertie Wooster (a young man about town) and his butler Jeeves (the very model of the modern manservant)—return in their first new novel in nearly forty years: Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks.
P.G. Wodehouse documented the lives of the inimitable Jeeves and Wooster for nearly sixty years, from their first appearance in 1915 ("Extricating Young Gussie") to his final completed novel (Aunts Aren't Gentlemen) in 1974. These two were the finest creations of a novelist widely proclaimed to be the finest comic English writer by critics and fans alike.
Now, forty years later, Bertie and Jeeves return in a hilarious affair of mix-ups and mishaps. With the approval of the Wodehouse estate, acclaimed novelist Sebastian Faulks brings these two back to life for their legion of fans. Bertie, nursing a bit of heartbreak over the recent engagement of one Georgina Meadowes to someone not named Wooster, agrees to "help" his old friend Peregrine "Woody" Beeching, whose own romance is foundering. That this means an outing to Dorset, away from an impending visit from Aunt Agatha, is merely an extra benefit. Almost immediately, things go awry and the simple plan quickly becomes complicated. Jeeves ends up impersonating one Lord Etringham, while Bertie pretends to be Jeeves' manservant "Wilberforce,"—and this all happens under the same roof as the now affianced Ms. Meadowes. From there the plot becomes even more hilarious and convoluted, in a brilliantly conceived, seamlessly written comic work worthy of the master himself.
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Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, the feckless young master and his erudite gentleman’s gentleman, creations of the great English humorist P.G. Wodehouse, are back, courtesy of his inspired fellow countryman and novelist Faulks... Jeeves and Wooster live again!Read Full Review of Jeeves and the Wedding Bells | See more reviews from Kirkus
Faulks's "nostalgic variation" works as a sort of counterpoint: it brings us just that little bit closer to understanding why Wodehouse, himself, was so out of this world. It is a wonderfully happy book.Read Full Review of Jeeves and the Wedding Bells | See more reviews from Guardian
The twists and turns, the divine language and “Woosterisms” make this a most engaging book. The writing feels authentic and well crafted without leaning too heavily toward an impersonation of the original. If it perhaps misses the occasional comedic beat who would not forgive him for just falling short of the incomparable skills of the maestro?Read Full Review of Jeeves and the Wedding Bells | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
Mr. Faulks has largely succeeded, however, in what he set out to do. Rather than attempting a simple pastiche, he has pulled off some knowing variations on the canon. He does an excellent job rendering Bertie's distinctive voice, with its mixture of boyish metaphors and period slang...Read Full Review of Jeeves and the Wedding Bells | See more reviews from WSJ online
The hours spent Jeeves and the Wedding Bells are pure pleasure; and if, like me, you are a Wodehouse addict, you will undoubtedly want to buy three copies for your friends’ Christmas stockings.Read Full Review of Jeeves and the Wedding Bells | See more reviews from Financial Times
...never quite rise to the empyrean heights of The Master’s best work, Jeeves and the Wedding Bells nevertheless provides hours of mirthful diversion. Right ho.Read Full Review of Jeeves and the Wedding Bells | See more reviews from Globe and Mail
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