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The Code of the Woosters: Jeeves to the Rescue | [P.G. Wodehouse]

The Code of the Woosters: Jeeves to the Rescue

Witty Wodehouses�s best-loved creation is the master-servant team of Bertie Wooster, the charming nitwit, and Jeeves, his effortlessly superior valet and protector. Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters." Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters."
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Witty Wodehouses�s best-loved creation is the master-servant team of Bertie Wooster, the charming nitwit, and Jeeves, his effortlessly superior valet and protector. Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters." This installment involves Gussie Fink-Nottle, the soupey Madeline Bassett, old Pop Bassett, the unscrupulous Stiffy Byng, the Rev. H.P. ("Stinker") Pinker, an eighteenth-century cow-creamer, and a liberal dose of the imperious Aunt Dahlia. There you have it: jolly good fun and grins galore! Jeeves once more to the rescue!

©1938, 1966 Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, held by Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate; (P)1990, 2000 Chivers Audio Books

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    John Belleville, IL, United States 05-27-14
    John Belleville, IL, United States 05-27-14

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    "Wodehouse to the Rescue"

    Evelyn Waugh was about right when he said, “Mr. Wodehouse's idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in.”

    This classic from the Monarch or Royal of the Master—he apparently used both brands of typewriter in the course of a longish authorial career—has certainly released me more than once from dull hours and duller cares. In a bookshelf with more high spots than a can-can line, Code of the Woosters is one of the highest; a story that delights no matter how many times I listen to it—and I generally fit it in at least once a year, in the autumn, the season in which the story is set.

    The tonic effect of Wodehouse is, I believe, heightened with repeated listening. The rhythm of his sentences and then the almost bulletproof good humor of his perspective, begin to seep into your system and you notice bits of his Drones Club jargon in your own speech. Rather than say you don’t want to see someone, you observe that you’d run a mile in tight shoes to avoid them. Instead of merely feeling relieved, you start singing like a relieved nightingale. Don’t fight it. It means the inoculation against Modern Times is taking effect and the cure is working.

    I’m not going to say a word about the plot because with Woodhouse plot is everything and it’s my object here to give away nothing. He once said that, on average, he generated around 400 pages of notes to work out the plot of one of his books—a book that generally ran half that length. Let’s just say that I’ve always suspected the notes for this plot may have run a tad longer. It in complex, contorted and convoluted, all words which, in the world according to Wodehouse, are good things.

    One of the peculiarities about audio books is that, if there are different recordings of a book, the version you first heard becomes THE version; no others will satisfy. This is especially so with a writer like Wodehouse, where every inflection makes a difference. Years ago I first listened to this version of this book on audiocassette. So the fact that I think Jonathan Cecil is at his very best on this one may be due merely to my early, Lorenzian imprinting. Nevertheless, there it is.

    Buy it, listen to it—and repeat the dose as often as needed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathi Sterling, VA, United States 02-27-14
    Kathi Sterling, VA, United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "A classic light comedy"

    Oh Bertie, Bertie, Bertie! He is so innocently devoid of any common sense! He follows his social callings (hence the name, Code of the Woosters) without any consideration for what he's getting himself into, nor idea of how to extricate himself (and sometimes his friends) from the silly dilemmas they get themselves into. However, there is always Jeeves, the miraculously competent and clever "gentleman's gentleman" who quietly provides the rescue every single time.

    In this case, in addition to Bertie's helping his best friend with his love life, he is forced to help his aunt obtain an item from an antique shop at a lower cost by pretending to eye it beforehand while uttering disparaging remarks about it to the shop owner. If only it had been that simple. The entire thing turns into a comedy of errors as the object turns up elsewhere and has to be retrieved by subterfuge (or so they believe). The result is a laugh out loud scramble for the possession, which, of course, only Jeeves can resolve through his background resourcefulness.

    P.G. Wodehouse is, of course, the most famous English author who ever took on the pomposity and sometimes silliness of the English aristocracy. He does it in such a light-hearted way that one does not feel he meant to be hurtful, but merely to poke a bit bit of innocent fun and perhaps show the contrast between people with nothing but idle time on their hands and the harder working classes. These books have found their way into the classic realm (at least as far as I'm concerned), and I like to read/listen to them when I've just had a bit much of the serious stuff in life. The narration of Jonathon Cecil seems just perfect to me. I so enjoy this book (and all Wodehouse books), and hope you will too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Bronx, NY, United States 03-14-11
    Beverly Bronx, NY, United States 03-14-11 Member Since 2010
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    "For the love of a cow creamer!"

    I loved this story when I saw the Stephen Fry/Hugh Laurie version. Listening to the whole book is even better. I've found that P.G. Wodehouse stories are wonderful companions on car trips. The miles seem to go by much faster when you're laughing.

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    Julie COTATI, CA, United States 09-21-11
    Julie COTATI, CA, United States 09-21-11 Member Since 2011

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    "I require more stars for Jonathan Cecil!"

    I don't believe I've met a Wodehouse story I didn't like. This one is hilarious and Jonathan Cecil is fabulous! His impersonation of Aunt Dahlia is a thing of beauty.

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    Elaine Wellsville, New York, United States 05-26-11
    Elaine Wellsville, New York, United States 05-26-11 Member Since 2009

    I'm a country potter, gardener, flute player and tin tinker living with my husband, an electrical engineer & cabinet maker.

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    "HA HA HA HA HA HA HA"

    Loved the films on TV but the book is super. In watching the program the characters might wink or hiss but in the book the full expression of the emotion or reaction is sketched in detail. In hilarious detail. I very much enjoyed this book.

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    Ken Boiling Springs, PA, United States 04-02-11
    Ken Boiling Springs, PA, United States 04-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Classic Jeeves and Wooster! Great reader!"

    This was my first Jeeves and Wooster paperback long, long ago. Hearing it now from audible brought it all back and got me started on working my way through the whole series. Jonathan Cecil is a really good reader, too (even if you have Hugh Laurie & Stephen Fry's voices set in your mind from the TV episodes). My vision-impaired father agrees that Cecil's reading is what makes these books just great. BTW - Wikipedia has a complete listing of the whole series in chronological order under the "Jeeves" heading. Try to get the books read by Cecil whenever possible - they are still releasing random titles read by him as of this writing.

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    Edie Panton, VT, United States 01-03-11
    Edie Panton, VT, United States 01-03-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good read, well read"

    I love Wodehouse anyway I can get it. This was a good performance and good story. Will listen to it again.

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    Matt Las Cruces, NM, USA 06-22-05
    Matt Las Cruces, NM, USA 06-22-05
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    "Funny"

    enjoyed how Bertie avoided ending sentences with prepositions

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    Neil LEXINGTON, KY, United States 01-20-14
    Neil LEXINGTON, KY, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2013

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    "pleasantly fluffy"
    What did you like best about this story?

    What I like best, about any of the Jeeves and Wooster books, is the formula. Young wealthy people with no real problems and no common sense, toddle about in mansions, or steam-liners, or gentleman's clubs in lust, greed, or general confusion. Then Jeeves fixes everything. It is all fluff.


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    John M. Mayberry Nashville, TN USA 03-18-13
    John M. Mayberry Nashville, TN USA 03-18-13 Member Since 2012

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    "One of my favorite"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Code of the Woosters to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. I've read all of Wodehouse's works and, although they are great in book form, they are even better in audiobook format. This is especially true with Jonathan Cecil as narrator. His character presentations are impeccable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Code of the Woosters?

    As is the case in many Wodehouse books it takes a little while to set everything up. Then, once all the pieces are in place, it is one riotous encounter after another. I won't ruin any of the specific moments, but even after having read the book and knowing generally what was coming, I had tears pouring out of my eyes I was laughing so hard at times!


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Cecil – was your favorite?

    Aunt Dahlia is classic, but they are all phenomenal.


    Any additional comments?

    The Code of the Woosters and its immediate predecessor Right Ho, Jeeves are two of my absolute favorite of Wodehouse.

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