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The Code of the Woosters by P. G. Wodehouse

The Code of the Woosters (1938)

by P. G. Wodehouse

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Series: Jeeves (6)

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hilarious, good Jeeve’s book ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
The San Francisco Chronicle once wrote that “He who has not met Wodehouse has not lived a full life.” I concur with that comment! Wodehouse had the most incredible talent, that of writing exceedingly well. But it was one that was able to add unbridled fun in every other phrase—sometimes each single phrase for pages. Interesting of notice is the fact that, 20 years before his death, P. G. Wodehouse became an American citizen—which, in my book, counts several more points for him! The TV series (starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry) was able to only partially capture Bertie’s persona; interestingly, at least from this book, it is very hard to turn Jeeves into an incarnate person… Anyway, this book was published in 1938, but smart humor is timeless and this is one of the instances to prove it. Paraphrasing Anthony Lane of the New York, Wodehouse is the funniest, wittiest writer the human race has ever produced. (And next time someone calls you an "ignorant American" for using the term "old-world," refer to this book--see "Quotes"!) In a BBC broadcast in 1961 Evelyn Waugh 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.” ( )
  MrsRK | Nov 21, 2016 |
I read an unusual question the other day. It asked, "In a sensationalist age, when everything quickly becomes a matter of passionate intensity, is there a place for the airy trifle?"
There are two correct answers to this question. The first is 'Yes, definitely.' The second, and best way to answer this is to just hand the person asking a copy of any Jeeves & Wooster book or, for that matter, anything written by the brilliantly hilarious [author:P.G. Wodehouse|7963]. In this insane world, who doesn't need a little light-hearted piffle on occasion.
"Am I right, Jeeves?"
"Quite so, sir."
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  Unkletom | Sep 2, 2016 |

Chapter 1:

a. The 'C.B.E.' after Sir Watkyn Bassett's name stands for 'Commander of the Order of the British Empire'. You may check here for what that means: https://www.gov.uk/honours/types-of-honours-and-awards

b. Bertie describes Gussie and Madeline. Bertie is probably using 'soupy' in the 'overly sentimental' sense.

Chapter 2:

a. 'Raffles' is E. W. Hornung's fictional gentleman thief.

b. the pea and thimble game is another name for the shell game. ( )
  JalenV | May 25, 2016 |
Bertie Wooster is in a bit of a pickle. He finds himself in a house in the country being badgered by friends and family to solve their problems. His aunt Dahlia wants him to steal a coveted silver cow creamer, to prevent his uncle from trading their gourmet chef, a person dear to Bertie's gourmand heart. His friend Gussie Fink-Nottle is in trouble with his fiancee and needs Bertie's help. Stiffy wants Bertie to help her secure the approval of her uncle to get married to a curate and comes up with a hare-brained scheme involving the silver cow creamer. Betie wants to have nothing to do with any of these crazy problems, but he can't help himself, the brainless twit. He looks to Jeeves to save the day, everyone looks to Jeeves to save the day, but sometimes even Jeeves can't save the day. It is a hilarious silly romp.

Bertie is a brainless English fop in pre-World War II England who gets into incredibly funny, but embarrassing situations. Jeeves his stalwart and ingenious valet who saves his bacon all the time.

The [Code of the Woosters] is chock full of humorous English characters caricatured by Wodehouse - silly young people who think up hare-brained schemes, young men who are afraid of their own shadow and their fiancees, old battle-axe aunts who ballyhoo at the drop of a hat, a bully who constantly threatens to take one young man or other apart, a hapless constable and a tyrannical father. The bully is actually a character called Spode, but whom Bertie and his friends nickname the Dictator. The way he is described - with a bit of a mustache, given to brawling and being part of a fascist group, Black Shorts, in London, makes one aware that even supposedly apolitical Wodehouse is aware of Der Fuhrer. ( )
  triciareads55 | Apr 11, 2016 |
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I reached out a hand from under the blankets, and rang the bell for Jeeves.
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Bertie Wooster is in the proverbial soup again. On this occasion, the problem concerns a certain cow-creamer that should have belonged to Uncle Tom, but, with the use of trickery, was purchased by Sir Watkyn Bassett. Aunt Dahlia insists that Bertie steal it back, but Sir Watkyn and his companion Roderick Spode are on to him. To make matters worse, Stephanie Byng also has an ingenious plan to endear her fiancé to her uncle (none other than Sir Watkyn) that entails Bertie stealing the cow-creamer. And she's willing to use blackmail. Damned if he does the deed and damned if he doesn't (or rather beaten to a pulp by Spode) Bertie needs Jeeves's assistance more desperately than ever. (Penguin blurb)
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P.G.Wodehouse's best-loved creation by far is the master-servant team of Bertie Wooster, the likable nitwit, and Jeeves, his effortlessly superior valet and protector. This unlikely duo is as famous as Holmes and Watson, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, and Tracy and Hepburn, but they have their own very special inimitable charm. According to Walter Clemons, Newsweek, "They are at their best in The Code of the Woosters," in which Bertie is rescued from his bumbling escapades time and time again by that gentleman's gentleman: Jeeves.

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