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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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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 |
Bertie Wooster is summoned by his Aunt Dahlia, who requests first that he poke fun publicly at a strange antique called a 'cow creamer', then that he travel down to Totleigh Towers to steal it. Bertie has also received a summons to the same country estate from his newt-loving friend Gussie, who is engaged to the fluffy Madeline, and another from her cousin Stephanie (Stiffy). Clearly Bertie is in great demand, so with Jeeves in tow he tootles down in his natty little car.

Unfortunately, Madeleine's father Sir Watkyn Bassett is not a fan of Bertie's, having once fined him for stealing a policeman's helmet, and he holds him in great distrust. Worse, he is accompanied by a would-be dictator, Roderick Spode, who threatens violence against Bertie... until Jeeves manages to unearth a secret which Spode does not want to be revealed.

it's all ridiculous, of course; Bertie staggers from one crisis to another, terrified of the wrath of Spode, the tears of his aunt, and perhaps worst of all the embraces of Madeleine, should she and Gussie decide not to get married. Jeeves stays calm and generally comes up with brilliant solutions to every problem, even though sometimes the solutions seem to make things even worse for Bertie...

What makes Wodehouse worth reading, over and over again, is his wonderful use of language, his irony, his quotations and mis-quotations from classics, and the slightly gormless but extremely good-hearted Bertie, who will do anything - or almost anything - for those he cares about.

Highly recommended. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
The Code of the Woosters was a delight to read. P.G. Wodehouse has created a charming set of characters whose antics leave the reader amused the whole way through. I will definitely be checking out more of the Jeeves & Wooster series. ( )
  Melissa_J | Jan 16, 2016 |
Book is quick and fun read, but perhaps because I've gone on binge reading of PG Wodehouse (this is 4th), I didn't laugh out loud as often as I did with earlier books even though this is supposed to be most funny book from him. Nevertheless not bad at all and in fact pretty decent read. ( )
  ashishg | Jan 2, 2015 |
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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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