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The Jeeves Omnibus - Vol 2: (Jeeves & Wooster) (Jeeves Omnibus Collection)

by P. G. Wodehouse

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The three books in this omnibus are: ‘Right Ho, Jeeves’, ‘Joy in the Morning’, and ‘Carry On, Jeeves’.

The first of these takes place at Bertie Wooster’s Aunt Dahlia’s country home. As ever there are complex relationships and quite a few people. Bertie determines to sort out his friends and their romantic entanglements, only to make things worse before his valet Jeeves, as ever, solves the problems.

‘Joy in the Morning’ mostly takes place in Steeple Bumpleigh, where Bertie’s least favourite aunt Agatha lives. This daunting lady doesn’t come into the story, but her second husband Percy does, as does his ward, whose nickname is Nobby. To add a bit of variety, Bertie is also plagued by the young teenager Edwin, who is in the Boy Scouts and determined to do ‘acts of kindness’ every day, whether or not the recipient wants him to…

All familiar stuff to those brought up on these stories, though perhaps bewildering to anyone unfamiliar with them. The humour is dry; I love it, but it won't appeal to everyone.

The final book of the three, ‘Carry On, Jeeves’, is a collection of short stories. Many describe incidents which were referred to in passing in one of the others. We discover, for instance, how Bertie was persuaded to give a speech (of sorts) at a girls’ school, how his Aunt Dahlia acquired the gifted cook Anatole, and how Bertie came to write an article for his aunt’s magazine.

I wondered if I would get a bit tired of the Wodehouse style reading three books in a row, but it didn’t happen at all. They make excellent bedtime reading, taking me back to a society that no longer exists. The plots are clever, if tending towards the ridiculous, and the dialogue between Jeeves and Wooster very enjoyable.

Highly recommended to anyone who likes this kind of satire. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Apr 8, 2017 |
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