Review: The Inimitable Jeeves by PG Wodehouse
Hapless, upper-class twit Bertrum Wilberforce Wooster, or Bertie as he prefers to be known, is back along with his butler Jeeves, in what is, chronologically, the second Jeeves and Wooster collection. And the whole thing is glorious. Wodehouse doesn't hold back on his observations about Britain's idle rich, and the story is better for it as we watch Bertie and his associates bumble their way through various whims, courtships and find themselves beholden to interfearing and bossy aunts. Luckily, Jeeves is always there to save the day, and to help Bertie dodge many a bullet.
In this collection are many classic Jeeves and Wooster stories, and characters and situations that fans will immediately find familiar--hands up who remembers Rosie M Banks? Or what about Bingo who always seems to fall in love with a different girl at the drop of a hat? And then there is Bertie's trip to America where he finds himself caught up with a chap who is desperate to join the theatre. (In fact, these particular Jeeves and Wooster stories are so beloved by fans that they were used in various episodes of the Jeeves and Wooster TV series. Find out more here and here.) Oh, and I probably should mention the cats. For anyone who hasn't read this classic collection yet, please keep an eye out for the cats.
Overall, this is comedy at its best.