by Sebastian Faulks

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In his introduction, Sebastian Faulks frankly talks about why he wrote this novel and that it is meant to be an homage to P. G. Wodehouse’s fantastic literary creations, Bertie Wooster, young man about town, and Jeeves, his inimitable gentleman’s personal gentleman.   I am a big Wodehouse fan, so I have to admit I felt a bit concerned about this author messing about with two of my favorite characters of all time.  (Perhaps I am a bit cynical, having been disappointed time and again with the many hackneyed sequels to Jane Austen’s works.)  Happily, I was proven wrong in this instance!  Faulks is straightforward about not wanting to exactly imitate Wodehouse’s style, but rather give the reader a flavor of the comic writer’s works and wonderfully imagined world and to point new readers to the original stories.  He definitely succeeded in doing so, in my humble opinion.

In this new adventure, Bertie and Jeeves must sort out the romance of two sets of lovers (with Bertie all the while trying not to feel attracted to one Georgiana Meadowes), win a cricket match, and successfully avoid a bosom friend of Bertie’s dreaded Aunt Agatha.  To further complicate matters, Bertie must do all this while masquerading as Jeeves’s manservant at this country house party, as Jeeves impersonates one reclusive Lord Etringham.  In true Wodehousian fashion, hilarity ensues as the plot thickens, complications arise, miscommunication reigns, and Jeeves nimbly sorts it all out at the end. 

I really enjoyed this homage to Wodehouse.  The only sticking point I had was the ending, as it didn’t really seem to ring true to the original series, but I thought that overall, Faulks did a fantastic job of recreating the world of Jeeves and Wooster.

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