Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

An Homage to P.G. Wodehouse

Book - 2013
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Bertie Wooster (a young man about town) and his butler Jeeves (the very model of the modern manservant)--return in their first new novel in nearly forty years: Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks.

P.G. Wodehouse documented the lives of the inimitable Jeeves and Wooster for nearly sixty years, from their first appearance in 1915 ("Extricating Young Gussie") to his final completed novel ( Aunts Aren ' t Gentlemen ) in 1974. These two were the finest creations of a novelist widely proclaimed to be the finest comic English writer by critics and fans alike.

Now, forty years later, Bertie and Jeeves return in a hilarious affair of mix-ups and mishaps. With the approval of the Wodehouse estate, acclaimed novelist Sebastian Faulks brings these two back to life for their legion of fans. Bertie, nursing a bit of heartbreak over the recent engagement of one Georgina Meadowes to someone not named Wooster, agrees to "help" his old friend Peregrine "Woody" Beeching, whose own romance is foundering. That this means an outing to Dorset, away from an impending visit from Aunt Agatha, is merely an extra benefit. Almost immediately, things go awry and the simple plan quickly becomes complicated. Jeeves ends up impersonating one Lord Etringham, while Bertie pretends to be Jeeves' manservant "Wilberforce,"--and this all happens under the same roof as the now affianced Ms. Meadowes. From there the plot becomes even more hilarious and convoluted, in a brilliantly conceived, seamlessly written comic work worthy of the master himself.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2013

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250047595
Characteristics: viii, 243 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number: FAULKS, S


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Jun 09, 2019

Unfortunately doesn't feel like Wodehouse at all. Certainly not worthy of the master, as the lofty claim says. The choise of words and sentence formation is all different. Disappointed !

Nov 23, 2018

Enjoyed immensely! Felt a heartwarming sense of closure upon completion.

Feb 23, 2018

This was a very fun read. My husband and I read it out loud. There are a number of laugh out loud moments. It seems we really need funny books these days, so I was grateful to have chanced upon it at the library. I had heard of Jeeves and Wooster but had never gotten around to reading one. Now we'll have to give one of the Wodehouse books a try.

Jan 28, 2015

I loved this! It was so delightfully written, with lots of laughs, and love thrown in for good measure. I don't know if I'll ever get all the British allusions. But it was so much fun to read, it is the only book that I decided to read right through a second time. Enjoy!

Jun 26, 2014

An echo of Wodehouse, funny with an appropriate ending. Worth reading for Wodehouse fans, this homage is done well.

Jun 24, 2014

AS a great fan of Wodehouse ( read everything available) this book is
reminiscent of the originals and it may inspire the reader to search out the original Wodehouse books - they will be amply rewarded in that endeavour.

May 24, 2014

While I really, really wanted to like this book (I love the writing of both Wodehouse and Faulks) I have to say it was only so-so. Faulks states at the beginning that he's trying to honor the type of writing found in the Jeeves books, and realizes he can't copy it, so he does issue a disclaimer, but still the thing is not nearly the light, frothy good-time offering that Wodehouse excelled at. However, it's okay. Of course, it also stands that Wodehouse could never have written anything like Faulks' Birdsong. Not everyone can excel at everything.

SSCurrie May 03, 2014

Brilliant. As good as Wodehouse

bibliotechnocrat Mar 29, 2014

Wodehouse has widely been quoted as describing his novels as "musical comedies without the music." Faulks manages to capture this tone and sustain it throughout this novel. If you liked the originals, you'll sail through Jeeves and the Wedding Bells.

Bertie Wooster's voice is spot on, though Jeeves sometimes sounds a bit more like Stephen Fry's version than the Wodehouse original. In one marked departure from Wodehouse's usual reality-avoidance, we discover that Jeeves had a distant relative - a cricket pro - who died at the Battle of the Somme.


In one way, the book is a sad read, because the ending is definitely not in the Wodehouse playbook. The plot advances like so many of the Bertie and Jeeves stories, with the popsy (and the threat of marriage and growing up) being dodged at the last possible moment.... That this story follows another trajectory underscores the fact that the Wodehousian garden has definitely closed. At least for me, the ending of this book is the ending of the idyl. That none of it was ever real is kind of beside the point.

Feb 27, 2014

Mr Faulks has done a lovely job of capturing the feel of the master's writing. There are massive changes in the lives of Bertie and Jeeves in this novel. Highly recommended to new fans or old.

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