Everyone has heard about Jeeves and Wooster right? The British comedy TV series in the early 90s about a posh bloke and his butler? But how many of us have read one of the books by P.G Wodehouse that the TV series was based upon?
“Bertie Wooster looks pretty stylish in his new Tyrolean hat – or so he thinks: others, notably Jeeves, disagree. But when Bertie embarks on an errand of mercy to Totleigh Towers, things get quickly out of control and he’s going to need all the help Jeeves can provide. There are good eggs present, such as Gussie Fink-Nottle and the Rev. ‘Stinker’ Pinker. But there also is Sir Watkyn Bassett J.P., enemy of all the Woosters hold dear, to say nothing of his daughter Madeline and Roderick Spode, now raised to the peerage. And Major Brabazon Plank, the peppery explorer, who wants to lay Bertie out cold.
Thank goodness for the intervention of Chief Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard – but is this gentleman all he seems?“
Rivals A Tale of Two Cities
First published in 1963, Stiff Upper Lip Jeeves is book number 13 in the Jeeves and Wooster series. Joining late to the party didn’t spoil my enjoyment or understanding in the slightest however and I finished the 200 or so pages in record time. It is one of those where you pretty much know the ending before you begin, but it didn’t matter. I enjoyed it none the less.
The book had some excellent one liners and opened with a sentence capable of rivalling even the mighty Tale of Two Cities “I marmaladed a slice of toast with something of a flourish“. Epic!
It offered your typical English upper class humour of a certain period which I found harmless enough. I read, I laughed, I moved on, which sometimes is all you need.