Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Thank You, Jeeves
first published 1934
audio book - 6 hours, 8 minutes
How Right You Are, Jeeves
I listened to Thank You, Jeeves and I read How Right You Are, Jeeves. And I must say, I’m quite proud of myself for introducing myself to Wodehouse in this way. Because I don’t think I would have fully appreciated the book if I didn’t have all those English voices in my head (oh, that sounds bad). I think to fully appreciate Jeeves and Wooster you need to be able to either hear or imagine the English accents.
Thank You, Jeeves and Right You Are, Jeeves are remarkably similar tales. Bertram Wooster, a well-off English gentleman, gets into a scrape and is simultaneously aided and abetted by his valet (the t is pronounced, by the way) Jeeves. Appearing in the stories are various friends, relatives and acquaintances with various ridiculous names.
While the stories are entertaining and the language is a hoot (I can get away with saying that when talking about Wodehouse), I’m not sure I could subsist on a steady diet of Wooster and Jeeves. The tales seem a bit formulaic. And besides, I’d probably start to talk like Wooster, which is to say I’d use even more clichés than I already do.