Wodehouse Chronicles feat. Wooster and Jeeves

The ‘millennials’ generation onwards reading books for leisure and entertainment is an anachronism. Reading has gone digital – its beyond Kindle now. So reading is crisper and ‘byte-sized’ as attention spans dwindle. It involves a lot of visuals that make it easy to digest. No one readily talks about reading literature and many wonder how a few Wodehouse novels could keep us regaled for ages and we read them many times over.

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The adventures of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves                                        Image Courtesy – Book Bundles

But the Wodehouse legacy is still safe – it just the way it was when I was young. Your appetite needs to be whetted once – then you can never quite go far from the wise world of Jeeves serving his bumbling and good-hearted master, Bertie Wooster.

The lazy and indolent life led by Bertie Wooster – the man born with a silver spoon – and the space he occupied in the British aristocracy is no longer relevant today. Indeed parts of it was already decaying when Wodehouse wrote some of his stories wherein the landed gentry was often short of hard cash and would look towards striking fruitful alliances with the gals from across the Atlantic who still mooned about being regarded royalty.

But Wooster and Jeeves tales were never about that. The classic situation was Wooster getting stuck in some jam – either voluntarily or through his silly machinations to help his aunts or friends. Often the threat of capitulation to ‘steely-hearted’ dames and matrimony would loom large. And then it would be up to the ingenuity of Jeeves to rescue Bertie and smoothen the ruffled feathers. Wodehouse was good at plotting and Jeeves would quite often do a real ‘Houdini’ act to snap up victory from the jaws of defeat, often  undermining Bertie’s position to a mockery and giving credence to deprecatory name -calling such as being a  gaby, guffin and nincompoop.

My Wodehouse chronicles on Wooster and Jeeves include the following reviews so far –

# Title My Review Link
1 The world of Jeeves http://wp.me/p44iYk-1pI
2 Jeeves in the Offing http://wp.me/p44iYk-1qy
3 The Inimitable Jeeves http://wp.me/p44iYk-1qE
4 Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves http://wp.me/p44iYk-1r1
5 Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit http://wp.me/p44iYk-1rp
6 Ring For Jeeves http://wp.me/p44iYk-1rJ
7 Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen http://wp.me/p44iYk-1rU
8 Wodehouse Chronicles feat. Wooster and Jeeves http://wp.me/p44iYk-1U6

So let us lovingly recall Evelyn Waugh’s golden words about how posterity would view the immensely popular but topical comedy portrayed in these stories. “Mr Wodehouse’s idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in.”

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2 Replies to “Wodehouse Chronicles feat. Wooster and Jeeves”

  1. Besides scintillating humour, I find profound wisdom in his works. There are codes to be followed. There is a feudal spirit which abounds. There are rich good health tips. Juicy comments about the kind of pessimism which seeps in during one’s advanced years.

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    1. Wholeheartedly agree with your assessment – truly Classics never quite fade away. To cite another example, Maugham’s last play, Sheppey, written in 1933 has been revived by Orange Tree Theatre in UK and is drawing in the youth. Let us count our blessings and enjoy vintage works if the modern world is not quite providing adequate replacements to fill the void.
      Cheers.

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