The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse



Follow the adventures of Bertie Wooster and his gentleman’s gentleman, Jeeves, in this stunning new edition of one of the greatest comic novels in the English language. When Aunt Dahlia demands that Bertie Wooster help her dupe an antique dealer into selling her an 18th-century cow-creamer. Dahlia trumps Bertie's objections by threatening to sever his standing invitation to her house for lunch, an unthinkable prospect given Bertie's devotion to the cooking of her chef, Anatole. A web of complications grows as Bertie's pal Gussie Fink-Nottle asks for counseling in the matter of his impending marriage to Madeline Bassett. It seems Madeline isn't his only interest; Gussie also wants to study the effects of a full moon on the love life of newts. Added to the cast of eccentrics are Roderick Spode, leader of a fascist organization called the Saviors of Britain, who also wants that cow-creamer, and an unusual man of the cloth known as Rev. H. P. "Stinker" Pinker. As usual, butler Jeeves becomes a focal point for all the plots and ploys of these characters, and in the end only his cleverness can rescue Bertie from being arrested, lynched, and engaged by mistake!

“It’s an extraordinary thing—every time I see you, you appear to be recovering from some debauch. Don’t you ever stop drinking? How about when you are asleep?”

My first foray into Wodehouse’s writing, and I’ve fallen for him. The comical and cleverly coined style made this one a fun read, even if the plot only left behind a three-star impression.

I finally see where the "Jeeves" came from - and I approve. The highlights of the story were when Master and butler collaborated, argued, or battled protective guard dogs over bed sheets. Fun times!
It’s now gotten my attention that this is the third interesting story I’ve read about this form of relationship, and I’ve enjoyed all three. Need to track down more eventually.

Bertie runs into foul circumstances and somewhat annoying misunderstandings when he sets out to make things right for his aunt’s cow creamer goal – only to end up sabotaging a friend’s pending marriage, his possible freedom at the hands of a local magistrate, and bungling his aunt’s cow-creamer dreams and his attachment to her cook’s artistic food that he apparently would almost risk his soul for.

Not all characters were likeable – I wanted to shake a particular girl – gah, what a nuisance!

Kind of like an episode of Green Acres where it’s funny because so many people are exasperating, but while I can stand a 20 something minute episode of Green Acres, I wouldn’t want to sit down for an extended episode that lasted much longer than that. With this book it carried on a bit too much for my nerves, so it wasn’t all fun and games, but still a classic worth reading.

   Book Quotes:

“There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, 'Do trousers matter?'"
"The mood will pass, sir.”

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