Jeeves in the Offing

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10 thoughts on “Jeeves in the Offing

  1. says:

    The infamous cow creamer is back.
    Aunt Dahlia, Sir Roderick Glossop, and a whole slew of Bertie's nutty friends, ex-fiancees, and frenemies show up in yet another hilarious story.

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    This is also known as Jeeves in the Offing. <--because Jeeves takes off (ing?) for a vacation, leaving poor Bertie to fend for himself. Don't worry, he comes back at the end to sort it all out.

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    I know that it doesn't have a lot of Jeeves in it, and maybe that will cause some of you not to like it as much, but I really loved the story. Just the fact that Bertie & Glossop bond in this one made me laugh. Loved it!

    And the version I listened to had Ian Carmichael as the narrator.
    Bravo! Well done, sir!

  2. says:

    "He couldn’t have moved quicker if he had been the dachshund Poppet, who at this juncture was running round in circles, trying, if I read his thoughts aright, to work off the rather heavy lunch he had had earlier in the afternoon."
    Dachshund

    Usually I do not have trouble finding bazillion of quotes to use in my review for any book of the series. Sadly this time I came up with only (see above) and it is not outrageously funny. One has to take what one can get I suppose. It is a sign that the series runs out of steam by the time its book count reached twelve?

    One perfectly fine day Bertie Wooster was minding his business thinking his life could not possible be happier. He was reading a newspaper while eating a typical English breakfast
    English breakfast
    when he stumbled upon an announcement of his own engagement to Bobbie Wickham - he had no clue he was engaged. This made him realize that while his life could not be happier it could get much, much worse.

    It did. Soon after his Aunt Dahlia called him inviting him to visit for the purpose of helping entertaining her important guests, Bobbie Wickham among them. To make matters really bad, Jeeves was on vacation at the moment (judging a swimsuit competition among other things as it later turned out). So Bertie went and all the hell broke loose - as it is usually the case with him.

    In one of the previous books I complained Jeeves without Bertie is boring.
    Boring
    This book made me realized that Bertie without Jeeves can carry the story for a while, but it also becomes stale after some time. Jeeves did show up by the end of the book, but his contribution to the action was minimal and not too impressive. Helpful still tough.

    I was often amused reading the story. I even laughed out loud a couple of times. In the end I was disappointed. Considering that it included such colorful and excellent characters that were great in the early tales as Aunt Dahlia, Bobbie Wickham, Roderick Glossop, and even the famous cow creamer, it was fairly average as far as humor concerned. Any single person (or thing) from the list above could carry outrageously funny story. Here, taken together they were mildly amusing.
    Mildly Amusing

    I admit the rating should be higher than just 3 stars. In this case it reflects my disappointment that the aforementioned actors of the drama (and make no mistakes, from Bertie's point of view his tales are always dramas) could not deliver something better.

  3. says:

    Jeeves was right, but that title is wrong!

    The statement in title form, How Right You Are, Jeeves does two things. It tells you that Jeeves is going to offer up correct advice, as per usual. It also leads you to believe that Jeeves will play a large role in said title, and that is not the case. They should've stuck with the alternate title Jeeves in the Offing.

    Jeeves is Bertie Wooster's manservant. Jeeves has extracted Bertie from many a mishap. When Bertie is without Jeeves, he often finds himself neck-deep in the soup. When a Jeeves & Wooster book is without Jeeves, the book often drowns.

    How Right You Are, Jeeves is a perfectly adequate addition to the J & W series, but it's not one of P.G. Wodehouse's best. It lacks the wit and fun that fill the pages in spades when both Bertie and Jeeves are doling out the words. In this story, Bertie is left to fend for himself for the most part while his manservant is off on holiday. Jeeves briefly pops his head in to comment on the proceeds, but that's about it.

    Drawn again to Brinkley Court to partake in his aunt's French chef par excellence Anatole's cooking, Bertie soon finds himself embroiled in one ridiculous scheme after another, where the bog standard love triangle looks more like an octagon. The plot is a tad muddier than usual, as I don't feel Bertie has any great impetus pushing him on as is the case in other books.

    Another reason for this one feeling flat could be that it was written later in Wodehouse's life, being published in 1960 when he was 79. He would go on writing and publishing for another 15 years, but this is his twilight era stage and perhaps the old tried and true plots are getting a bit tired at this point.

    Even so, any Wodehouse fan can find plenty to enjoy in How Right You Are, Jeeves, such as recurring characters Aunt Dahlia, Sir Roderick Glossop, Bobbie Wickham, and the 18th century cow creamer.

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  4. says:

    In the offing, indeed! Where the hell is Jeeves?!

    Jeeves is Bertie Wooster's manservant. Jeeves has extracted Bertie from many a mishap. When Bertie is without Jeeves, he often finds himself neck-deep in the soup. When a Jeeves & Wooster book is without Jeeves, the book often drowns in said soup.

    Jeeves in the Offing is not one of P.G. Wodehouse's best. It lacks the wit and fun that fill the pages in spades when both Bertie and Jeeves are doling out the words. In this story, Bertie is left to fend for himself for the most part while his manservant is off on holiday. Jeeves briefly pops his head in to comment on the proceeds, but that's about it.

    Drawn again to Brinkley Court to partake in his aunt's French chef par excellence Anatole's cooking, Bertie soon finds himself embroiled in one ridiculous scheme after another, where the bog standard love triangle looks more like an octagon. The plot is a tad muddier than usual, as I don't feel Bertie has any great impetus pushing him on as is the case in other books.

    If my review sounds very similar to the one for How Right You Are, Jeeves it's because they are the same book with different titles, one for America and one for Britain. I guess Americans couldn't be trusted to understand what "offing" means.

  5. says:

    I am sure, somewhere PGW books are categorised under therapeutic books for stress. This one is a gem that might make casual observers of your reading gain evidence that you are off your rockers!

    Bertie is summoned by Aunt Dahlia to Brinkley while Jeeves is taking his off to judge beach side beauty pageants. Before reaching, he also finds from the Times (the paper), that he is engaged to Roberta Wickham, his personal nightmare and lover of his childhood friend Reggie Kipper. Brinkley spells chaos what with suspected kleptomaniac playboys, loony doctors in disguise, whangee wielding retired headmasters upset of bad press and more. Step up - Bertie, Bobbie and Kipper to bring more disorder to the proceedings. Jeeves has to break his offing to untangle the mess and save the Wooster name (more or less).

    I 'reeled' at some of the most insanely ingenious lines that pop out at you like ghosts out of fireplaces. sample this "There was the sort of silence which I believe cyclones drop into for a second or two before getting down to it and starting to give the populace the works".

    A total Stress Buster!

  6. says:

    What a breeze, this was a delightful read, maybe not the best of the Jeeves and Wooster books. Do you no what? It made me laugh and smile which is just the tonic needed after the debacle that was Murakamis' The Wind-up Turd Chronicle.

    Nearly got that guff out of my system once I've got through the letters of Mozart and a book by John Betjeman, this little trilogy of purging shall make oneself normal again

  7. says:

    I just love P.G. Wodehouse's stories. It was a pity Jeeves wasn't really in this one but I already have 2 more of these on my TBR pile, so yay! 😃

  8. says:

    One of those books in the Jeeves series in which young, bounding Bertie has to fend for himself, since Jeeves is off on vacation. The plot borrows several elements from previous Jeeves books, but is unputdownable all the same due to the usual comic Woosterisms, the highlight being his comic befriending of the loony doctor of old, Roderick Glossop.

  9. says:

    As a fan, one strolls away from the later Jeeves & Wooster novels with one’s hands deep in one’s pocket and a look across one’s face which can only can be described as perturbed. (Okay, ‘confused’ and ‘troubled’ would also be good adjectives; although ‘troubled’ might be over-stating things somewhat). You see there are still a lot of incredibly good jokes in these latter Jeeves & Wooster novels, there’s a lot of laughter on the pages, one is never going to feel short-changed on the comedy front. Yet there’s also an intangible and indescribable lack of something. Quite how you would define this something is an issue which is beyond even the greatest minds, but the joie de vivre (as our French cousins would say) in one’s heart upon reading the later Jeeves & Wooster novels most definitely comes with a caveat and footnotes. Undoubtedly this reluctance to fall to one’s knees and praise the later Jeeves & Wooster novels with every ounce of one’s being is a quirk unique to those who’ve read and enjoyed the earlier Jeeves & Wooster novels. One can find this reluctance worn like a scar on the soul of every single Wodehouse fan who has made their way right from the start of the saga to where one stands now with ‘Jeeves in the Offing’. As for all the joy within its pages, all the times it will make one laugh out loud, one can’t escape the truth that it simply isn’t as good as what went before. It lacks the spark and fizzle of the earlier Jeeves & Wooster novels: a quality wonderful and magical which existed within their pages, and which made them some of the funniest books ever to have been written in the English language, is sadly absent here. That’s not to say that ‘Jeeves in the Offing’ is a bad novel. It could still easily find its way into any list of the top two hundred comic novels ever written (if not scraping into the premier one hundred and fifty), but compared to its predecessors, a magnificent something is just lacking. ‘Right Ho, Jeeves’, ‘Joy in the Morning’ and ‘The Code of Woosters’ tower over it as the magnificent works that they are; while ‘Jeeves in the Offing’, for all the amusement within its pages, doesn’t have that spectacular sparkling something. Not that one wants to give ‘Jeeves in the Offing’ a bad review. To misquote Mark Antony, one comes to praise ‘Jeeves in the Offing’, not to bury it. This is a delightfully funny novel. It is always a joy to meet up again with Bertie Wooster and his man Jeeves, a pleasure to accompany them on one of their, never uneventful, jaunts to Brinkley Court. If one is already a fan, then the self needs girding as one needs to be aware that this is a book which will amuse greatly, but still leave one slightly unsatisfied – and that is without a doubt a perturbing sensation. However if one happens to be a neophyte, if one has never read any P.G. Wodehouse and has been told that Jeeves & Wooster is the best place to start and is wondering which volume to begin with, then by all means feel free to open the account with this one. This is a novel which will make any reader chuckle out loud, will beautifully introduce the uninitiated to Wodehouse’s brand of English silliness and to two of the greatest comic characters in the English language. One will have a glorious time reading this novel and will also have the hugely pleasurable sensation of realising that there exist other novels in this series which – for all the hilarity within the pages of ‘Jeeves in the Offing’ – contain that indefinable something which makes them some of the most magical pieces of fiction ever written.

  10. says:

    Another great farce. Twists and turns with Wooster reading he is engaged and his friend Kipper trying to marry the lovely vermillion head who gets him in an entanglement. Funny throughout with his aunt, cow creamer and his old school master from the past. Thankfully Jeeves solves all their problems albeit Bertie ending up looking like a loon.

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