Ring for Jeeves (Jeeves, #10)

By P.G. Wodehouse

Rating: 3 stars

I must say that I was somewhat disappointed with this novel. For a Jeeves and Wooster book it was missing a very important element – Wooster. Bertie is mentioned a few times but remains off the page, with Jeeves temporarily ensconced with Lord Rowcester of Rowcester Abbey and his attempts to make enough money to marry his love, with the usual Wodehousian mishaps.

The humour in this book felt a little forced to me. For a start it is set in the 1950s, and talk of the War, the atom bomb and the Social Revolution sits uneasily with Jeeves’ world as we have come to know it. I can see what Wodehouse was trying to do, but it didn’t quite pull off for me, however, now that I know what to expect, it’s probably worth a re-read. The book really did feel the poorer for its lack of Wooster, who is the perfect foil to Jeeves – himself, I feel, in this book becoming a parody of himself, I fear – and his lack is felt.

Book details

ISBN: 9781585675241
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Year of publication: 1953

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