Today’s #FridayReads include two books on real and fake language, and an essay collection on making writing thrilling in all genres. WORDS ON THE MOVE: Why English Won’t – and Can’t – Sit Still (Like, Literally) by John McWhorter A bestselling linguist takes us on a lively tour of how the English language is evolving before our […]
P.G. Wodehouse was one of the finest comic English writers ever, gifting the world with his delightful duo Bertie Wooster (a young man about town) and his butler, the inimitable Jeeves (the very model of the modern manservant). Now the Wodehouse estate has given their blessing to internationally acclaimed novelist Sebastian Faulks, who has brought Bertie and Jeeves back for the first time in nearly forty years in JEEVES AND THE WEDDING BELLS.
In this hilarious affair of mix-ups and mishaps, Bertie agrees to “help” his old friend Peregrine “Woody” Beeching regain his fiancée even though he's nursing a bit of his own heartbreak. Plan A fails spectacularly, and suddenly Jeeves ends up having to impersonate one Lord Etringham, while Bertie plays the part of Jeeves’ manservant “Wilberforce." From there the plot becomes even more hilarious and convoluted, in a brilliantly conceived, seamlessly written comic work worthy of the master himself.
Critics agree, giving JEEVES AND THE WEDDING BELLS FOUR STARRED pre-pub reviews, with major publicity expected from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, CNN.com, and the Daily Beast (to name a few), as well as a December Indie Next pick:
“Faulks has captured Bertie’s voice, his innocent zest and his spirited banter with Jeeves to a fare-thee-well... Faulks has risen to the challenge splendidly with this ‘homage’ to Wodehouse. Jeeves and Wooster live again!”
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"OK, fine, this P. G. poseur gets the plot right, but what about the all-important patter, the Bertie-isms and the priceless Bertie-Jeeves dialogue duets. But Faulksie nails it again, evoking rather than imitating, but doing so in perfect pitch. Top drawer!”
— Booklist, starred review
“Let word go forth, from Mayfair to Herald Square, from Piccadilly to Kansas City: Jeeves and Wooster are back and in fine fettle. After sampling this tasty bonbon, Wodehouse fans and new readers will want to go back to the original series.”
— Library Journal, starred review
“In addition to concocting an intricate farce complete with fresh metaphors and literary allusions worthy of the master himself, Faulks has varied the standard Wodehouse formula in ways both subtle and daring. The heartwarming denouement, which reveals how the godlike Jeeves has manipulated the action from behind the scenes, humanizes Bertie and Jeeves as Wodehouse never did. In my humble opinion, Faulks has outdone Wodehouse.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review
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