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#1 Ted Keer

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 11:49 AM

Can someone who is a fan of Wodehouse suggest what they think would be the most accessible or best of the Jeeves and Wooster novels? Thanks.



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Posted 27 September 2010 - 04:13 PM

I suggest starting with The Inimitable Jeeves. Itís a short story collection, but the stories fit together, thereís continuity, so itís pretty much a novel. If youíve seen the TV show youíll find that most of the stories were adapted (maybe 80%), but ďThe Great Sermon HandicapĒ wasnít, and itís one of the best.

Iím a huge fan, and I say plan on reading them all, but if you must have a single full novel recommendation to start with I say Right Ho, Jeeves, particularly for the drunken prize scene.
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Good, but better in the book. Wodehouseís stories are often like operetta plots, but with his language replacing the music. Randís favourite, The Gypsy Princess by KŠlmŠn, is pretty similar to a Wodehouse plot.

BTW donít start with Extricating Young Gussie, that was literally the first short story written but itís not quite in the mold (Jeeves plays virtually no role in it). Not that itís bad, just not representative.

If youíre into audiobooks, Wodehouse is well represented. Seek out Jonathan Cecilís versions (Audible has them). Jeremy Sindenís also great, though I havenít heard him do any of the Jeeves books.

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 07:29 PM

Thanks, Dennis. That was very helpful. The library at the school where I am taking night classes has Inimitable and several of the audio recordings. I will pick something up tomorrow night.



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Posted 22 November 2010 - 05:18 AM

I would recommend The World of Jeeves, a collection of 34 short stories of Jeeves and Wooster. It starts out with the story “Jeeves Takes Charge,” where Bertie first meets Jeeves, and it goes right on from there. It also contains the story mentioned above, “The Great Sermon Handicap,” but I haven’t gotten to that one yet.
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I bought this volume when I noticed that a local Bangkok bookstore had many Wodehouse books, and I’d like to read the entire Jeeves canon eventually. I first ran into Wodehouse books in my high school library in the 1960s, and I became an addict. I only got to see a couple of the TV episodes with Fry and Laurie, but they were great.
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 11:08 AM

I think this is another case where, as with Douglas Adams, I prefer to watch, rather than to read the comedy. I did take several titles out of the library, but found them difficult to get into. But then I found the series broadcast by PBS with Fry and Laurie, and have watched the first four episodes and greatly enjoyed three of them so far.



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Posted 22 November 2010 - 05:27 PM

I found the series broadcast by PBS with Fry and Laurie

I watched the whole series at least twice before ever picking up one of Wodehouseís books, so my experience is that it's a great introduction. You'll notice the casting change over the course of it, it's not until the third season that they got a Madeline Bassett who was really ideal.

Thereís also a series from the 70ís called Wodehouse Playhouse thatís worthwhile, the main problem with it is that it has a laugh track. Thereís no overlap with the Jeeves stories, they mostly come from the Mulliner series.
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 06:09 PM


I found the series broadcast by PBS with Fry and Laurie

I watched the whole series at least twice before ever picking up one of Wodehouse's books, so my experience is that it's a great introduction. You'll notice the casting change over the course of it, it's not until the third season that they got a Madeline Bassett who was really ideal.

There's also a series from the 70's called Wodehouse Playhouse that's worthwhile, the main problem with it is that it has a laugh track. There's no overlap with the Jeeves stories, they mostly come from the Mulliner series.


They have it on netflix and have added to my queue.



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Posted 22 November 2010 - 07:30 PM

I'm a third of the way through "Carry On, Jeeves," my first:

I would say laugh out loud, shit in your pants funny, but I'm not sure Jeeves would approve. :unsure:

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 08:41 PM

I'm a third of the way through "Carry On, Jeeves," my first:

Then youíre about due to read Wodehouseís ingenious adaptation of Proverbs 6-6.

I would say laugh out loud, shit in your pants funny, but I'm not sure Jeeves would approve. :unsure:

Indeed, he may be forced, with great reluctance, to give his notice. Purple socks he can abide, however briefly, but never dare to bring home a banjolele. For the show they switched it to a trombone.
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Posted 02 February 2012 - 08:18 PM

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Wahoooooo!!!!! Can't wait to see who they cast as the Empress!!!!!

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 09:06 PM

If they can't find the perfect porcine princess, maybe they can persuade the divine Jennifer to double up on her roles.Can't wait to see her as Aunt anyway.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:14 PM

I use to watch wooster & jeeves all the time now it is house for me god I love Hugh Laurie he is the best .

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:59 AM

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:44 PM

Wahoooooo!!!!! Can't wait to see who they cast as the Empress!!!!!

Oh dear.  Can you imagine doing Porgy and Bess with an all white cast?  Well look what they cast as the Empress:

 

 

Now maybe I'm going to be too much of a purist for this.  Ugh.  The 9th Earl is not vague looking enough.  Not even close.  And too well dressed.  Lady Constance seems good, maybe too young looking.  Freddie (I assume the guy with the funny hair is him) looks about right too.  No freaking way in hell would Beach the Butler ever do some Ragtime dance while playing piano.  Not only does he not play piano, but he 'suffers from his feet'!  Haven't these people read the books!  AAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!!

 


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Posted 03 March 2013 - 04:58 PM

Can you imagine doing Porgy and Bess with an all white cast?  Well look what they cast as the Empress:

Aww, the Empress has handed in her dinner pail! I suspect this is the first manifestation of a curse that will plague all future light-complected porco-thespians who attempt to portray "that magnificent animal". It's going to be like signing on to be the drummer for Spinal Tap, you'll see.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 09:29 AM

No...no..oink it isn't so! Not the Empress!



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Posted 10 March 2013 - 06:03 PM

Fun Wodehouse fact: His beloved school Dunwich was founded in 1619 by an actor. who provided for the education of "12 poor scholars, by God's Gift."

 

 Other gifted alumni worthy to stand beside Pelham Grenville include Sir Ernest Shackleton and Raymond Chandler.

 

It's too Dorothy Dunnett for words.



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Posted 10 March 2013 - 07:34 PM

Fun Wodehouse fact: His beloved school Dunwich

Ahem, it's Dulwich.

http://en.wikipedia....Dulwich_College

And as for the stars being God's daisy chain, they're nothing of the sort!
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Posted 10 March 2013 - 07:37 PM

Of course it is Dulwich. God is better at prognosticating Drones than anybody. He loves me, he loves me not.....






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