The Code of the Woosters

The Code of the Woosters

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Fans devoted to the master of comic fiction P. G. Wodehouse are legion. He represents an antic high point in the world of farce and social satire. Best known for the creation of two fictional worlds based on Blandings Castle and the Wooster-Jeeves gentleman-valet duo, Wodehouse is appreciated the world over for his exceedingly clever and comically savvy send-ups of the idle rich in Edwardian England.

The series begins with two Wooster-Jeeves novels and one Blandings Castle novel. In The Code of the Woosters, it takes all the ingenuity of Jeeves, the "gentleman's gentleman" extraordinaire, to rescue his hapless and hopelessly obtuse young employer, Bertie Wooster, from the pickle of a plot to steal a silver jug from the home of an irascible magistrate. In Right Ho, Jeeves Bertie's old friend Gussie Fink-Nottle has fallen in love and, as usual, makes a hash of the affair until Jeeves comes to his rescue. Pigs Have Wings takes us to Blandings Castle, where a romantic comedy unfolds alongside the intrigue of the Fat Pig competition in Shropshire.

With each volume edited and reset and printed on Scottish cream-wove, acid-free paper, sewn and bound in cloth, these novels are elegant additions to any Wodehouse fan's library.

Publisher: Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 2000.
ISBN: 9781585670574
Characteristics: 286 p. ; 19 cm.


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EuSei Apr 12, 2016

He just streams silently from spot A to spot B, like some gas. (Wooster describing Jeeves.)

EuSei Apr 12, 2016

Wooster: What? incredulous! - Jeeves: Incredible, sir. - Wooster: Thank you, Jeeves. Incredible!

EuSei Apr 12, 2016

My intrepid attitude had a good effect. He became more composed. I don't say that even now we were exactly a couple of French aristocrats waiting for the tumbril, but there was a certain resemblance. (Wooster)

EuSei Apr 12, 2016

The feet became warmer, a sparkle returned to the lack-luster eyes, and the soul seemed to expand as if someone had got to work on it with a bicycle pump. (Wooster)

EuSei Apr 12, 2016

It just shows you how true it is that one-half of the world doesn't know how the other three-quarters lives. (Wooster)

EuSei Apr 12, 2016

I stared at the young pill, appalled at her moral code, if you could call it that. You know, the more I see of women, the more I think that there ought to be a law. Something has got to be done about this sex, or the whole fabric of Society will collapse and then what silly asses we shall all look. (Wooster)

EuSei Apr 12, 2016

Nice façade, spreading grounds, smoothly shaven lawns, and a general atmosphere of what is known as old-world peace. (Wooster)

EuSei Apr 12, 2016

You wrong me, relative. Except at times of special revelry, I am exceedingly moderate in my potations. (Wooster)


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EuSei Apr 12, 2016

The San Francisco Chronicle once wrote that “He who has not met Wodehouse has not lived a full life.” I concur with that comment! Wodehouse had the most incredible talent, that of writing exceedingly well. But it was one that was able to add unbridled fun in every other phrase—sometimes each single phrase for pages. Interesting of notice is the fact that, 20 years before his death, P. G. Wodehouse became an American citizen—which, in my book, counts several more points for him! The TV series (starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry) was able to only partially capture Bertie’s persona; interestingly, at least from this book, it is very hard to turn Jeeves into an incarnate person… Anyway, this book was published in 1938, but smart humor is timeless and this is one of the instances to prove it. Paraphrasing Anthony Lane of the New York, Wodehouse is the funniest, wittiest writer the human race has ever produced. (And next time someone calls you an "ignorant American" for using the term "old-world," refer to this book--see "Quotes"!) In a BBC broadcast in 1961 Evelyn Waugh said: “Mr. Wodehouse’s idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in.” Nuff said!

Sep 05, 2015

Probably humorous in it's time (1930's), this feels dated, like an old PBS British verbal slapstick in written form...but dated.


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EuSei Apr 12, 2016

I uttered an exclamash. (Wooster)


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