Thursday, February 17, 2011

Very good, Jeeves

Very Good, JeevesVery good, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse
Evan’s ESS = 8.75 out of 10
Erin’s ESS =  out of 10
Content = PG (Adult Content, Ignorance, Poorly Thought out Schemes)

Why: Our response to this novel is very simple – Very good, P.G. Wodehouse.

Very good, Jeeves is wildly funny as it explores the many misadventures of an inept English gentleman, Bertie Wooster.  Through his first person account, the reader is introduced to eleven different, yet equally awkward situations, only to be outdone by the main character’s woefully inadequate escape plans.  Even better, Bertie is as blind to his incompetence as Heathcliff is to his selfishness (sorry we had to go there).  Fortunately for Bertie, his capable butler is always one step ahead.

Very good, Jeeves is a light read with many laughable moments.  In his arrogance, Bertie Wooster is a wonderful character and is the perfect balance against the genius of his butler.  The dialogue is wonderfully witty and delightfully complex.  We cringed every time Bertie proudly announced that he had once again solved the dilemma with a brilliantly devised, failsafe plan.  Fortunately, Jeeves was always nearby considering the best option out of the forthcoming disaster.  Together, the pair is comic gold on par with __________ (insert preferable comedian). 

Step aside Batman & Robin, Luke & Han, and Frodo & Sam, there’re two new sheriffs in town... Only, as soon as we figure out who they are, we’ll let you know... 

Editor’s Note: Special thanks to The 200lb Man for the recommendation!!!