Thursday, 23 October 2014

Book Review - Thank You, Jeeves

This book is both ridiculous and humorous. It makes you look stupid when you laugh out loud in a public place at what appears to be nothing, yet gives you a boost if your day isn't going quite to plan. Definitely a fine bit of bedtime reading, the plot is certainly original, if not just plain odd. At times it can be quite frustrating (watch Mr Bean's Holiday and you'll see what I mean) but I think that is what kept me reading.

The basis of the story is that Bertram Wooster moves to the English countryside because his neighbours and butler hate his banjolele playing. (I didn't know what it was either until I looked back at the front cover and realised how stupid I was being). So Bertie, after receiving notice from his butler Jeeves, retires to a home far away from anyone who can discourage his musicality.

However, his new butler is a loon and after a series of improbably unfortunate events, his banjolele is burnt up along with his new house. Bertie turns to Jeeves for a helping hand and luckily, Jeeves has no hard feelings and suggests he goes back to being his butler.

The novel ends much the same as it started, the only difference being Jeeves who has replaced the banjolele.

An adult with a sense of humour and a love for annoying posh people would be the most suitable reader for this book. But any grown up would do.

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