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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Book Review : ‘Jeeves and the Wedding Bells' by Sebastian Faulks

To say that I am reading a PG Wodehouse book, after all these years, would be a little far flung. But to say, that I was reading a probable imitation of Wodehouse would be closer to the mark. Of course, Sebastian  Faulks, the  author calls it a homage to PG Wodehouse.

In 'Jeeves and the Wedding Bells', egad… it’s all there, the rich families, with their extended relatives, the mansions they live in, the butlers, footmen, the maids and the cooks. Of course, Jane Austen’s mention in this book seems, just about right. 

Also, present are the silly plot, and the loves and the lost loves of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, the imperturbable butler, dishing out his well-honed advice, which is all a part of the plot.

Sebastian Faulks does an excellent job of this, but we will come back to that later. Going back to the plot, it is time for Aunt Agatha again, with Wooster, managing the great escape to Kingston St Giles, in order to help his good friend, Beeching. All this, while Wooster is trying to get over his latest love, Georgiana Meadowes.

Sebastian Faulks
So, Wooster and Jeeves repair to the mansion, where they have the plan to exchange roles. So, we have Jeeves making out as Lord Etringham and Wooster as his butler, Wilberforce to complete the picture. The chaos ensues and we have a love triangle along with the family drama and tears.

I missed Wodehouse in parts, because you have the quintessential humour, but Faulks luckily knows this and does not attempt it. But the unmistakable wit and humour make their presence felt. The end is the best, of course, but when it happens there are times you don’t feel like letting go…

Author: Sebastian Faulks
Genre: Fiction
Publisher : Penguin Random House Books
ISBN : 978-0-099-58897-9
Price : Rs 299/-

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