Books

The Code of the Woosters

Bertie Wooster is THE MAN !
Actually, Jeeves is truly THE MAN.

For those of you who have been blessed enough to have watched the 1990s Jeeves and Wooster series with the wonderful Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, the books just vividly bring the visuals of that series to life as you read.
The writing and characterisation is witty, quaint, slightly dotty and a downright pleasure to read.
Bertie, in the books, is not quite the full-on bungler that you would perhaps believe him to be. He seems to be more often caught between a friend and a hard place, and usually at the pointy end of an attempt at blackmail.

In "The Code of the Woosters" Bertie is at the mercy of his Aunt Dahlia and her need for a silver cow creamer. Unfortunately his stomach gets the better of him when Aunt Dahlia threatens to withdraw his access privileges to the heavenly Anatole (Dahlia's cook). And if there is one major weakness to Bertie, it is Anatole's cooking.
So, Bertie is bundled off to a country house to steal back the underhandedly purchased cow creamer. In the midst of this he is requested to sort out not one, but two betrothals. He is threatened with jail and with bodily harm by the head of the "Black Shorts", all the while.
It takes Jeeves and his Gentlemen's Gentlemen club to sort out the "Black Shorts" and the threat of Bertie marrying a family member to finally win out across the betrothals, blackmail, and eventually Aunt Dahlia's cow creamer.

The book is surprisingly long for the fairly simple comedy-farce plot, but the language is just so evocative of the inter-war period right into the 1940s proper, that it is a delight and rarely sags.

I would have to give this a 4 out of 5 for ease and crispness of reading, as well as a bit of a giggle.

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