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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #165 on: November 01, 2016, 12:28:23 am »
A second book finished... and in such quick time, too!  This one I picked up at the Book Fair, I just had to: "Jeeves And The Wedding Bells.  I mean, come on!  Very cryptic, but either Jeeves or Wooster getting married, I have to see how that turns out.

Well, the actual wedding, the matrimonial bliss, spoiler alert, isn't in the book.  I wanted to see the whole family and relations in that setting, I thought that's what the book would be.  No no.  I'm a BIT disappointed about that, because the entire prospect of marriage is at the end of the book, the last chapter, to a point where it feels anti-climactic.

But that's my only issue with the book.  Everything else worked very well for me (though I understand some **** fans weren't totally satisfied).

While I haven't had the pleasure of reading the Wodehouse original books, I have enjoyed some of the old movies and of course the classic television adaptation of Jeeves and Wooster, and the book really does feel like the big "series finale" to the whole thing that the proper show never really had, tying up loose ends, having Bertie recognize one of Jeeves' quotations for the first time, and obviously getting Bertie to settle down, which Aunt Agatha has been pressuring him for ages (and of course, the stake that Jeeves would leave when Bertie gets tied down, since Jeeves is acting as a bit of a minder for sir).

And the tone was perfect, I couldn't help but read Bertie in Hugh Laurie's voice and Jeeves in Stephen Fry's, pitch perfect the whole way through, and nailing the rhythm, the specific humour and so on.  Though I was picturing Daisy Ridley as Georgianne, which creates a weird temporal displacement when paired up with young Laurie.

I also couldn't help but chuckle at the reference to an upcoming expedition to Egypt, alluding to Highclere Castle (where they shot Downton Abbey AND a few episodes of J&W).

 

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