I don't know if you have had the same experience, but the snag I always come up against when I'm telling a story is this dashed difficult problem of where to begin it. It's a thing you don't want to go wrong over, because one false step and you're sunk. I mean, if you fool about too long at the start, trying to establish atmosphere, as they call ...
I don't know if you have had the same experience, but the snag I always come up against when I'm telling a story is this dashed difficult problem of where to begin it. It's a thing you don't want to go wrong over, because one false step and you're sunk. I mean, if you fool about too long at the start, trying to establish atmosphere, as they call it, and all that sort of rot, you fail to grip and the customers walk out on you. Get off the mark, on the other hand, like a scalded cat, and your public is at a loss. It simply raises its eyebrows, and can't make out what you're talking about. And in opening my report of the complex case of Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeline Bassett, my Cousin Angela, my Aunt Dahlia, my Uncle Thomas, young Tuppy Glossop and the cook, Anatole, with the above spot of dialogue, I see that I have made the second of these two floaters. I shall have to hark back a bit. And taking it for all in all and weighing this against that, I suppose the affair may be said to have had its inception, if inception is the word I want, with that visit of mine to Cannes. If I hadn't gone to Cannes, I shouldn't have met the Bassett or bought that white mess jacket, and Angela wouldn't have met her shark, and Aunt Dahlia wouldn't have played baccarat. Yes, most decidedly, Cannes was the point d'appui. Right ho, then. Let me marshal my facts. I went to Cannes-leaving Jeeves behind, he having intimated that he did not wish to miss Ascot-round about the beginning of June. With me travelled my Aunt Dahlia and her daughter Angela. Tuppy Glossop, Angela's betrothed, was to have been of the party, but at the last moment couldn't get away. Uncle Tom, Aunt Dahlia's husband, remained at home, because he can't stick the South of France at any price. So there you have the layout-Aunt Dahlia, Cousin Angela and self off to Cannes round about the beginning of June. All pretty clear so far, what?
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How many books make you laugh out loud today.
Wodehouse's books contain some of the broadest, most imaginative and most enjoyable imagery and his original use of simile is unique.
If you have never read Wodehouse you are missing a treat. You will have to search hard to find his equal anywhere else in the whole of English literature."
May 17, 2007
Do you know any other author who could so intricately weave the life of newts and a temperamental french chef into a love story set in the English countryside? Wodehouse was a magician. Right Ho Jeeves was my first foray into the rarified atmosphere of sublimely crafted Wodehouse humour. Although set in a time many decades ago, the story is like a time capsule, merth is liberated with the turning of each page. Its a cracker and you'll be hooked on Wodehouse. I've have bought and read two more of his books within three weeks.
Publishers Weekly, 2009-10-26 Martin Jarvis again lends his talents to the works of Wodehouse, this time delivering an outstanding rendition of the misadventures of Bertie Wooster and his indispensable valet, Jeeves. We follow Bertie from one madcap exploit to the next, as he and Jeeves attempt to navigate a wacky world replete with love triangles, meddling aunts and irate chefs, and populated by the likes of Gussie Fink-Nottle, the renowned newt fancier; the gluttonous Tuppy Glossop; and the loopy Madeline Bassett. When a controversial addition to the young master's wardrobe begins to undermine Bertie's relationship with Jeeves, will Bertie be able to go it alone and extricate himself from imbroglio after imbroglio? Jarvis shines; his portrayal of Bertie, Jeeves and the entire bizarre cast is meticulous. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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