The Mating Season

The Mating Season

by P.G. Wodehouse

Bertie is of course one of nature's gentlemen, but the stakes are high: if all is revealed, there's a danger that Gussie's simpering fiancée Madeline may turn her wide eyes on Bertie instead.

It's a brilliant plan - until Gussie himself turns up, imitating Bertram Wooster.

  • Series: Jeeves
  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 4.27
  • Pages: 272
  • Publish Date: January 1st 2002 by Harry N. Abrams
  • Isbn10: 1585672319
  • Isbn13: 9781585672318

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First, the primer for anyone who has never read a Jeeves book before: Bertie Wooster is one of the idle rich in Edwardian England and Jeeves is his valet (or Gentleman's Personal Gentleman) who specializes in extricating him from trouble. Like pretty much all of P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves tales, this one involves romantic misunderstandings and Bertie Wooster trying his best to sort them out without Jeeves. Since I forgot most of this one, I thought for sure Bertie would wind up in stir for a month without the option, It was all sweetness and light by the end, though, as it usually is.

That's the sort of question one might ask when diving into a terribly tangled web of deceit such as you'll find in P.G. Wodehouse's The Mating Season, where a faked identity might be the only thing that saves our hero Bertie Wooster from the horrors of marriage! Wodehouse pushes his penchant for ridiculous names to the absolute limit in this volume.

Personally, I feel the five aunt plot device was underdeveloped. There was so much potential in it but it seemed that Wodehouse decided to let the aunts be on this occasion. I am surprised that most people seem to think that Wooster is bit of a saphead. It was loud in spots and less loud in other spots, and it had that quality which I have noticed in all violin solos, of seeming to last much longer than it actually did." * in case you have just landed on this planet recently, I am referring to the popular British show in which Wooster was played by Hugh Laurie.

9/10 Once again P.G.Wodehouse explores the subject of romance in this new Jeeves and Wooster novel. In this idyllic location ( one of those villages where picturesque cottages breed like rabbits ) , Cupid has been real busy and only the stalwart Jeeves could hope to unravel the tangled relationships involving : Claude Cattermole Pirbright - a.k.a. Catsmeat, his sister Cora Pirbright a.k.a. Corky - a persuasive young gumboil and former partner of Bertie in dancing school, Esmond Haddock - amateur singer at village festivals, his cousin Gertrude Winkworth, Queenie - a parlourmaid at Deverill Hall and her beau - village Constable Ernest Dobbs. My respect for him as an author was raised to a new high when I come upon this passage, where he rips the "fourth wall" and addresses the reader directly with his professional credo: In dishing up this narrative for family consumption, it has been my constant aim throughout to get the right word in the right place and to avoid fobbing the customers off with something weak and inexpressive when they have a right to expect the telling phrase. To give an idea of his incredible range, here is what Wodehouse substitutes in the book for "drunk" : - scrooched, - fried to the tonsils, - pie-eyed, - lathered, - a mite polluted, - doing the Lost Weekend, - getting tight, - pleasantly mellowed I've reached the end of the book, as usual, with a happy smile on my face, and with the pleasant thought that there are still so many books by the author waiting patiently for their turn on my reading list.

Bertie Wooster, his manservant Jeeves, and a bunch of Bertie's friends (Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeline Bassett, and Catsmeat Potter-Pirbright) end up on holiday at the country manor Deverill Hall, but at very different times. Bertie cannot imagine a fate worse than being married to the kooky, bizarre, airheaded Madeline, so he decides to impersonate Gussie at Deverill Hall so that Dame Daphne will be fooled and word won't get out that Gussie was arrested. Meanwhile, Corky of the vicarage, Catsmeat's sister, is in love with the young heir to Deverill Hall, Esmond. Meanwhile, the danger of Madeline remains, especially as she turns up at Deverill Hall and Gussie wants to break it off with her.

This book involves hoards of aunts, their nephews, nieces, Bertie, Jeeves and guest appearance by Thos, Bertie's transmitting of a cousin.

Having spent the previous two weeks reading the fourth volume of Stephen Kings Dark Tower series, which takes its inspiration from that very poem, it seemed as if the world was all coming together in a series of exciting connections. Okay, on a very basic level this is man reads book which reminds him of previous book, but I always like the thrill when coincidence takes two very different things and folds them over each other. Wouldnt Jeeves come up with a doozy of a plan to reach The Dark Tower quicker and do what needs to be done?

He worked with Cole Porter on the musical Anything Goes (1934) and frequently collaborated with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton.