As an antidote to the gloomy weather outside, treat yourself to Sebastian Faulks addition to the Jeeves chronicles. Faulks gamely takes on where famed author P.G. Wodehouse left off, without a misstep.
For those of you, who are not familiar with the series, the stories follow the escapades of Bertie Wooster, a trust fund young man and his butler Jeeves. With all the idle time afforded by the fund, Wooster manages to get himself into tangled social scrapes, and Jeeves sorts him out. The language is quick and will having you laughing aloud.
Faulks, a noted English novelist, has Wooster trade places with Jeeves -- acting as a butler to Jeeves. To say he is lost is a bit of an understatement. One bungled evening end is described thus, "The Woosters are generally acknowledged to be made of stern stuff. We did our bit in the Crusades and, I'm told, were spotted galloping into the French at Agincourt under a steady downpour of arrows. We don't duck a challenge (however) Just as in the normal day there is a sense of noblesse oblige, so in my position of humble footman I could see no way to be of further service. I therefore exercised the historic right of the worker to down tools and call it a day."
Give yourself an easy, enjoyable reading assignment this January and read this delightful next chapter of the masterful Jeeves and well-meaning Bertie. Faulks hasn't missed a beat.
Sebastian Faulks is the author of historical novels Birdsong and Charlotte Gray. He has tackled an encore of the Jeeves and Wooster stories as an appreciation for all the pleasure the novels have given him.
Life with Jeeves (see one of our earliest reviews)
Very Good Jeeves
Bridget Jones' Diary
by Helen Fielding