The Mating Season (Jeeves Omnibus #3.2) ★★★★½

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Title: The Mating Season
Series: Jeeves Omnibus #3.2
Author: P.G. Wodehouse
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Humor
Pages: 304
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

2 of Bertie Wooster’s friends get in a spot of trouble. To prevent the fiance of one of them finding out, Bertie fills in for Friend One and pretends to be him down in the country. Friend Two pretends to be Bertie’s serving man. Then shenanigans and Friend One shows up pretending to be Bertie. A Country Squire, a local policeman, several young ladies and a gaggle of Aunts are thrown into the mix.

Jeeves stirs everything, bakes it just right and from a gloopy mess comes a beautiful bunt cake complete with happy endings for just about everyone.

 

My Thoughts:

This was very much a situation of “The Right Book at the Right Time”. If I ever re-read this, I highly doubt I’ll rate it this high again. It was pretty much on par with most of the Jeeves books that have come before but this time I just laughed at almost every chapter.

Where does Wodehouse come up with the names he does? Finknoddle, Catsmeat, etc. They fit perfectly with Bertie’s personality and the situations he gets himself into. Jeeves was very much in the background for this book and it allowed Bertie to trample all over the story like a drunken elephant. It was glorious!

And to top it all off, Jeeves koshes a policeman on the back of the head. How great is that?

From the title, you can tell that a lot of young people are falling in and out of love at a moments notice and the story is driven by that force. While I did feel an occasional eye roll coming on, Wodehouse masterfully turned each instance of that into a very humorous situation. So far, I’ve usually been a fan of the short story collections that make up a Jeeves & Wooster book but this time, the novel length story actually worked for me.

★★★★½

 

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15 thoughts on “The Mating Season (Jeeves Omnibus #3.2) ★★★★½

  1. Oh Jeeves… Oh Bertie… Oh Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie for getting me into this series back in the day… And today it’s even raining like anything here in Oxford, which clearly means I should and must curl up with an old favourite, right?

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Absolutely! I just wish that Fry&Laurie were on amazon prime more often. I think last time it was I only got through half the available stuff before it went off of prime. Sigh…

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      • As a dreadful keeper of old tech, I have the whole set on DVDs (especially helpful in my household where the internet is notoriously shaky at best!) so I can happily lose whole weekends to the series!

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        • Bookstooge says:

          I’ve thought about doing that, but space. A 2 bedroom condo only has so much. With all of our books, it’s actually becoming a real issue.

          Plus, it’s SUCH a hassle to have to get up, change the dvd and then hit “play” on the remote after each dvd finishes. It’s practically slavery! 😉

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          • Hahahahaha!

            I know the pain, but have resolved to effectively wallpaper with bookcases and sleep amidst my hoard of books and DVDs and CDs, like the true dragon inside me… My bedsit really does look like the inside of a secondhand bookshop, but I can’t say as I have any regrets!

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  2. HCNewton says:

    That sounds very Jeeves and Bertie… Glad you enjoyed 🙂

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  3. Nice to hear how good this turned out to be. When eye-ball-rolling turns into funny moments, you know it’s done right.

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  4. Well good that this was the right book at the right time and turned out quite funny 🙂

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  5. savageddt says:

    Im behind on reviews again😖. This sounds like fun

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