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Jeeves and the Leap of Faith de Ben Schott
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Jeeves and the Leap of Faith (edició 2020)

de Ben Schott (Autor)

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Títol:Jeeves and the Leap of Faith
Autors:Ben Schott (Autor)
Informació:Hutchinson (2020), 352 pages
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Jeeves and the Leap of Faith: A Novel in Homage to P. G. Wodehouse de Ben Schott

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Cannot match the humour of P.G.Wodehouse but does have some funny parts, e.g. College dinner, Cambridge University rituals, Aunt Agatha and climbing buildings ( )
  jon1lambert | Jul 21, 2021 |
"Sometimes, Bertie," she pulled from her sleeve a hideous mauve handkerchief and began dabbing her eyes, "sometimes I wonder if Roderick is less interested in the tender shoots of our precious love than he is in fomenting a Fascist dictatorship." ( )
  Jon_Hansen | May 19, 2021 |
Ahhh, Jeeves and Wooster! Are there any literary couples who engender such happiness, not to mention tales of laughter, at the mention of their names? Very few, I'll wager.
And yet, since Plum is gone, a Wodehouse fan is left to read and reread, with no hope for more, for the most part. The Wodehouse estate has authorized only a few authors to use the beloved characters in new books. Sebastian Faulks wrote one, which I enjoyed very much, but stopped there.

Now along comes Ben Schott, who pens not one, but TWO Jeeves and Wooster tomes, and has me chortling delightedly once again. Schott's first was Jeeves and the King of Clubs, and this one, Jeeves and the Leap of Faith followed closely on its heels, in terms of both publication date and plot.

Schott has expanded Wodehouse's Woosterian parameters in two ways: first, he sets the books in the World War 2 era and deals directly with the fascist movement in a broader societal setting, giving the old favorite target of the Black Shorts, Roderick Spode, a juicy role; secondly, he casts Jeeve's' Ganymede Club as an asset for British Intelligence. Who else, but a Gentleman's Personal Gentleman or a Butler or a Valet has such unrestricted access to the tony set, and who least suspected of spying?

Bertie, of course, is recruited to help. As one might imagine, this sets the hapless fellow on path strew with complications and mishaps from a croquet challenge to a soaring trifle to night climbing in Cambridge. The plot itself is fun, and Schott seeds his story with the off-hand allusions and minutia of British culture of that era which appear like Easter eggs in the long grass as one strolls along. One theme that runs through the book is Bertie's attempt to complete a very British crossword puzzle, the clues for which are likely to confound those who have not attempted such a feat before. Helpfully, the author includes all the clues and the answers at the end of the book, along with notes on phrases, allusions, and events In the text. The notes were quite as much fun to read as the book itself.

Perhaps the most impressive part of Jeeves and the Leap of Faith is the way in which Schott absolutely captures Wodehouse's style, in both phrasing and, perhaps more importantly, cadence. There's a rhythm to a Wodehousian sentence, and the author recaptures it beautifully. Honestly, I'm frightfully sad that I've just finished this one and will have to wait for the next. Be warned, after reading these two, the reader will be as thirsty for more as Tantalus was, standing in his watery pool. Happily, it appears that our wait will not be quite as long as the unfortunate Greek's Huzzah! ( )
  aimeesue | Oct 17, 2020 |
At the best of times I love a comic novel, and these have not been the best of times. I really, really needed an entertaining read right now. And I found it in Jeeves and the Leap of Faith, Ben Shott's second homage to P. G. Wodehouse's classic Wooster and Jeeves novels.

Shott brings Wodehouse's eccentric characters back to life, embroiled in a zany and complicated tangled plot of comedic excellence.

Over the course of a week, Bertie evades matrimony, helps save the Drones club from insolvency, goes undercover for the government, battles fascism, challenges Jeeves choice of bedroom wallpaper, and stands up to his formidable Aunt Agatha.

Strange things go on. What's even stranger is that they are based on history! Like the annual Boot-Finding in Spitalfields Market and the Pavement Club, a Cambridge society that sat on the pavement on Saturday afternoons, and the Hysteron Proteron club of Balliol College that in the 1920s spent a day living backward. Also appearing are the night climbers of Cambridge and the daring leap that gives this volume its name.

Throughout the novel, Bertie struggles with the Times crossword puzzle, which is included in the endnotes for readers to solve!

I am fortified with gladness, ready again to face the chaotic world.

I received a free galley from the publisher through NetGalley. My review is fair and unbiased. ( )
  nancyadair | Oct 6, 2020 |
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

What a treat to get an unexpected sequel to Ben Schott's excellent "Jeeves and the King of Clubs".

I'm usually wary of Wodehouse pastiches – anyone wanting to see what bilge they can be might want to consult any recent speech by our beloved PM – but Schott captures the joy of PG's writing. His linguistic dexterity is more than up to the task (this review could easily be a stream of quotes from the book) and he gets the often-unrecognised tightness of Wodehouse's writing. All with a brand new set of japes and angles for Bertie to be drawn into.

Just the thing for dark and gloomy evenings in dark and gloomy times. Top-hole. ( )
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