FICTION

Jeeves and the Leap of Faith

Little, Brown. Oct. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9780316541046. $28. F
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When P.G. Wodehouse died in 1975, it seemed that the whimsical world of Jeeves and Wooster had reached its natural conclusion. Thankfully, Schott (Schott’s Original Miscellany), chosen by the Wodehouse estate to revive the characters, continues the magic. Schott’s second foray into Wooster world (after Jeeves and the King of Clubs) is as dazzling as his first, with brilliant puns and laugh-out-loud prose. Everything one expects from Wodehouse is here: an outlandish plot, beloved characters, a Wooster aunt on the matrimonial warpath, gambling, nightclubs, and, inevitably, Jeeves to the rescue. Will Bertie Wooster have to go night-climbing (a popular pastime at Oxford and Cambridge Universities) even though it is prohibited? Will blackmail and dubious characters such as Spode and Whipplesnaith, prototype blackshirts, prevail? Stir in myriad love interests, cryptic crosswords, newts, broken engagements, and the Junior Ganymede club, whose members, it transpires, are a front for the British Intelligence Services, and you have a perfectly frothy concoction for invoking joy and laughter. For the unitiated, Schott provides a glossary, placing characters and events into historical and literary context.
VERDICT It’s a fizzer, chaps. An absolute corker.

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