❋ ❋ ❋ ❋Sebastian Faulks does an excellent job capturing Wodehouse's tone and it was brilliant to see both Jeeves and Wooster back on the scene in top form!
Bertie is a very generous soul willing to do practically anything to help out his friends, but he doesn't quite have it all when it comes to the brains department. It's a good thing he has Jeeves to back him up! Here he tries his best to help both Georgiana Meadows and "Woody" Beeching out in love - they're not a couple but are in two separate relationships. Well...Woody actually goes to Jeeves, but either way this leads to an awesomely hilarious role reversal with Jeeves as "Lord Etringham" and Bertie playing "Wilberforce," Etringham's gentleman's gentleman.
You, like me, might be wondering how Bertie pulls that off since he's never so much as made a cup of tea in his life. Let's just say as usual, Jeeves has quite a few tricks up his sleeve to make sure things turn out alright.
Faulks actually works in a few real world references and, although Wodehouse rarely if ever does this, he managed to make it work. The most important part for me was if he could pull off the dialog, sense of humor, and overall tone of the original stories. Faulks gets it to a tee for all of the characters, but most importantly Bertie and Jeeves are dead on and that's exactly what I was hoping for in this brilliant homage.
Finally, as much as I loved the ending and felt warm fuzzies all over, I'm not quite sure what to make of it. (view spoiler)[I mean, will Jeeves and Wooster really march down the aisle with their newfound significant others?! (hide spoiler)] Maybe Faulks will write another installment for us! By the way, if you couldn't tell, I pictured a young Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry reprising their roles while reading.
I read this from June 9 - 10, 2014 and my review is also available on Goodreads.