Thank You Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

Another witty funny read from the posh world created by Wodehouse giving a window into the absurdities and idiosyncrasies of the upper class in England via the modicum of the hapless Bertie Wooster and his butler Jeeves.

In this caper Jeeves feels that he has no other choice that to leave the employ of his master because of Bertie’s sudden enchantment with a banjolele (i imagine its a cross between a banjo and a ukelele). Needless to say hilarity ensues when Bertie is without his somber man who had a knack for keeping him out of trouble.

Would I read it again? I douhbt it but i did enjoy it much like one enjoys an afternoon romp 😉

Rated 6

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Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

When I read Wolf Hall I gobbled it down much like my 9 year old stuffs chocolate cake in his much barely chews before swallowing. Much to my regret I realized what a wonderful read it was when I had finished. So , when I borrowed the sequel ‘Bring Up the Bodies’ I vowed to take my time, to be a seasoned gastronome of the written word and savor every turn of phrase, prose, ….basically really take my time with it. And , oh boy was it worth it!

Mantels setting of the scenes allows you to feel the fear and terror of being at the whim and beck and call of arguably history’s most interesting king Henry viii. Her portrayal of the somewhat inept king is brilliant. The reason d’etre of Cromwell is as clear as how you would think in your head ( at least it feels like that is how I would think). Her style of explaining complex political intrigues and making them sound normal is unsurpassed. Anne Boleyn plays less of a role in this book and we are introduced to Jane Seymour and an interesting side to Jane Seymour is presented. 

THis has to be the first Man Booker prize winning book (s) that I have liked and loved!

Will I read more Mantel?   YES!!!!

 

Rated 9

Will I add to my personal collection – Yes!