Bertie's ingenuity is put to the test when Jeeves goes on holiday. Taking a trip to Brinkley Court should be a joy for Bertie. When, however, he discovers that his fellow guests are to include his former fiancee Bobbie Wickham, Mrs Cream the crime writer, Bertie's favourite brain specialist Sir Roderick Glossop and his equally popular ex-headmaster, prize-stinker Aubey Upjohn, Bertie looks set to have a troublesome time.
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Written in 1960, Jeeves In The Offing finds PG Wodehouse's best-loved characters on as fine form as ever. With Jeeves on holiday, Bertie Wooster accepts an invitation to Brinkley Court, where he hopes to pass a few pleasant days. However, there is little time to relax when the visit turns out to involve Bertie's ex-headmaster, a former fiancée, an eccentric playboy, and a purloined cow-shaped creamer. Bertie struggles to master the situation, but soon enough he needs to call for the assistance of his butler.
The supremely competent Jeeves saves the day as usual, able to assess any situation in a moment and dispense the appropriate advice. He guides his employer safely through numerous trials, with a great deal of humour derived from the very triviality of the obstacles which must be overcome, as well as the comic ways in which the difficulties are resolved.
Simon Callow's reading captures the characters' nuances perfectly--the Butler's "Very good, sir" and "Indeed, sir" (for example) have just the right measure of professional respectfulness, studied disinterest, and a slightly superior air. As with the other cassettes in the Penguin series, Jeeves In The Offing provides a wonderful rendition of Wodehouse's expertly-crafted material. --John OatesReview:
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