Sebastian Faulks. Jeeves and the Wedding Bells. 2013. Toff British drollery.
This tribute to P. G. Wodehouse’s iconic series featuring Jeeves and Wooster is superb, deftly evoking—thankfully not imitating—Wodehouse’s whimsical style while rendering the characters more serious and sharply etched. The bearded and bluff Sebastian Faulks, who wrote an enjoyable James Bond sequel in 2008, delivers Wodehouse’s usual absurdist hodgepodge of mistaken identities, country estates, disastrous dinner parties, rooftop getaways, and star-crossed romances. However, Faulks puts a novel spin on the Jeeves-Wooster relationship by dropping Bertie into the servant’s hall as valet to Jeeves, who finds himself masquerading as a peer for good and sufficient reasons (meaning Bertie is trying to help an old school chum regain his lost love). Meanwhile, Bertie himself has fallen in love yet again—but this time, Jeeves approves.