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Out of Print Love

16th November 2011

I am not particularly interested in bookish news as, no doubt, you’ve noticed around these parts. However, The Millions often has some great articles and snippets, such as this little jewel.  Apparently Norton has a redesign of the Jeeves’ books, and they’re really delightful.

Very Good, Jeeves!

 Designer: Lilli Carre

The Inimitable Jeeves

 Designer: Jonathan Bartlett

Just Enough Jeeves
Designer: John Hendrix
The first two are my favorites, but the last is fun as well. Then, of course, there are also the beautiful covers on the Patricia Wentworth books, produced digitally by Open Road Media, proving ebook covers can certainly be lovely:

Though I am not normally a fan of covers with only partial body parts of women, I am also not a fan of full photos of people on the covers. I find it takes away from my own depiction of the characters. [Cue the “picky” jokes.] These, though, are well designed, and I love the image of London behind the title.

So. Have you come across any fantastic redesigns or out-of-print books being reprinted? I’d love to see them.

Ah, my man Jeeves

25th August 2010

P.G. Wodehouse. I wanted to read him for years. You know, on Twitter, there are frequent conversations about authors who intimidate us, authors we know we should read but don’t, etcetera, etcetera. I’ll be perfectly honest, I can’t stand Dickens. Nope, not even a little bit. No, not even that novel you love that you think I should just give a second chance. There are no second chances with Dickens. Life is short; Dickens is always long… winded, that is. However, I can also admit when I am wrong: I thought the Jeeves books would be a total joke, which in all fairness to me, they sort of are.

However, to call the genius that is Jeeves a total joke is the equivalent of comparing a 3-year-old’s knock-knock joke to Margaret Cho. (And that chick is fu-nny.) For those not in the know, this is Jeeves:

He’s thoroughly British, full of common sense, and 110% competent. He is valet to Bertie Wooster. Mr. Wooster…not so competent. Bertie is young, wealthy, and a bit of an airhead. He is constantly engaged to some woman or another, and usually, the engagement is either a ruse or the result of some verbal altercation with a beautiful but slightly crazy female. Jeeves is there to save the day, however.

I have now read two Jeeves stories: The Catnappers and How Right You Are, Jeeves. In both, I felt supremely sorry for Jeeves, who was attempting to visit relatives or take a small break from his exhausting boss. Alas, there are no holidays for valets. Instead, Bertie manages to ruin these mini-breaks, and Jeeves once again steps in to save Bertie and his surrounding cast of characters from disaster or at least, social disaster. The other recurring characters are Bertie’s aunts, whom he treats with loving disdain, referring to them as “aged relative” or “battle-ax.” The aunts are often as inane as Bertie but are also endearing and entertaining.

The plots are fast and funny, as is the dialogue. Wodehouse is a peach for knowing his grammar well enough to use it and misuse it well. Bertie will dangle a modifier and then humorously correct it. He is also one for malapropisms, and they are littered throughout the books. I highly recommend these social parodies; Wodehouse’s biting sarcasm equals the humorous social commentary Jane Austen was quite famous for. He just jazzes it up a bit.