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Wake Up, Sir! by Jonathan Ames
  

Wake Up, Sir!

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A quirky, eccentric reimagining of the brilliant pairing of Jeeves and Wooster from the Jeeves novels of P. G. Wodehouse. It might be a little disconcerting to find the cover of this book is stamped with a number of American reviews stating this novel is "hilarious", can it live up to expectations... well this is certainly a witty and entertaining voyage of discovery. Jeeves is a wonder of self restraint and diplomacy while maintaining a subtle razor-sharp wit. Alan manages to combine nativity and a knowing self awareness along with a habitual fondness for blundering into unfortunate situations. It feels as though the author had fun writing this, the novel occasionally meanders around, darts off in different directions and asks a lot of questions; along with a good ponder over prejudice combined with some frankly slapstick moments, this is a provocative and stimulating read. ~ Liz Robinson

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'It’s rare, in my experience, to find a book that makes you laugh (and I mean really laugh, out loud), not only when you’re actually reading the book, but also in the days, weeks and months that follow, when a scene or a line somehow surfaces in your memory. It’s rarer still to find a book that does this, and which is littered with moments of genuine poignancy, but that’s what you will find in Wake Up, Sir!, by Jonathan Ames. It is in part an homage to the work of the great P.G. Wodehouse, but it is also much, much more. Fuelled by the same spirit of benevolence and good humour that pervades the great man’s work, Wake Up, Sir! goes far beyond pastiche to places even Wodehouse didn’t.' - Daniel Seton, Commissioning Editor, Pushkin Press

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Synopsis

Wake Up, Sir! by Jonathan Ames

A brilliant contemporary reimagining of the greatest comic relationship of all time, which goes far beyond pastiche to places even Wodehouse couldn't. Alan Blair, the hero of Wake Up, Sir!, is a young, loony writer with numerous problems of the mental, emotional, sexual, spiritual, and physical variety. He's very good at problems. But luckily for Alan, he has a personal valet named Jeeves, who does his best to sort things out for his troubled master. And Alan does find trouble wherever he goes. He embarks on a perilous and bizarre road journey, his destination being an artists colony in Saratoga Springs. There Alan encounters a gorgeous femme fatale who is in possession of the most spectacular nose in the history of noses. Such a nose can only lead to a wild disaster for someone like Alan, and Jeeves tries to help him, but...Well, read the book and find out! 'Too funny for the canon of high literature, the book is too brilliant to be mere diversionary humour' New York Press Jonathan Ames's latest comic novel is so brilliant and charming that any description of it is bound to be impossibly dull by comparison Seattle Weekly 'A Wodehouse novel for the recovery era' The New York Times Book Review 'What do you get when you cross Carry On, Jeeves with Portnoy's Complaint? ...Jonathan Ames's very funny new novel, Wake Up, Sir!' Newsday 'The X-rated Woody Allen'Guardian 'Ames is a remarkable comic writer. He excels at punching out hilarious monologues on subjects ranging from nose fetishes to the planks of Buddhism' Time Out New York Cause for celebration...As Jeeves himself might prompt Ames, 'Carry on, sir! Washington Post Pungent and hilarious, if completely off the deep end' Kirkus Reviews Jonathan Ames is the author of the novels Wake Up, Sir!, The Extra Man, and I Pass Like Night; a graphic novel, The Alcoholic, and the essay collections I Love You More Than You Know, My Less Than Secret Life, and What's Not to Love? He is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a former columnist for New York Press. Ames performs frequently as a storyteller and has been a recurring guest on David Letterman. He has fought in two amateur boxing matches as The Herring Wonder, and he has peformed in a number of shows. Ames had the lead role in the IFC film The Girl Under the Waves, was a porn-extra in the porn film C-Men, and played himself in a pilot episode for the Showtime network. At the time, he said, It's the role I've been waiting for! He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Reviews

'Too funny for the canon of high literature, the book is too brilliant to be mere diversionary humor' New York Press

'Jonathan Ames's latest comic novel is so brilliant and charming that any description of it is bound to be impossibly dull by comparison' Seattle Weekly

'A Wodehouse novel for the recovery era' The New York Times Book Review

'What do you get when you cross Carry On, Jeeves with Portnoy's Complaint? ... Jonathan Ames's very funny new novel, Wake Up, Sir!' Newsday

'The X-rated Woody Allen' Guardian

'Ames is a remarkable comic writer. He excels at punching out hilarious monologues on subjects ranging from nose fetishes to the planks of Buddhism' TimeOut New York

'Cause for celebration... As Jeeves himself might prompt Ames, 'Carry on, sir!'
Washington Post

About the Author

Jonathan Ames

Jonathan Ames is the author of the novels Wake Up, Sir!, The Extra Man, and I Pass Like Night; a graphic novel, The Alcoholic, and the essay collections I Love You More Than You Know, My Less Than Secret Life, and What's Not to Love? He is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a former columnist for New York Press. Ames performs frequently as a storyteller and has been a recurring guest on David Letterman. He has fought in two amateur boxing matches as The Herring Wonder, and he has peformed in a number of shows. Ames had the lead role in the IFC film The Girl Under the Waves, was a porn-extra in the porn film C-Men, and played himself in a pilot episode for the Showtime network. At the time, he said, It's the role I've been waiting for! He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Publication date

21st May 2015

Author

Jonathan Ames

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Publisher

Pushkin Press

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781782271215

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Pushkin Press is an imprint of Puskin Press

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