My Man Jeeves

My Man Jeeves, first published in 1919, introduced the world to affable, indolent Bertie Wooster and his precise, capable valet, Jeeves Some of the finest examples of humorous writing found in English literature are woven around the relationship between these two men of very different classes and temperaments Where Bertie is impetuous and feeble, Jeeves is cool headed anMy Man Jeeves, first published in 1919, introduced the world to affable, indolent Bertie Wooster and his precise, capable valet, Jeeves Some of the finest examples of humorous writing found in English literature are woven around the relationship between these two men of very different classes and temperaments Where Bertie is impetuous and feeble, Jeeves is cool headed and poised This collection includes Absent Treatment, Helping Freddie, Rallying Round Old George, Doing Clarence a Bit of Good, Fixing It for Freddie, and Bertie Changes His Mind.
My Man Jeeves My Man Jeeves first published in introduced the world to affable indolent Bertie Wooster and his precise capable valet Jeeves Some of the finest examples of humorous writing found in English

  • Title: My Man Jeeves
  • Author: P.G. Wodehouse Martin Jarvis
  • ISBN: 9781572702875
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Audio CD
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    1. 'Sir?' said Jeeves, kind of manifesting himself. One of the rummy things about Jeeves is that, unless you watch like a hawk, you very seldom see him come into a room. He's like one of those weird chappies in India who dissolve themselves into thin air and nip through space in a sort of disembodied way and assemble the parts again just where they want them.Most people today probable associate Jeeves with the man that has all the answers not because they have read P.G. Wodehouse, but because they [...]

    2. This book is a big improvement over the first one, The Man with Two Left Feet and Other Stories. This one contains 9 stories with 5 of them telling Jeeves and Wooster adventures in New York. The first one was decent enough, but nothing to write home about; the next one finally delivered: it was amusing, clever, and the way Jeeves dealt with yet another difficult situation finally made me his big fan. I also need to mention that these 5 were all good: some better some worse, but in general good.T [...]

    3. Slapstick Aristocracy? I guess that pretty much sums it up. The butler is always smarter and more ingenious than anyone else in the book. :)It's pretty and pretty much the beginning of all other similar writings and imitators, and for that, I really appreciate it. Moreso, it's funny and still relevant even if it's just a tad dated. We've still got tons of historical novel interest, but this one was timely for its day in 1919.The timing and the idiocy and the fairly complicated plotting in the ba [...]

    4. What ho! This review lark is a rummy thing. Here I sit, drinking buckets of tea, that indispensable tissue restorative, waiting for the old muse to come up with something, squeezing the old bean until it turns purple, and the blighted screen remains stubbornly blank. What is a frightful chump like me to do? How interesting it must be to be one of those animal-trainer Johnnies: to stimulate the dawning intelligence, and that sort of thing.Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, best portrayal of J&W ev [...]

    5. One of the things Good Reads is particularly good for is answering strange little questions about ourselves. Questions we might not think to ask otherwise, but then when we do ask make us wonder how else we would ever have known… For example, the other day it struck me that I don’t really read any Wodehouse in the Summertime. And I’ve been able to check when I read all my Wodehouse's and it is true. I guess the reason for that is that I don’t need his warmth and sunlight and laughter in [...]

    6. I've read this all before! I know I sometimes complain that once you've read one Wodehouse story you've read them all, but no, I mean I literally have read all these stories already. Ah well, I've also seen every episode of shows like All In The Family or Are You Being Served? about half a dozen times, so why not give these wonderful words a rerun read through?Well the answer would be because this is not Wodehouse's best effort at joining up words in a pleasing manner. He's had better goes at it [...]

    7. I'd seen the 1990's British show Jeeves and Wooster back in junior high, but this was my first time actually reading the stories. I loved them, especially the way the character Jeeves himself breaks every stereotype of the mindless lapdog valet, proving himself to be extremely intelligent and unexpectedly resourceful despite his constant dedication to his job. There's tons of weird humor in the stories and all kinds of small adventures, not to mention wacky versions of the rich and strange and a [...]

    8. EXCERPT: Jeeves - my man, you know - is really a most extraordinary chap. So capable. Honestly, I shouldn't know what to do without him. On broader lines he's like those chappies who sit peering over the marble battlements in the Pennsylvania Station in the place marked 'inquiries'. You know the Johnnies I mean. You go up to them and say: 'When's the next train for Melonsquashville, Tennessee?' and they reply, without stopping to think, "Two-forty-Three, track Ten, change at San Francisco." And [...]

    9. The downside to acquainting yourself with Wodehouse, at a ripe old age, is that you don't glean anything else out of his writing other than the humor and that too appears to be strangely contrived in ways. And the repeated usage of words such as 'chappie', 'rummy' and 'chump' end up annoying you more than you thought was possible.Another author I should have read as a teenager. *sigh*

    10. 3-faithful-to-nostalgia-starsRe-reading childhood favorites may not always be a good idea.The caricatures images of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie will forever be etched in my mind as Jeeves and Wooster (can't imagine anybody else in the role of these two characters.) I don't know whether that is a good thing or notThe stories did manage to make me giggle and break out into a chuckle once or maybe twicen't say much beyond that. In all honesty it was just an okay read, which will be a 2 starred read [...]

    11. My Man Jeeves collection felt like an appetizer to me, small bites of petit-fours and cucumber sandwiches that serve best at wetting my appetite for the main course.1)Leave it Jeeves . Introduces the reader to the omniscient nature of Jeeves, "the brains of the establishment" as Bertie candidly admits. From picking the right clothes to sage advice about betting on the horse races, Jeeves is infallible. And when he's not 100 % successful, as in this opening short story, he can turn defeat into vi [...]

    12. 4.5 stars.This was awesome. British? Check. Hilarity? Check. Quirky characters? Check. Sidesplitting descriptions and dialogue? Check. I just *love* all the British-isms in both dialogue and descriptions. Some I had to google to know what they meant, but that just made it all the more fun. Oh, to talk like a Brit! I have so many highlights on my kindle. Bertie is a hilarious and quirky character, and his narration is just so fun to read. The situations he finds himself in are so amusing. And Jee [...]

    13. This is a collection of eight short stories written by P. G. Wodehouse. Four of them are Bertie and Jeeves stories, and four of them are about another character, Reggie Pepper. The Bertie and Jeeves stories are always very formulaic, in that each story involves one of the main character’s friends (or the main character) getting into some sort of scrape, which they then must find some ingenious way to get out of, which inevitably goes horribly, horribly wrong. Many hilarious hi-jinks ensue, but [...]

    14. A friend loaned me this book, having read the entire series, and I found it to be very funny and delightful! My "to read" stack is so high, I didn't feel like continuing with the series but I may take it up again someday. Great characters

    15. The first Jeeves-Wooster short story collection is akin to the wright brothers aircraft - surely a piece of genius but way ruddier than how you've grown to love them. My first audio book as well, this was a different experience.The book is complete with all the buffoonery, muddled up scenarios, slapstick wit and wry English humor. A collection of 8 stories - 4 of which featuring Reggie Peppers who seems like the earlier version of Bertie, always trying to help his friends. Reggie Peppers is said [...]

    16. I’m not absolutely certain of my facts, but I rather fancy it’s Shakespeare—or, if not, it’s some equally brainy lad—who says that it’s always just when a chappie is feeling particularly top-hole, and more than usually braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with a bit of lead piping. There’s no doubt the man’s right. ("Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest")"Jerome, are you there?" That’s what I thought after reading the first pages of Wodehouse's My Man Jeeves. T [...]

    17. I was a bit worried about this one. I knew Wodehouse was always considered one of the great comedy writers. Two of my favorite authors (Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett) both listed him as an influence to their work. There were plenty of signs that I shouldn't have worried. So why did I? Just a few reasons.- Comedy doesn't generally seem to stand the test of time as well as other genres. I generally don't find older comedy films all that funny. I'll get some flack for this, but I didn't find An [...]

    18. It's P.G. Wodehouse, so why not five stars?Well, here's the scoop. I love Bertie Wooster and Jeeves. One of the most clever duos to have ever graced the printed page. Between Jeeve's restrained resourcefulness and Bertie's self-admitted idiocy, there is a lot of potential for misadventure, and Wodehouse delivers it in droves. Half of the short stories in this volume are Jeeves and Wooster material. The other half is from what I glean as earlier material, with a main character named Reggie Pepper [...]

    19. 3.5 starsPretty good set of short humorous stories.This is the first thing I've read by Wodehouse, and from what I can tell from other reviewers, this isn't even his best stuff. Looking forward to getting my hands on more!

    20. By Jove! These chappies leading a rummy life sipping in their stiff b.-and-s.And all of a sudden Woosh! Jeeves and Bertie disappear to give way to Reggie and co.Eh? What the deuce?Overall this was bally awful! what?

    21. The Bertie stories in this collection are phenomenal, but the Reggie Pepper ones are tiresome.Upon reflection, I think I prefer Bertie to Reggie because Reggie doesn't have a foil; he thinks he's very clever, and of course ends up bungling everything. Bertie is self-aware enough that his troubles are amusing, as he's not creating them by attempting to be too smart. And Bertie doesn't worry too much about his own intelligence:I was stunned by the man's resource. "It's brain," I said; "pure brain! [...]

    22. After reading historical fiction and war fiction back to back for a month, I was dying to read something really light and refreshing. So we (Me and Iniya) decided to read this book. As we were told that it has many LOL moments, we were expecting it to be high on punch lines and hilarious situations. As soon as I read the first story, I felt a bit low about it. I was expecting the American type of humor, aggressive and ROFL inducing. But it's nothing like it. It's very subtle and a bit underwhelm [...]

    23. Hugh Laurie states the case admirably "The first thing you should know, and probably the last, too, is that PG Wodehouse is still the funniest writer ever to have put words on paper." I couldn't agree more."I'm not absolutely certain of my facts, but I rather fancy it's Shakespeare-or, if not, it's some equally brainy lad-who says that it's always just when a chappie is feeling particularly top-hole and more than usually braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with a bit of [...]

    24. P.G. Wodehouse is the funniest writer of the past century. Wodehouse defies superlatives. He is, quite simply, the best comedic writer to ever put pen to paper. I am a confirmed Wodehousian and revel in the man’s comedic genius. I have read numerous books by the great man and all, to one degree or another, are a delight. Sadly, My Man Jeeves, whilst perfectly fine, is not amongst his best work. Despite the book’s title, the book is not wall-to-wall Jeeves and Wooster, and half of the stories [...]

    25. A month is an unusually long time for me to take on a book, but this was just the perfect palate cleanser between other books. Finish something-or-other, not sure what I want to read next, or not ready to start something just before bed, or I don't have another book in my work bag (well, except for the other 400 titles on my kindle). Perfect for that. And it's probably a good idea for savoring the stories, too. Because Wodehouse can be a bit much of a muchness, reading the stories in one swell f [...]

    26. The first collection to feature the inimitable Jeeves and his hapless charge, Bertie! There are several other stories as well, most of them revolving around plots to woo standoffish young ladies or convince elderly relatives to fork over money, all of them going horribly wrong. I think my favorite thing about the Jeeves and Wooster stories is the way he describes Jeeves gliding in and out of rooms so silently that he frequently scares Bertie.

    27. Ah, Wodehouse is so delightfully funny. I always laugh reading his books, and this one was no different. I didn't realize it was short stories at first and so was a little confused when things changed in the second "chapter" but once I understood it, I really enjoyed the short story format. I'm a big fan of short stories and so I liked it!

    28. i feel somewhat cheated. only half of these stories were about jeeves and the other half were about some cove called freddie who i didn't like at all. give me more jeeves pleeves please .

    29. Shudder. Oh, no. No. This was supposed to be hilarious because of all the stupid nincompoop hijinks they get into, but how can anyone be this flat-out stupid? There's no hero to this tale. Everyone in the tale thinks Jeeves is. But he's not—except in matters of style and information. His big plans get Bertie and his friends into all kinds of trouble.Other than the vapid behavior on the part of grownups, it was the continual habitual lying that bothered me the most. It never worked and they nev [...]

    30. The best thing about being in a book club is when you discover a book you had never otherwise encountered, that moves you in some way. I had never heard of P.G. Wodehouse, and my only reference for Jeeves was the Ask Jeeves website. This collection comprises of the oldest Jeeves stories, most of which were published before 1916. They were delightful, timeless, clever, and often laugh-out-loud funny. Each follows a pretty clear formula: Wooster has a friend with a problem, Jeeves determines a far [...]

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