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"Mr. Wodehouse's idyllic world can never stale." --Evelyn Waugh

About the Author

Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE (15 October 1881 - 14 February 1975) was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more than seventy years and continues to be widely read. Wodehouse's main canvas remained that of pre-war English upper-class society, reflecting his birth, education, and youthful writing career. An acknowledged master of English prose, Wodehouse has been admired both by contemporaries such as Hilaire Belloc, Evelyn Waugh and Rudyard Kipling and by modern writers such as Douglas Adams, Salman Rushdie and Terry Pratchett. Best known today for the Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels and short stories, Wodehouse was also a playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of 15 plays and of 250 lyrics for some 30 musical comedies. Wodehouse is one of the best of British Humor writers! Enjoy!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146626893X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466268937
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Flash Sheridan on February 19, 2012
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Mesnenor's review and Wikipedia do a good job of covering the facts, so I'll just add a subjective judgement: If you're new to Jeeves or Wodehouse, don't be tempted by the chronology and the availability of a Project Gutenberg edition: This is the wrong place to start on Jeeves, and Reggie Pepper is only for _after_ you've read all of Wodehouse's vintage works. The Reggie Pepper stories are from before his mature period (which starts with _Something Fresh_ in 1915), and these early Jeeves stories also read like juvenilia. He rewrote them for _Carry On, Jeeves_ a decade later, after he'd written _The Inimitable Jeeves_; start with those two, in the order named.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bibliophile without borders on January 6, 2014
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Although almost 100 years have passed since PG Wodehouse started writing of Bertie Wooster and his valet, Jeeves (he of the powerful brain), the books are still as funny today as they were then. Bertie Wooster, privileged scion of the Woosters is about as dim and nutty as they come. Fortunately for him, he has engaged the services of the quintessential man's man, Jeeves, who uses simple logic to extricate Bertie from all sorts of problems. Everyone respects him, even his own aunt comes to him for help, and through it all he tackles thorny problems with a sort of iron aplomb that makes everyone happy in the end.

What I loved about the entire series of books is the character development. Bertie does get somewhat wiser through the years with Jeeves' assistance, although not even to allow him to do without Jeeves services. The Depression hits in one of the later books, and all these aristocrats suddenly find their way of life changed forever, required to pinch pennies and live within their means. Through it all, Jeeves saves everyone, even whilst staring-down the double-barrel of impending ruin.

I wish all the Jeeves books were on Kindle -- I have not read them in many years and sometimes I need something to read that makes me laugh out loud.

Please note that the DVDs of the BBC "Jeeves and Wooster" series are available on Amazon -- Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie are in the title roles and bring these characters to life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EFrog on January 21, 2014
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I've long been a fan of the Wodehouse Jeeves and Wooster series. They take us back to a time and place that never quite existed, but clearly should have. The books are an acquired taste, but clearly a taste worth acquiring.

If you're a fan of British mysteries, Monty Python, gentle wit, convoluted plot lines, memorable characters and facile language then you should give one of the Jeeves and Wooster books a try and this would be a good choice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Venice Smith on November 29, 2012
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The wit and dry humor makes this worthwhile reading. The stories are, however, very short, so if you're looking to be absorbed for a lengthy read, this is not the anthology you want. Still, it really tickled my funny bone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randee Baty on August 19, 2014
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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 lead piping.. There's no doubt the man's right." And so is our first introduction to Bertie Wooster.

Bertie Wooster seems destined to always have Fate sneaking up behind him with a lead pipe. If anything can go wrong for him, it will. Overbearing relatives, friends that need rescuing, ties that don't match the suit he's wearing. Enter Jeeves, his gentleman's gentleman. Calm, cool, and collected, Jeeves is always able to get Bertie and his friends out of whatever scrape they have gotten into. And he's always able to make sure that Bertie is properly attired while doing it. Comis genius is the only description of what goes on in a Jeeves story.

This book, Wodehouse's earliest writings about Jeeves, is a set of short stories, several of them about Reggie Pepper, rather than Bertie. The two characters are almost interchangeable except for the absence of Jeeves in the Pepper stories. Some of these stories were rewritten for later Jeeves books.

If you've never read P.G. Wodhouse before, his writing is almost hard to describe. He's quintessentially British. He's hilarious and there is plenty of slapstick humour but there is also lots of dry humour. His vocabulary is different than anyone else I've ever read. His use of the slang of the time and his depiction of the idle upper class and the aristocracy before WWII are just fun! He's one of the five authors who's works I would take to a desert island with me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fatherclick on January 28, 2014
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Just good fun to read about a bygone era and the relationship between the "upstairs, downstairs" folks. Just good recreational reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nole on January 24, 2014
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I have read most of Wodehouse and most of all I like the Jeeves stories. I keep searching for more stries, they seem rather hard hot find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sew4B on May 28, 2013
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The main character and his friends are very amusing. The book is much like LUCKY JIM only in old, rich New York
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