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Life with Jeeves (A Jeeves and Bertie Compendium) Paperback – September 29, 1983
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P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) is an English-born storyteller and journalist who came to America before World War I and sold a serial to the Saturday Evening Post, where most of his books first appeared. Though Wodehouse wrote more than 90 books and 20 film scripts, and collaborated on more than 30 plays and musical comedies, he is perhaps best known as the creator of the gentlemanly character Jeeves, "that subtle master of prudence, good taste, and ineffable composure." This three-part edition will delight newcomers to Wodehouse as well as those already familiar with his "sunny universe and sparkling prose." Let the reader beware: unless you are the kind of person who enjoys being stared at, do not attempt to read anything by P. G. Wodehouse in public. If you do, you'll soon find yourself an object of interest on the bus, plane or train as you attempt to stifle guffaws or end up accidentally swallowing your tongue in a useless effort to squash that belly-laugh. Wodehouse is, quite simply, one of the funniest men on the planet, and this latest compendium of his work, Life with Jeeves, is Wodehouse at his best.
Here you'll find Bertie Wooster, a complete gentleman, but the first to admit he's a bit of a chump; his valet, Jeeves, infinitely sagacious, the source of all solace; and a wild collection of terrifying aunts, miserly uncles, love-sick friends, female authors, crusading communists, troublesome cousins, cantankerous dogs, unwanted fiancés and more-all bound up in plots as impossibly labyrinthine as they are laugh-out-loud funny.
"It's dangerous to use the word genius to describe a writer, but I'll risk it with him" * John Humphrys * "A genius ... Elusive, delicate but lasting" * Alan Ayckbourn * "Not only the funniest English novelist who ever wrote but one of our finest stylists" * Susan Hill * "For as long as I'm immersed in a P.G. Wodehouse book, it's possible to keep the real world at bay and live in a far, far nicer, funnier one where happy endings are the order of the day" * Marian Keyes * "Wodehouse always lifts your spirits, no matter how high they happen to be already" * Lynne Truss * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The narrator and main protagonist of the stories is a not very bright, spineless, rich, late-20-year-old named Bertram "Bertie" Wooster. Though the works have the butler's name in it, the stories revolve around Bertie's dilemmas. His chestnuts are continually pulled out of the fire by the reliable Jeeves. The stories involve mundane things such as gambling, romance, social status and oodles of miscommunication.
The works are highly amusing and set at a leisurely pace compared to much of today's entertainment. However, the frequent use of British slang and 1920s phrases had me often grabbing my dictionary. Words such as chemmy, blighters, bally, chokey, and rummy are not words you hear or read on this side of the pond. There are a handful of colorful characters who inhabit these stories: Bertie's dictatorial Aunt Agatha, the pugnacious Aunt Dahlia, fickle Bingo Small, impish college cousins Claude & Eustace, man-child Tuppy Glossop and others. The are ALL over-exaggerations of the human condition. The stories are a delightful throwback to a time when sex and profanity were handled with creative euphemisms if at all. The story "The Ordeal of Young Tuppy" just may be the funniest sports short story I've ever read. "Life With Jeeves" is my first taste of P.G. Wodehouse's work, but it certainly won't be my last.
Quite a good selection of bunch of small stories and makes you want to hire a butler as soon as possible, but then you slowly realize that if you could do that, you wouldn't be travelling in cattle class.
Last words on the book...buy it.