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Christopher Buckley author of Little Green Men It is impossible to be unhappy while reading the adventures of Jeeves and Wooster. And I've tried.

Kurt Andersen author of Turn of the Century Wodehouse can be extremely funny, of course, and Bertie and Jeeves are echt-Englishmen, but the surprising and surpassing pleasure of these books is their cheerful humanity. Reading Wodehouse always makes me feel good.

David Foster Wallace author of Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Timelessly funny and mean.

Evelyn Waugh Mr. Wodehouse's idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in.

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"It is impossible to be unhappy while reading the adventures of Jeeves and Wooster. And I've tried."--Christopher Buckley, author of "Little Green Men"

"Wodehouse can be extremely funny, of course, and Bertie and Jeeves are echt-Englishmen, but the surprising and surpassing pleasure of these books is their cheerful humanity. Reading Wodehouse always makes me feel good."—Kurt Andersen, author of "Turn of the Century"

"Timelessly funny and mean."—David Foster Wallace, author of "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men"

"Mr. Wodehouse's idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in."—Evelyn Waugh

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Later Printing. edition (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743203585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743203586
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are at all wondering if you would like to try P.G. Wodehouse, this is definately the book for you.
This is a sampling of hilarious stories, from some of his main themes. Most notably, there is a selection of stories involving Freddie Wigeon and his doomed attempts at finding true love (all hilarious), a selection of stories involving Mr. Mulliner telling of the bizare adventures of his extended family, a selection of Stanley Ulkridge stories: The man who is determined to get rich the quick & easy way, and a stunning selection of Jeeves stories....
I became interested in reading Wodehouse after reading Douglas Adams's "The Salmon of Doubt." There is a brief essay where Adams praises Wodehouse, and describes Wodehouse's writing style. If you like Adams, you should like Wodehouse.
Wodehouse is very inventive with this short stories. There is always a lot of action, and emotional uproar. But his talent lies in his language and choice of words. If you think the following phrases are amusing--then read this book:
"He realized too late that George was in public relations, and the brains of people in public relations are like the soup in poor restaurants: It's never a good idea to stir them up."
"Luckily, I gave them a false name when I came in."
"Why did you do that?"
"Usual business precautions."
"If you took all of the women Freddie loved & lost, and laid them end to end, they'd stretch half way from here to picadilly."
"Longer, I'd say. Some of them were pretty tall."
Now--if you thought those jokes were "stupid," then don't buy this book.
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P.G. Wodehouse is one of my all-time favorite authors, and this is the best collection of his work I have read (although I'd also recommend "Life With Jeeves," with three of the "Jeeves" books). Every story in the book is immensely enjoyable, and it's physically impossible to read any of them without smiling. The complete novel, "Quick Service," is probably my favorite Wodehouse Work (pardon the alliteration), Jeeves and Bertie withstanding. Wodehouse's impossibly sunny style is impossible to resist, and in "Quick Service" he is at its most impossibly sunny. If your eyes are lacking in glint or your step is rather devoid of spring, then I highly recommend this book!
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Wodehouse's quintessentially British slapstick either tickles you or it doesn't. If you think it will but you aren't sure, this book is for you. (Personally I can't get enough of that "I say, old bean" stuff, despite its irremediable white-maleness.) But the homogeneity of the stories isn't going to win any converts.

Many of the stories are written according to the following formula: (A) boy meets girl; (B) formidable relative or rival stands between boy and girl; (C) boy overcomes all obstacles to successfully obtain girl unless boy happens to be Freddie Widgeon. The remainder of the stories will appear to follow basically the same formula, if you substitute "money" for "girl." The journey from points (A) to (C) inevitably involves hilarious parodies of proper upper-class British life - situations like gallopping over the English moors chased by angry farmers, engaging in polite negotiations with a gorilla, or being fixed under the steely eye of any number of powerful relations.

This anthology brings together about a half-dozen representative stories each from a number of areas (e.g. the Drones Club, Mr. Mulliner, Ukridge, and Jeeves stories), as well as a short novel called "Quick Service." If you are a hard-core Wodehouse fan, it might be advisable to skip this sampler and just buy the original books in order to avoid overlap.
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The back of The Most of P. G. Wodehouse declares this to be the "most lavish P. G. Wodehouse collection ever published," and when one considers the breadth of selection crammed into just over 700 pages, it's hard to argue with the publisher's assertion. Wodehouse's writing career spanned over forty years, and while I am far from being able to claim that I've read even a third of his output, in my opinion his genius and comic timing rarely faltered. Probably Wodehouse's best known creations are Bertie Wooster and his indefatigable valet, Jeeves (memorably portrayed by Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry, respectively). The pair is represented here by five short stories. As I recently acquired Jeeves & Wooster - The Complete Series, I have to say that Laurie and Fry captured the characters so perfectly that I now hear their voices in my head when I read the J&W tales. Wooster's cronies at The Drones Club are represented by seven stories - "Tried in the Furnace" and "Goodbye to All Cats" are particularly hilarious. There are seven Mr. Mulliner stories, where he sagely dispenses his life wisdom based on the experiences of various and sundry members of his incredibly large family - I especially liked the story "Mulliner's Buck-U-Uppo." In five stories one can read five of Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge's wildly whacky money-making schemes, and there's a brief stop at Blandings Castle, home of Lord Emsworth and his prized pig the Empress of Blandings. There are five of the Golf Stories, and they were an absolutely revelation - so hilarious, and I am not a fan of golf in the least.Read more ›
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