- Publisher: The Overlook Press; 1st edition (2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841591467
- ISBN-13: 978-1841591469
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 162 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,655,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My Man Jeeves Hardcover – Import, 2006
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broken up like this. It makes for very unpleasant reading when the whole book is
formatted like that. If you want to save money, I suggest getting a cheap used
copy, which is what I plan
Still, they have Wodehouse's wonderful word play and convoluted plots. They are well worth reading.
The Bertie/Freddie character is delightfully useless and under-educated. He has a vague notion of what Shakespeare wrote and admires "those Johnnies" who can hold down a job. Since he devotes his time to finding ways to amuse himself, he embroils himself in the difficulties of his friends and relatives.
And, since he cannot even dress himself, his man Jeeves is of great importance.
As a person whose only considerations when donning clothes are "Is it comfortable?" and "Is it clean?," I admire Jeeves as he considers color, style, fit and appropriateness for the occasion when dressing his boss.
The unflappable Jeeves is the perfect foil for Bertie/Freddie.
The characters and their difficulties are relics of a bygone era, but they still continue to scatter smiles and chuckles among readers.
The cover is cute-ish, a faux leather print. But there is no title on the slender spine of the book. So, if you shelve this, you will forget what it is. And 8 1/2 x 11 is an awkward size for such a thin book. You can't fit it into a handbag, it looks out of place on a shelf with shorter books, and it doesn't have the heft to be shelved with coffee table books. It's just ... odd.
There are better compilations of these stories out there. There are also compilations with many more stories included. I bought this in a hurry and will not get another copy.
I suppose this is my own fault for glazing over the specifications of the book though and still ordering, I was wrong to just assume I would get a 'real' book. The paper back version that is currently 3.99 with the brown fake looking book cover (it is literally a pick of a book in 3D printing on standard 8x11 paper), is not what you expect when you order a book. It is one of these cut rate public domain printings with little to no formatting on on 8x11 paper. It is not a 'real' book. It looks like some one printed it out on their home computer and took it to a Fedex office to bind. Do not buy this version unless this is what you want.
What one will find inside is a collection of eight stories; four of which feature the now iconic Jeeve's/Wooster duo and all of which feature the fantastic and hilarious situations that one who is totally oblivious to their surroundings can get themselves into. These stories are the type that are funny because the situations are so real and/or similar to ones we have, ourselves, suffered through. Take the following for instance:
"Lady Milvern was a hearty, happy, healthy, overpowering sort of dashed female, not so very tall but making up for it by measuring about six feet from the O.P. to the Prompt Side. She fitted into my biggest armchair as if it had been built around her by someone who know they were wearing armchairs tight about the hips that season. She had bright, bulging eyes and a lot of yellow hair, and when she spoke she showed about fifty-seven front teeth..... Altogether by no means the sort of thing a chappie would wish to find in his sitting room before breakfast" - pg. 35
The stories are filled with this stuff. Just Awesome!!!