- 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: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (333 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My Man Jeeves Paperback – November 13, 2013
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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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Second Thoughts, Five Years Later [2017-03-14]
Having reread the original versions of the first two Wooster and Jeeves stories in order, I've somewhat changed my mind: Reading the originals is definitely worth doing, and _might_ be a good place to start, if you bear in mind that they get better. In particular, note the transition between “Extricating Young Gussie” (the first appearances of Jeeves (barely) and Bertie, originally published 1915-9-18 in the Saturday Evening Post, and reprinted in _The Man with Two Left Feet_) and “The Artistic Career of Corky” (originally published in in the Saturday Evening Post 1916-02-05, and later rewritten and reprinted in _My Man Jeeves_ as “Leave It to Jeeves.”) Much was lost in the revision of the latter, both worthwhile Woosterish observations (“But it isn't only that Jeeves's judgment about clothes is infallible, though, of course, that's really the main thing.”) and historical context, e.g., a reference to the painter John Singer Sargent is changed from the present to the past tense.
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.
"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.
I grew up with stories about Jeeves, my mom used to read me Wodehouse as a bed time story. Even though, I would giggle so much, I don't think it actually put me to sleep at all.
Anyway, this is a book all about Jeeves. And just like him, the book is smart, witty, and just hilarious.
If this is your first Wodehouse book, I can only say that you've made the right choice and welcome to the wonderful world of Jeeves!
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