A delightful amusing romp into the mythical lives of the very well to do, there adventures, problems and mishaps admittedly not serious, compared to us, still quite entertaining as written by the incomparable Mr excuse me, Sir P.
G Pelham Grenville Wodehouse even his name brings a smile to the reader.
For the past couple of years, the name P G Wodehouse kept popping up in interviews and articles about some of my favorite people most notably Hugh Laurie and Neil Gaiman, among others They praised him as THE master of British comedy Since I admittedly like my comedy British, I decided it was time to give Wodehouse a try The thing with Wodehouse is that he creeps up on you During the first few chapters, I thought, What s all the fuss about There is some admittedly clever language and the strange turn of phrase, but nothing laugh out loud hilarious In true Wooster fashion, I thought, Everyone who loves this man must have gone potty They re seriously off their onion What a rummy bit of business this is And then it happened a smile here, a titter there, a giggle, and then laugh out loud hilarity Particularly hilarious are Wooster s attempts to go to sleep while being constantly awakened by the far too diligent local lawmen, Jeeves plan to smuggle Wooster off the yacht where he s being held captive which results in Wooster spending a good portion of the book in black face , the quest for slabs of butter, and the maniacal replacement for Jeeves who quit Wooster s employ because of his disdain for the banjolele Many of the jokes aren t subtle in that you know exactly how one event leads to the creation of a particularly vexing problem for our man Wooster However, that doesn t rob the book of its fun as the anticipation of the event lends itself to a certain joyful giddiness when the events do indeed come to pass.
Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder
Jeeves and Wooster break up after Jeeves lays down an ultimatum and Bertie chooses his banjolele over his manservant Hilarity ensues.
The 2011 2012 re readAfter Jeeves and Wooster have a spat over a banjolele, Jeeves leaves Wooster for Lord Chuffnel, who is enad with Bertie s ex fiancee, Pauline Stoker Complicating matters are Stoker s dad, a millionaire who wants to buy Chuffnel s mansion, and Chuffy s, who is being pursued by Wooster s old nemesis, Sir Roderick Glossop When Bertie winds up engaged to Pauline instead of Chuffy, can even Jeeves set things right After so many books, I m almost at a loss at trying to convey the awesomeness of P.
G Wodehouse in words He moves the characters through the various scenes like a puppet master While this is the first Jeeves novel, it s by no means the genius butler s first outing I d forgotten how much history there was between Bertie and Sir Roderick Glossop, renowned nerve specialist, prior to this book The supporting cast did a good job driving the story, from the Stokers to the Chuffnels to Brinkley, the replacement Jeeves Little Seabury and his protection racket cracked me up Things are not as perfect as they would later become in the Jeeves books Today s readers may find Bertie and Glossop being in blackface for a good portion of the story and the casual use of the n word is sure to offend Since this was the first full length Jeeves outing, it feels like old Plum was still working some of the bugs out.
Still, it s still a great story So many lines of quotable dialogue and hilarious situations Even though you can see a lot of them coming, it doesn t lessen the impact As usual, it was a joy to watch Wodehouse do what he does best.
I enjoyed revisiting Thank You, Jeeves, with the Wodehouse Cracks Me Up group and am excited about reading the other eight this year.
More tales of woe for Bertie Wooster, but this time he s on his own with no Jeeves to get him out of the soup Perhaps that s why I felt this volume though probably as good as the rest didn t quite resonate the way others have Wooster without Jeeves is like Laurel without Hardy, Abbot sans Costello The reason these books work is that they are a duo, they play off of one another Wooster needs Jeeves, and in a way, Jeeves needs Woosterat least for comedic purposes But the good thing about reading Wodehouse is that it s like watching a rerun of an old favorite tv show You can anticipate all the jokes, but you laugh anyway So although the usual winning formula goes a bit cockeyed in Thank You, Jeeves there s still enough Wodehouse isms to keep his fans happy.
For gentle humor you can t beat Jeeves and Wooster in this novel sized story P.
C Warning Contains non P.
C language Such great recall Jeeves, I recollect saying, on returning to the apartment, who was the fellow who on looking at something felt like somebody looking at something I learned the passage at school, but it has escaped me I fancy the individual you have in mind, sir, is the poet Keats, who compared his emotions on first reading Chapman s Homer to those of stout Cortez when with eagle eyes he stared at the Pacific A small enemyLittle Seabury, a child who should have been strangled at birth I have no positive proof, but I have always been convinced that it was he who put the lizard in my bed the last time I stayed at the Hall His new valet longs for the revolutionOutwardly he was all respectfulness, but inwardly you could see that he was a man who was musing on the coming Social Revolution and looked on Bertram as a tyrant and an oppressor Yes, Brinkley, I shall dine out He said nothing, merely looking at me as if he were measuring me for my lamp post.
He sighed slightly All this talk of my going to shows was distressing him What he really wanted was to see me sprinting down Park Lane with the mob after me with dripping knives Don t tell a lady to calm down Bertie Hallo Ever been hit over the head with a chair No Well, you soon may be I began to see she was in difficult mood Its the usual trope of who will marry whom with Bertie getting caught in the middle What are your views upon engagements, Mr Wooster Engagements Should they be short or long Well I prefer them short I feel that we had best put this wedding through as quickly as possible I shall have to find out how soon that is on this side I believe you cannot simply go to the nearest minister, as in my country There are formalities While these are being attended to, you will, of course, be my guest I m afraid I can t offer you the freedom of the boat, because you are a pretty slippery young gentleman and might suddenly remember a date elsewhere some unfortunate appointment which would necessitate your leaving But I shall do my best to make you comfortable in this room for the next few days By the end Bertie and all his companions are in a terrible muddle with business and marriage plans threatened with failure.
And like a deus ex machina Jeeves enters and all is solved A most satisfactory ending.
Enjoy 9 10 In one of the scaliest threats to his bachelor state, our old acquaintance Bertram Wooster is left without the moral support of his dependable gentleman s gentleman Jeeves It all starts with a misunderstanding about a banjolele On one side, Bertie is convinced that assiduous practice makes perfect when learning to play his newest toy On the other, his neighbours have given him an ultimatum either he or his bajolele must go from his posh London residence Jeeves joins the ranks of the malcontents and hands in his resignation.
Rather than give up his musical pursuits, Bertie Wooster stiffs the upper lip, releases Jeeves and chooses self exile to the countryside in Chuffnell Regis, the residential seat of his old school pal Chuffy , the fifth baron Chuffnell of Chuffnell Hall view spoiler and known only to his recent fiancee by his given name, Marmaduke hide spoiler
G Wodehouse is the funniest writer of the past century Wodehouse defies superlatives He is, quite simply, the best comedic writer to ever put pen to paper I am a confirmed Wodehousian and revel in the man s comedic genius I have read numerous books by the great man and all, to one degree or another, are a delight I read Thank You, Jeeves for my book group and, once I had started, I realised this was the third time I d read it It was like meeting an old and valued friend It is one of my favourites sublime, splendid, superb in short, PG perfection.
I chuckled, I laughed and I even guffawed Upon finishing this wonderful book, I discovered that this is the first of the Jeeves and Wooster novels Up until the publication of this novel, the characters had only appeared in short stories A rift between Jeeves and Wooster separates our two heroes, Jeeves being unable to stand Bertie s latest craze the Banjolele who knew Banjos were known as Banjoleles and so tenders his resignation Lovelorn characters, a country house, buffoonery, and moronic misunderstandings are all present and correct The happy ending even bought a tear to my eye As is so often the case with books written in the early 20th century, the modern reader may look askance at some of the racial epithets that were acceptable at the time however, and whilst I do not for one moment excuse it, sadly it was socially acceptable back in 1934 That important point aside, I say again this is PG perfection.
Suffice it to say that, if you don t know why so many people worship at the comedic altar of PGW, this novel will reveal all.
5 5 PG Wodehouse has been on my list of authors to read for ages, and my only complaint is that I waited so long to give him a try Before picking up Thank You, Jeeves, I had read several of the short stories that introduced the world to the indomitable literary pairing of Bertram Wooster and his faithful valet Jeeves From the first page of the earliest story, Extricating Old Gussie, I knew I had found a series that would give me endless hours of cozy, friendly entertainment in the months and years to come Some books are meant to prod you into deep reflections, or examine big problems, but this is certainly not one of those Thank You, Jeeves is like a homemade quilt and a cup of hot chocolate in the middle of winter, infinitely comfortable and comforting After appearing in multiple short stories, beginning in 1915, Bertie and Jeeves made their jump to a full length adventure in Thank You, Jeeves 1934 Wodehouse has introduced several delightful characters in his stories, like Uncle Fred and the folks at Blandings Castle, but I think most people would agree that the Jeeves and Wooster stories are his ultimate legacy Bertie, young, scatterbrained and a bit clueless, is perfectly complimented by the eternally cool headed and logical Jeeves.
In this early installment of a series that would span nearly 40 years, Bertie has taken up playing the banjolele, much to the discomfort of his neighbors Unfortunately, his generally unflappable valet, Jeeves, is similarly discomposed by his master s new hobby and leaves poor Bertie, a permanent bachelor and not the most self sufficient man about town, all alone To escape the persecution of his aurally assaulted neighbors, Bertie decides to rent a cottage in the country from a good friend, the landed but poor Lord Chuffnell, Chuffy for short A chance meeting of several characters from earlier stories, a run in with the local law enforcement, an unfortunate application of boot polish and some lady trouble all add up to a hilarious adventure, with enough convenient but perfectly structured twists to keep you guessing and laughing I won t give it away, but anyone who has ever read anything about Bertie and Jeeves knows who comes to the rescue in the end.
Despite the comedic situations and overall light tone of his work, don t be deceived into thinking Wodehouse is deficient in serious talent He may not be interested in the profound, but his plots are structures to be reckoned with, brilliantly layering trouble upon trouble without ever leaving a loose end or pointless observation He could seriously give Arthur Conan Doyle a run for his money, and make you laugh so hard you never notice all the work he has put into it Likewise, his ability to use perfect dialog and very little description to create memorable characters is no small feat It s a testament to his ability that Jeeves has so frequently been reincarnated in popular culture, in TV shows like Benson and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air The Bertie and Jeeves stories are, essentially, the marshmallow fluff of literature, and while you can t survive long on a diet exclusively of sweet, fluffy goodness, life would be dull and, well, fluffless without it And a life without fluff is no life at all.
The Odds Are Stacked Against Chuffy When He Falls Head Over Heels For American Heiress Pauline Stoker Who Better To Help Him Win Her Over But Jeeves, The Perfect Gentleman S Gentleman But When Bertie, Pauline S Ex Fiance Finds Himself Caught Up In The Fray, Much To His Consternation, Even Jeeves Struggles To Get Chuffy His Fairy Tale Ending Oh my WORD, this was funny I read this last year when I had to spend a few weeks in hospital and it was exactly the type of book I needed I m definitely ready to readof Jeeves.