The Inimitable Jeeves

The Inimitable Jeeves One of the earliest and best collections of stories about hapless aristocrat Bertie Wooster and his supremely efficient valet Jeeves this volume centers on the romantic travails of Bertie s school ch

  • Title: The Inimitable Jeeves
  • Author: P.G. Wodehouse
  • ISBN: The Inimitable Jeeves
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  • One of the earliest and best collections of stories about hapless aristocrat Bertie Wooster and his supremely efficient valet Jeeves, this volume centers on the romantic travails of Bertie s school chum, Bingo Little A splendid introduction to P G Wodehouse s most popular characters, these comic gems recount Bertie s reluctant involvement in Bingo s misadventures and Je One of the earliest and best collections of stories about hapless aristocrat Bertie Wooster and his supremely efficient valet Jeeves, this volume centers on the romantic travails of Bertie s school chum, Bingo Little A splendid introduction to P G Wodehouse s most popular characters, these comic gems recount Bertie s reluctant involvement in Bingo s misadventures and Jeeves uncanny ability to rescue his employer from every scrape In the opening entry, Jeeves Exerts the Old Cerebellum, Bingo seeks help in persuading his wealthy guardian to accept his socially undesirable fianc e Mabel the waitress is only the first in a succession of Bingo s romantic interests, which include a parson s niece, a Communist, and Bertie s own fianc e among others Eighteen connected stories trace Bingo and Bertie s shenanigans at home and abroad and introduce assorted Wooster relatives, from the terrifying Aunt Agatha to Claude and Eustace, the fun loving, trouble making twins The collection is particularly distinguished by the inclusion of a Wodehouse masterpiece, The Great Sermon Handicap, in which bets are placed on the length of a Sunday oration and hilarity ensues Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 224 pages Expected publication February 13th 2019 by Dover Publications first published 1923 More Details Original Title The Inimitable Jeeves ISBN 0486826775 ISBN13 9780486826776 Series Jeeves 2, The Drones Club Characters Reginald Jeeves, Spenser, James Bates, Bertram Wilberforce Wooster, Mabel, Roderick Glossop, Richard P Little, Agatha Wooster, Mortimer Little, Jane Watson, Aline Hemmingway, Sidney Hemmingway, Colonel Musgrave, Honoria Jane Louise Glossop, Oswald Glossop, Lady Glossop, Daphne Braythwayt, Claude Wooster, Eustace Wooster, Emily Wooster, Lord Rainsby, Cyril Bassington Bassington, George Caffyn, Mr Blumenfield, Charlotte Corday Rowbotham, Comrade Butt, Lord Wickhammersley, Francis Heppenstall, Cynthia Wickhammersley, Rupert Steggles, G Hayward, Brookfield, Cuthbert Dibble, W Dix, Joseph Tucker, Egbert Wickhammersley, Mrs Penworthy, Prudence Baxter, Alexander Bartlett, Willie Chambers, Bessy Clay, Jimmy Goode, Rosie Jenks, Rosie Jukes, Sarah Mills, Mary Burgess, Hubert Wingham, Squire Tressider, Marion Wardour, George Wooster, Stevens, Rosie M Banks, Haroldless setting New York City, New York United States London, England Other Editions 87 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book The Inimitable Jeeves by P.G Wodehouse Release date Feb 13, 2019 Win one of ten copies One of the earliest and best collections of stories about hapless aristocrat Bertie Wooster and his supremely efficient valet Je Win one of ten copies One of the earliest and best collections of stories about hapless aristocrat Bertie Wooster and his supremely efficient valet Jeeves, this volume centers on the romantic travails of Bertie s school chum, Bingo Little A splendid introduction to P G Wodehouse s most popular characters, these comic gems recount Bertie s reluctant involvement in Bingo s misadventures and Jeeves uncanny ability to rescue his employer from every scrape Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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is the first full length book completely devoted to Jeeves and Wooster My Man Jeeves, only half Jeeves, featured the proto Wooster Reggie Pepper , and my sense is that neither the gentleman s gentleman, nor his gentleman, has reached perfection here Jeeves is less Olympian, perhaps a tad too familiar with Bertie, Bingo and their betting friends, and Wooster s narrative voice lacks that miraculous unity of brainless superficiality and incisive social observation whi The Inimitable Jeeves 1923 is the first full length book completely devoted to Jeeves and Wooster My Man Jeeves, only half Jeeves, featured the proto Wooster Reggie Pepper , and my sense is that neither the gentleman s gentleman, nor his gentleman, has reached perfection here Jeeves is less Olympian, perhaps a tad too familiar with Bertie, Bingo and their betting friends, and Wooster s narrative voice lacks that miraculous unity of brainless superficiality and incisive social observation which characterizes Woosterian narration at its finest In addition, the book has the disadvantage of pretending to be a novel, even though it is obviously a collection of short stories, with most of the seven stories separated into two distinct chapters Some of the stories are too similar in plot, and the overall narrative does not increase in hilarity, as the Jeeve s novels customarily do All this is completely excusable in a story collection, but The Inimitable claims to be a novel.Still it is Jeeves and Wooster, and it is funny Jeeves disapproves of Bertie s colorful accessories, cousins Claude and Eustace wreak social havoc, Bingo Little falls continually oh so inappropriately in love, Bertie tries to help but mucks up everything, and Aunt is calling to Aunt like mastadons bellowing across primeval swamps The elements of classic Jeeves and Wooster are all here And this book is a good beginning flag 66 likesLike see review View 2 comments Feb 04, 2015 Pramod Nair rated it it was amazing review of another edition We Woosters do not lightly forget At least, we do some things appointments, and people s birthdays, and letters to post, and all that but not an absolutely bally insult like the above Absolutely hilarious The adventures of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves are narrated by Wodehouse with his natural flair and brilliantly fun filled manner P.G Wodehouse shows off his comic genius in this timeless funny classic.If you are feeling down then i would recommend a dose of Wodehouse, which will refr We Woosters do not lightly forget At least, we do some things appointments, and people s birthdays, and letters to post, and all that but not an absolutely bally insult like the above Absolutely hilarious The adventures of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves are narrated by Wodehouse with his natural flair and brilliantly fun filled manner P.G Wodehouse shows off his comic genius in this timeless funny classic.If you are feeling down then i would recommend a dose of Wodehouse, which will refresh you up and fill you with a glow of warmth for sure And it is one reason why P.G Wodehouse is one of my all time favorite and most read author flag 38 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Jun 11, 2018 Manny rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves parody homage, well i think its funny Now you know me, Jeeves, I said I am no expert on what Honoria likes to call literature I believe I would concur in that judgement, Jeeves agreed, and I fancied I saw his left eyebrow twitch slightly But I was not to be put off by the blighter s lack of enthusiasm Hang it all, Jeeves I continued You don t need to be an expert to see that this book is head and shoulders above above well I paused, for some reason at a loss for a suitable comparison Perhaps you are referring t Now you know me, Jeeves, I said I am no expert on what Honoria likes to call literature I believe I would concur in that judgement, Jeeves agreed, and I fancied I saw his left eyebrow twitch slightly But I was not to be put off by the blighter s lack of enthusiasm Hang it all, Jeeves I continued You don t need to be an expert to see that this book is head and shoulders above above well I paused, for some reason at a loss for a suitable comparison Perhaps you are referring to the work of Miss Rosie M Banks which you read a few months ago hazarded Jeeves Though I am not quite certain, at this remove in time, if it was Madcap Myrtle or Only a Factory Girl Neither am I, I said We Woosters are straightforward people and like to get to the point Never mind that Whichever it was, I can tell you that this is veritably the bee s knees and the cat s pyjamas rolled into one I haven t laughed so much since Bingo fell into the Serpentine while doing his impression of Lloyd George after the last Drones club dinner It almost makes me feel there could be something to this reading lark I see the book has profoundly affected you, said Jeeves I wonder if you would be so good as to allow me to examine it I nodded, and Jeeves gave it the old once over After a few seconds, he shook his head sadly This isn t quite playing the game I said indignantly You barely even glanced at the thing It pains me to relate, said Jeeves, that a glance was enough What was the title again The Inimitable Jeeves, I said, mystified Quite so, replied Jeeves I am afraid the description is entirely inaccurate I am all too imitable to such an extent, in fact, that I rather fancy someone is doing precisely that, at this very moment I looked around, and would you credit it, Jeeves was right again Don t ask me how, but we d ended up in some ghastly parody homage Deuced embarrassing if I say so myself Jeeves, I said firmly, I ve learned my lesson No of this literature rot from now on It s nothing a chap like me should be wasting his time on A very wise decision, sir, said Jeeves And that was that flag 30 likesLike see review May 14, 2016 Poonam rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves classics, humour 3.5 starsThe first book in the series is all about Wooster and Jeeves whereas this book is about Bingo and Jeeves, Bingo and Wooster, well Bingo in general Am I complaining NO.I thoroughly enjoyed all the idiocracies that Bingo got into.There is an apt statement that describes Bingo But there s no reticence about Bingo He always reminds me of the hero of a musical comedy who takes the centre of the stage, gathers the boys around him in a circle, and tells them all about his love 3.5 starsThe first book in the series is all about Wooster and Jeeves whereas this book is about Bingo and Jeeves, Bingo and Wooster, well Bingo in general Am I complaining NO.I thoroughly enjoyed all the idiocracies that Bingo got into.There is an apt statement that describes Bingo But there s no reticence about Bingo He always reminds me of the hero of a musical comedy who takes the centre of the stage, gathers the boys around him in a circle, and tells them all about his love at the top of his voice Bingo got into this hilarious love escapades and then looked for help from Wooster Wooster in turn looked at Jeeves to solve all the problems and Jeeves did that splendidly as usual The many situations in the book had me snickering Each chapter and situation felt as if it s a standalone situation and Mr Claude and Mr Eustace were additional characters that are added just to create hilarious situations But by the end of it we know that each and every episode is well linked and make a compact bigger story which is something I admire about Wodehouse s writing Overall this book is definitely engaging and lifts one s mood flag 29 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Jun 17, 2013 Algernon rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2013 This is the eel s eyebrows exclaims Bingo at one moment, and I would apply the comment to this second collection of stories featuring laid back boulevardier Bertie Wooster and his brainy valet Jeeves I found it better structured and an improvement over the debut in My Man Jeeves Firstly, there are 11 short stories instead of four, and secondly, these stories are sequential, following a common plotline involving the romantic entanglements of Bingo Little, an old school friend of Bertie This is the eel s eyebrows exclaims Bingo at one moment, and I would apply the comment to this second collection of stories featuring laid back boulevardier Bertie Wooster and his brainy valet Jeeves I found it better structured and an improvement over the debut in My Man Jeeves Firstly, there are 11 short stories instead of four, and secondly, these stories are sequential, following a common plotline involving the romantic entanglements of Bingo Little, an old school friend of Bertie I would say the volume is closer to the novel format than to the usual mix of unconnected sketches.In the first story, Bingo falls in love with a waitress and petitions Bertie, or precisely requests the use of Jeeves outsized intellect, to devise a plan to convince his rich uncle to approve the marriage and to dole out the money needed for the comfortable life The pattern set here will repeat with hilarious variations in the next stories, as the best laid plans have a tendency to turn awkard and Jeeves is called upon to extricate the boys from trouble The first story also introduces Rosie M Banks, a popular author of romance novels that will return in later books What beats me is what principle you pick them on The girls you fall in love with, I mean I mean to say, what s your system As far as I can see, no two of them are alike First it was Mabel the waitress, then Honoria Glossop, then that fearful blister Charlotte Corday Rowbottham Another recurring aspect of the stories is the reluctance of Bertie Wooster to get involved in other people s troubles and forgo his amiable loafing around doing nothing I ll let him explain why And of course, dash it, at the end of ten minutes I d allowed the blighter to talk me round It s always the way Anyone can talk me round If I were in a Trappist monastery, the first thing that would happen would be that some smooth performer would lure me into some frightful idiocy against my better judgement by means of the deaf and dumb language Jeeves, when he is not dazzling us with his devious plans, has his own running joke regarding the rather unorthodox fashion choices of his master Whether it is about a pair of jazzy spats or some violently violet socks, a crimson cummerbund or a jaunty panama hat, Jeeves manages to wordlessly express his dissaproval, and faithfull readers of the series can guess who will win the argument in the end The fact of the matter is, Jeeves, though in many ways the best valet in London, is too conservative Hide bound, if you know what I mean, and an enemy to Progress Some of the non Bingo related moments are providing extra ammunition for the laughs that make reading the book a risky business in public places Most of the pranks can be probably traced to the author s school years and early clubbing in London and pertain to getting into scraps with the police, betting on the length of sermons in a parish church or on the results of amateur races at a country fair, hijinks at a cabaret revue in New York Cyril Bassington Bassington in Ask Dad , and a rare occasion to get the upper hand in the neverending tug of war with Aunt Agatha the case of the missing pearl necklace I recognized almost all the sketches from the BBC production featuring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry, a TV series I would unreservedly recommend to all my friends I am also looking forward to spotting some of these plots in later novels, as it is known Wodehouse tends to recycle ideas and characters.I will let Bertie close the review and say good bye for now in his inimitable style Toodle oo, old things You know where to find me, if wanted flag 24 likesLike see review View 2 comments Mar 08, 2018 Wanda rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves brit lit, london, public library, read in 2018 At last, I have met Bertie Wooster and his man Jeeves They are an amusing pair Wodehouse s writing is a pleasure to read, although I don t think I m up to plunging into the next book right away For me, it will be most effective in smaller doses.I have to wonder if this was where the Monty Python group got their first ideas for the Upper Class Twit of the Year sketches The dim witted Bertie and the lovelorn Bingo would be helpless without the well informed Jeeves, who sorts out their various At last, I have met Bertie Wooster and his man Jeeves They are an amusing pair Wodehouse s writing is a pleasure to read, although I don t think I m up to plunging into the next book right away For me, it will be most effective in smaller doses.I have to wonder if this was where the Monty Python group got their first ideas for the Upper Class Twit of the Year sketches The dim witted Bertie and the lovelorn Bingo would be helpless without the well informed Jeeves, who sorts out their various problems.I loved Bertie s penchant for purple socks and red cummerbunds, not to mention Eton spats All of which Jeeves manages to dispense with to return Bertie to his bland, proper best I also enjoyed Aunt Agatha s determined meddling and Bertie s reluctant involvement in the family battles.My enjoyment of Dorothy Sayer s Lord Peter Wimsey series inspired me to give Wodehouse a try the two authors were contemporaries, and I suspected that the relationship between Lord Peter and his butler Bunter might be a nod to Wooster Jeeves Lord Peter may have started out a bit like Bertie in the first book, but he quickly became a sleuth to be reckoned with however the relationship between Lord and butler has definite similarities, confirming my hypothesis I m delighted to have made their acquaintance and shall continue on with their adventures in the near future flag 24 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Nov 23, 2008 Jason Koivu rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves comedy, humor, wodehouses, fiction An early 1920s and solid collection of Wooster Jeeves from PG Wodehouse, the master of British light farce.The short stories herein include Jeeves in the Springtime , Aunt Agatha Takes the Count , Scoring Off Jeeves , Sir Roderick Comes to Lunch , Jeeves and the Chump Cyril , Comrade Bingo , The Great Sermon Handicap , The Purity of the Turf , The Metropolitan Touch , The Delayed Exit of Claude and Eustace , and Bingo and the Little Woman.Most are about love and most involve An early 1920s and solid collection of Wooster Jeeves from PG Wodehouse, the master of British light farce.The short stories herein include Jeeves in the Springtime , Aunt Agatha Takes the Count , Scoring Off Jeeves , Sir Roderick Comes to Lunch , Jeeves and the Chump Cyril , Comrade Bingo , The Great Sermon Handicap , The Purity of the Turf , The Metropolitan Touch , The Delayed Exit of Claude and Eustace , and Bingo and the Little Woman.Most are about love and most involve Bertie Wooster s old school chum Bingo Little, a man in love with every woman under the sun it would seem flag 21 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 18, 2018 Diane rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves british charm, humorous, audiobooks Who do you call when you need cheering up Jeeves This is a delightful collection of stories about Bertie and his amazing valet, Jeeves Most of the stories involve Bertie s bumbling friend Bingo, who is constantly falling in love with different women and always needs Jeeves advice to get out of his jams I listened to this on audio and had a delightful time Recommended flag 19 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 27, 2009 Mike the Paladin rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves wodehouse I m somewhat astounded myself at the number of volumes of, not only Wodehouse but of Bertie and Jeeves stories I ve read, listened to and in some cases placed on my own shelves I came across Wodehouse some years ago when my kids were still in school I was laid up the first time I took a Wodehouse book from the library and these stories turned out to be ones that my wife and I both found sidesplittingly hilarious.Later I came across a couple of stories where some language that today would be co I m somewhat astounded myself at the number of volumes of, not only Wodehouse but of Bertie and Jeeves stories I ve read, listened to and in some cases placed on my own shelves I came across Wodehouse some years ago when my kids were still in school I was laid up the first time I took a Wodehouse book from the library and these stories turned out to be ones that my wife and I both found sidesplittingly hilarious.Later I came across a couple of stories where some language that today would be considered offensive was used and I try to warn people up front that it s in a couple of stories Please remember when the stories were written and that the words weren t meant to be offensive If you can get passed and forgive that I believe you will find the stories rewarding flag 17 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 19, 2015 Helle rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves english, humour, favourites P.G Wodehouse was a comic genius I listened to this second installment of the Jeeves Wooster books while poking around in my garden, and I dare say it must have been a bit of spectacle if any of my neighbors saw or heard me as I stopped in my tracks and giggled or guffawed, weeds in hand.This was even better than the first book in the series, although I m beginning to see that the formula is pretty much the same throughout Bertie Wooster, the idle, na ve, wealthy young man always finds P.G Wodehouse was a comic genius I listened to this second installment of the Jeeves Wooster books while poking around in my garden, and I dare say it must have been a bit of spectacle if any of my neighbors saw or heard me as I stopped in my tracks and giggled or guffawed, weeds in hand.This was even better than the first book in the series, although I m beginning to see that the formula is pretty much the same throughout Bertie Wooster, the idle, na ve, wealthy young man always finds himself in a soup from which his trusted, arrogant and omniscient potent butler Jeeves has to save him In Bertie s defence, it s usually his friend Bingo in this book or some crazy relations who land him in the soup and not his own doings A standard line from Jeeves at some point in the book every book is I endeavour to give satisfaction, Sir When Jeeves is asked about the weather, it isn t good or sunny or the like but exceptionally clement, Sir.Apart from the extraordinary comic genius that P.G Wodehouse possessed, what I noticed this time was the medium through which this was achieved his exceptional gifts of language There were so many utterly original and funny metaphors and sentences that I fail to mention any specific ones They abound throughout the stories He was, like Oscar Wilde, a Lord of Language, which I imagine is a major reason why Stephen Fry, the incarnation of Jeeves, loved both these authors Silly, delightful and funny through and through flag 17 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Sep 22, 2011 Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves humour The first Wodehouse I read and it made me an addict In this one, Jeeves rescues Bertie from unintentional engagements, helps Bingo Little in affairs of the heart, beats all odds in the Great Sermon Handicap and gets rid of the troublesome twins Claude and Eustace.In his own words, Jeeves endeavours to give satisfaction flag 14 likesLike see review Sep 20, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing review of another edition Stolen pearls, a village school fete, shady characters, a forceful Aunt Agatha, romantic escapades and schemes which flounder and flop.Meanwhile, Jeeves serenely steps in, attaining an aloof and unsympathetic air, and rescues Wooster from many a hilarious scrape.A novel full of sparkling dialogue and wit I giggled my way through the pages and annoyed my family with quotes from the book and sudden bursts of laughter.Jeeves and his approved pick me up recipe worked like a dream flag 13 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Nov 20, 2016 Nancy Oakes rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves uk fiction, wodehouse Somewhere in this book Bertie Wooster says that If you want shrinking reticence, don t go to Bingo Well, you can t help it in this book, since most of it revolves around Bingo s habit of falling in love with every second girl he sees When it s not about Bingo, it s Claude and Eustace and a host of other crazies in Bertie Wooster s orbit, providing laugh out loud humor The perfect book for intermittently taking my mind off what s ailing me, it is truly, as Bingo Little says on p 231, the Somewhere in this book Bertie Wooster says that If you want shrinking reticence, don t go to Bingo Well, you can t help it in this book, since most of it revolves around Bingo s habit of falling in love with every second girl he sees When it s not about Bingo, it s Claude and Eustace and a host of other crazies in Bertie Wooster s orbit, providing laugh out loud humor The perfect book for intermittently taking my mind off what s ailing me, it is truly, as Bingo Little says on p 231, the eel s eyebrows Love love love this book and its characters, and I m looking forward to making my way through Jeeves and Wooster stories I will say that it s hard not to hear Stephen Fry as Jeeves in my head, but I don t really mind that so much flag 12 likesLike see review Feb 17, 2012 Allie rated it it was amazing review of another edition I read this book, along with the rest of the series, aloud to my siblings In my opinion, the only way to really read P.G Wodehouse is to read him aloud The title of this one gave me trouble I kept calling it The Inevitable Jeeves Still, inevitable is a good word to describe the character Inevitably, he always swoops in to rescue everyone pulls the scheme together, turns away wrath with a few soft and generally false answers, and sees to it that he and his employer return to the old I read this book, along with the rest of the series, aloud to my siblings In my opinion, the only way to really read P.G Wodehouse is to read him aloud The title of this one gave me trouble I kept calling it The Inevitable Jeeves Still, inevitable is a good word to describe the character Inevitably, he always swoops in to rescue everyone pulls the scheme together, turns away wrath with a few soft and generally false answers, and sees to it that he and his employer return to the old flat unscathed The Jeeves series runs along a formula it s the telling that makes it good The stories in this particular volume are inevitable even than the usual Jeeves fare, since most of them revolve around Bertie s friend Bingo Little, the would be romantic Stick the formula out, though it gets some excellent payoff in the final chapter In My Man Jeeves , the volume that I recommend starting with go get it on your Kindle or your iPad it s free , Bertie and Jeeves are in New York on a spell of exile , since Bertie has offended his domineering Aunt Agatha and wants to get away from her until things blow over In Inimitable, the problem has apparently been resolved, since Bertie is back in London, enjoying a cup of tea and the spring air I m going into the park to do pastoral dances, he tells Jeeves in a moment of particular enthusiasm, noting in the narration that the late April weather creates a k ind of uplifted feeling I m not much of a ladies man, but on this particular morning it seemed to me that what I really wanted was some charming girl to buzz up and ask me to save her from assassins or something Unfortunately for Bertie, the character who needs saving is not a charming girl, but a lovesick old school friend deficient in both common sense and tact In My Man Bertie was constantly rescuing his New York friends with the aid of Jeeves here, Wodehouse simplifies the formula by sort of combining all the idiotic chumps who ever needed help from Bertie into a repeat offender by the name of Bingo Little He s got absolutely no claim on me at all, Bertie laments, and yet a large sized chunk of my existence seems to be spent in fussing over him like a bally old hen and hauling him out of the soup He s as sick of young Bingo as the reader may be, but somehow he can t help helping him He guesses that it must be some rare beauty in my nature or something , though he sheepishly admits the truth in a later chapter Anyone can talk me round If I were in a Trappist monastery, the first thing that would happen would be that some smooth performer would lure me into some frightful idiocy against my better judgement by means of the deaf and dumb language This volume is a particularly unmissable portion of the Jeeves canon, since it sets many scenes that will be referenced frequently throughout the series Here we have Bertie s unfortunate, and entirely unwilling, engagement to the perfectly named Honoria Glossop, o ne of those dashed large, brainy, strenuous, dynamic girls Wodehouse can pack so much meaning into the word dynamic , and his subsequent encounter with Sir Roderick Glossop, who will become his nemesis from hereon out Also, Bingo Little but I can t tell you that Haha On a less essential, but highly enjoyable, note, a storyline featuring a would be actor named Cyril gives Wodehouse a chance to riff hilariously on the politics of theater, a subject with which he was well acquainted as a writer and lyricist If you ve ever participated in a musical or sat in on a dress rehearsal, you ll definitely appreciate Bertie s take Claude and Eustace, Bertie s rabble rousing twin cousins, pop up from time to time before making a delayed exit they ll never show up in any other volume of the series, but if I m correct in my assumption, their influence in literature looms large They read as the Weasley Twins from the Harry Potter series under different names, and I have little doubt that J.K Rowling pinched their pranks and bantering for her personal benefit This volume also gives the reader the first glimpses of Jeeves darker side He was manipulative in My Man, but always to the benefit of Bertie, and there was a generally chummy vibe between them In Inimitable, you might be left with an uncomfortable feeling about Jeeves Certainly he s indispensable and wildly entertaining if you re the reader but where exactly do his loyalties lie Mostly with himself, apparently Everything Jeeves does benefits himself somehow, and the well being of the easily persuaded Bertie, always willing to take the fall, is negligible This side of Jeeves will later be on display in Carry On Jeeves when he narrates a story of his own it s funny, but it s also unsettling I close by saying that it s hard not to feel sorry for poor Wooster he gets about as much appreciation from his fellow human beings as Charlie Brown, despite falling all over himself for their benefit At one point Honoria plans to make something of Bertie It is true that yours has been a wasted life up to the present, but you are still young, and there is a lot of good in you, she tells him, to which he protests, No, really there isn t That statement of Honoria s, by the way, is probably the nicest thing anyone says to him in the entire book But it s really the reader s job to see the good in Bertie, not that of any character the less his friends seem to care about him, the we root for him and love him No sympathy , he complains in the narration at a point when Jeeves refuses to help him, but the truth is that he s getting plenty of sympathy our own flag 12 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 27, 2010 K.D Absolutely rated it liked it review of another edition Recommended to K.D by Tata J Shelves humour Hilarious If you are bored with all those melodramatic novels like Anita Diamant s The Red Tent or you are starting to get too old for children s and YA books, go for P G Wodehouse books You will feel lighter and refreshed.This is my 4th audiobook and cruising through the traffic in Manila can be made bearable if you listen to the funny short stories about pre war aristocratic British people This is a story, or short stories, about the wealthy but scatterbrained Bertie Wooster pronounc Hilarious If you are bored with all those melodramatic novels like Anita Diamant s The Red Tent or you are starting to get too old for children s and YA books, go for P G Wodehouse books You will feel lighter and refreshed.This is my 4th audiobook and cruising through the traffic in Manila can be made bearable if you listen to the funny short stories about pre war aristocratic British people This is a story, or short stories, about the wealthy but scatterbrained Bertie Wooster pronounced Woos tah and not Woos ter, which is one of the reasons why I appreciate listening to audiobooks I get to know the correct pronounciation ha ha and his inimitable meaning irreplaceable I actually checked that in the dictionary when I was about to start to play Disc 1 valet the equivalent of personal assistant in the Philippines , Reginald Jeeves Jeeves is so endearing not only because of his funny one liners but also because he always seems to have the solution to his master s problems His Yes, Sir , Indeed, Sir , Very well, Sir form part of his being a valet to a wealthy aristocrat and that made me wonder if this master butler valet will exist in London nowadays My first time to wonder about this was when I read Kazuo Ishiguro s Remains of the Day which has this same situation of a butler and his two wealthy masters and so I was excited learning about Jeeves and Woostah in this well loved series of Jeeves books by P G Wodehouse The comparison between the two books end there because Remains of the Day is a well loved drama while The Inimitable Jeeves is outright hilarious.These Jeeves books form part of the two sets of books that made Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse 1881 1975 popular in Britain during the 1920s He is an acknowledged master of English prose and admired by his contemporaries including Evelyn Waugh Brideheads Revisited and Rudyard Kipling Kim and by modern writers like Douglas Adams Hitchhikers series , Salman Rushdie The Satanic Verses and Zadie Smith White Teeth Journalist and writer Christopher Hitchens commented, there is not, and never will be, anything to touch him Oh well, not really sure about the meaning of touch but with the laughters that I had while driving, I am sure there must be some truth in it flag 11 likesLike see review View all 14 comments May 03, 2008 Trevor rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves humour, literature Parts of this were laugh out loud funny and so laugh out load I did The major theme of the book is around the dangers of gambling if you are gambling on something that Jeeves isn t prepared to put his money on Character after character is put into difficulties due to wagering a bit too much on sure things.But this read much like a series of short stories connected by a common theme, than a novel All the same, that is really a minor complaint The characters are so carefully and lovin Parts of this were laugh out loud funny and so laugh out load I did The major theme of the book is around the dangers of gambling if you are gambling on something that Jeeves isn t prepared to put his money on Character after character is put into difficulties due to wagering a bit too much on sure things.But this read much like a series of short stories connected by a common theme, than a novel All the same, that is really a minor complaint The characters are so carefully and lovingly crafted, the one liners so brilliantly funny and the utter dryness of Jeeves s asides so glorious that any complaints seem a bit mean spirited You know, What else do you want, McCandless Wooster lunges from near tragedy to near tragedy and from fashion crime to fashion crime only to be repeatedly saved by Jeeves with seemingly no effort.This morning I read something on the blurb of one of Wodehouse s books that Evelyn Waugh said about him Something to the effect that he created a world that the future will look back on with affection it was better than that, but I can t remember how Imagine having Waugh praise you gosh But it is totally justified There is in reading Wodehouse a delight that shines and shines And I think that delight is based mostly on his remarkably acute understanding of human nature None of his characters even the most clich d ever seem superfluous or lacking in their own self interested motivations If drama is putting characters with mutually incompatible motivations together, then Wodehouse is a master of drama.And if sometimes the only way to redeem a situation is for everyone to think you are a bit loony, well, even that is no reason to be getting rid of the best damn man servant in the country flag 9 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Sep 28, 2007 Cal added it review of another edition Shelves books i have read 12PP2 Bingo told me all this in a husky voice over an egg beaten up in sherry 32PP3 Never before had I encountered a curate so genuinely all to the mustard Little as he might look like one of the lads of the village, he certainly appeared to be the real tabasco, and I wished he had shown me this side of his character before 66PPL Have some lemon squash, I said The conversation seemed to be getting rather difficult Thank you Half a glassful, if I may The hell brew appeared to buck him up 12PP2 Bingo told me all this in a husky voice over an egg beaten up in sherry 32PP3 Never before had I encountered a curate so genuinely all to the mustard Little as he might look like one of the lads of the village, he certainly appeared to be the real tabasco, and I wished he had shown me this side of his character before 66PPL Have some lemon squash, I said The conversation seemed to be getting rather difficult Thank you Half a glassful, if I may The hell brew appeared to buck him up, for he resumed in a slightly pally manner.179I take it you know that Orange number at the Palace It goes Oh, won t you something something oranges, My something something oranges, My something oranges Oh, won t you something something something I forget,Something something something tumty tumty yet Oh or words to that effect flag 8 likesLike see review Oct 09, 2015 Vimal Thiagarajan rated it it was amazing review of another edition Another veritable treatise on literary humour.Got evidence as to why Salman Rushdie,Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchet and many others look up to Wodehouse as an absolute master of English prose flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 04, 2009 Eric_W rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves humor Wodehouse is truly a classic, and if you ever need a lift and want something funny to read, you cannot fail by choosing any Jeeves novel Jeeves is Bertie s butler Bertie is the stereotypical British upper crust, living on inherited money, avoiding work at all costs, who thinks he s brilliant, but really is dumber than a post, and who needs Jeeves to get him out of all sorts of bizarre scrapes The common thread in this series of vignettes is Bertie s friend Bingo, who manages to fall in love w Wodehouse is truly a classic, and if you ever need a lift and want something funny to read, you cannot fail by choosing any Jeeves novel Jeeves is Bertie s butler Bertie is the stereotypical British upper crust, living on inherited money, avoiding work at all costs, who thinks he s brilliant, but really is dumber than a post, and who needs Jeeves to get him out of all sorts of bizarre scrapes The common thread in this series of vignettes is Bertie s friend Bingo, who manages to fall in love with every woman he meets, declaring each is perfect and the love of his life My favorite is the time Bingo fell for the daughter of a revolutionary radical In order to ingratiate himself with the girl and her family, Bingo bought a beard and disguised himself as a fellow comrade, denouncing his uncle, old Lord Bittlesham, in public Of course, had Bingo actually married the girl, he would have been disinherited and forced to go to work, an unconscionable outcome So in typical Jeeves fashion, the butler just mentions to a jealous suitor that Bingo is not what he appears to be I fear I may carelessly have disclosed Mr Little s Bingo identity to Mr Butt jealous suitor.Indeed, now that I recall the incident, sir, I distinctly remember saying that Mr Little s work for the Cause really seemed to me to deserve something in the nature of public recognition The public unmasking that resulted led to the termination of the relationship between Bingo and the young lady Bingo continues to make a fool of himself, requiring the assistance of Bertie for money and Jeeves for intelligence I find the series to be a savage indictment of the British upper crust who can t seem to do anything without their butlers, far superior in ability, but who regardless think they are smarter than anyone, positive drones on society flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Sep 07, 2015 Girish rated it really liked it review of another edition The Inimitable Jeeves is a fun light read of 18 short stories with a common thread.Our heroes are the simple and good at heart Bertie Wooster and his intelligent and supremely marvelous valet Jeeves.The stories concern Bingo s amours, for which, as a dutiful friend, Bertie lands himself in troubles at every turn Some of them are funny and some you feel sorry for Bertie But they come out alright all thanks to Jeeves.The ingenious schemes of Steggles including betting on sermons on length, child The Inimitable Jeeves is a fun light read of 18 short stories with a common thread.Our heroes are the simple and good at heart Bertie Wooster and his intelligent and supremely marvelous valet Jeeves.The stories concern Bingo s amours, for which, as a dutiful friend, Bertie lands himself in troubles at every turn Some of them are funny and some you feel sorry for Bertie But they come out alright all thanks to Jeeves.The ingenious schemes of Steggles including betting on sermons on length, children games and affairs of the heart are hilarious The chemistry between Wooster and Jeeves stands out The humour is subtle and not many laugh out loud moments Some lines are genius flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 22, 2018 Fred rated it really liked it review of another edition The Inimitable Jeeves was published in 1923 Prior to picking it up, I ignorantly believed it was a novel and it was only when I researched the book after finishing it when I realised that it was actually officially deemed as a short story collection That was why it felt so episodic I felt a little daft from not realising that earlier This is of course a short story collection featuring P.G Wodehouse s classic, popular characters Bertie Wooster and his butler Jeeves the title character I The Inimitable Jeeves was published in 1923 Prior to picking it up, I ignorantly believed it was a novel and it was only when I researched the book after finishing it when I realised that it was actually officially deemed as a short story collection That was why it felt so episodic I felt a little daft from not realising that earlier This is of course a short story collection featuring P.G Wodehouse s classic, popular characters Bertie Wooster and his butler Jeeves the title character It is the second short story collection featuring these two characters that he published the first was My Man Jeeves and P.G Wodehouse continued to write many after this one was published This was my first P.G Wodehouse book and from what I have heard, the Jeeves series does not need to be read in chronological order at all, especially since they are full of short stories anyway So, regardless of the fact that this is the second volume, I would definitely urge everybody to read The Inimitable Jeeves To give detail, this book follows two recurring characters in P.G Wodehouse s books One of those is Bertie Wooster Bertie is constantly referred to throughout the book as idle rich he is incredibly wealthy and therefore does not need to work at all He lives a quiet life of relaxation and luxury and easily has enough money to fund his needs Bertie is a character who is not exactly sensible or overly intelligent but he is fairly positive and incredibly British As said, he loves a quiet life yet has some very bizarre friends the most prominent of which, in this collection, is that of Bingo Little a man who falls in love with practically every girl who he sets eyes on, much to comedic effect and these friends have a habit of pulling him , so to speak, into a few socially awkward corners Again, much for comedic effect The second prominent character is the title character Jeeves Jeeves is Bertie s butler Jeeves is a reserved, British typically formal butler who is undoubtedly the most intelligent and knowledgeable character in the book Bertie relies on his intelligence and sense quite heavily, partly due to the fact that they are two qualities which Bertie does not have, especially when Bertie needs a way to escape from these socially tight corners that Bingo Little gets him into Jeeves is usually the one with the brains who manages to formulate subtle yet irritatingly clever ways to squeeze them out Hence the title The Inimitable Jeeves Jeeves cannot be imitated because he is one of a kind Other characters include the aforementioned Bingo Little Aunt Agatha, Bertie s tenacious, far too assertive aunt a character who I hated with a passion Steggles, a character who primarily enjoys sabotaging Bertie and Bingo s gambling plans, Lord Bittlesham, who is Bingo s uncle Then, finally, of course all of the girls who Bingo manages to fall in love with throughout the book The book, as already stated, is a short story collection the stories usually span over one or two chapters and they are full of hilarious stories of these two characters.I really, really enjoyed this book I read it over the space of two days it was so refreshing to read such quirky and light classic literature I feel that the main reason I liked this book was not because of the characters or the pacing, which are my usual criteria points for a good book The characters in this short story collection, including Bertie Wooster, are nothing short of caricatured and somewhat ludicrous Believe me, that is not a negative point because they are hilarious to read about But these are certainly not profound characters who you connect to and feel genuine they are characters you grow fond of because of how much you are guffawing at them throughout the book and for how lively they all are.The character who I liked the most was obviously Jeeves After finishing the story The Purity of the Turf without a doubt the best and most memorable in this collection, for me , I remember writing on a update something to the effect of this sentence Jeeves is an utter genius I either want a friend like him or to BE him Sometimes, Jeeves reveals to Bertie what he is planning to do and you, as a reader, see the plan unravel step by step Other times, Jeeves appears to be completely separated and uninterested in the situation until all of a sudden something will spring upon you that will change the whole situation for the better in such a subtle and, as Wodehouse would probably have said, devilishly clever fashion and of course, it turns out Jeeves is the one behind it all It is those moments which feel like the best sort of payoff for the reader and in the rare moments where you forget that Jeeves is NOT supposed to be a seriously developed character written for authentic reasons, your mouth just drops in awe of him.Those moments, therefore, were fantastic and so worth the time put into the reading experience.The main reason, however, as to why I really enjoyed this book was this The Fab Writing Style The classic genre has nailed it on the head again As said, this was my first P.G Wodehouse book and the writing style certainly did not disappoint It was exactly what I like in a writing style it was very fluid and readable it had a lot of literary substance it was very classic , yet it also had an extra charm of being so witty Not only did I quite quickly click with the writing style because it reflected the essence of classic novel writing so much, I was also in stitches after about Page 3 With that said, I will insert here an extract which is ON Page 3 in order to illustrate I don t know if you know that sort of feeling you get on these days round about the end of April and the beginning of May, when the sky s a bit blue, with cotton wool clouds, and there s a bit of a breeze blowing from the west Kind of uplifted feeling Romantic, if you know what I mean I m not much of a ladies man, but on this particular morning it seemed to me that what I really wanted was some charming girl to buzz up and ask me to save her from assassins or something So that it was a bit of an anti climax when I merely ran into Bingo Little, looking perfectly foul in a crimson satin tie decorated with horseshoes Haha, THAT is how you write old fashioned, rare, good quality humour That is just Page Three read the whole book and there is plenty of that All in all, I would highly, highly recommend this book I think it is fantastic, so funny, quirky, and great for any lovers of classic books Particularly read this one if you are feeling a bit glum or if the books you have been reading recently have been a bit depressing I read this after finishing It by Stephen King and, even though I gave IT five out of five stars, this was the perfect antidote to a 1000 page long book which the reader MISSES after finishing it Whether you are reading this as an antidote, cheer up, or out general interest, this book is one that I would highly recommend It is a lot of fun flag 5 likesLike see review Apr 12, 2018 m a r y l i z rated it liked it review of another edition Brief review because I still have a lot of thumb pain Rather enjoyed this at times, but it got old after a while and I was SO ANNOYED with the majority of the characters grits teeth at Bingo However, the British humour was lovely for the most part, and I loved Bertie AND LONDON I looooved that most of the stories were set in London Also wasn t a fan of all the language There was than I expected view spoiler Use of the d word probably five or six times, God s name in vain sever Brief review because I still have a lot of thumb pain Rather enjoyed this at times, but it got old after a while and I was SO ANNOYED with the majority of the characters grits teeth at Bingo However, the British humour was lovely for the most part, and I loved Bertie AND LONDON I looooved that most of the stories were set in London Also wasn t a fan of all the language There was than I expected view spoiler Use of the d word probably five or six times, God s name in vain several times, and the a word quite often Though I m thinking that British people used to not consider it a curse word shrugs Correct me if I m wrong hide spoiler Overall, enjoyable, but not something I would probably read again.3 stars flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Feb 04, 2012 Antonomasia rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves humour, aesthetes decadents and romantics, 2012, decade 1920s 3.5 Ridiculously, this is the first Jeeves Wooster book I ve read Now I m looking forward to the others.At some point in my early teens, convinced I d love the series, I read a few pages of one of the novels in the library But I was bored And perplexed Jeeves and Wooster had sounded just like the sort of thing I d really enjoy but on the page, so dull What were people on about Though I hadn t given up entirely A couple of years later I noticed a copy of Wodehouse s Service With a 3.5 Ridiculously, this is the first Jeeves Wooster book I ve read Now I m looking forward to the others.At some point in my early teens, convinced I d love the series, I read a few pages of one of the novels in the library But I was bored And perplexed Jeeves and Wooster had sounded just like the sort of thing I d really enjoy but on the page, so dull What were people on about Though I hadn t given up entirely A couple of years later I noticed a copy of Wodehouse s Service With a Smile it made me laugh a great deal, but the library had no other Blandings books and knowing my hopeless completist tendencies in those days I was reluctant to start buying such a prolific author.For the best part of twenty years, that was that Though many of my friends liked Wodehouse, I just ignored the issue as I ve never been short of ideas for books to read.At the beginning of this year, I was gravitating back towards some of my older interests, and also, due to frequent illness, in need of a plentiful supply of fun and intelligent yet easy comfort reading My former standby of Pratchett s Discworld finished Tom Holt a beige imitation Robert Rankin too silly Sherlock Holmes a little depressing when fuzzy minded and going back to old children s books at such a time felt a little too much like giving up I remembered about Wodehouse and read several samples on , starting with that from Carry On, Jeeves which was fortuitously wonderful On Marketplace there was a special offer selling ten JW books for 20, so I took it up There was an error one of the books they sent was wrong a book of Wodehouse s golf stories So I requested any of the five other Jeeves novels in the Arrow imprint as replacement There was another error they sent me all five extra books, not one They said I could keep them at no extra charge, so I ended up with fourteen brand new books, most of the series, for less than 1.50 each Not bad at all.The book Inimitable Jeeves itself is very cosy and made me smile a lot, not least due to Bertie s limitless optimism Though it was impossible not to have some sympathy for poor Bingo Little and his emotional rollercoaster falling in and out of love about fifty three times during the course of the book He did become a little exasperating after a while I started to hope for some utter daftness such as his falling for a girl who turned out to be Bugs Bunny in drag as Brunhilde Though it s not as if the other characters weren t getting exasperated with him too The Great Sermon Handicap was a particular comic masterpiece among these interlocking stories, though I laughed most of all at the final piece All s Well Although I haven t watched much of the TV series, it was rather difficult not to imagine the characters voices as those of Fry and Laurie A few months ago a friend recommended and played me a little of Jonathan Cecil s beautifully voiced JW audiobooks, which may cure that The greatest surprise is how bloody sly Jeeves is His name is a byword for excellent service, yet in print he s frequently underhand and manipulative and can go in a huff at a mere disagreement over a choice of socks Even if he does get the best results in the end All rather Machiavellian flag 5 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 03, 2011 An Odd1 rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fun, fan Red cummerbund, purple socks, bon vivant Bertie relinquishes a beloved garish accoutrement when valet Jeeves exercises his large brain to save Drone club members, such as master B, and pal Bingo Little, from trouble, especially inappropriate romantic attachments This tiny volume is typical P.G fun, frivoulous, 20 30s Brit aristocrat escapades Cotton candy for the brain Yum The Wooster bachelor would prefer to do the strong, manly thing by lying low in my flat and telling Jeeves to inform Red cummerbund, purple socks, bon vivant Bertie relinquishes a beloved garish accoutrement when valet Jeeves exercises his large brain to save Drone club members, such as master B, and pal Bingo Little, from trouble, especially inappropriate romantic attachments This tiny volume is typical P.G fun, frivoulous, 20 30s Brit aristocrat escapades Cotton candy for the brain Yum The Wooster bachelor would prefer to do the strong, manly thing by lying low in my flat and telling Jeeves to inform everybody who called that I wasn t at home p 220 Aunt Agatha, on holiday in a French hotel, pushes Bertie on a chance met girl without checking honesty credentials Next in line is Honoria Glossip, daughter of a loony doctor, stopped with help of twin cousins Eustace and Claude Agatha foists another threat on them, Cyril Bassington Bassington, desiderated for acting Bingo dons a beard to speechify and attract an admiring anarchist, all eyes and teeth, Charlotte Corday Rowbotham When his heart turns to Cynthia, preacher s daughter, the twins disrupt all, organizing bets on Twing area sermon lengths Foiled, the bookmakers take on the village school treat races Bingo moons unseen after Reverend Heppenstall s niece Finally Agatha orders the twins to South Africa, but they fall for the same actress Meanwhile the pretense that Bertie wrote happy ever afters for servant class girls, such as cooks, is smashed by Bingo s final fiancee.Try out excerpt from Most of PG Wodehouse found at my blog Free Books flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 24, 2007 Daniel rated it it was ok review of another edition Recommends it for Existing Fans of P.G Wodehouse Shelves 2007 One of the earlier Jeeves and Wooster books, The Inimitable Jeeves is a collection of interconnected short stories that don t completely stand on their own individually, but also don t form one long, intricate plot like The Code of the Woosters perhaps the best Jeeves and Wooster novel does so well Nevertheless, it is a fun read, especially for someone who s already a Wodehouse fan This just wouldn t be the place to start for a new Wodehouse reader, as he may fail to see why Wodehous One of the earlier Jeeves and Wooster books, The Inimitable Jeeves is a collection of interconnected short stories that don t completely stand on their own individually, but also don t form one long, intricate plot like The Code of the Woosters perhaps the best Jeeves and Wooster novel does so well Nevertheless, it is a fun read, especially for someone who s already a Wodehouse fan This just wouldn t be the place to start for a new Wodehouse reader, as he may fail to see why Wodehouse is so well loved flag 5 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Mar 13, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommends it for Anyone P G Wodehouse author, genius.Yup, I wrote genius The man must have been one because how else to explain the fact that a book about a rather inbred, gay and carefree, intellectual midget and his gentelman s private gentleman in early 20th century, class divided, England and for a bit New York is so funny and engaging Yes, it s light fiction Yes, it centers around a character, Bertie Wooster, whose major issues are which old school chum has made awkward demands on him, or which girl has m P G Wodehouse author, genius.Yup, I wrote genius The man must have been one because how else to explain the fact that a book about a rather inbred, gay and carefree, intellectual midget and his gentelman s private gentleman in early 20th century, class divided, England and for a bit New York is so funny and engaging Yes, it s light fiction Yes, it centers around a character, Bertie Wooster, whose major issues are which old school chum has made awkward demands on him, or which girl has made plans for him, or which aunt is doing the same without any particluar worry about money, lodging or where his next meal is coming from A well to do upper crust who stumbles through each day largely guide by that oh so reserved and deep GPG, Jeeves.Wooster s slapstick like stumbling though life makes the flow of words and characterizations seem sublime The tone and mindset of British betters is captured perfectly Well as perfectly as one who has not yet set foot in the country can imagine Wodehouse makes us care about this human wastrel through an almost invisibly deft hand at plotting and the patter of his actors If the art of being successful or British is to not let the other chap see you sweat, then the author acheives that with remakable ease.I did not expect deep thinking or mental challenges when picking up this book But there is a certain intellectual enjoyment, much like a well written whodunit, in trying to guess what arcane plot twist is coming next and how Jeeves will save the day, in the end It s also fun to see how Wodehouse introduces topical or truly intellectual topics as Jeeves does his thing or one young lady or another tries to improve Wooster or his friends.This is one of many books about these Jeeves and Wooster that I heartily recommend I almost gave it a five star rating, so hurry up and make yourself smile flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 09, 2011 Matthew Hunter rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favorites, english literature, humor P.G Wodehouse was a genius And his stated admirers prove the point Michael Dirda of the Washington Post loves him, and notes that George Orwell, Rudyard Kipling, A.E Housman, M.R James and Arthur Conan Doyle all thought Wodehouse was the bee s knees W.H Auden compared Wodehouse to Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky Eudora Welty stocked his works by her bedside, and Evelyn Waugh considered Wodehouse a revered master High praise indeed Wodehouse s Jeeves is a cultural icon I can t count the numbe P.G Wodehouse was a genius And his stated admirers prove the point Michael Dirda of the Washington Post loves him, and notes that George Orwell, Rudyard Kipling, A.E Housman, M.R James and Arthur Conan Doyle all thought Wodehouse was the bee s knees W.H Auden compared Wodehouse to Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky Eudora Welty stocked his works by her bedside, and Evelyn Waugh considered Wodehouse a revered master High praise indeed Wodehouse s Jeeves is a cultural icon I can t count the number of butlers in various shows named Jeeves And the website Ask Jeeves plays on the valet s crafty intelligence in saving Bertie Wooster s hide repeatedly So, I was very excited to begin reading Wodehouse s Jeeves Wooster series The Inimitable Jeeves is my first direct encounter with Wodehouse s work.The book is a collection of short, often madcap comedies that prove a couple of things Bertie and his friends are idiots Jeeves is brilliant Schemes like pushing a boy off a bridge so that a friend Bingo can be seen by the boy s sister while in rescue mode betting on children s egg races and the length of pastors sermons and wearing a fake beard to get into the good graces of a communist father and daughter these are only the beginning And the primary reason for Jeeves being hired by Wooster His near magical hangover remedy The Inimitable Jeeves is loaded with such fun, sometimes bizarre stories I highly recommend spending some time with Bertie, Jeeves, Bingo, Aunt Agnes, and the entire gang flag 4 likesLike see review Mar 14, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2011, brit lit The episodic nature of this book suits the slapstick humor of Jeeves and Wooster, I think, better than the straight story of The Code of the Woosters So begins the most boring review of a Wodehouse novel ever, you think Anyway, I enjoyed the various Rosie M Banks schemes, Bingo Little falling in love with 53 women, and the strong presence of Jeeves in this one I need to come to terms with the fact that I am the sort of person who can t really like a light humor novel I d love to be the The episodic nature of this book suits the slapstick humor of Jeeves and Wooster, I think, better than the straight story of The Code of the Woosters So begins the most boring review of a Wodehouse novel ever, you think Anyway, I enjoyed the various Rosie M Banks schemes, Bingo Little falling in love with 53 women, and the strong presence of Jeeves in this one I need to come to terms with the fact that I am the sort of person who can t really like a light humor novel I d love to be the type of carefree bird who loves these books, but I guess I m doomed by constitution to prefer a novel with at least one tragic death Tell me a joke in real life, though I promise you I ll laugh flag 4 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 12, 2017 Susan in NC rated it it was amazing review of another edition What can I say Pure sunshine on the page, I chuckled throughout and guffawed during one of the last stories about Bingo Little s attempt to bring a little metropolitan sparkle to a village Christmas pageant.The back of this book calls this a Jeeves and Wooster Collection, but the stories all seemed to flow somewhat chronologically and center on Jeeves, Wooster, Bingo Little Bertie s friend since school days , and Bertie s old battle axe of an aunt, Agatha There s a lovely quote from brilliant What can I say Pure sunshine on the page, I chuckled throughout and guffawed during one of the last stories about Bingo Little s attempt to bring a little metropolitan sparkle to a village Christmas pageant.The back of this book calls this a Jeeves and Wooster Collection, but the stories all seemed to flow somewhat chronologically and center on Jeeves, Wooster, Bingo Little Bertie s friend since school days , and Bertie s old battle axe of an aunt, Agatha There s a lovely quote from brilliant actor Stephen Fry who personifies Jeeves for me that sums up the pleasure of these stories, You don t analyse such sunlit perfection, you just bask in its warmth and splendour I ve nothing to add, perked me up no end during this cold and rainy week flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 01, 2017 Pamela Shropshire rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves in my library, humour, classics, set in the uk This volume containing connected stories of the classic duo Jeeves and Wooster is quintessential Wodehouse Bertie s school chum, Bingo Little, is a particular catalyst of the adventures and misadventures that require Jeeves to do his best brain work and solve problems that range from saving Bertie from unwanted engagements, raving cat phobic psychiatrists, and Aunt Agatha.When life becomes too depressing, you can depend on Wodehouse to slip you into his placid world where tea is delivered as so This volume containing connected stories of the classic duo Jeeves and Wooster is quintessential Wodehouse Bertie s school chum, Bingo Little, is a particular catalyst of the adventures and misadventures that require Jeeves to do his best brain work and solve problems that range from saving Bertie from unwanted engagements, raving cat phobic psychiatrists, and Aunt Agatha.When life becomes too depressing, you can depend on Wodehouse to slip you into his placid world where tea is delivered as soon as you open you eyes in the morning and where you never have to worry about money to pay the bills flag 3 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Which Jeeves and Wooster Story Has the Most Dialogue Between Bertie and Jeeves 1 5 Sep 23, 2016 12 38PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of than seventy years and continues to be widely read over 40 years after his death Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse s main canvas remained that of prewar 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 recent writers such as Douglas Adams, Salman Rushdie and Terry Pratchett Sean O Casey famously called him English literature s performing flea , a description that Wodehouse used as the title of a collection of his letters to a friend, Bill Townend.Best known today for the Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels and short stories, Wodehouse was also a talented playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of fifteen plays and of 250 lyrics for some thirty musical comedies He worked with Cole Porter on the musical Anything Goes 1934 and frequently collaborated with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton He wrote the lyrics for the hit song Bill in Kern s Show Boat 1927 , wrote the lyrics for the Gershwin Romberg musical Rosalie 1928 , and collaborated with Rudolf Friml on a musical version of The Three Musketeers 1928 Other books in the series Jeeves 1 10 of 15 books Books by P.G Wodehouse More Trivia About The Inimitable Je 1 trivia question More quizzes trivia Quotes from The Inimitable Je We Woosters do not lightly forget At least, we do some 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