My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

October 15, 2012

Summary (from the publisher): My Man Jeeves, first published in 1919, introduced the world to affable, indolent Bertie Wooster and his precise, capable valet, Jeeves. Some of the finest examples of humorous writing found in English literature are woven around the relationship between these two men of very different classes and temperaments. Where Bertie is impetuous and feeble, Jeeves is cool-headed and poised. This collection, the first book of Jeeves and Wooster stories, includes “Absent Treatment,” “Helping Freddie,” “Rallying Round Old George,” “Doing Clarence a Bit of Good,” “Fixing It for Freddie,” and “Bertie Changes His Mind.”

Liked:

  • Wodehouse’s humor shines through in every single story. I found myself laughing, chuckling, or at least smiling throughout the book, making this a true pleasure to read.
  • Bertie and Jeeves are such an interesting pair. I like that Jeeves always comes up with a plan, but that the plan doesn’t necessarily go off without a hitch. Yes, things tend to work out in the end, but there are unanticipated snags along the way that keep things fun.
  • I don’t know why, but I find it hilarious when Jeeves disapproves of an article of Bertie’s clothing or his latest experiment with facial hair. And it’s particularly funny when Bertie “rewards” Jeeves for a job well done by allowing him to burn the offensive attire or shave the hated mustache.

Disliked:

  • I didn’t particularly care for the Reggie Pepper stories inserted in this volume. I have nothing against that character or his exploits, but they seemed rather too similar to the Bertie/Jeeves adventures and therefore made me wonder why the author and/or publisher couldn’t have just made the entire volume about the latter pair. That’s who I wanted to read about anyway!

Rating:

What can I say about Wodehouse’s Bertie and Jeeves stories that hasn’t been said before? This is a terrific little collection from the early days of the series and should definitely be on your list if you enjoy British humor. I give it 4 stars out of 5.

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