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“To dive into a Wodehouse novel is to swim in some of the most elegantly turned phrases in the English language.”—Ben SchottFollow the adventures of Bertie Wooster and his gentleman’s gentleman, Jeeves, in this stunning new edition of one of the greatest comic short story collections in the English language. This classic collection of linked stories feature some of the fun“To dive into a Wodehouse novel is to swim in some of the most elegantly turned phrases in the English language.”—Ben SchottFollow the adventures of Bertie Wooster and his gentleman’s gentleman, Jeeves, in this stunning new edition of one of the greatest comic short story collections in the English language. This classic collection of linked stories feature some of the funniest episodes in the life of Bertie Wooster, gentleman, and Jeeves, his gentleman’s gentleman—in which Bertie's terrifying Aunt Agatha stalks the pages, seeking whom she may devour, while Bertie’s friend Bingo Little falls in love with seven different girls in succession (he marries the last, bestselling romantic novelist Rosie M. Banks). And Bertie, with Jeeves’s help, just evades the clutches of the terrifying Honoria Glossop. At its heart is one of Wodehouse’s most delicious stories and a comic masterpiece, "The Great Sermon Handicap."...

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The Inimitable Jeeves Reviews

  • Pramod Nair
    2019-04-08 01:08

    “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.

  • Poonam
    2019-04-16 01:26

    3.5 starsThe first book in the series is all about Wooster and Jeeves whereas this book is more 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 more 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!

  • Algernon
    2019-04-24 05:07

    "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 inMy 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 more 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.

  • Jason Koivu
    2019-04-23 06:09

    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.

  • Helle
    2019-04-05 02:10

    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, naïve, 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.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-04-06 07:35

    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.

  • Nancy Oakes
    2019-03-25 09:31

    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 more 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.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-15 08:15

    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!

  • Allie
    2019-04-14 04:18

    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 more 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 more 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.

  • BillKerwin
    2019-03-29 01:05

    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 nevertheless. Jeeves disapproves of Bertie’s more 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.

  • K.D. Absolutely
    2019-04-19 02:28

    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 more 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!

  • Trevor
    2019-04-20 07:08

    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 more 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 clichéd – 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.

  • Cal
    2019-04-07 04:15

    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 more 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.

  • Vimal Thiagarajan
    2019-04-16 02:21

    Another veritable treatise on literary humour.Got more evidence as to why Salman Rushdie,Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchet and many others look up to Wodehouse as an absolute master of English prose.

  • Fred
    2019-03-25 02:33

    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 more 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 more 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 Goodreads 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!

  • Eric_W
    2019-04-11 09:07

    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.

  • An Odd1
    2019-03-29 03:35

    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

  • Girish
    2019-03-30 08:21

    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.

  • Daniel
    2019-03-29 05:07

    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.

  • Antonomasia
    2019-04-09 05:32

    [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 Amazon, starting with that from Carry On, Jeeves which was fortuitously wonderful. On Marketplace there was a special offer selling ten J&W 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 J&W 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.

  • Rachel Elizabeth
    2019-04-22 06:18

    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.

  • Pamela Shropshire
    2019-03-28 04:09

    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.

  • Susan in NC
    2019-03-27 01:17

    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!

  • Sarah83 L
    2019-04-02 06:26

    What a man. This Jeeves is really fantastic. 😉 Everything time Wooster has his problems, Jeeves shows up and has the right ideas. 😉 Great man.

  • Timothy Urban
    2019-04-13 02:30

    I've often heard people say they don't trust or will think less of someone who doesn't like Wodehouse. It's a reasonable test, I think. It's all so joyfully innocent and yet endlessly mocking of the upper classes. I never get over the playfulness of language, specifically the way the simple-minded Bertie has a seemingly endless variety of terms, nick-names and contractions for most everyday things.

  • Mike
    2019-04-18 08:23

    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!)

  • Matthew Hunter
    2019-04-06 05:06

    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.

  • Steven
    2019-04-19 07:13

    "I buzzed into the flat like an east wind…and there was the box of cigarettes on the small table and the illustrated weekly papers on the big table and my slippers on the floor, and every dashed thing so bally right, if you know what I mean, that I started to calm down in the first two seconds. It was like one of those moments in a play where the chappie, about to steep himself in crime, suddenly hears the soft, appealing strains of the old melody he learned at his mother's knee. Softened, I mean to say. That's the word I want. I was softened." (252)This is how you might describe the effect of Wodehouse's stories on me—softening. This was my third collection of Jeeves and Wooster stories, and the first in which the stories did not stand alone. I still have not made up my mind whether I prefer the shorter stories, with their own, relatively quick conclusions, or the stories that take longer to develop. I'll have a clearer view of the matter as I wade my way through all the Wodehouse collections, I'm sure.

  • Holmlock
    2019-04-04 04:29

    Another enjoyable Jeeves collection. Bertie finds new ways to gamble, new ways to alienate people, and new reasons to ask Jeeves for help. This is a collection of short stories loosely tied together by Bertie's friend Bingo Little, a man who habitually falls in love at the drop of a hat. The book is packed full of humorous exchanges and scenarios. If you're in the mood for something funny, definitely check out 'The Inimitable Jeeves'. Wodehouse never fails to award his audience with a good laugh, and this book is full of them.

  • Mom
    2019-04-15 09:29

    I know this book is a classic and has a wide fan base, but I did not care for it. The first half of the book was tolerable and I kind of enjoyed it. After Chapter 13, I lost my patience with it, it blathers on about betting schemes. And the finale ends with the main character being revealed as a crazy person and ends with no resolution. It will be a while before I brave reading another Wodehouse book.