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Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves (Jeeves #13)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  5,545 ratings  ·  264 reviews
Steadfast, reassuring Jeeves is back, and in this uproarious novel his superior mind rises effortlessly to the occasion. "Everything is just mildly idiotic, and there is lots of purely physical comedy, and lots of conversation."--INewsweek/I
Paperback, 189 pages
Published February 27th 1994 by Vintage (first published 1963)
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Jason Koivu
Bertie Wooster is back at Totleigh Towers fighting off the threat of marriage with dippy Madeline Bassett in the charmingly delightful Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves.

Good ol' school chum Gussie Fink-Nottle's engagement to Madeline is all that's saving Bertie from a future strapped to a sap. A forced vegetarian diet could tip the scales!

(The horror is readily apparent all over newt fancier Fink-Nottle's map.)

Stiffy Byng, Stinker Pinker, Sir Watkyn Bassett and a bevy of other recurring characters show u
P.G. Wodehouse’s ‘Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves’ was published on the 22nd of March, 1963. That’s the very day that The Beatles released their first album ‘Please, Please Me’, and exactly the same day John Profumo stood up in The Houses of Parliament to deny having relations with Christine Keener. It was the year Kim Philby fled to Moscow, the scandalous divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, Harold McMillan’s resignation, JFK’s assassination and the first broadcast of ‘Doctor Who’.

You will find n
This book was first published in the same month I was born. In fact, in the UK only two days before I was born, though five months earlier in the US – which surprised me somewhat. I really like the idea that there might have been someone quickly reading this over the weekend that I was born and laughing away cheerfully at it all. Yes, I like that idea very much.

Wooster is truly one of the great narrative voices in English Literature. There are moments when it is nearly dangerous to listen to him
Let me do a little buck and wing dance for this one. Ahh, Wodehouse gets me cracking my limb-oos.

*stretch -kick -stretch -cheers*

It's sunny, dancy (not really too funny like the usual P.G. stuff) and wonderful for the bummer days. There is a lot more swagger to Jeeves than I've ever seen in any fic butler ever. I guess, if he had ever made it to the real world, I would've been swapping my cigarettes for his reality show DVDs. Although after some time, the whole raged aunt, half-hallucinated un
Горе главата, Джийвс:

Започнах да чета книгите на Удхаус, защото на задната корица на една от тях пишеше: "Книгите на Удхаус се препоръчват от психиатри като терапевтично средство за изваждане от депресия, но няма нужда да сме психически зле, за да им се радваме." Сега, нужно е да уточним, че многоуважаван джентълмен като мен, внимава никога да не се намери в подобно деградивно състояние, но уви, мрачните есенни месеци понякога надделяват.

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Douglas Dalrymple
Bertram Wooster is dragged back to Totleigh Towers and placed under threat of engagement to Madeline Basset or of being jailed as a nabber of collectible statuettes. Meanwhile, Jeeves cannot abide Bertie's new feathered Alpine hat. And what's to be done about the sorry state of today's savages when they fail so utterly to hit Major Plank with a blowpipe dart?

Wooster reflects:

"And these were fellows who called themselves savages. Savages forsooth! The savages in the books I used to read in my chi
4 stars. I have read almost all of the Bertie & Jeeves books growing up and many of them I have reread over the years. Now I am enjoying them as audiobooks! I think Jonathan Cecil does an amazing narration & would recommend this edition. Cecil manages to make Bertie Wooster believable, which isn't as easy as it might seem - he gives Bertie just the right amount of imbecility and of the right type. ...more
Lachlan Smith
This book is amazing - much like its author, Pelham Grenville Wodehouse - it is definitely one of the funniest books I have read. The language was incredible! When I was about a chapter into the book, I began to think that I might have already read it - that is how interchangeable P.G. Wodehouse's tales are, but he more than makes up for this with his wit and wisdom. There was a paragraph in the last chapter, in which Wooster is asked by Jeeves to dispose of his Alpine hat after exercising his i ...more
Remesh R.
As Stephen Fry says on the cover of this book....."You don't analyze such sunlit perfection. You just bask in its warmth and splendor." It pains me not to give this a 5 star, but its my first meeting with Wodehouse, so its fine.
Reading Wodehouse is pure bliss. His writing style seems simple but it is not. Wodehouse is a genius and he painstakingly creates humor out of ordinary everyday situations. It is not slap stick, satire or comic. It is pure unadulterated humor. Reading Wodehouse is the best stress buster and anti-depressant. He doesn’t claim to very highly literary writing prowess. In his own words “I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring r ...more
Comedy of manners. Bertram Wooster has no intention of returning to Totleigh Towers, a ghastly place inhabited by two of his least favourite people on earth, Madeline Basset and her father Sir Watkyn Basset. When the terrifyingly irrepressible Stiffy Byng sends him a summons to help her do something down there that he's positive he doesn't want to do, he turns it down pretty quick. But when he hears that Madeline's fiance Gussie Fink-Nottle is also at Totleigh Towers, and that their engagement i ...more
I hadn't read a Jeeves book in a year or so when I got this one at the library, and good God, I forgot how much I loved them. It's just so cheerful and funny, and though I wouldn't reccomend reading as your first Jeeves book (it has so many characters that you need to have known from previous books, or at the very least, the TV show) and, like some of the latter books, it's a little formulaic, you don't really find yourself caring about that, because the book is just so much fun and entertaining ...more
Taymara Jagmohan
Splendid Delight!

Stiff Upper Lip, is a fun book, and you'd laugh silently and want to laugh out loud at the same time. When I told mom about how Bertram Wooster is she laughed, because she sees how greatly I admire P.G Wodehouse. He is candid and so flavorful with language, it is almost unbelievable. Incredulously mind-blowing! What I like about Wodehouse is the way he describes women in relationships. He talks them down, but equally talks them up, because daisies are to be given away after all,
I love Wodehouse and reading of Bertie Wooster's exploits (and Jeeves' ability to extract him from the soup) always brings a smile and chuckle - so much fun! In Wodehouse's lovely, mythical England between the wars, the sun is always shining, Bertie is always well-meaning, snarky and put-upon by turns, and his biggest concern is usually avoiding falling into a disastrous engagement to a long line of spoiled, flaky women! He and Jeeves are surrounded by a hilarious, goofy and charmingly quirky ca ...more
Another classic Jeeves and Wooster story. Bertie once again travels to Totleigh Towers to try to repair the rift in Gussie Finknottle and Madeline Basset's engagement. Pop Basset and Roderick Spode (Lord Sidcup) think he is there to steal a black amber statuette for Bertie's Uncle Tom. How could things get complicated?

As he reflects on his predicament he says "But I must admit that as I crouched in my haven of refuge I found myself chafing not a little. Life at Totleigh Towers, as I mentioned e
Hapless Bertie Wooster is in the soup - again. His pal Gussie Fink-Nottle seems to be on the brink of breaking off his engagement to the beautiful but sappy Madeline Bassett. If he does, Bertie will be obliged to marry her, something he considers a fate worse than d. So Bertie rushes off to Totleigh Towers - in spite of the presence there of his nemeses Roderick Spode and ex-magistrate Sir Watkyn Bassett - to try to mend the rift. Multiple misunderstandings and mishaps ensue, and of course, at t ...more
Jennifer Johnson
Oh my goodness! I kept saying I was going to read Wodehouse but kept putting it off. Now I recognize this for a true tragedy. Bertie and Jeeves are such an adorable pair and the tale is so fun and amusing. I can't wait to finish so I can pick up another Wodehouse!
Only the second Wodehouse I've ever read, but it made me want MOREEEEE!!! A delightful romp through Bertie's misfortunes by Wodehouse's ridiculously innovative literary hilarity. Not to mention that Jeeves absolutely OUTDOES himself in measurements of awesomeness...
I read this one before "Code of the Woosters," only to discover I was reading them in the wrong order. But it didn't matter: with Wodehouse it's not about reaching a destination, it's about enjoying the ride. And I really enjoyed it.
Anthony Peter
After the disappointment of 'Jeeves in the Offing', I felt 'Stiff Upper Lip' was back on track. Jeeves was not on holiday, and, though not prominent in the narrative, he popped up at key moments, including in the unusual disguise of a police inspector. I lamented the absence of extended circumlocutions in the previous novel, as well as the infrequent references to weather and topography. These seemed to have been restored sufficiently to sustain my amusement, and I found the chapters short and c ...more
Cameron Toney
Good hearted but daft Bertie Wooster is at it again, and Jeeves will have to unravel everything again. Theres a love triangle, a footballer curate, an American Heiress cook, an African statuette, and not to mention a house full of people who hate our beloved Wooster, and think he's a deranged kleptomaniac.
But this is Wodehouse, and theres no situation too tangled for the indespensible Jeeves to set to rights.
This is a classic example of the Jeeves and Wooster fun, with good intentioned Wooster
An enjoyable and fun read. One never knows what is going to happen to poor old Wooster next, but as usual, Jeeves is on hand to save the day....again. Lighthearted and a happy sunday afternoon well spent!
Laura Gilfillan
What could possibly convince Bertie to ever visit Totleigh Towers again? Only the threat of being roped into marriage. So off he goes to make sure Gussie and Madeleine don't break up. But alas, the whole visit is a disaster. Bertie is accused of stealing an ugly collector's item his uncle has his eyes on, Gussie runs off with the cook, after Madeleine tries to make him be a vegetarian, and in the end, Bertie even gets hauled off to jail. Jeeves, of course, manages to save the day, but not as smo ...more
Have you ever read something so funny that you fell of the couch and sucked dust bunnies into your lungs? No? You've never read Wodehouse.
I've read this book a number of times and each time is a delight. Wodehouse always feels like a forefather to Douglas Adams to me.
Steve Herreid
I confess my unpopular opinion: Wodehouse is overrated. This book was light and entertaining, but only mildly so.
Christi Lupher
I love P.G. Wodehouse, but reading this novel is a bit like taking a walk with an old friend who's told the same story too many times.

And yet... as you saunter along, listening to his pleasant droning, there are many points where the comment he made two steps back suddenly strikes and you find yourself collapsed to the ground, dissolved in laughter. He waits with a quiet smile. When you finally stagger to your feet, gasping for breath, he pats you on the back and resumes his tale.

There real
Delightful, if delightful is the word I want.
Bertie desperately seeks to avoid women and a life of crime in this spritely tale. Both seem to keep attaching themselves to him despite his best efforts. All good (and only slightly misogynistic) fun that, of course, only Jeeves can straighten out. He does so with a move so shocking, so terrifying, so debilitating to Wodehouse fans, that I warn my fellow readers and devotees to be ready with a stiff whiskey and soda at the appropriate moment. It's the only thing that will get you through.
Wodehouse, P. G. STIFF UPPER LIP, JEEVES. (1963). ***. In this installment, Bertie Wooster, the feather-brained master of malapropism, complicates his life by interceding with the predatory Madeline Bassett on behalf of his friend Gussie Fink-Nottle and finds himself entangled in terrifying misunderstandings. All of these misadventures take place at Totleigh Towers, owned by Sir Watkyn Bassett, a retired prosecuting judge with whom Bertie has had run-ins before. Bertie was once sentenced by Sir ...more
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Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more 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 so ...more
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Jeeves (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • My Man Jeeves (Jeeves, #1)
  • The Inimitable Jeeves (Jeeves, #2)
  • Carry on, Jeeves (Jeeves, #3)
  • Very Good, Jeeves! (Jeeves, #4)
  • Thank You, Jeeves (Jeeves, #5)
  • Right Ho, Jeeves (Jeeves, #6)
  • The Code of the Woosters (Jeeves, #7)
  • Joy in the Morning (Jeeves, #8)
  • The Mating Season (Jeeves, #9)
  • Ring for Jeeves (Jeeves, #10)
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“She was heading for the piano, and something told me that it was her intention to sing old folk songs, a pastime to which, as I have indicated, she devoted not a little of her leisure. She was particularly given to indulgence in this nuisance when her soul had been undergoing an upheaval and required soothing, as of course it probably did at this juncture.

My fears were realized. She sang two in rapid succession, and the thought that this sort of thing would be a permanent feature of our married life chilled me to the core.”
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