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Thank You Jeeves (Jeeves #5)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  8,121 ratings  ·  495 reviews
A Jeeves and Wooster novel

Thank You, Jeeves is the first novel to feature the incomparable valet Jeeves and his hapless charge Bertie Wooster - and you've hardly started to turn the pages when he resigns over Bertie's dedicated but somewhat untuneful playing of the banjo. In high dudgeon, Bertie disappears to the country as a guest of his chum Chuffy - only to find his pe

Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 27th 1994 by Random House UK (first published 1934)
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Are you feeling sad, depressed, not quite yourself?

Did your youngest child decide to make paper airplanes out of the pages of your 1st Edition copy of Lord of the Rings?

Did the brilliantly astute network asshats cancel your favorite television show in favor of a 22 part documentary on the Brittany Spears Comeback Tour hosted by Paula Abdul?

Did the video of the “unfortunate incident” at your office picnic recent
Dan 1.0
Jeeves and Wooster break up after Jeeves lays down an ultimatum and Bertie chooses his banjolele over his manservant. Hilarity ensues.

The 2011-2012 re-read...
After Jeeves and Wooster have a spat over a banjolele, Jeeves leaves Wooster for Lord Chuffnel, who is enamored with Bertie's ex-fiancee, Pauline Stoker. Complicating matters are Stoker's dad, a millionaire who wants to buy Chuffnel's mansion, and Chuffy's, who is being pursued by Wooster's old nemesis, Sir Roderick Glossop. When Bertie win
Jason Koivu
More tales of woe for Bertie Wooster, but this time he's on his own with no Jeeves to get him out of the soup.

Perhaps that's why I felt this volume - though probably as good as the rest - didn't quite resonate the way others have. Wooster without Jeeves is like Laurel without Hardy, Abbot sans Costello. The reason these books work is that they are a duo, they play off of one another. Wooster needs Jeeves, and in a way, Jeeves needs least for comedic purposes.

But the good thing abo
For the past couple of years, the name P. G. Wodehouse kept popping up in interviews and articles about some of my favorite people (most notably Hugh Laurie and Neil Gaiman, among others). They praised him as THE master of British comedy. Since I admittedly like my comedy British, I decided it was time to give Wodehouse a try.

The thing with Wodehouse is that he creeps up on you. During the first few chapters, I thought, "What's all the fuss about?" There is some admittedly clever language and t
Henry Avila
Bertram "Bertie" Wooster is part of the English idle rich.Set during the Great Depression of the 1930's.Most of his friends are members of the Drones Club in London and hardly notice the bad economic conditions.He has a valet Jeeves, much smarter than his boss and for that matter his friends.Which comes in handy, as Jeeves is always getting them out of trouble.The often engaged but never married Bertie,finally drives poor Jeeves out, by Wooster's constant banjo playing. Even butlers have limits. ...more
PG Wodehouse has been on my list of authors to read for ages, and my only complaint is that I waited so long to give him a try.

Before picking up Thank You, Jeeves, I had read several of the short stories that introduced the world to the indomitable literary pairing of Bertram Wooster and his faithful valet Jeeves. From the first page of the earliest story, “Extricating Old Gussie,” I knew I had found a series that would give me endless hours of cozy, friendly entertainment in the months and ye
And so we come to the first of Jeeves and Wooster novels.

I wonder how nervous PG Wodehouse was when he sat down to write this book. After all, here he had characters who had proven their worth in short stories, but would the material really stretch far enough for a whole novel? Could he spin out a plot that would sustain such a length? Was there a danger of the whole thing becoming episodic, a series of short stories joined together? Old P.G. always came across as a jovial and sanguine individua
Thank You, Jeeves, published in 1935, was the first novel-length book by Wodehouse relating the adventures of Jeeves and Bertie Wooster, although he had written many short stories about these characters previously, and, while he subsequently wrote other novels about them, this one seems unique. Yes, the tried-and-true Wodehouse plot conventions are present: Bertie tries to escape marital entanglement while he facilitates the marriage of two of his close friends; he runs afoul of a brusk and anti ...more
Ben Loory
In my experience, there are two kinds of elderly American. One, the stout and horn-rimmed, is matiness itself. He greets you as if you were a favorite son, starts agitating the cocktail shaker before you know where you are, slips a couple into you with a merry laugh, claps you on the back, tells you a dialect story about two Irishmen named Pat and Mike, and, in a word, makes life one grand, sweet song.

The other, which runs a good deal to the cold, grey stare and the square jaw, seems to view the
Absolutely hilarious. Wodehouse at his best! The book starts with our lovable, idiotic narrator, Bertie, taking up the banjolele. Jeeves is then faced with two options: 1) to continue in his employment listening to that racket or 2) heading into the unemployed life. Like any intelligent man, Jeeves, after Bertie stubbornly refuses to give up playing his instrument, leaves his service. He is quickly scooped up by Bertie’s friend, Chuffy, however, and continues to help Bertie throughout the novel ...more
Steven Harbin
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"Allora com'è stata la lettura di questo ennesimo autore umoristico inglese? (osannato e pluripubblicato)"
"Mmmppffh... baaah, bof, ehhhh... maah..."
"Senti, ti do un consiglio da amico: basta con lo humor inglese. Tanto non lo capisci. E in più ti senti anche una deficiente perchè non ti fa ridere".
"Ma possibile dico, che solo io non rido??"
"Beh, d'altronde tu non ridi nemmeno con, che so, Fantozzi, Tomas Milian...
"No... in effetti. Anzi mi innervosiscono. Però con Maximus, il cavallo di Rapunze
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It’s that time of year again; it’s summer, it’s sunny, and I have exams coming up – which means lying out on the lawn with a pile of revision, a cold drink, and a Jeeves and Wooster book onside to de-stress between doses of Cold War politics. Add to that the company of my beautiful old dog, take away the revision, replace the non-alcholic drink with a pitcher of Pimms and it’s damn close to the perfect way to spend the summer. And as such I tend to think Stephen Fry is ba
p.g. wodehouse's prose is sublime. just look at how this book starts:

I was a shade perturbed. Nothing to signify, really, but still just a spot concerned. As I sat in the old flat, idly touching the strings of my banjolele, an instrument to which I had become greatly addicted of late, you couldn't have said that the brow was actually furrowed, and yet, on the other hand, you couldn't have stated absolutely that it wasn't. Perhaps the word 'pensive' about covers it. It seemed to me that a situati
Ian Wood
Dec 22, 2007 Ian Wood rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
‘Thank you, Jeeves’ is the first of the Jeeves novels and is indeed a ‘pippin’. The translation of the actors in short stories to the larger frame of a novel is not always a happy transition but Wodehouse takes it his stride. Where previously Bertie Wooster would complicate a problem prior to taking it to Jeeves to sort he now mixes up three problems into about nine which Jeeves then brings to a conclusion with a happy ever after for everyone except the hapless narrator.

Jeeves has left Bertie’s
”You know, the longer I live, the more I feel that the great wheeze in life is to be jolly well sure what you want and not let yourself be put off by pals who think they know better than you do."

Bertie Wooster has become enamoured of the banjolele but is getting nothing but grief from his neighbours and his valet Jeeves. After a severe disagreement about the instrument causes Jeeves to leave his service, Bertie departs for the country to practice in peace. He gets caught up in the affairs of hi
This is my first exposure to Jeeves and Wooster, and I have to say, for one of the novels people keep telling me isn't the best, it's pretty damned good. I'll confess it didn't make me laugh aloud, but I was smiling the entire time I read it. I love Jeeves (who must be a sort of cousin to Lord Peter's Bunter) and the entire silly situation Bertie Wooster manages to get himself into.

And it's all so impeccably written, too.

Note: It is inevitably of its time, however, and the references to negroes
David Ranney
You know, the longer I live, the more I feel that the great wheeze in life is to be jolly well sure what you want and not let yourself be put off by pals who think they know better than you do.
I listened to the audio version with Simon Templeman as Bertie and Paxton Whitehead as Jeeves, performing with L.A. Theatre Works. Initially, I was missing Hugh Laurie, whose Bertie I absolutely love, but honestly Templeman's Bertie was spot on. (It's hard not to talk like that after listening to this story).

Typical madcap situation has Bertie repeatedly making a mess if things and Jeeves coming to the rescue. Quick clever dialogue as usual from Wodehouse. He never disappoints.
Наконец я познакомилась с книжными Дживсом и Вустером, и теперь удивляюсь, чего я так долго к ним шла :) Первые несколько глав меня мучало подозрение, что английский юмор затеряется в переводе, но в итоге мне просто надо было переключиться на другую раскладку. Все на месте, но следующую книгу Вудхауза точно буду читать на аглицком, дабы насладиться им в полной мере; даже самый хороший перевод никогда не передаст всех интонаций оригинала.

Еще немного тормозила сама история в самом начале (божечки,
This book was so good that I really didn't want to finish reading it. A gem. Extremely funny. One of those books when you just can't help laughing out loud. P.G Wodehouse is a genius. An extremely well crafted story, full of threads that weave in and out and come together for the perfect ending. If you want a good read then this is your book. My 100th book this year and my favourite book of all time. Thank you Jeeves!
Bertie & Jeeves break up over the banjolele, and Bertie employs Brinkley, who may be the Worst Valet Ever. B. gets a little philosophical: "Ironical, that, when you come to think of it. I mean, do you realise that I'm giving this chap a salary all this time? In other words, he's actually being paid to chivy me about with carving knives. If that's not Life, what is?"
Monica Edinger
Sep 23, 2014 Monica Edinger marked it as didn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
Started to listen to this, but couldn't deal with the repeated use of the n-word in referencing a musical group. Figured there would be more uses of the word as the book went on as it seemed Bertie was excited about them, but I just couldn't take it. Wondered how the audio book reader managed to do it. Sorry as I liked the idea of Jeeves quitting and wanted to see where Wodehouse took that plot thread. I'm now afraid to take on another Wodehouse for fear of more of this. Did enjoy the first two ...more
Jane Applegate
No rating for this one, sadly. Though the first 150-pages were customarily delightful, I ultimately found the mid-section's central plot device way too unsettling (no joke) to say I actually enjoyed the whole over the parts this time around, but I'm officially deciding to understand this particular Wodehouse effort as very much a product of the time and particular culture in which he was writing, and not to be too up in arms about those seriously cringe-inducing 60-80 pages in the middle. (In mu ...more

Published in 1934, Thank You Jeeves is the first novel in the immensely popular Jeeves and Wooster series . Having read the humorous adventures of the Blandings castle's occupants before, I had high expectations from this book and I must say Mr. Wodehouse manages to exceed all of them.

“Thank You, Jeeves” starts off with the introduction of a rather ill-fated chap called Bertram Wooster, whose propensity for playing the banjo(rather badly) leads to the resignation of his beloved butler, Jeeves. T

Jeeves reluctantly gives his notice because Bertie won’t stop playing the banjolele, even “within the narrow confines of a country cottage.” But Jeeves is never far, for he goes into the service of Bertie’s friend Lord “Chuffy” Chufnell, owner of said cottage. Of course, Jeeves paves the way for nuptials between Chuffy and his betrothed, repairs a cancelled real-estate transaction, and even gets Roderick Glossop out of a tight spot. And that’s not even touching on the blackface Bertie finds hims ...more
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It is a true testament to how freaking hilarious P.G. Wodehouse is that I kind of want to read this book again despite its use of the 'n' word and Bertie's blackening his face to create the central mistaken-identity gags. I doubt this book will ever be on Oprah's Book Club list, and while I would usually mean that as a compliment, sadly in this instance it is an insult. So much of this book was so truly, truly funny that I couldn't stop reading it, though. I wouldn't claim to be the most sensiti ...more
When I was fifteen I first discovered P.G. Wodehouse, and this was the book. It came to me as a battered ex-libris, covered with stamps, but after reading the first page I knew that I was hooked. I'd never read anything like it before. It seemed to be the book I'd been waiting to read all my life---my long life of fifteen years!---and it delighted me. I finished it in one sitting and then carried it about for days, savoring certain passages, often chuckling out loud. It concerned a certain nitwi ...more
This is my first P. G. Wodehouse book, and I enjoyed it immensely! I've often heard how funny and witty Wodehouse's books are. If Thank You, Jeeves is any indication, I can see his reputation is definitely deserved.

This book (and I believe the Jeeves series in general) centers upon the British aristocrat and bachelor Bertie Wooster and his "man" Jeeves (think butler here). Wooster is actually a sympathetic character, basically goodhearted though a bit flighty and melodramatic. But he's prone to
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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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Other Books in the Series

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)
  • 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)
  • Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit (Jeeves, #11)
My Man Jeeves (Jeeves, #1) Carry on, Jeeves (Jeeves, #3) The Code of the Woosters (Jeeves, #7) Right Ho, Jeeves (Jeeves, #6) The Inimitable Jeeves (Jeeves, #2)

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“I mean, if you're asking a fellow to come out of a room so that you can dismember him with a carving knife, it's absurd to tack a 'sir' on to every sentence. The two things don't go together.” 41 likes
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