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Very Good Jeeves (Jeeves #4)

4.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,394 Ratings  ·  299 Reviews
Beginning with a mysterious message and a visit to the dreaded Aunt Agatha, Very Good, Jeeves once again sees Bertie Wooster beset by difficulties that can only be untangled by his faithful butler. Indeed, by the time of this entry in the Jeeves cycle, written in 1930, everyone is seeking the butler's advice--he is universally recognised as the man to get you out of a spot ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 27th 1992 by Random House of Canada, Limited (first published 1930)
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Jan 19, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little Wodehouse is good for the soul.

I chose this fun volume of Jeeves & Wooster because I needed some cheering up after finishing a long and depressing tome (I'm looking at you, Donna Tartt) and now all is well again. Right ho!

"Very Good, Jeeves" is a collection of 11 short stories featuring everyone's favorite valet ("a personal gentleman's gentleman," as Jeeves describes himself) and the ongoing scrapes of Mr. Bertie Wooster. In each story, either Bertie or one of his friends and relat
Apr 09, 2015 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

- Jeeves, have you ever pondered on Life?
- From time to time sir, in my leisure moments.
- Grim, isn't it, what?
- Grim, sir.

All Bertram Wooster wants from life is a good night's sleep followed by a hearty breakfast, a whole day lazing at the Drones Club and maybe a vaudeville show in the evening, but troubles seems to gather around him like bees around honey. His favorite analogy is "landing in the soup", usually with a push from
the long queue of friends and relatives who come knocking on his
Jul 08, 2012 Carol. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of British humor
There is really no one who can wash away the troubles, soothe the careworn brow--how does that go again?
--And careworn brows forget, sir.
Exactly! When my brows need forgetting. No one can soothe and forget like P.G. Wodehouse.

I was idling away the morning, doing my best to make myself scarce, what with visiting family being more than a jot tiring, when I popped into the Strand to see if they could help improve the noggin. Not to say they had fish, but they did have a rather large assortment of t
Kirt Boyd
Feb 17, 2013 Kirt Boyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jeeves and the Impending Doom, the first story in Very Good, Jeeves! made me want to write humorous fiction. Not so much because of this particular story, which is hysterical, but because it was my introduction to Wodehouse. Somewhere between when Bertie "pronged a moody forkful" of the eggs and b. and when he announced, ". . . it seems to be a mere matter of time before I perpetrate some ghastly floater and have her hopping after me with her hatchet," I was hooked.

There is so much to like about
Jessica Jones
May 05, 2012 Jessica Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-time-greats
1987 - I was twenty-five years old and holed up in the intensive care unit at the National Neurological Hospital in London, stricken from head to toe with Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Symptoms: total paralysis. Prognosis: uncertain.

Guillain Barré Syndrome is a bizarre illness. It attacks the myelin sheath that transmits messages along one's peripheral nerves. One day my toes went numb. A week later I found myself in hospital, unable to move, breathe or speak. An unscratchable itch on my leg could pr
Going into "Very Good, Jeeves," I knew five of its stories would be repeats for me -- they comprised another collection I read, "Jeeves and the Old School Chum" -- but it turns out I had already read all eleven of its stories. I'm not quite sure how this happened. I don't think I'd read this particular collection before, but it's possible I had and simply forgot. I blame this on Wodehouse, whose book titles were all so bloody similar: "Very Good, Jeeves," "Thank You, Jeeves," "Right Ho, Jeeves," ...more
Diane Walker
Apr 05, 2016 Diane Walker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My, how I love P.G. Wodehouse. For unabashed, slightly dippy Anglophiles like me, the Jeeves-Wooster stories are a wonderful Brit fantasyland that could only be matched by a stay at Hogwarts.

Bertie is a man of very little brain, whose magical powers include lots of money, leisure, an excellent liver, and a slim, clotheshorsy figure. Bertie's Lord Voldemort subs are friends who prevail upon him to housebreak, steal, "tick people off," or otherwise engage in socially awkward or illegal trickery,
Aug 01, 2015 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading about Bertie's and Jeeves' adventures makes me happy. In my mind, Bertie is sort of like Mr. Bean, and Jeeves is the 007 of the butlering world.

I think this is my 4th or 5th Wodehouse book in this series and I can't stop reading them. They're addictive!
Jul 25, 2015 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, classics
The perfect getaway from the stress of life.
Jan 04, 2012 Alison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this book 5 stars not because it is a Great Book, but because for what it is--a collection of humorous stories--it is perfection. I hadn't read any Jeeves stories in a long time, and these delighted me as much as the first time I read them. I plan to read more Wodehouse in the future. Now there's a New Year's Resolution I can keep.
Feb 20, 2016 Mom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mom by: Wendy
Classic book series that everyone loves. I did enjoy the British speak even though I didn't really understand most of it. I needed a British to American English dictionary at my side. I will have to do that for the next installment and hopefully I will get the humor.
An Odd1
Jan 22, 2015 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun
Reread. 11 chapters of separate misadventures, again espiègle, my favorite for toothsome bites of a light-hearted era between world wars, frivolous last gasps of a leisured English aristocracy. Unsuitable amours, boisterous schoolboys, domineering aunts, misinterpretations and predicaments - time to 'burnish the old bean' of ingenious conniver Jeeves, uphold Wooster pride, and set all to rights. Silly slang, poetic ramblings, even a bear in Shakespeare, advance my vocabulary and knowledge of cla ...more
Jul 03, 2011 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The old fathead!"
"Yes, sir. The expression is one which I would, of course, not have ventured to employ myself, but I confess to thinking his lordship somewhat ill-advised. One must remember, however, that it is not unusual to find gentlemen of a certain age yielding to what might be described as a sentimental urge. They appear to experience what I may term a sort of Indian summer, a kind of temporarily renewed youth. The phenomenon is particularly noticeable, I am given to understand, in the U
Jan 01, 2016 J.P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For too long I hesitated reading a book in this series thinking it was about a rich stuffy old fart who ordered his butler around. Also it was written ages ago so what was considered thigh slapping humor then would hardly rate a chuckle today, right? Wrong on both counts! Good writing is always timeless and this was one of the funniest books I've ever read. The chap Jeeves works for is a bumbler who gets himself into all kinds of awkward situations and constantly needs Jeeves to bail him out. Th ...more
Dec 24, 2015 meeners rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you ask my Aunt Agatha she will tell you - in fact, she is quite likely to tell you even if you don't ask her - that I am a vapid and irreflective chump. Barely sentient, was the way she once described me: and I'm not saying that in a broad, general sense she isn't right.

oh bertie wooster, how i've missed your amiable vapidity! the mutual animosity between bertie and his aunt agatha is always a hoot, but there are some particularly great gems here.

I hit Woollam Chersey at about four o'clock,
Sep 30, 2015 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bertie Wooster is a wealthy upper-class young man from the early part of the 20th century, who isn’t particularly bright, but has a kind heart. He finds it hard to say no, particularly to his rather terrifying Aunt Agatha. His valet Jeeves, by contrast, is a man of high intelligence, always able to solve problems for Bertie and his friends.

This is a set of eleven short stories featuring the classic pair and several of Bertie's friends and relatives. In the first story, ‘Jeeves and the Impending
Book Club Mom
Aug 04, 2015 Book Club Mom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I have a plan, sir, which I fancy may produce satisfactory results."

These words are music to Bertie Wooster’s ears in the second selection of books from Just Enough Jeeves, by P. G. Wodehouse. Very Good, Jeeves is a collection of eleven stories in which Bertie Wooster finds himself caught in a variety of tight spots and is invariably saved by his faithful manservant, Jeeves.

In these stories, Bertie fancies he has the same problem-solving expertise as Jeeves. His solutions to a variety of situat
Brian Grover
Apr 14, 2014 Brian Grover rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
I've been meaning to read a book of Wodehouse stories for some time, and finally bit the bullet and picked one up. An entire book of these stories is a little tedious, due to the paint-by-numbers plot formula (Bertie Wooster has some social problem to contend with, he asks his butler Jeeves for advice, he ignores the advice, hijinks arise, and Jeeves swoops in to save the day, usually revealing that he ignored his employer's direction and set his initial plan in motion).

But any of these individu
Nina Ivanova
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Мисля, че бях чела повечето разкази от книгата - може би разпилени по различни български издания и омнибуси, но историите на Удхаус никога не омръзват. Винаги ще се смея на епизодите със сър Родерик Глосъп и грейката с вода, и винаги ще треперя дори при споменаването на леля Агата. Винаги ще съчувствам на Бърти за несполучливия избор на любови, и на Джийвс - за несполучливите избори на Бърти за облекло, които е принуден да търпи... известно време :D
Трудно мо
Roger Pettit
Jan 18, 2012 Roger Pettit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
PG Wodehouse is, for my money, the finest English stylist ever to put pen to paper. Every word he uses is precisely the right one for the situation or the description of a person that he is trying to convey. The fact that he utilised his beguiling talent in the area of light comedy rather than more serious literature is a moot point. But it does mean that he has brought immense pleasure to countless numbers of people over very many years. "Very Good, Jeeves", a collection of eleven short stories ...more
Bhargavi Balachandran

I am a huge Wodehouse fan;have been one ever since i found a copy on our book shelf when I was in school. I find his writing breezy and plots as funny in a geeky sort of way.Not to mention the Brit humor which i totally heart. I tucked into a Wodehouse book almost after five years and found that I didn't enjoy the book as much as I would have wanted to.

Very Good Jeeves is a collection of short stories, all featuring Jeeves and his feeble-minded master,Bertram Wooster.The 11 stories that appear i
Feb 09, 2013 Gerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meddling aunts, confused love-struck young men, manipulating young ladies and Bertie Wooster who tries to come to terms with all of them. Together it equals confusion and who is there to sort it all out? Of course, Jeeves. He is capable of solving all the problems and is the mastermind behind all the solutions, and that despite incompetent interference from Bertie.

In this selection of stories Tuppy Glossop is flattened at a rugby game, Bingo Little is in a couple of tricky situations, Bertie is
Apr 02, 2014 Liam89 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
P. G. Wodehouse is one of those authors whose command of English makes me wonder why I even bother trying to write. He has used this mastery of prose to create one of the most imperishable double-acts in English literary history: the good-natured but simple-minded aristocrat Bertie Wooster, and his devoted, brilliant valet (a "gentleman's gentleman") Jeeves. In this sparkling collection of stories Jeeves resumes his long-standing duty of extracting his master and his friends from a series of hil ...more
Richard Ward
Jan 18, 2016 Richard Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of fiction set in 1930's England; fans of English comic fiction.
11 short stories, if you've seen the first season of the TV show you'll recognize some of them. Bertie, his various aunts, uncles, and cousins, his Drones friends, their various love interests, and his man Jeeves romp around various parts of 1930's England. Great fun.
Kaylah Hancock
Sep 24, 2015 Kaylah Hancock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Comedy's aren't normally my cup of tea. But as I was searching through the library's librarian recommendation section I ran across Sebastian Faulk's 'Jeeves and the Wedding Bells'. I like reading books with a master and butler relationship, and I was about to check it out, when I read on the cover (or back) that it was a homage to P.G Wodehouse!
I'm the kind of girl that likes to read originals before I move on to adaptations or remakes so I checked this out instead. The relationship between Bert
Feb 10, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, fiction
I love the vocabulary and the silliness. I love Wooster and the funny things he says. I love that even those who love him don't find him very bright. I completely relate to wanting to share stories that other people probably don't really want to hear, but are too polite to cut off at the pass.

Jeeves- he's such an enigma. He's brilliant and adept, he seems to like gambling and sailing; having seen Downton Abbey and getting a glimpse of life in the Servant's hall, I wonder what conversations he's
Oct 16, 2014 Nisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little P.G. Wodehouse now and then does the soul a lot of good.

I absolutely loved Wodehouse's writing style; it was so charming and lighthearted and made a very fun read for me. The characters were quite something too; I loved Jeeves- his presence of mind and the way he got things to work out the way he wanted was incredible to watch. Plus, the various antics of Bertie Wooster had my face plastered in one big grin which would not wipe off!

I loved the way the story was told, and I would gladly
Oct 10, 2009 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's something so sweetly defiant about these stories, I've always thought, and how far they go and how zealous they are in rejecting the possibility of any difficulties in the modern world unrelated to one's battery of aunts. And I always seem to have very stress-free dreams after falling asleep reading them.

It's also the kind of story that you read with a constant smile for how perfectly realised its tone is, a sort of building rumble of pleasure that bursts out into laughter - real, belly
Jul 19, 2015 Rajan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bliss
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
John Hajek
I'm on a bit of a Wodehouse binge at the moment. It's just so easy. I actually started this book months and months ago in my final year of high school for some light reading to provide some respite from school-prescribed texts. I didn't have time to finish all the stories so I came back to it a few days ago, and I decided to read one story a day until I had finished it.

I'm always juggling several book, and for the last few days it's been 'Very Good, Jeeves', a moderately heavy fantasy novel and
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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 18 books)
  • My Man Jeeves (Jeeves, #1)
  • The Inimitable Jeeves (Jeeves, #2)
  • Carry on, Jeeves (Jeeves, #3)
  • 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)
  • Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit (Jeeves, #11)

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