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Very Good Jeeves (Jeeves #4)

4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  5,575 ratings  ·  251 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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Diane Librarian
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
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Algernon

- 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
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Carol.
Jul 08, 2012 Carol. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Kirt Boyd
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
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Jessica Jones
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
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Daniel
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
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, a slim, clotheshorsy figure, and apparent immunity to lots of cocktails and cigs. Bertie's Lord Voldemort subs are his old school friends who prevail upon him to break into things, steal, "tick people off," or engage ...more
An Odd1
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
Lucy
"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
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Alison
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.
Brian Grover
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
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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
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Roger Pettit
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
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Sandhya
It's been ages since I picked up a P G Wodehouse book to read. It must be in school that I read Thank You Jeeves and I remember it wasn't the easiest reads then. First of all, it's British humour and many of the similes can seem alien, so it was a mini-struggle to get through it. I did finish it, but didn't pick up another one, until very recently. Call it a childhood mental block.

Nevertheless, I've been wanting to include some light reading every now and then between serious reviewing - that in
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Gerry
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
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Liam89
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
Kaylah Hancock
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
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Rachel
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
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Nisha
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
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David
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
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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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Valerie
This is a hardcover edition, which is good for a public or home library, but is not very portable.

This edition has a preface by Wodehouse. There seems to be no documentation as to when the individual stories were first published.

Wodehouse's stories seem caught in an Edwardian Fairyland, and continued to dwell in this twilight society until Wodehouse's latest publications. The window dressing may have changed, but the essential story remains caught up in a sort of nostalgia for a world Wodehouse
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Anthony Peter
If anyone's following me, then you'll know I'm reading the Jeeves novels in order of publication, and that this one is, therefore, number three.

I enjoyed this volume of stories much more than the first and second collections. Wodehouse seems to be into his stride, and the catchphrases are less irritating either through familiarity or through greater variety or more careful dispersal. I'm finding the plots, though still usually involving the formulae of Jeeves getting his way over Bertie's whims
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Christina
Is there a happier character in fiction than Bertie Wooster? I mean, think about it. Sure, there's the occasional anxiety due to Aunts and overly-sporting young women, but overall life just beetles along merrily for old Bertie. No matter the crisis, his gentleman's gentleman always gets him out. Jeeves' skill at manipulating the wealthy and stupid is truly unparalleled and always entertaining.
Raj
This volume contains eleven short stories featuring the immortal Bertram Wooster and his inimitable gentleman's personal gentleman. This collection has several classic stories, including Jeeves and the Impending Doom, Jeeves and the Song of Songs and Episode of the Dog McIntosh. There's the ongoing feud with Tuppy Glossop over that rotter's practical joke, leaving Bertie hanging high, but not dry, the continuing curse of the aunts (despite Bertie's protestations, I'm not sure Dahlia is that much ...more
Giju Abraham
Ah! Splendid aint it? This was my first Jeeves book and I enjoyed all the stories. My favorites were - "Episode of the Dog McIntosh" and "Jeeves and the Yule-tide Spirit". The stories were all very easy to read and not complex in any way. The back and forth between Bertie and Jeeves is real fun. Overall a very pleasant read.
Jgrace
Very Good, Jeeves - Woodhouse
audio performance by Jonathan Cecil
4 stars

Chronologically this is the fourth book of Bertie Wooster stories. I don’t bother with trying to read them in order, so this book helped to fill in some gaps in my understanding of Bertie’s misadventures. This is actually a collection of eleven short stories featuring not only Jeeves and Bertie but the familiar cast of recurring characters; Sir Roderick, Aunt Agatha, Tuppy, Roberta Wickham, Thos and the occasional policeman.
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Melissa
"In a matter of this kind, Jeeves, ths first thing to do is to study -- what's the word I want?"
"I could not say, sir."
"Quite a common word -- though long."
"Psychology, sir?"
"The exact noun. Is it a noun?"
"Yes, sir."
"Spoken like a man!"
Alexis
Wodehouse is getting me through a rough patch, and he's doing a helluva job. I listened to this on audio, read by Jonathan Cecil, who is fantastic. I can't imagine anyone doing Jeeves, Wooster, and friends any better.
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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)
  • 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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