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Thank You, Jeeves (Jeeves #5)

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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, 216 pages
Published October 1st 1989 by Harper Perennial (first published 1934)
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Jul 15, 2011 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 Schwent
Jan 09, 2012 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wodehouse, 2012
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
Jun 27, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
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
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
Jul 13, 2016 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

In one of the scaliest threats to his bachelor state, our old acquaintance Bertram Wooster is left without the moral support of his dependable gentleman's gentleman Jeeves. It all starts with a misunderstanding about a banjolele. On one side, Bertie is convinced that assiduous practice makes perfect when learning to play his newest toy. On the other, his neighbours have given him an ultimatum - either he or his bajolele must go from his posh London residence. Jeeves joins the ranks of the
Sep 21, 2015 Nigeyb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sublime, splendid, superb.…in short, PG perfection

P.G. Wodehouse is the funniest writer of the past century. Wodehouse defies superlatives. He is, quite simply, the best comedic writer to ever put pen to paper. I am a confirmed Wodehousian and revel in the man’s comedic genius. I have read numerous books by the great man and all, to one degree or another, are a delight.

I read Thank You, Jeeves for my book group and, once I had started, I realised this was the third time I’d read it. It was like
Henry Avila
Feb 21, 2012 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 09, 2014 F.R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 28, 2016 Ratul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
আমার লাইফে পড়া অনযতম শরেষঠ রময উপনযাস। মন-মেজাজ ভাল না থাকার পরও, এইটা পড়ার সময় হাসতে হাসতে সিরিয়াসলি অবসথা 'খারাপ' হয়ে গেছে। যেমন উডহাউসের রময, তেমনই খোনদকার আলী আশরাফের অনুবাদ। নিঃসনদেহে আমার পড়া অনযতম শরেষঠ অনুবাদ। পি জি ওডহাউসের 'বিদঘুটে' ইংরেজি সমপরকে হালকা-পাতলা ধারণা থাকায় অনুবাদকের পরতি শরদধা আরও বেড়ে গেছে। মুগধ। ...more
Dec 14, 2008 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 24, 2013 Martha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 24, 2012 Kua rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, b-1-2
"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
Steven Harbin
Apr 06, 2009 Steven Harbin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, comedy
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Crossposted from my blog

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
”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
Jan 28, 2010 meeners rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny, classics
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 it was amazing  ·  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
Oct 25, 2013 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
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
Richard Ward
Jun 06, 2015 Richard Ward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of comic novels from the 1st half of the 20th Century.
Romantic comedy, heavier on the comedy than on the romance. Playboy Bertie Wooster and his friends land themselves in a series of awkward and ridiculous situations, making it situation comedy. Thankfully Jeeves, everyone's favorite English valet, repeatedly comes to the rescue. Clever prose done only as Wodehouse could, with goofy, lovable characters and tons of wordplay. It took 'til page 3 to pass the laugh out loud test and had me in stitches repeatedly. Be prepared: because it was published ...more
Boris Tsygurov
Jul 20, 2016 Boris Tsygurov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Дживс неоспоримо гениален!
В бесконечных хитросплетениях жизни этот вызывающий только самые теплые чувства персонаж не только разбирается лучше всех, дает верные советы и предлагает разумные выходы, но и оказывается на голову выше остальных героев романа. В его речах и чувство, и толк, и расстановка. Он подает колоссальный пример всем его окружающим, да и читателям, что порядок в мыслях, в словах и действиях, сдержанность и непоколебимость в поведении являются гарантией самых рациональных поступк
This is probably the funniest book I've read in a long time.
Apr 21, 2012 Ensiform rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Thiago d'Evecque
Hilário. O vocabulário do Wodehouse é de outro mundo. As expressões que o personagem Wooster usa e o modo como o Jeeves fala são de arrancar risadas em toda página. Achei que esse fosse o primeiro, mas é o quinto livro da série (é o primeiro romance da saga de Wooster e Jeeves).

Situações de sitcom inglês uma atrás da outra, e com o bônus de imaginar o Hugh Laurie como Wooster e o Stephen Fry como Jeeves (vale a pena assistir a série com eles nesses papéis).
Madeline Wright
Jan 15, 2015 Madeline Wright rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the book I enjoyed least of the Jeeves books. If this title was the first one written then the writing has gotten better since fortunately. Thank you, Jeeves was hard to follow, as in, it seemed kind of pointless. I didn't like that the characters dropped the n*bomb quite a few times and wore blackface. It killed the plot for me because it wasn't remotely necessary to the story; only there to provide some comic relief and in poor taste at that. That said, in context it is historical evid ...more
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
Alan Chen
Bertie Wooster has taken up the banjolele and the horrible noise of it has made his gentleman's gentleman, Jeeves vacate his post. Not only that, his disturbance has caused complaints from his neighbors and he must now vacate his apartment. He decides to rent a small cottage from the village that is part of the manor of his old pal Chuffy. It so happens that Miss Stoker, previously engaged to Bertie, is visiting Chuffy. Antics ensue when the filthy rich father of Miss Stoker mistakes the brother ...more
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.
Mar 25, 2015 annik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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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 15 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)

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