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Jeeves and the Tie That Binds (Jeeves #14)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  3,218 ratings  ·  217 reviews
A Bertie and Jeeves classic, featuring the Junior Ganymede, a Market Snodsbury election, and the Observer crossword puzzle.

Jeeves, who has saved Bertie Wooster so often in the past, may finally prove to be the unwitting cause of this young master's undoing in Jeeves and the Tie that Binds. The Junior Ganymede, a club for butlers in London's fashionable West End, requires e
Paperback, 205 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Touchstone (first published October 15th 1971)
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Jason Koivu
Aw, this makes me sad. Much Obliged, Jeeves is one of Wodehouse's last books in the Jeeves & Wooster series and it's just starting to show a some life, after so many books-by-rote.

The usual plot and characters are all in order. Finicky friends and daffy family members all seemingly conspire to thrust Bertie Wooster neck-deep into the soup, then jam him between a rock and a hard place. Hovering about the periphery is the all-knowing, gentleman's gentleman extraordinaire Jeeves, ready to extra
Kris Larson
Good lord, Jeeves has a first name. No, don't just skip right by that sentence. Really take a minute. JEEVES HAS A FIRST NAME. It never even occurred to me that he might. It doesn't seem like the sort of possession Jeeves would own; I feel as if I'd caught him cuddling a Beanie Baby or something.

Honestly, this would have been worth reading just to discover this little bit of trivia, but even without that it's a fine Wodehousian romp; not my favorite of the Woosters, but very entertaining all th
P.G. Wodehouse was ninety years old when "Much Obliged, Jeeves" was published in 1971 and it is the penultimate Jeeves and Wooster novel. This was the first time I had read this particular Wodehouse book. One chapter in and it was like being with old friends. Just sublime.

You probably don’t need me to tell you that 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 Wode
Even below par Jeeves and Wooster is still pretty good.

Madeline Bassett, Roderick Spode, Aunt Dahlia all return in this latest instalment of sundered engagements, purloined silver ornaments, obstinate moneymen and the kind of fiendishly tricky problems which can only be neatly ironed out by almost deity-like butler with a huge brain he owes to his consumption of masses of fish. All is seemingly as it should be then. However there’s a decided lack of oomph in this volume of the Wooster memoirs. A
Anna Matsuyama
Much Obliged, Jeeves first published in 1971 in the UK and in the same year in the USA by alternative title Jeeves and the Tie That Binds is second to last in the Jeeves & Wooster series.

The two editions have slightly different endings. In the USA edition after Jeeves informs that he has destroyed the 18 pages from the Junior Ganymede Club Book that he has written about Bertie, Jeeves express hope that he will stay in Bertie's service permanently.

As my copy was UK edition (ISBN: 97800995139
Dear Mr. Wodehouse -

Thank you for the delightful visit to a time when the sun never set on the British empire and a wealthy idiot could spend his days at his aunt's estate in the English countryside and only worry about avoiding becoming engaged. It was lovely spending a few hours with the best gentlemen's gentlemen ever and that dear fool Bertie. Thank you for not aging them or trying to make them modern.


Visiting his Aunt Dahlia, Bertie is confronted once again by Spode, as well as a businessmen who suspects him of being a thief, Madeline Bassett perhaps wanting to marry him, and the perplexing problem of how to reconcile his pal Ginger with the secretary of his dreams when he’s actually engaged to the bossy Florence. The usual lunacy results, with some quick acting by Jeeves, of course, to straighten things out.

Perhaps the most remarkable things about this book, given that it was written by Wod
Brilliant as usual.
David Ranney
The play had recently been presented to the public at the Duke of York's theatre and had laid an instantaneous egg, coming off on the following Saturday. One of the critics said he had perhaps seen it at a disadvantage, because when he saw it the curtain was up.
Our views on each other were definite. His was that what England needed if it was to become a land fit for heroes to live in was fewer and better Woosters, while I had always felt that there
Perry Whitford
Bertie Wooster's old Oxford pal Ginger Winship is in a bit of a pickle. He's gone and got himself affianced to the imperious Florence Craye, mercifully one of Bertie's previous engagements, happily aborted thanks only to the timely intervention of the incomparable Jeeves.

Florence only backs a winner, so in order to win her approval Ginger must prove his mettle by becoming ensconced as the Conservative member of Parliament for straight-laced little Market Snodsbury, Aunt Dahlia's stomping ground.
Deborah O'Carroll
Loved this Jeeves story! Probably my favorite besides "Right Ho, Jeeves" (which will always be my favorite as the first one I read). Bertie gets involved in something new and unlikely--politics. Misadventures ensue, as can be expected with Bertie involved. Canvassing for his friend who is running for parliament, disaster as usual follows Bertie and other members of the cast I've come to love dearly (especially Aunt Dahlia! She's such fun). Add to that some tension between Bertie and Jeeves about ...more
Really very good fun. The last decade of Wodehouse's career is patchier than the rest, which is unsurprising given he wrote nigh-on 100 books (as well as many other works), was pushing 100 years old himself, and was 40 years out of the era he was writing about. All of these factors combined make for some works that either feel stodgy, archaic, or just plain "quaint". But this is a great little novel, clocking in at 200 pages, and running through a breezy plot that is kind of like the highlights ...more
Madeline Bassett, daughter of Sir Watkyn Bassett of Totleigh Towers, Glos., had long been under the impression that I was hopelessly in love with her and had given me to understand that if ever she had occasion to return her betrothed, Gussie Fink-Nottle, to store, she would marry me. Which wouldn't have fitted in with my plans at all, she, though physically in the pin-up class, being as mushy a character as every broke biscuit, convinced that the stars are God's daisy chain and that every time ...more
Ian Wood
‘Much Obliged, Jeeves’ brings the two longest running sagas through the Jeeves and Wooster stories together. The oldest saga being that of Bertie being obliged to become engaged to the dreadful Florence Crane if she breaks her engagement which was featured in the first, although not first written, story ‘Jeeves Takes Charge’ (from ‘Carry On Jeeves’) and continued through the novels, ‘Joy in the Morning’ and ‘Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit’ where it first collided with the Madeline Basset saga whic ...more
In taking this step, sir, I do not feel that I have inflicted any disservice on the Junior Ganymede club. The club book was never intended to be light and titillating reading for the members. Its function is solely to acquaint those who are contemplating taking new posts with the foibles of prospective employers. This being so, there is no need for the record contained in the eighteen pages in which you figure. For I may hope, may I not, sir, that you will allow me to remain permanently in your
Nathan Eilers
What fun! I was introduced to Wooster and his eponymous manservant via the brilliant early '90s series Jeeves and Wooster, which features Laurie and Fry and is superb and uproarious. It is only natural, then, that I seek out the original books from which such hilarity sprang. I was not disappointed.

The narrative voice of the book is what set it apart from the joy of watching the TV series. Wooster makes continual blunders in his diction and constantly wonders if he's using the right words. Thus,
Out of all of the (literally) hundreds of books and stories featuring Bertie Wooster and the impeccable Jeeves, this one volume is the absolute best. In this book, the two, butler and "master" - if such a term might be applied to the ridiculously inept Bertie Wooster,) the ties that bind these two men are finally, after years of companionship, acknowledged.

I went through the entire P.G. canon like a demon when I first discovered these books. Not only Bertie and Jeeves, but Psmith and all the in
I will use this "review" for all the P. G. Wodehouse I have read. I read them all so long ago and enjoyed them so much that I have given them all 5 stars. As I re-read them I will adjust the stars accordingly, if necessary, and add a proper review.
When I first discovered P. G. Wodehouse I devoured every book I could find in the local library, throughout the eighties and early nineties. Alas, this means that I have read most of them and stumbling across one I have not read is a rare thing. I'm su
I quite enjoyed this installment of the Jeeves series. I am reading them out of order, which was quite apparent given some references I did not get. That turned out to be just fine as Bertie took a few moments to explain something for new c. who might be uncertain of some events.

I laughed outloud at quite a few parts, and appreciated some references to both Sherlock Holmes (a fairly common event in novels) and Raffles (far less common)--my two favourite series.

This might be the best one that I h
To be frank, I really can't judge if this is one of the better Wodehouse novels anymore, nor can I remember if I have actually read this before (I went through this Wodehouse phase when I was a teenager, and just like I did with Agatha Christie, blazed through a lot of his books). I just haven't read a proper Wodehouse in so long (the last one, Hot Water, was disappointing, and is atypical in that it doesn't include his usual cast of characters) that I enjoyed myself a lot! Wooster is an articul ...more
Absolutely brilliant. If you've never read Wodehouse... if you don't really like humorous books... this is the author and series that will change your mind. The Jeeves books are set around turn of the century England (think Downton Abbey), where an unflappable butler is constantly saving his employer, Bertie Wooster, from marriage, mean aunts, and old college mates. I absolutely recommend ANYTHING by P.G. Wodehouse to everyone I know. These stories make for quick, light reading that will make yo ...more
Elisha Condie
I know, I know, read something else! But honestly, during difficult times Wodehouse just hits the spot.

Or he usually does. This Jeeves & Wooster book has been the first one I didn't really LOVE. It just didn't have the same -crackle?- as the other books I like. But, we do find out Jeeves' first name in this book. I was so surprised that they just blurted it out. But I can't reveal it here - you have to read Wodehouse and wonder and wonder about it first.

So not my favorite Bertie Wooster ad
Jul 19, 2015 Rajan rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Ian Pindar
I have never read a Wodehouse book before, until I picked this one up and became immersed more deeply, I thought it was P G Woodhouse! Shameful I know, but honest.

I have seen many Wodehouse serialisations on tele and I wanted to know three things from his writing;

Which POV they are written? First person from the POV of Bertie (Bertram) Wooster.

How much balance between dialogue and descriptive writing. Answer: Mainly exposition through dialogue – which I preferred.
How much adjectival description
I have a British copy where it's called Much Obliged, Jeeves so it took me a while to find it on Goodreads. I thought I'd read all of the Jeeves and Wooster stories back in my teenage years, but I can't remember this one. It isn't one of Wodehouse's best (written near the end of his career), but it's still a fun read with all the usual confusions, love problems and Jeeves saving the day. Madeline Bassett is still one of my favourite oh so irritating but great characters.
This is one of my favorite J & W so far. I kept noticing myself smiling - I don't think anyone can read his wonderful wordplay without grinning!
Entertaining stuff. The language is delightful, the characters fun and endearing. Perfect for feather-light enjoyment and some good laughs, or at least chuckles and smiles. The main downside is that because the style is so extremely light, you can guess nothing bad is ever going to happen to anyone we like, and so one doesn't get all that invested in the story. That's probably why I took some time to finish it. But I enjoyed the reading a lot.
Listen you just HAVE TO READ this! YOU JUST HAVE TO! When I picked it up, at first it took me a couple tries to understand the first two chapters (this was only because I wasn't starting from the beginning of the series like I should have) but after that, I LOVED this! I laughed so much and fell in love with everyone! P.G Wodehouse knows what he's doing, trust me. I'm not obsessed, I want all the books in this collection.
A captivating installment in the Wooster chronicles, where Bertie comes to a sort of resolution with such menaces as Florence Craye, Spode, and Madeline Bassett, and others he hoped he had seen the last of. He is also dragged into the perils of Market Snodsbury politics. And after decades, we are greeted with the shocking revelation that Jeeves has a Christian name! (Reginald). Essential for any Wodehouse devotee.
Well perhaps it not 'literate-chah' but it certainly uplifts the spirits and jiggles the funny bone, as it were. Ol' Bertie is as charming as ever; so charming that a girl can hardly resist chaining his hands and gently pushing him towards the altar. Jeeves is Jeeves, if you can excuse the tautology. 'Sun-lit perfection' indeed Fry. Would you please pass me the Wodehouse?
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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)
  • Very Good, Jeeves! (Jeeves, #4)
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“The club book was never intended to be light and titillated reading for the members. Its function is solely to acquaint those who are contemplating taking new posts with the foibles of prospective employers. This being so, there is no need for the record contained in the eighteen pages in which you figure. For I may hope, may I not, sir, that you will allow me to remain permanently in your service?” 3 likes
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