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The World of Jeeves (Jeeves #2-4)

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A glorious collection of all the short stories featuring Jeeves, the perfect manservant, and Bertie Wooster, a 1920s bachelor on the run.

Contains the books Carry On, Jeeves, The Inimitable Jeeves and Very Good, Jeeves and the short stories Jeeves Makes an Omelette and Jeeves and the Greasy Bird.
Paperback, 654 pages
Published October 1st 1989 by Harpercollins (first published 1967)
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Sep 21, 2015 F.R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever since the destruction of The Great Lighthouse we've been truly short of Wonders of the World. Okay, there’s still The Pyramids and of course people make claims for other impressive items of beauty – for example The Great Barrier Reef, or The Great Wall of China – for a place on any modern list. But if we are to have new and reinvigorated seven, then I would like to put forward for inclusion ‘The World of Wooster’ – the quite magnificent (and I use that term without any fear of hyperbole) co ...more
Nov 06, 2008 Rob rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a light, humorous read
Recommended to Rob by: Trish
As great as these short stories are, there can sometimes be too much of a good thing. That's the only thing stopping me from giving this a 5-star rating - as much as I enjoyed each story, they do seem to follow a pattern that gets a little formulaic. 1) Bertie establishes the scene, 2) friend (or aunt) of Bertie presents problem (usually one of a romantic nature), 3) Bertie royally screws everything up, 4) Jeeves saves the day...

What's remarkable is that even with a pattern that get so predictab
Nov 12, 2010 Rob rated it it was amazing
Of course, having just finished Life with Jeeves, I'd recently read most of the stories in this collection. However, there was one I'd never seen before, that stood out, even if it seems to 'forget' certain facts: "Bertie Changes His Mind." It's a Wooster story told from Jeeves's point of view, something I didn't know existed. For any fan of these tales, it's definitely worth a look, whether in this volume or in Carry On, Jeeves, i which it originally appears. For one thing, it allows me to comp ...more
Brian Clegg
Apr 23, 2014 Brian Clegg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished re-reading this collection of the Jeeves short stories, which remain gems, and totally refreshing in my diet of books that can be a little heavy going.

I went through a phase of preferring the Blandings stories, as I overdosed on Jeeves & Wooster when younger, but have come back to them again after a long break, and I'm so glad I did. Wodehouse's use of words can be extraordinary, and these short but beautifully crafted stories are simply a delight. Of all his creations, the g
I went and picked this up after reading a recent "chick lit" novel that, to its credit, reminded me that comic tales of the rich and feckless can be rather enjoyable when well done. I hadn't read any Wodehouse since (I suppose) about the age of 17... I had discovered him, gone on a binge, and then quit because the books seemed too repetitive. But I thought it was probably time to revisit this classic comic writer.

Wodehouse warned that one shouldn't read too many of these stories at a time, and I
Jun 28, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, new-reads-2013
"'Biffy!' I cried. 'Well, well, well!'
He peered at me in a blinking kind of way, rather like one of his Herefordshire cows prodded unexpectedly while lunching.
'Bertie!' he gurgled, in a devout sort of tone. 'Thank God!' He clutched my arm. 'Don't leave me, Bertie, I'm lost.'
'What do you mean, lost?'
'I came out for a walk and suddenly discovered after a mile or two that I didn't know where on earth I was. I've been wandering round in circles for hours.'
'Why didn't you ask the way?'
'I can't speak
May 27, 2013 Sammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
The omnibus collection of all Jeeves short stories (well, see below) is confectionary of the highest order. Truly gut-bustingly funny English wit, told from the wonderful perspective of Bertie Wooster. Wodehouse truly was a comic genius.

Three caveats:

1. Like all confectionary, one should not attempt to swallow too much at once. As Wodehouse himself cautions in his preface, these stories should be savoured individually. They're too light and fluffy to be stimulating when taking many at once.

2. Th
Jan 11, 2011 planetkiller rated it really liked it
i didn't give this collection Five Stars because, as awesome as they are, having them all in one collection is too much of a good thing. It reveals that Wodehouse has only two basic plotlines. A) Bertie does something stupid. He tries to fix it without Jeeves' help. He makes it worse. He finally tells Jeeves. He fixes it and gets what he wants. B) One of Bertie's relatives do something stupid or inconvenient to him and/or Jeeves. Jeeves refuses to help because he's angry at Bertie about somethin ...more
Jeff Crompton
May 12, 2013 Jeff Crompton rated it it was amazing
This volume collects all of Wodehouse's Jeeves & Bertie short stories, and it's a treat. Most of the stories have similar plots, but they're amusing plots, and you don't really read Wodehouse for the plot, anyway - you read for the characters and the language, and both are usually hilarious here. Jeeves could be a superhuman parody of a valet, but you see the emotion behind the reserved exterior on several occasions just often enough to make him real. And Bertie Wooster is one of the great c ...more
Elizabeth McDonald
Aug 06, 2008 Elizabeth McDonald rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who don't mind laughing out loud while reading
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Joy, indirectly
This volume contains all of P.G. Wodehouse's short stories about his famous pair, Bertram Wooster and his valet Reginald* Jeeves. If you have not yet been exposed to Jeeves, I wholeheartedly urge you to seek out this book or one of its kindred. I always wish, after reading Wodehouse, that I could figure out a way to slip some of Bertie's slang into my daily speech without sounding ridiculous. The somewhat predictable story structure (Bertie or one of his friends gets into an awful pickle, then i ...more
John Eliot
Jun 28, 2015 John Eliot rated it it was amazing
Wodehouse is a superb author. He writes with an ease that is only occasionally found. I would compare him with an author such as Anne Tyler. These stories are very funny and very clever. Sheer entertainment, but also a good lesson for would be writers particuarly those wanting to write a good short story.
John Eliot, author of poetry colection Ssh.
Mar 24, 2008 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: oh, everyone!
Oh, they're JUST fabulous. Just! But dear P.G. is totally correct in his introduction, you really really shouldn't try and read the whole thing at once (partially 'cause you want to strangle dear Bertie)... and then, if you're attracted to men, you start wondering what kind of girl **really** is the proper sort for the ol' Wooster pride. Could you be the one sipping cocktails with Bertram 'til death do you part? I mean, YOU love Jeeves, of course... you'd never make the mistakes of Honoria Gloss ...more
my name is corey irl
Jun 21, 2014 my name is corey irl rated it really liked it
OFFICAIL pro-tier jeeves:
1. jeeves makes an omelette
2. aunt agatha takes the count
3. jeeves gets aids - haha just abit of contemporary humour for you ;)
4. the ordeal of young guppy
5.jeeves and the old school chum
6. hte one where wooster trips shaquille o’neal at the lakers game
David Gant
Sep 11, 2016 David Gant rated it it was amazing
This book is a compilation of the hilarious short stories of the endearingly inept wealthy Wooster and his ingenious and beyond capable gentleman's gentleman Jeeves.
Wooster's vocabulary and perspective in storytelling is what really makes these stories work.
Mar 20, 2011 Leah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I read this book when I first bought it 11 years ago and loved it then. I let all these years go by so I could forget all of the stories and I'm glad I did. Re-reading it now is like reading it for the first time. It's laugh out loud funny, if you have that kind of sense of humor. P.G. Wodehouse's parody of the English aristocracy of the 1920's is spot on. These stories are made even better if you've had a chance to see the BBC/PBS mini series featuring Stephen Fry as Jeeves and Hugh Laurie as B ...more
Shekhar Ruparelia
Jun 12, 2010 Shekhar Ruparelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
A good book for both, those who want to be introduced to the charming world of Bertram Wooster and Jeeves, and also for those who already know of the all-knowing Jeeves and are looking to read some of his best efforts at serving the Wooster household considerable embarrassment.

The book contains some gems, like the first meeting of Jeeves and Wooster and also one which introduces the readers to Anatole, the French cook, for the very first time.

The only disappointment is there was virtually no men
Sep 07, 2010 Johanna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Currently reading a story or two each night before bed. Loving these hilarious little gems! I especially love Bertie's silly remarks, such as, "Oh! Ah!" and "Right ho! Right ho! Right ho!" Not sure if this is still typical Brit-speak nowadays or if it ever was, but I love it. I only wish I could say these things in everyday conversation.

These stories are ridiculous and read before bed, I've found they've the tendency to creep into your subconscious. Just the other morning, I had a very Jeeves-l
Justin Lau
Aug 09, 2016 Justin Lau rated it liked it
To be fair, I only got halfway through this omnibus, but I know exactly how the rest of the stories will turn out. It's immensely repetitive, i.e. Wooster finds himself in a conundrum, attempts to fix it himself, fails, then turns to Jeeves who gets him out of it. But then again, I suspect Wodehouse wrote them as entertaining little tales to be told at bedtime. And they serve that exact purpose—the stories I did read were fun morsels of light-hearted humour I gladly imbibed before sleeping.
Jul 03, 2015 Roberta rated it it was amazing
I just can't get enough of Jeeves and Wooster. I saw all of the videos of these stories before I read the book and found that the videos were remarkably true to the original stories with only a few exceptions. One short story that would have seemed OK on it's own, seemed to dangle since one of the loose ends had been tied up in the video.

I was brought up short when, in one of the stories, it is pointed out that a girl is "fat" and then we are told that she must weigh 125 pounds. No wonder that B
Zack Sapunor
Dec 25, 2015 Zack Sapunor rated it it was amazing
Every human being ought to read this collection. A high water mark of comic genius, if you're not chortling you're not paying attention. What ho!
Jul 10, 2014 Gayle added it
This book is a riot. How did I miss these stories before. I suppose you could get tired of them at some point, but even though I know Jeeves will come through, and Bertie will be saved from catastrophe, I still enjoy the tales. Light and fun.
Russell George
Jul 03, 2015 Russell George rated it it was amazing
This was absolutely wonderful. Difficult not to visualise Fry and Laurie as you’re reading it, and after a reading one or two you realise that each story follows more or less the same format, but it doesn’t matter at all. I only started actually laughing about half way through, but how many books can actually make you ‘lol’ anyway? Someone told me once that reading Wodehouse in bed was the perfect way to go to sleep in a good mood, and I completely agree. I am now a fan, and will be reading the ...more
Sep 11, 2011 Evie53 rated it really liked it
These stories always make me laugh. I'm half in love with Bertie Wooster and his friends and family.
Jan 02, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
My first P. G Wodehouse. A great introduction to Jeeves. I need a Jeeves!
May 27, 2009 Jeremy rated it it was amazing
All I can say is Bertie should be damn happy he has Jeeves. I know we are.
Margaret Heller
Jan 05, 2013 Margaret Heller rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
Bertie gets in a scrape. Jeeves fixes it up. Repeat as necessary.
Jake Forbes
Feb 05, 2010 Jake Forbes rated it it was amazing
Perhaps the finest collection of stories every put to paper.
Jan 11, 2014 Rakesh added it
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
A fun read of our own B. W.
Brian Burhoe
Aug 20, 2016 Brian Burhoe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comedy
I've stumbled upon P.G. Wodehouse late in life.

Knew about him, of course. Knew about Jeeves and Bertie. Probably read some of Plum's short stories in various humourous collections over the years. Yes, I know I have. When I read "Uncle Fred Flits By" in WHAT HO! I said (out loud and with joy): "I know this story. What a riot!"

Why I've taken so long, I don't know. Because Terry Pratchett is gone? Tom Sharpe? Douglas Adams left us in 2001 and the shock wave's just struck? Can't find any new classi
1) Jeeves Takes Charge
2) Jeeves in the Springtime
3) Scoring off Jeeves
4) Sir Roderick Comes to Lunch
5) Aunt Agatha Takes the Count
6) The Artistic Career of Corky
7) Jeeves and the Chump Cyril
8) Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest
9) Jeeves and the Hard-Boiled Egg
10) The Aunt and the SLuggard
11) Comrade Bingo
12) The Great Sermon Handicap
13) The Purity of the Turf
14) The Metropolitan Touch
15) The Delayed Exit of Claude and Eustace
16) Bingo and the Little Woman
17) The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy
18) Without t
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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)
  • 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)

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