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The World of Jeeves (Jeeves #2-4)

4.45 of 5 stars 4.45  ·  rating details  ·  1,806 ratings  ·  117 reviews
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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F.R.
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
Rob
Nov 06, 2008 Rob rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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Rob
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
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
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Spotsalots
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
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Sammy
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
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planetkiller
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
Elizabeth McDonald
Aug 06, 2008 Elizabeth McDonald rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Elizabeth
Mar 24, 2008 Elizabeth rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
Leah
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
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
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Johanna
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
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Gayle
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.
Evie53
These stories always make me laugh. I'm half in love with Bertie Wooster and his friends and family.
Cheryl
My first P. G Wodehouse. A great introduction to Jeeves. I need a Jeeves!
Jeremy
All I can say is Bertie should be damn happy he has Jeeves. I know we are.
Margaret Heller
Bertie gets in a scrape. Jeeves fixes it up. Repeat as necessary.
Jake Forbes
Perhaps the finest collection of stories every put to paper.
Rakesh
Jan 11, 2014 Rakesh added it
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
A fun read of our own B. W.
Heather
"'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
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Courtney
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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Jeff Crompton
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
Mike Clarke
PG Wodehouse created the immortals - not just in Jeeves and Wooster but also Bingo Little, Tuppy, Aunts Dahlia and Agatha and a bevvy of stentorian gels who treat their men in much the same way as dogs and horses. It's a delicious time warp where the most challenging problem is sabotaging a singing contest to save a man from marrying the wrong girl or preventing the poaching of one's staff by rival fops. At the heart of it all is Jeeves - all-knowing and ever-wise and clearly in loco parentis no ...more
Chris
This Dana Stevens essay made me think of books I could read again and again. The Jeeves and Wooster collection never gets old for me and I adored the Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry series.


Zach
"I yield to no man in my approval of those institutions where on payment of a shilling you are permitted to slide down slippery run-way sitting on a mat." Bertie, p. 294 The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy

"But then the most frightful shindy started in the bedroom. It sounded as though all the cats in London, assisted by delegates from outlying suburbs, had got together to settle their differences once and for all." Bertie, p. 58 Sir Roderick Comes to Lunch

"I doubt if the idea that came to me at this j
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Paul Valente
A great introduction to the Jeeves books. Theses short stories are wonderfully inventive, witty, and clever, with characters that engage your interest as they make you laugh. The stories are a bit samey sometimes, but overall this is a refreshingly fun and light hearted read.
Libbeth
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
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Stuart Aken
By Jove, what spiffing stuff, eh Jeeves? The distinctive language and attitudes naturally place this book in a specific period of time in both England and America involving a very specific class of people. It has no social relevance today, but it's great fun. The writing is excellent and the stories are wild and mad and highly amusing. This is fantasy writing at its best, I think.
Of course, having seen Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie act out many of these stories on the gogglebox, I found pictures o
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Linda
Day one: I pilfered the book weeks ago when a friend gave it to me with instructions to loan it to a mutual friend ... time to pass it on or give it back ... Powell's in Portland to the rescue! I rarely buy books anymore (bookshelves and closets overflowing!) but made an exception with this wonderful copy.

Day three: No, I'm not done with it ... one of those books that one will put down/pick up time and again so I may as well rate it to let my friends know that it is a keeper (and also so goodrea
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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 30 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)
  • 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)
My Man Jeeves (Jeeves, #1) Carry on, Jeeves (Jeeves, #3) The Code of the Woosters (Jeeves, #7) Right Ho, Jeeves (Jeeves, #6) The Inimitable Jeeves (Jeeves, #2)

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“There is, of course, this to be said for the Omnibus Book in general and this one in particular. When you buy it, you have got something. The bulk of this volume makes it almost the ideal paper-weight. The number of its pages assures its posessor of plenty of shaving paper on his vacation. Place upon the waistline and jerked up and down each morning, it will reduce embonpoint and strengthen the abdominal muscles. And those still at their public school will find that between, say, Caesar's Commentaries in limp cloth and this Jeeves book there is no comparison as a missile in an inter-study brawl.” 16 likes
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