My Man Jeeves (Jeeves, #1)
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My Man Jeeves (Jeeves #1)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  15,436 ratings  ·  742 reviews
Jeeves – my man, you know – is really a most extraordinary chap. So capable. Honestly, I shouldn't know what to do without him. On broader lines he's like those chappies who sit peering sadly over the marble battlements at the Pennsylvania Station in the place marked "Inquiries." You know the Johnnies I mean. You go up to them and say: "When's the next train for Melonsquas...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Wildside Press (first published May 1919)
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Jeffrey Keeten
'Sir?' said Jeeves, kind of manifesting himself. One of the rummy things about Jeeves is that, unless you watch like a hawk, you very seldom see him come into a room. He's like one of those weird chappies in India who dissolve themselves into thin air and nip through space in a sort of disembodied way and assemble the parts again just where they want them.

Most people today probable associate Jeeves with the man that has all the answers not because they have read P.G. Wodehouse, but because they...more
Jason Koivu
I've read this all before! I know I sometimes complain that once you've read one Wodehouse story you've read them all, but no, I mean I literally have read all these stories already. Ah well, I've also seen every episode of shows like All In The Family or Are You Being Served? about half a dozen times, so why not give these wonderful words a rerun read through?

Well the answer would be because this is not Wodehouse's best effort at joining up words in a pleasing manner. He's had better goes at it...more
One of the things Good Reads is particularly good for is answering strange little questions about ourselves. Questions we might not think to ask otherwise, but then when we do ask make us wonder how else we would ever have known… For example, the other day it struck me that I don’t really read any Wodehouse in the Summertime. And I’ve been able to check when I read all my Wodehouse's and it is true. I guess the reason for that is that I don’t need his warmth and sunlight and laughter in the Summ...more
The downside to acquainting yourself with Wodehouse, at a ripe old age, is that you don't glean anything else out of his writing other than the humor and that too appears to be strangely contrived in ways. And the repeated usage of words such as 'chappie', 'rummy' and 'chump' end up annoying you more than you thought was possible.
Another author I should have read as a teenager. *sigh*

My Man Jeeves collection felt like an appetizer to me, small bites of petit-fours and cucumber sandwiches that serve best at wetting my appetite for the main course.

1) Leave it Jeeves . Introduces the reader to the omniscient nature of Jeeves, "the brains of the establishment" as Bertie candidly admits. From picking the right clothes to sage advice about betting on the horse races, Jeeves is infallible. And when he's not 100 % successful, as in this opening short story, he can turn defeat into...more
Feb 17, 2009 Liz rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those looking for a laugh.
Shelves: reviewed
This is a collection of eight short stories written by P. G. Wodehouse. Four of them are Bertie and Jeeves stories, and four of them are about another character, Reggie Pepper. The Bertie and Jeeves stories are always very formulaic, in that each story involves one of the main character’s friends (or the main character) getting into some sort of scrape, which they then must find some ingenious way to get out of, which inevitably goes horribly, horribly wrong. Many hilarious hi-jinks ensue, but o...more
It's P.G. Wodehouse, so why not five stars?

Well, here's the scoop. I love Bertie Wooster and Jeeves. One of the most clever duos to have ever graced the printed page. Between Jeeve's restrained resourcefulness and Bertie's self-admitted idiocy, there is a lot of potential for misadventure, and Wodehouse delivers it in droves.

Half of the short stories in this volume are Jeeves and Wooster material. The other half is from what I glean as earlier material, with a main character named Reggie Pepper...more
"It's brain," I said, "pure brain! What do you do to get like that, Jeeves? I believe you must eat alot of fish, or something. Do you eat alot of fish, Jeeves?"

Well, there you go, Bertie Wooster has unraveled the mystery of his man, Jeeves' big brain. There is more wisdom revealed in MY MAN JEEVES; Wodehouse is replete with stories of stolen paintings, boring guests who refuse to leave, and English relatives of friends who believe a ruse and arrive in New York unannounced for an extended stay.

Hajarath Prasad Abburu
After reading historical fiction and war fiction back to back for a month, I was dying to read something really light and refreshing. So we (Me and Iniya) decided to read this book. As we were told that it has many LOL moments, we were expecting it to be high on punch lines and hilarious situations. As soon as I read the first story, I felt a bit low about it. I was expecting the American type of humor, aggressive and ROFL inducing. But it's nothing like it. It's very subtle and a bit underwhelm...more
I’m not absolutely certain of my facts, but I rather fancy it’s Shakespeare—or, if not, it’s some equally brainy lad—who says that it’s always just when a chappie is feeling particularly top-hole, and more than usually braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with a bit of lead piping. There’s no doubt the man’s right. ("Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest")

"Jerome, are you there?" That’s what I thought after reading the first pages of Wodehouse's My Man Jeeves. Their styles seemed...more
3.5 stars

Pretty good set of short humorous stories.

This is the first thing I've read by Wodehouse, and from what I can tell from other reviewers, this isn't even his best stuff.
Looking forward to getting my hands on more!
I can now say from personal experience that Jeeves and Wooster are one of the funniest and most memorable character ensembles I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Bertie Wooster is the cheerfully good-natured aristocratic loafer, who always manages to stumble across some grave problem that just takes the fizz out of things, don't you know. Jeeves, as the butler with immaculate taste and uncanny savoir-faire, is always on hand with a plan to extricate Bertie or his chum from dire straits. Of...more
Bertie Wooster is the first to admit that he's not the smartest bloke around, but he doesn't have to be because he's got his man servant Jeeves to help him solve all his problems. Jeeves is a kind of Jedi Warrior/Knight with a keen fashion sense, and there's not a problem he can't solve. This collection of short stories finds Wooster attempting to help his friends deal with money and romance, and while the scrapes he gets himself into never quite turn out the way he thought, Jeeves is always the...more
Wodehouse is an acquired taste. I've acquired it.

The Jeeves stories are capital fun. Unfortunately only half the short stories in this volume star Wooster and Jeeves. The others have a similar style, but not the same dash.

Many of you probably hear Laurie and Fry's voices (from the UK TV series) when you read these stories, but I hear Wooster sounding more like Cary Grant (think: Arsenic and Old Lace (as Mortimer Brewster, the name even reminisces) or His Girl Friday). However you picture them, t...more
I am now around wandering around saying things like, "That's a bit hard on a chappie, what."
M.G. Bianco
This is the first P.G. Wodehouse I have read. I read it mainly on the recommendation and reviews of several of my Goodreads friends.

The writing style and humor of Wodehouse is a dry, British humor. As one friend described it, and I am inclined to agree, it has an intellectual appeal to it.

Wodehouse brings characters, situations, and scenes alive through is humorous and witty description of them.

I hadn't the heart to touch my breakfast. I told Jeeves to drink it himself.

She fitted into my biggest
I've decided to attempt reading the Jeeves novels in order. However even though this is listed as the first Jeeves novel - it does not contain the Extricating Gussie which is referenced in at least two of the stories. A single story that is found in the 1917 collection The Man With Two Left Feet , which brings Jeeves and Bertie to American shores at the behest of Aunt Agatha. But despite this error I forge -- ever giggling -- onwards!

This anthology contains..
Leave It to Jeeves - (J&W)...more
"What ho!" I said.
"What ho!" said Motty.
"What ho! What ho!"
"What ho! What ho! What ho!"
After that it seemed rather difficult to go on with the conversation.

My Man Jeeves, despite the title, is a collection of stories split between Wooster and Jeeves, and an earlier, Woosterish- though sadly Jeeves-less- character named Reggie Peppers. The stories involving the latter aren't quite as charming, but the gentle, undemanding humor throughout makes for perfect light reading.
Mike (the Paladin)
I rate P.G.Wodehouse as one the best writers of humor that I've ever read. I especially love most all of the Bertie and Jeeves tales. I feel obligated to note that Wodehouse wrote in the earlier part of the 20th century and that there are on a very few occasions words used that some may find offensive. Please remember that they were not meant that way and at the time the writer was using wording that was not thought offensive. if you can get past it you will be rewarded with some of the best wit...more
Can't give old PeeGee anything but five stars, just not on.

But, don't you know, some of these stories actually don't include Jeeves per se and, if you want the honest truth, might tend to disappoint if the writing weren't a cussed wheeze. And in those instances, for reasons only the author knew, the narrator is not our familiar Bertie Wooster but one Reggie Pepper.

No doubt a pseudonym he coined to duck Aunt Agatha, and for that any chappie can be abundantly forgiven.
I love all the "Jeeves" books written by P.G. Wodehouse, and this is no exception. The humor is, perhaps, too subtle for a lot of people, and the whole British class elitism may even upset some, but it's all written with tongue firmly in cheek, and the whole point of the class elitism is the oh so obvious superiority of Jeeves and other "domestics" over the wealthy class for whom they work. I've read everything ever written by Wodehouse (pronounced "Wood-house" - just a little known fact, little...more
Considering how long many of the books I normally read are...I needed an easy win if this 50 books in 2012 is going to come off.

I've been meaning to read some Wodehouse. I think everyone "means" to read Wodehouse--assuming they have heard of him. But we all mean to do a lot of things that we never of course do.

The book is a collection of short stories. Some feature Jeeves (the butler) and Wooster, his erstwhile but a bit daft employer. Others have Peppers as the main character and narrator--thes...more
My Man Jeeves is a collection of eight stories, four of them featuring Bertie Wooster and his capable manservant Jeeves. The language can be a bit annoying at times (chappies, rummy, ending sentences with what and so on), but they are still funny. All the stories have unexpected resolutions. The other four stories have other characters.

LEAVE IT TO JEEVES tells about Jeeves helping Berties's friend in a way he didn't expect. It also shows how much and why Bertie Wooster respects his manservant.

By the end of this short story collection I'll admit I was Whohehouse'd out. The stories all had the same plot: sad sap is in love with a girl who, for some reason only a girl could fathom (you know how we are), has decided she won't have him. Our hero tries to help, farce occurs, happy endings for all. Well, a few stories had to do with the sad sap trying to keep himself in good with the monied relative. But those wore even faster. (My sympathies for the idle rich trying to remain idle weren't...more
When I was a child, every once in a while on a Sunday evening my parents would rush us off to bed so they could sit down and watch Jeeves & Wooster on PBS. Why it took me so long to seek out the series after those years of listening to my mother laugh loudly and helplessly, I cannot say. Finally, I decided to take the plunge. My Man Jeeves is a collection of short stories by P.G. Wodehouse, the first in a long series. Unfortunately, half or more of the stories do not contain Jeeves. They wer...more
Randee Baty
Hugh Laurie states the case admirably "The first thing you should know, and probably the last, too, is that PG Wodehouse is still the funniest writer ever to have put words on paper." I couldn't agree more.

"I'm not absolutely certain of my facts, but I rather fancy it's Shakespeare-or, if not, it's some equally brainy lad-who says that it's always just when a chappie is feeling particularly top-hole and more than usually braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with a bit of...more
Oct 06, 2013 K. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Dry British Wit Who Like to Laugh but Disdain to Feel "Dumber" after Reading
Shelves: smart-humor
Goodness me, where has this delightfully amusing author been all my life? Really? I've heard of him forever, but never tried?

Favorite story: "Helping Freddie"

Laughed out loud through the entire thing. Made husband & son read it in my presence so I could laugh again with them.

All short stories, so perfect for popping in when in the middle of other things.

Very interested in pursuing more Wodehouse.

P.S. Free on kindle.

Dear Reader,

Many have pushed me to read P.G. Wodehouse (Arianna included), and I FINALLY decided to give in to the awesomeness. The clever, cute and charming loveliness of the book didn't come as much of a surprise to me since I've been told about these books so many times before. My favorite characters had to be Jeeves and Bertie, so quirky and reminiscent of that slapstick humor that is greatly lacking in media today. The jokes are clever and simple but so much fun. I just wi...more
Humorous collection of short stories featuring Jeeves

I give this funny classic five stars, for that it is a classic and timeless if you "get" the humor that is. The British humor is one that is dry and seemingly an aside, like in the theater, a comment made to the audience rather than the person with whom you are conversing. This perspective , for me, makes it even funnier and puts the reader in the story. Jeeves may be a servant, a butler and all round everything to Wooster, saving the day on n...more
Marts  (Thinker)
Mar 16, 2011 Marts (Thinker) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone seeking some great classic humour
I actually listened to a downloaded audio version of this and I must say I most thoroughly enjoyed Wodehouse's humourous tales all with the likes of Jeeves, Reggie Pepper, and others...
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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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“What ho!" I said.
"What ho!" said Motty.
"What ho! What ho!"
"What ho! What ho! What ho!"
After that it seemed rather difficult to go on with the conversation.”
“I'm not absolutely certain of my facts, but I rather fancy it's Shakespeare -- or, if not, it's some equally brainy lad -- who says that it's always just when a chappie is feeling particularly top-hole, and more than usually braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with a bit of lead piping.” 42 likes
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