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Carry On, Jeeves (Jeeves #3)

4.28  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,476 Ratings  ·  718 Reviews
Jeeves, the servant supreme! As shrewd as ever, as wise as ever, as funny as ever. Young Bertie Wooster needs help in life. His affairs are in a complete mess. When Jeeves, the incomparable manservant, offers his services as valet, Bertie takes him on. Soon Jeeves has everything running smoothly-even Bertie himself. At his best, Jeeves miraculously keeps Bertie and his hel ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published February 1948 by Pocket Book (first published 1925)
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Sean Gibson
Aug 12, 2015 Sean Gibson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After slogging through Words of Radiance (perhaps “slogging” is too strong a word (of radiance), seeing as how I liked it), Jeeves and Wooster made an excellent literary palette cleanser (though I will note that books, even cookbooks, generally make terrible actual palette cleansers).

For those unfamiliar with Wodehouse’s signature characters, Bertram (Bertie) Wooster is an itinerant (and not particularly intelligent) man about town, who is often, along with his indolent friends, bailed out of sh
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Jason Koivu
Only 3 stars? So did I like it? Oh I say, rather! And yet...

Carry on, Jeeves has all of the wonderful Wodehouseisms I've come to know and love: bumbling Bertie Wooster and his genius of a gentleman's gentleman Jeeves; colorful characters galore like Bingo Little and Sir Roderick Glossop; poor sods getting themselves in a fix with the put-upon Bertie having to extract them time and again.

So what's wrong?

Well, this is a collection of stories as opposed to the one, cohesive novella-sized story th
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Algernon
Apr 16, 2014 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
three stars upgraded to four after writing the review, because:

The ‘deja-vu’ is strong in this one. For the first three or four stories in the collection I was convinced I’ve read them before, recently enough to remember all the jokes and the plot twists. There are two main reasons for the feeling:
- much as I admire P G. Wodehouse, I know he recycles characters and plots frequently, his charm relying more on style than originality.
- I believe all the stories included in Carry on, Jeeves! have
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Lea
My first Wodehouse!

My sweet husband picked this up for my birthday, after I said how much I was wanting to read one of his books (thanks to GR reviewer Dan!). It was a nice surprise, and Dan wasn't exaggerating about how great these books are -- I absolutely loved this one, and I can't wait to read more.

Carry On, Jeeves is arranged like a collection of short stories featuring Bertie Wooster (in his own words, having half the brains an ordinary bloke should have) and his gentleman's gentleman, Je
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Pramod Nair
Reading Wodehouse is always a pleasant experience, which always fills the reader with much gaiety & happiness. ‘Carry On, Jeeves’, is a compilation of ten short stories featuring Bertie Wooster and his gentleman's gentleman Jeeves with the usual assortment of charming characters like Aunt Dahlia, her French chef Anatole, Aunt Agatha, Sir Roderick Glossop and Richard P. Little a.k.a 'Bingo Little ', and is an easy to read and enjoy volume.

In these tales of delightful humor Bertie seeks the co
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Vimal Thiagarajan
May 04, 2016 Vimal Thiagarajan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can never tire of Wodehouse. I can never tire of his books that are filled with characters like a friend who is 'As vague and woollen-headed a blighter as ever bit a sandwich', and a fiance who is 'one of those robust, dynamic girls with the muscles of a welter-weight and a laugh like a squadron of cavalry charging over a tin bridge' and an aunt who 'fitted into the biggest arm-chair in the house as if it had been built round her by someone who knew they were wearing arm-chairs tight about the ...more
Tamra
Apr 08, 2009 Tamra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to laugh
Recommended to Tamra by: James Herriot
This was my 3rd Jeeves book (the 3rd in The Jeeves Omnibus). I can't say enough good things about Wodehouse. I have systematically been trying to get loved ones and friends to read these books, or at least become familiar with the characters, because I have fallen in love with them. Also, I have found a Wodehouse Fanatic and I imagine a long friendship with them, involving (among many other things) borrowing all their Jeeves books and movies.

Highlights to Carry On, Jeeves:

1. It's hilarious and h
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Jennifer
Feb 12, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this in my pre-Goodreads days so this was actually a re-read but this time around I listened to the audio. Whenever I read a Wodehouse I wonder how I could start incorporating some Bertie-isms into my speech. Would people call it an affectation if I started saying things like, "It's not only sound, it's absolutely fruity!!" While this isn't my favorite Jeeves book I still have to give it 5 stars because everything Jeeves and Wooster is better than everything else that isn't.
Nick Ziegler
Mar 21, 2013 Nick Ziegler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second Wodehouse book, the other I've read being Thank You, Jeeves. The common wisdom about Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories, when you ask a veteran where to start, is "it really doesn't matter, they're all the same."* This sounds initially like a compliment with a double-edge, but really the ability of Wodehouse to adhere to a formula of his own invention without becoming stale, and to somehow tell the same joke over and over again without repeating himself, is exactly what is so breat ...more
Ben Babcock
Jun 17, 2013 Ben Babcock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, humour, 2013-read
This is my second P.G. Wodehouse experience following Cocktail Time , which was not a Jeeves and Wooster novel. I enjoyed Cocktail Time and was looking forward to Carry on, Jeeves, which I didn’t actually realize was an anthology. This proved to be even better than a novel as an introduction to Jeeves and Wooster. It gave me a nice sense of their relationship through the ages. And with each story nice and short and self-contained, I could read one, pause, and then dip into another. I could easi ...more
Larissa
This collection of short stories was suggested to me by the same person who recommended Ross McDonald and John Le Carre, so I was fairly certain that it was going to be a good bet, albeit in a far different vein. I was looking for something that could be considered 'whimsical' and Carry On, Jeeves certainly did not disappoint. And, as you might expect, the Brits maintain their perpetual knack for making wickedly funny and scathing comments towards people who don't quite know that they are being ...more
Mike
Mar 13, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Once bitten, it's so hard to be circumspect: get this book and read it.

As I wrote in my review of "The Inimitable Jeeves", the tales of Wooster and Jeeves are wonderful. Light, meaningless in the sense of global climate change of nuclear warfare, but hugely enjoyable and fun to read.

Wodehouse was a master storyteller. Is it a pity that he created these characters to practice his art with? No, I say it's the exact opposite. It was his genius (yes, I used that word again) that created this look at
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Katherine Snedden
Jul 21, 2010 Katherine Snedden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I will say for Mr. Wooster that, mentally negligible though he no doubt is, he has a name that suggests almost infinite possibilities. He sounds, if I may elucidate my meaning, like Someone-especially if you have just been informed that he is an intimate friend of so eminent a man as Professor Mainwaring. You might not, no doubt, be able to say offhand whether he was Bertram Wooster the novelist, or Bertram Wooster the founder of a new school of thought; but you would have an uneasy feeling tha ...more
Yue
Can someone recommend me a book with a character similar to Bertie? Because I love this guy. I really do. He may not be the brightest, he may be a headache for his aunts but he is such a nice guy, always willing to help his "dear old chums".

This is a collection of short stories, where pretty much always Bertie finds one of his old high-school friend in trouble or love despair and since he is such a good fellow, he tries his best to help them. All of course with the help of Jeeves. Sometimes Jeev
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Heather
Jun 07, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, reread-2012
"We found Corky near the door, looking at the picture with one hand up in a defensive sort of way, as if he thought it might swing on him.
'Stand right where you are, Bertie,' he said, without moving. 'Now, tell me honestly, how does it strike you?'
The light from the big window fell right on the picture. I took a good look at it. Then I shifted a bit nearer and took another look. Then I went back to where I had been first, because it hadn't seemed quite so bad from there.
'Well?' said Corky anxiou
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Ian Wood
Oct 30, 2007 Ian Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
‘Carry on, Jeeves’ is a collection of short stories starting with ‘Jeeves Takes Charge’ which tells the story of Jeeves entering of more ‘shimmering into’ the employ of Bertie Wooster with a killer hangover cure as a reference. As an encore Jeeves sorts ‘the rather rummy business of Florence Craye, Uncle Willoughby’s book, and Edwin, the boy scout.’ Uncle Willoughby’s reminiscences being a scandal of youthful exuberance even painting Lord Emsworth of Blandings fame and Florence’s father in a poo ...more
Austensibly
Jan 04, 2009 Austensibly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wodehouse invented the English twit, and perfected the butler. All the Jeeves series are a delightful outing. Is there an undercurrent of sadness about Wodehouse's oeuvre? To some degree, he presaged the end of an era, so many of his hapless twits living out the twilight of the era of English "gentleman" (the last vestiges of the country estate that long outlived feudalism) and living on their wits, the result being quite ungentlemanly. Their antics remain funny, and Bertie Wooster has a lot of ...more
Bob
Feb 23, 2015 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I needed something light after all the serious reading - nothing like an orange and white Penguin with 2/6 on the cover! These are relatively early Bertie Wooster and Jeeves stories from the 1920s - 10 in the volume of which the last is cleverly from Jeeves' point of view.

The stories, as you well know, are funny but formulaic. Quite a few of these are set while Bertie and Jeeves are sojourning in New York, reflecting Wodehouse's own experience at the time. In fact, reading a bit more of his biog
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Philippe Malzieu
Difficult to make more english. But dreamed England. They get dressed for diner, one is held well. To compensate for this rigid formal structure, there is this particular freedom of spirit: humour. It is a very particular form, with not confusing with spirit which is French. It was practised with elegance until the XIX.
All is contained, all is controlled, not waves, but there is humour.
It is this balance which makes the charm of this series.
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Julie Davis
Nov 02, 2013 Julie Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the perfect froth to listen to while doing a huge catalog layout. I'm just glad the library had it available. Wodehouse's perfectly chosen words, especially as voiced by the inane Bertie, make the time fly.
Chris
I've discovered a new favorite series! This was uproariously funny! And to think I've avoided Wodehouse, thinking I wouldn't like him! He's written enough books to last me the rest of my life!
Samira Majd
Feb 01, 2016 Samira Majd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oooooh my goodness I'm in love with these book series! My 2nd "Jeeves" book and I llllllove it
Deepa Swaminathan
Apr 25, 2011 Deepa Swaminathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
If there is a more frabjous pairing of master and butler than Bertie and Jeeves, I can’t imagine it. Carry on, Jeeves is a memorable collection of ten short stories comprising of this duo in full form by the one and only Sir P.G. Wodehouse!


A few words on the short stories-
Jeeves takes charge- The first story of this impeccable collection presents an account of how Jeeves came into Bertram Wooster’s life. Jeeves offers a unique drink to Bertie that gets sleepy heads into their senses in a jiffy a
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Gerald Sinstadt
May 06, 2011 Gerald Sinstadt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-general
In the last of the stories in this collection Jeeves takes over from Bertie Wooster as narrator, permitting himself to observe that his personal motto is "Tact and Resource." If not before, the reader will have discovered just how resourceful Jeeves can be.

The stories are formulaic, often featuring some frightful dilemma that has befallen one of Bertie's friends, and frequently overshadowed by a battle axe of an aunt or an uncle about to cut off the money supply. While restraining the worst exc
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Jess
I'm ready to become a Wodehouse fan. This was my first try, a collection of short stories perfectly read. While a passing driver might have seen me slap my knee (yes, literally) while overcome with the humor of it, the stories didn't quite convert me to Wodehouse-ism. The main problem was repetition - most of the stories followed exactly the same pattern: friend gets into trouble, Bertie tries to help, Jeeves steps in, everything goes wrong, Jeeves makes everything right, grateful parties tip Je ...more
Abigail Hartman
Feb 10, 2014 Abigail Hartman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonsense
Another fun Jeeves-n-Wooster, coming in a little behind "The Inimitable Jeeves" and somewhere in front of "Right Ho, Jeeves." I love the way Jeeves sails into Bertie's life with a pick-me-up and immediately makes himself indispensable; his quiet snobbery in the matter of garments; and the way he is never once described as "walking." Jeeves does not "walk." He trickles, flows, floats, appears, but he does not "walk." I didn't find his solutions as ingenious or complex as they are in some other st ...more
Ashutosh Rai
Jul 22, 2016 Ashutosh Rai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Wodehouse book, and I was thoroughly delighted after reading it. It beats me why i didn't read any of the Jeeves books earlier.

These stories are like fairy tales for adults. Everyone is so good that it looks like the world as we saw when we were kids. No troubles, no big questions to answer, immediate future taken care of by elders. Troubles, if and when they come, could be taken care of by display of some finesse, as Jeeves would call it. The stories bring a smile on your fac
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Ness Kingsley
Oct 30, 2015 Ness Kingsley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is Jeeves and there is Wooster, need I say more?
Melissa
Apr 08, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ah-deadly
"A fellow told me one about Wembley yesterday," I said, to help on the cheery flow of conversation. "Stop me if you've heard it before. Chap goes up to deaf chap outside the exhibition & says, 'Is this Wembley?' 'Hey?' says deaf chap. 'Is this Wembley?' says chap. 'Hey?' says deaf chap. 'Is this Wembley?' says chap. 'No, Thursday,' says deaf chap. Ha, ha, I mean, what?"
The merry laughter froze on my lips. Sir Roderick sort of just waggled an eyebrow in my direction and I saw that it was back
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Dave
Apr 27, 2009 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england, classics
Having seen several episodes of the BBC adaptation of the Jeeves & Wooster stories, it was difficult for me to read Jeeves without invoking Stephen Fry's portrayal of him; likewise Hugh Laurie as Bertie Wooster in all his exasperated cluelessness. Wodehouse is of course exceedingly clever - one wonders what it might do for the verbal talents of a generation if they were required to read Wodehouse in school instead of ghastly classics like The Scarlet Letter.
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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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