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Carry On, Jeeves (Jeeves #3)

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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  9,895 ratings  ·  532 reviews
1 Jeeves Takes Charge - Bertie consults valet
10 Bertie Changes His Mind - Valet narrates extinguishing desire for children at a girls' school.
In 1920s New York City to avoid dominating Aunt Agatha, London nephew extricates chums from romances and back into financial care of rich relatives.
Hardcover, 241 pages
Published April 2010 by Folio Society (first published 1925)
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Algernon
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...more
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...more
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 I...more
Tamra
Apr 08, 2009 Tamra rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Nick Ziegler
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
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 easil...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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Katherine Snedden
"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
Ian Wood
Oct 30, 2007 Ian Wood rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Julie Davis
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.
Heather
"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...more
Deepa Swaminathan
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...more
Gerald Sinstadt
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...more
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.
Melissa
"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...more
Lena
An entertaining diversion. Funny, with marvellous use of language. My enjoyment of the book was tempered, however, by the fact that the stories are so similar in theme that they become repetitive when read quickly. Best consumed in small doses.
Ashutosh Rai
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...more
Antonomasia
[3.5] The short story format got a little repetitive - all those aunts and uncles and allowances and romantic scrapes - even though I wasn't after anything too taxing. I'll probably prefer the full-length novels.

I began to notice that book-Jeeves is somewhat sinister and manipulative. (A quick search showed I was far from the first to think so; it somewhat belies J&W's reputation as comfort-reading.) Though he does at least have a balancing role on behalf of these unemployable young toffs wh...more
Scott
Wodehouse is a brilliant writer, easy to read without being dumbed down; his writing just flows. He's got the classic understated British sense of humor, put on display here as he assumes the voice of foppish aristocrat Bertie Wooster for nine of the stories and then that of the ultimate valet Jeeves for the last.

Bertie and his friends live in a world of privilege paid for by old money and rich aunts and uncles. Jeeves is the servant who brings Bertie's problems (and those of his friends) to hap...more
Jeannette
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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
An Odd1
"it's always just as a fellow is feeling particularly braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with the bit of lead piping" p 38.

After first England country house escapade, dashing narrator Bertram Wooster 20s, avoids dominating Aunt Agatha in 1920s New York City. Every time Jeeves elegantly extricates oddly nicknamed chums from romances and from young bucks' own wacky solutions, back into financial care of rich aristocratic relatives, Bertie gives up whatever his valet deems...more
Art
This is my first run-in with Wodehouse since I went to the By Jeeves! musical a couple years ago. If you're new to the whole Jeeves thing, in every short story toff socialite Bernie Wooster gets himself caught in a complex farcical "I say!" situation, usually where he has to maintain a lie or keep up a social front amongst a few different people. At the last minute, when it seems all is lost, his all-knowing butler Jeeves steps in and saves the day, having cleverly observed the situation from a...more
Cindy Barnett
Humor with 'human' mystery. One gets a break from the other sort. Love PGW & you'll be, too, after this. Martin Jarvis (reader) IS Jeeves, the quintessential Butler (who didn't do it!). :-)
Trixie Fontaine
I picked this book up again for comfort. I tried watching the television version of these stories and HATED it - it's every annoying thing I can't stand, but somehow, for me, reading it is a totally calming experience. I've come to the conclusion that any reading material frequently describing breakfast foods WINS, and Wodehouse does that very well. Fantasizing about having a brilliant manservant to dress me, cook my eggs perfectly, and solve all of my problems is the perfect way to de-stress. I...more
Andrea
I had decided to try some Wodehouse after reading about his use of language in The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. I had a short trip so I picked up this audio book from the library for entertainment.

It was definitely entertaining. I love fun language, British comedy, and silliness in general, so I found this to be an enjoyable read. Still, the stories seemed to be rather formulaic, so I don't think sitting down and reading all of the Jeeves stories straight through would be the wa...more
Velimira Olshevska
I am a proud owner of most of the stories about Jeeves as well as many other Woodhouse novels!
When I started reading Carry on, Jeeves I was in need of some funny stories for some bedtime reading. But then I began collecting them and at the end I had more than 30 books..
I like Jeeves' humor, his constant making fun of Wooster and the other characters. Wooster on the other hand is almost naive and that makes him even more interesting as this quality always puts him in rediculous situations.
As much...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I really can't recommend these books/stories highly enough. They are dated and I would be remiss if I didn't mention that...and there are some words and phrases in them that you won't find now. Please remember when they were written and that there was no "slur" meant by the use of language that was "common at the time" and be forgiving. If you can read the stories for what they are you'll find some wonderful wit and comic prose. I've read the Bertie and Jeeves stories many times and they are som...more
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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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