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The Jeeves Omnibus Vol. 1 (Jeeves omnibus 1; books 5, 7, & 2)

4.42 of 5 stars 4.42  ·  rating details  ·  645 ratings  ·  35 reviews
'It beats me why a man of his genius is satisfied to hang around pressing my clothes and whatnot,' says Bertie. 'If I had Jeeves's brain I should have a stab at being Prime Minister or something.'

Luckily for us, Bertie Wooster manages to retain Jeeves's services through all the vicissitudes of purple socks and policeman's helmets, and here, gathered together for the first
Paperback, 592 pages
Published October 5th 1989 by Hutchinson
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Feb 21, 2014 AJW rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: humour
My face aches from the many grins that erupted whilst reading this collection of Jeeves & Wooster stories. Wodehouse books are so much fun. Sheer escapism. Read the news and there's so much misery. Sometimes I need a splash of humorous brandy on some ice cold rocks of farce to cheer me up, like Bertie so often does with the real liquor in these stories. Some of these stories I have read three or more times, and I never find them stale. They're so well written.

My only criticism of these colle
Stephen Hull
The bright lights that put together these 5 Jeeves and Wooster omnibuses did so in an extremely non-chronological order, probably so that you'd have to buy a number of them to get the best books. Unfortunately, to get the full joy of the series you really have to read them in chronological order -- which I why I have all 5 books on the go at once.

I've now finished the first anthology and, as with many, many people before me, I think that Pelham Grenville Wodehouse is brilliant. Many laugh out lo
love jeeves so much that i had to get all the omnibus'.

thank you jeeves is on the 1001 list, so since this omni has it, on the 1001 book shelf it goes.

here's why i'm not reading the first omnibus, and why i'll be reading one at one time, and then a diff one at another time. each omnibus contains certain jeeves books, and i want to read them in order....duh....omni 1 contains

thank you, jeeves (actually the 5th book: am now reading. is the first actual jeeves "novel" in that it's not a bunch of sh
Love love love love Jeeves and Wooster, I don't know if it's made better by having seen mountains of the tv show, as you can imagine Hugh and Laurie playing the famous roles. I love how angry Jeeves gets if Wooster wears something 'crazy', like purple socks...I knew most of the stories, except for one and that one was hilarious! I'd like to share my favourite moments (which out of context make no sense, just imagine Hugh Laurie and it'll be okay, well ish, well actually this is probably just for ...more
Stephen Coatsworth
I think with age I may have mellowed and change my whole perspective of the world. I remember trying to read these about 12 years ago and failing, miserably. In fact, I'm pretty certain, these were part of my "Bathroom" collection back then. The said bathroom was a cold gloomy affair in Castletown, Isle Of Man, so that may have something to do with it.
Anyway, I have finished the 1st Jeeves & Wooster omnibus and can, categorically say, I throughly enjoyed them. The 3 books in this set are no
Deep Parmar
One of my all-time favorite authors gifted us with the two most memorable characters of literary times: the clueless elite Bertie Wooster and his trusty valet, the incomparable Jeeves. Wodehouse has gathered millions of faithful followers through his collected body of work but especially through his deliciously satirical study of the lives of upper echelon of his time. This set is a comprehensive collection of the (mis)adventures of Wooster and Jeeves. This will introduce the reader to the entir ...more
Aug 12, 2011 Siri added it
I thought when I bought these omnibuses that the stories would come in chronological order, but no such luck, apparently. Still a rather good read, though. Out of the three stories 'Thank You, Jeeves' and 'The Code of the Woosters' are the strongest ones, moulded along the same lines of conflict upon little conflict arising within a short time-frame, all coming to a happy conclusion thanks to Jeeves. 'The Inimitable Jeeves', on the other hand, flounders about somewhat, never quite finding its pa ...more
Kathrin Doelle
It's a nice and entertaining read, but my enjoyment has somewhat been spoiled by the TV adaptation. Fry and Laurie's portrayal of Jeeves and Wooster was superb, but I would have preferred to read the books from a somewhat more "unspoiled" perspective. Having said that, the stories are quite entertaining and a good read, although I wouldn't necessary class them as hilariously funny. Warmly recommendable, though.
Guilty pleasure winter reads. :) Jeeves as perfect as ever
Carolyn Hutchins
Great style. Laugh out loud funny. Well worth a read.
Nov 30, 2008 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rachel by: Stephanie Passero
Shelves: 2008, fiction
This omnibus contains three short novels: Thank You, Jeeves; the Code of the Woosters; and the Inimitable Jeeves. Each novel follows Bertie and his valet Jeeves as Bertie gets into all kinds of escapades and Jeeves gets him out of them. Each story was very clever and had me laughing out loud. The situations would start off perfectly normal then get more and more ridiculous. The more ridiculous they became, the more excited I got to see how it would all turn out. Great for when you need something ...more
PG Wodehouse's well-meaning but 'mentally negligible' Bertie and his intelligent, formal valet Jeeves have long been an epitome of British humour. And, reading the stories, it is easy to see why. The plots usually involve Bertie trying to get out being married, being coerced into doing things, and Jeeves coming up with fiendishly clever solutions for the hapless young master's problems.
I envy anyone who is just starting these books - they have a world of delight to explore.
P.G. Wodehouse is one of the best authors I've ever read. I love the way he resembles the characters, especially the can't-say-no character of Bertram Wooster. My favorite character in this book is Jeeves. This book is a collection of 3 stories and Wodehouse, while he writes, actually paints a picture and in each story, we only see patches of it until the end of the story when we get the final picture.
I'm rating this already because I've read these before, years ago. It suddenly occurred to me it had been an AGE since I last read any, and that it had been my father's editions that I had borrowed and read previously. Thus I went out and bought this compendium of three of the Jeeves novels on Monday and have thoroughly enjoying it. Wodehouse is pure gold. Witty and quite, quite brilliant.
Emily M.
Without a doubt my favorite (favourite?) British humorist of all time. I have all 5 Jeeves Omnibuses courtesy of, since they're a bit tough to find on this side of the pond. And for one of the rare book-to-screen adaptations that actually works perfectly, check out the A&E/BBC collaboration with Fry and Laurie (although the third season is iffy).
Jun 26, 2011 Tom added it
It's easy to see that the stories within the book were written across a length of time, and also that they're not published in the most faithful of orders (in fact the first story references events that happen in the third of the collection). Nevertheless, it was en enjoyable romp of a book, but not one I could read entirely in one sitting!
This isn't actually the edition I'm reading. I got some cheap-o version of The Inimitable Jeeves vols 1 and 2 at Powell's. Usually, I hate seeing tv or movie versions of books in my mind while I'm reading them, but I am actually a-ok with the infiltration of Fry and Laurie's voices and images in my imagination.
Not as wowed as I thought I would be, but maybe that is just a lack of familiarity with the author. Will probably try more in the Jeeves series to see whether PGW grows on me
Sep 05, 2007 Tom rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
the way Wodehouse crafts a line, the way he snares you in a plot, you end up shaking with laughter.

you can't read this book and stay grumpy - always raises a chuckle.
Should have read this one donkeys years ago . . . now I know that Rowan Atkinson and Ben Elton nicked half the material for Blackadder III
so much sunshine this philosophy of life always brings. Thanks to P.G. Wodehouse's fruitfulness, the mood can be kept up for long ^_^
I can't wait to add this series to my Wodehouse collection. Reading him can get you through the darkest night.
Seems odd not to include the books in chronological order but, other than that, you really can't go wrong.
Good non-thinky stuff. A little dated and raciest and sexist but I guess that was the norm back then.
I definitely read these as the omnibus first - loved them and will have to reread.
Apr 08, 2013 Naoise rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I say Jeeves, I bally well loved this book. Top literature right here.
Antara Ghosh
As usual, always picked me up on a down day, thanks jeeves, thanks bertie
god, i love wodehouse. i love bertie, i love jeeves, i even love aunt agatha.
I think this is going to be the beginning of a bad habit for me.
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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 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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“[On writing Jeeves and Wooster stories]:
You tell yourself that you can take Jeeves stories or leave them alone, that one more can't possibly hurt you, because you know you can pull up whenever you feel like it, but it is merely wish-full thinking. The craving has gripped you and there is no resisting it.
You have passed the point of no return.”
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