Carry On, Jeeves
Richard "Bingo" Little falls in love with the daughter of a left-wing (probably communist or socialist) leader called Charlotte Corday Rowbotham. In an attempt to get close to her, Little joins the group, called the Heralds of the Red Dawn, whose aims are to "massacre the bourgeoisie, sack Park Lane and disembowel the hereditary aristocracy". This is more than a little at...more
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 ...more
Traditionally I start my review of a Jeeves book with a quote. This time it is highly appropriate as it gives the idea of practically all included stories. Poor Bertie Wooster enjoys his carefree life when something big and ...more
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 ...more
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
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, ...more
In these tales of delightful humor Bertie seeks the ...more
Irrelevant note: I found the original receipt tucked in the pages and used it as a bookmark. I think it's cool that someone bought this ...more
It's interesting to read these early J&W stories as it's so early in the duo's development and regular readers can observe how P.G. Wodehouse is starting to get ideas about their respective characters which become more pronounced as the years roll by. His descriptive writing is also not quite fully formed yet either. That said, there are plenty of glorious and wonderful examples of Wodehouse's ...more
Highlights to Carry On, Jeeves:
1. It's hilarious and ...more
A charming bit of British humor.
Perfect joy, in the morning, afternoon, or evening.
The style of Wodehouse is nicely humorous, and will raise the occasional chortle from the listener. There is quite a ...more
The novel is a gift on my birthday given to me by my beautiful British friend!
I can't but say I might be in need of Jeeves in my life every now and then
Funny. Humourous. And a great read after a real tiring one.
I hope there might be an adaptation for this series. ...more
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
"'If you'll pardon my saying so, sir, Mr. Biffen has surely only himself to thank if he has entered upon matrimonial obligations which do not please him.'This is the second collection of Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories that I read; it wasn't quite as sharp as the first, Very Good, Jeeves, but it was ...more
'You're talking absolute rot, Jeeves. You know as well as I do that Honoria Glossop is an Act of God. You might just as well blame a fellow for getting run over by a truck.'
'Yes, sir.'" (159)
All is contained, all is controlled, not waves, but there is humour.
It is this balance which makes the charm of this series. ...more
There are 10 stories in this. In the first, Bertie Wooster gets a new valet, who happens to be Jeeves. Now, Bertie is a young man and a gentleman, but he doesn't have too much going on for him as far as intelligence is concerned. He is a good fellow, with good intentions, but not the brightest. Jeeves, on the other hand, always has a solution to ...more