Thank You Jeeves (Jeeves #5)
Thank You, Jeeves is the first novel to feature the incomparable valet Jeeves and his hapless charge Bertie Wooster - and you've hardly started to turn the pages when he resigns over Bertie's dedicated but somewhat untuneful playing of the banjo. In high dudgeon, Bertie disappears to the country as a guest of his chum Chuffy - only to find his pe...more
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After Jeeves and Wooster have a spat over a banjolele, Jeeves leaves Wooster for Lord Chuffnel, who is enamored with Bertie's ex-fiancee, Pauline Stoker. Complicating matters are Stoker's dad, a millionaire who wants to buy Chuffnel's mansion, and Chuffy's, who is being pursued by Wooster's old nemesis, Sir Roderick Glossop. When Bertie win ...more
Perhaps that's why I felt this volume - though probably as good as the rest - didn't quite resonate the way others have. Wooster without Jeeves is like Laurel without Hardy, Abbot sans Costello. The reason these books work is that they are a duo, they play off of one another. Wooster needs Jeeves, and in a way, Jeeves needs Wooster...at least for comedic purposes.
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The thing with Wodehouse is that he creeps up on you. During the first few chapters, I thought, "What's all the fuss about?" There is some admittedly clever language and t ...more
In one of the scaliest threats to his bachelor state, our old acquaintance Bertram Wooster is left without the moral support of his dependable gentleman's gentleman Jeeves. It all starts with a misunderstanding about a banjolele. On one side, Bertie is convinced that assiduous practice makes perfect when learning to play his newest toy. On the other, his neighbours have given him an ultimatum - either he or his bajolele must go from his posh London residence. Jeeves joins the ranks of the ...more
P.G. Wodehouse is the funniest writer of the past century. Wodehouse defies superlatives. He is, quite simply, the best comedic writer to ever put pen to paper. I am a confirmed Wodehousian and revel in the man’s comedic genius. I have read numerous books by the great man and all, to one degree or another, are a delight.
I read Thank You, Jeeves for my book group and, once I had started, I realised this was the third time I’d read it. It was like ...more
Before picking up Thank You, Jeeves, I had read several of the short stories that introduced the world to the indomitable literary pairing of Bertram Wooster and his faithful valet Jeeves. From the first page of the earliest story, “Extricating Old Gussie,” I knew I had found a series that would give me endless hours of cozy, friendly entertainment in the months and ye ...more
I wonder how nervous PG Wodehouse was when he sat down to write this book. After all, here he had characters who had proven their worth in short stories, but would the material really stretch far enough for a whole novel? Could he spin out a plot that would sustain such a length? Was there a danger of the whole thing becoming episodic, a series of short stories joined together? Old P.G. always came across as a jovial and sanguine individua ...more
The other, which runs a good deal to the cold, grey stare and the square jaw, seems to view the ...more
Bertie Wooster has become enamoured of the banjolele but is getting nothing but grief from his neighbours and his valet Jeeves. After a severe disagreement about the instrument causes Jeeves to leave his service, Bertie departs for the country to practice in peace. He gets caught up in the affairs of hi ...more
It’s that time of year again; it’s summer, it’s sunny, and I have exams coming up – which means lying out on the lawn with a pile of revision, a cold drink, and a Jeeves and Wooster book onside to de-stress between doses of Cold War politics. Add to that the company of my beautiful old dog, take away the revision, replace the non-alcholic drink with a pitcher of Pimms and it’s damn close to the perfect way to spend the summer. And as such I tend to think Stephen Fry is ba ...more
Jeeves has left Bertie’s ...more
I was a shade perturbed. Nothing to signify, really, but still just a spot concerned. As I sat in the old flat, idly touching the strings of my banjolele, an instrument to which I had become greatly addicted of late, you couldn't have said that the brow was actually furrowed, and yet, on the other hand, you couldn't have stated absolutely that it wasn't. Perhaps the word 'pensive' about covers it. It seemed to me that a situati ...more
"Mmmppffh... baaah, bof, ehhhh... maah..."
"Senti, ti do un consiglio da amico: basta con lo humor inglese. Tanto non lo capisci. E in più ti senti anche una deficiente perchè non ti fa ridere".
"Ma possibile dico, che solo io non rido??"
"Beh, d'altronde tu non ridi nemmeno con, che so, Fantozzi, Tomas Milian...
"No... in effetti. Anzi mi innervosiscono. Però con Maximus, il cavallo di Rapunze ...more
And it's all so impeccably written, too.
Note: It is inevitably of its time, however, and the references to negroes ...more
"I was a shade perturbed. Nothing to signify, really, but still just a spot concerned. As I sat in the old flat, idly touching the strings of my banjolele, an instrument to which I had become greatly addicted of late, you couldn't have said that the brow was actually furrowed, and yet, on the other hand, you couldn't have stated absolutely that it wasn't. Perhaps the word 'pensive' about covers it. It seemed to me that a situation fraught with embarrassing potentialities had arisen." (9)On this ...more
This is the first of the full length books and a magnificent start. I particularly liked the introduction by Wodehouse concerning his use of a recording device to save him time in writing the book - as opposed to dictating it to a secretary which he could never bring himself to do. It reminded me very much of that scene in The Singing Detective - "Well" question mark, "Well" exclamation mark, "He signed" question mark. And so on.
The stuff about there being two kinds of American business ...more