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Thank You Jeeves (Jeeves #5)

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A Jeeves and Wooster novel

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

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Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 27th 1994 by Random House UK (first published 1933)
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Sherrinford Woodhouse does a pretty good job of recapping characters even if they've appeared before, so yes. You'll enjoy them in order, of course, but it's not…moreWoodhouse does a pretty good job of recapping characters even if they've appeared before, so yes. You'll enjoy them in order, of course, but it's not necessary.(less)
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Stephen
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS A PAID ADVERTISEMENT FROM THE READ YOURSELF HAPPY FOUNDATION:

Are you feeling sad, depressed, not quite yourself?
 
Did your youngest child decide to make paper airplanes out of the pages of your 1st Edition copy of Lord of the Rings?
 
Did the brilliantly astute network asshats cancel your favorite television show in favor of a 22 part documentary on the Brittany Spears Comeback Tour hosted by Paula Abdul?
 
Did the video of the “unfortunate incident” at your office picnic re
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Dan Schwent
Feb 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wodehouse, 2012
Jeeves and Wooster break up after Jeeves lays down an ultimatum and Bertie chooses his banjolele over his manservant. Hilarity ensues.

The 2011-2012 re-read...
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
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Jason Koivu
More tales of woe for Bertie Wooster, but this time he's on his own with no Jeeves to get him out of the soup.

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.

But the good thing abo
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Amanda
Jun 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
For the past couple of years, the name P. G. Wodehouse kept popping up in interviews and articles about some of my favorite people (most notably Hugh Laurie and Neil Gaiman, among others). They praised him as THE master of British comedy. Since I admittedly like my comedy British, I decided it was time to give Wodehouse a try.

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
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Algernon
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
[9/10]


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
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Nigeyb
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sublime, splendid, superb.…in short, PG perfection

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
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Henry Avila
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bertram "Bertie" Wooster is part of the English idle rich.Set during the Great Depression of the 1930's.Most of his friends are members of the Drones Club in London and hardly notice the bad economic conditions.He has a valet Jeeves, much smarter than his boss and for that matter his friends.Which comes in handy, as Jeeves is always getting them out of trouble.The often engaged but never married Bertie,finally drives poor Jeeves out, by Wooster's constant banjo playing. Even butlers have limits. ...more
 ~Geektastic~
PG Wodehouse has been on my list of authors to read for ages, and my only complaint is that I waited so long to give him a try.

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
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F.R.
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And so we come to the first of Jeeves and Wooster novels.

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
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Ratul
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
আমার লাইফে পড়া অনযতম শরেষঠ রময উপনযাস। মন-মেজাজ ভাল না থাকার পরও, এইটা পড়ার সময় হাসতে হাসতে সিরিয়াসলি অবসথা 'খারাপ' হয়ে গেছে। যেমন উডহাউসের রময, তেমনই খোনদকার আলী আশরাফের অনুবাদ। নিঃসনদেহে আমার পড়া অনযতম শরেষঠ অনুবাদ। পি জি ওডহাউসের 'বিদঘুটে' ইংরেজি সমপরকে হালকা-পাতলা ধারণা থাকায় অনুবাদকের পরতি শরদধা আরও বেড়ে গেছে। মুগধ। ...more
Bruce
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank You, Jeeves, published in 1935, was the first novel-length book by Wodehouse relating the adventures of Jeeves and Bertie Wooster, although he had written many short stories about these characters previously, and, while he subsequently wrote other novels about them, this one seems unique. Yes, the tried-and-true Wodehouse plot conventions are present: Bertie tries to escape marital entanglement while he facilitates the marriage of two of his close friends; he runs afoul of a brusk and anti ...more
Ben Loory
In my experience, there are two kinds of elderly American. One, the stout and horn-rimmed, is matiness itself. He greets you as if you were a favorite son, starts agitating the cocktail shaker before you know where you are, slips a couple into you with a merry laugh, claps you on the back, tells you a dialect story about two Irishmen named Pat and Mike, and, in a word, makes life one grand, sweet song.

The other, which runs a good deal to the cold, grey stare and the square jaw, seems to view the
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theduckthief
”You know, the longer I live, the more I feel that the great wheeze in life is to be jolly well sure what you want and not let yourself be put off by pals who think they know better than you do."

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
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Oksana
This is probably the funniest book I've read in a long time.
Shin Gaku
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you, Jeeves and Bertie. You two make my day brighter. Of course, Jeeves is a lovable man, but Bertie the man whom I adore. He has a generous heart and cherish his friendship. Chuffy should appreciate Bertie's kind behavior. After all, who labors much for friend's courtship ? This novel is hilariously funny but the unshakable bond of Jeeves and Bertie is very touching.
Sheila Beaumont
Just about anything by P.G. Wodehouse gets 5 stars from me!
Martha
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely hilarious. Wodehouse at his best! The book starts with our lovable, idiotic narrator, Bertie, taking up the banjolele. Jeeves is then faced with two options: 1) to continue in his employment listening to that racket or 2) heading into the unemployed life. Like any intelligent man, Jeeves, after Bertie stubbornly refuses to give up playing his instrument, leaves his service. He is quickly scooped up by Bertie’s friend, Chuffy, however, and continues to help Bertie throughout the novel ...more
Louise
Crossposted from my blog

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
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Ian Wood
Dec 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
‘Thank you, Jeeves’ is the first of the Jeeves novels and is indeed a ‘pippin’. The translation of the actors in short stories to the larger frame of a novel is not always a happy transition but Wodehouse takes it his stride. Where previously Bertie Wooster would complicate a problem prior to taking it to Jeeves to sort he now mixes up three problems into about nine which Jeeves then brings to a conclusion with a happy ever after for everyone except the hapless narrator.

Jeeves has left Bertie’s
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Steven Harbin
Apr 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, comedy
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meeners
Jan 19, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny, classics
p.g. wodehouse's prose is sublime. just look at how this book starts:

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
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Kua
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
"Allora com'è stata la lettura di questo ennesimo autore umoristico inglese? (osannato e pluripubblicato)"
"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
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Madeline Wright
May 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the book I enjoyed least of the Jeeves books. If this title was the first one written then the writing has gotten better since fortunately. Thank you, Jeeves was hard to follow, as in, it seemed kind of pointless. I didn't like that the characters dropped the n*bomb quite a few times and wore blackface. It killed the plot for me because it wasn't remotely necessary to the story; only there to provide some comic relief and in poor taste at that. That said, in context it is historical evid ...more
Nikki
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
This is my first exposure to Jeeves and Wooster, and I have to say, for one of the novels people keep telling me isn't the best, it's pretty damned good. I'll confess it didn't make me laugh aloud, but I was smiling the entire time I read it. I love Jeeves (who must be a sort of cousin to Lord Peter's Bunter) and the entire silly situation Bertie Wooster manages to get himself into.

And it's all so impeccably written, too.

Note: It is inevitably of its time, however, and the references to negroes
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Monica Edinger
Sep 23, 2014 marked it as didn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
Started to listen to this, but couldn't deal with the repeated use of the n-word in referencing a musical group. Figured there would be more uses of the word as the book went on as it seemed Bertie was excited about them, but I just couldn't take it. Wondered how the audio book reader managed to do it. Sorry as I liked the idea of Jeeves quitting and wanted to see where Wodehouse took that plot thread. I'm now afraid to take on another Wodehouse for fear of more of this. Did enjoy the first two ...more
Steven
"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
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Aarathi Burki
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual like any of the Bertie jeeves book this was also funny right from the beginning till end. Best part was jeeves was with Bertie all through his difficult times even after resigning as his valet.
Judy
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Bertie Wooster and I desperately need a Jeeves in my life.
Ensiform
Jul 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Jeeves reluctantly gives his notice because Bertie won’t stop playing the banjolele, even “within the narrow confines of a country cottage.” But Jeeves is never far, for he goes into the service of Bertie’s friend Lord “Chuffy” Chufnell, owner of said cottage. Of course, Jeeves paves the way for nuptials between Chuffy and his betrothed, repairs a cancelled real-estate transaction, and even gets Roderick Glossop out of a tight spot. And that’s not even touching on the blackface Bertie finds hims ...more
Trevor
May 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, humour
What ho!

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
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  • Very Good, Jeeves! (Jeeves, #4)
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