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Thank You, Jeeves

(Jeeves #5)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  14,211 ratings  ·  1,048 reviews
The odds are stacked against Chuffy when he falls head over heels for American heiress Pauline Stoker. Who better to help him win her over but Jeeves, the perfect gentleman's gentleman. But when Bertie, Pauline's ex-fiance finds himself caught up in the fray, much to his consternation, even Jeeves struggles to get Chuffy his fairy-tale ending.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by W. W. Norton Company (first published 1933)
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Mitali Yes. There are allusions to events of previous books, and several characters reappear in the books. But the characters are re-introduced in every book…moreYes. There are allusions to events of previous books, and several characters reappear in the books. But the characters are re-introduced in every book they appear, so you're unlikely to be confused about who they are.

There are one or two cases in which the ending of a book is referred to in later books, which some people might consider spoilers. But given that these stories are not mysteries (far from it), knowing the ending really shouldn't have any effect on your enjoyment of the books. Still, if you're extremely wary of spoilers, better read in publication order.(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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Henry Avila
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bertram "Bertie" Wooster is part of the English idle rich, don't you wish you were too ? Set during the bleak Great Depression of the 1930's, these dark aspects are unseen by the clueless gentleman; that strangely gives it charm... Most of his friends are members of the notorious Drones Club in London and hardly notice the bad economic conditions either, such a bunch of nincompoops the world would be hard to find anymore. He has a valet Jeeves, much smarter than his boss and for that matter his ...more
Evgeny
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
A guy told his friend, "Can you imagine the nerve of my neighbor? He was knocking on my wall non-stop at midnight. Luckily I was not asleep at the time: I was playing trombone".

The joke above is very appropriate as the book starts with Bertie Wooster trying to learn to play banjo.
Banjo
Not surprisingly the result was his neighbors complaining (see the joke above; some people have no appreciation for music) and his landlord kicking the poor guy out of his flat.
Kick out
Bertie decided to go to a countryside wh
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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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Anne
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not everyone appreciates the banjolele.

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Sadly for Bertie Wooster, Jeeves is among those who are quite fed up with his newest hobby. After getting hit with a noise complaint from his neighbors and being deserted by his butler, Bertie heads out to the country to continue to strum his instrument.
Of course, everything happens to make that utterly impossible as he gets caught up in one hysterical mishap after another.

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This is one of the funnier Jeeves titles and definitely worth reading is you're a f
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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 (Darth Anyan)
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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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Martin
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For gentle humor you can't beat Jeeves and Wooster in this novel sized story.
P.C. Warning! Contains non P.C. language.


Such great recall
'Jeeves,' I recollect saying, on returning to the apartment, 'who was the fellow who on looking at something felt like somebody looking at something? I learned the passage at school, but it has escaped me.'

'I fancy the individual you have in mind, sir, is the poet Keats, who compared his emotions on first reading Chapman's Homer to those of stout Cortez when wit
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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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Wanda
Part of my 2020 Social Distancing Read-a-thon

This was an excellent choice to contrast with all the grim tidings we're hearing in the news these days. I enjoyed the slapstick adventures of B. Wooster during this brief estrangement from the invaluable Jeeves.

If you need a smile, maybe even a giggle or two, I would recommend this book. Bertie and his cluelessness about relating to women will fill the bill.
aliceinbagend (LydiaMae)
Oh my WORD, this was funny. I read this last year when I had to spend a few weeks in hospital and it was exactly the type of book I needed. I'm definitely ready to read more of Jeeves.
 ~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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Susan in NC
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, favorites
8/29/20 - listened to this audiobook today while knitting; although an abridged performance, it was great fun and perfect for a couple hours of lighthearted entertainment while knitting! Always a pleasure to spend time with Bertie, Jeeves & friends - but not with Bertie’s banjo! Can’t blame Jeeves for giving notice...


11/2018 reread of paperback- I always read Bertie and Jeeves’ exploits with a goofy grin on my face - in the brilliant words of Stephen Fry on the back of my Arrow paperback, “You d
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: About three months before, noting a certain liveliness in my Aunt Agatha, I had deemed it prudent to pop across to New York for a space to give her time to blow over. And about halfway through my first week there, in the course of a beano of some description at the Sherry-Netherland, I made the acquaintance of Pauline Stoker.

She got right in among me. Her beauty maddened me like wine.

THE BLURB: Thank You, Jeeves is the first novel to feature the incomparable valet Jeeves and his haple
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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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Steven Harbin
Apr 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dragana J.
If you want to escape from modernity with P.G. Wodehouse you will get free tickets.

The world of Jeeves and Wooster is a frozen slice of English 1920s idyll where people enjoy picnics and play cricket on the village green and people walk out in their Sunday best, the sun always shines and somewhere is the call of a wood pigeon and the sound of a church bell pealing. The worst thing that ever happens is a social faux pas or accidentally getting engaged through farce and misunderstanding.
But don't
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Olivia
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
April 2020 Reread

I still wish the blackface incident wasn't a plot point; but this time, I caught a few phrases that almost made it seem to me as if Wodehouse was using his farce as a subtle way of speaking out against racism.

At any rate, still an indecently fun and funny book. 💚

Original Review

What has the human race done to deserve Jeeves and Wooster?

Nothing, that's what. Not a single solitary bloomin' thing, and God bless Wodehouse for giving it to us anyway. XD

This is probably the best one I'
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Cphe
Light read, pure escapism for troubling times. Have to admit Bertie became a tad grating at times. It was the stalwart Jeeves who carried the day. Not PC by any standards. Loved the period.
George
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
A delightful, humorous, entertaining, well plotted read. Bertie Wooster takes up the playing of the banjolele. Bertie is forced to leave his London apartment due to complaints from other apartment tenants about his playing of the banjolele. Bertie and Jeeves come to an impasse. Jeeves states he cannot continue as Bertie’s employee if Bertie insists on continuing to play the banjolele. Bertie refuses to stop playing the banjolele and Jeeves gives notice. In the country without Jeeves, Bertie find ...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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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
Nancy
Over fifty books into the Wodehouse chronology and I've finally got to the first Jeeves novel! Delightful as expected, of course, that incomparable prose married with typical plotting; the novel form gives a lot more scope to antic events eventually sorted by Jeeves. There are a few plot issues, however, such as why Bertie didn't just drive to London, how was he going to pay for his train ticket, and who was getting his breakfast and bath when Brinkley was on his toot, but I'll overlook them thi ...more
Toast
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another old faithful. I was feeling so blue that I followed the instructions on the fly cover - When feeling down, whip out a Wodehouse, to remove the frown (turn that frown upside down).
It really works!
The antics of Bertie, ably assisted by Jeeves, put the smile on the face and the 'period' character writing of Mr W put the icing on the cake. I was chortling loudly by page 2.
A mirthful Toast
Shiloah
When Jeeves resigns and Bertie hires a new valet all the problems compound. I love Wodehouse’s highbrow humor and the antics of Bertie and company.
Chrissie
Mar 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
More like "No Thank You, Jeeves."
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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Christopher (Donut)
"Oh, yes?," I said. And I said it with some acerbity.

All the Jeeves and Wooster titles seem pretty interchangeable.

I couldn't tell Thank You, Jeeves from Right Ho, Jeeves, without the helpful picture of Bertie playing the banjolele.

(which is an actual thing, in case you were wondering)



This is the adventure where Jeeves's replacement is simultaneously a Methodist, a Bolshevik, and a crazy drunk knife-wielding psycho killer.

No Aunt Agathas, no Anatoles, no cow-creamers, no black shorts.
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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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