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Carry On, Jeeves

(Jeeves #3)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  20,553 ratings  ·  1,268 reviews
Meet the inimitable gentleman's gentleman, Jeeves... From the moment Jeeves glides into Bertie Wooster's life and provides him with a magical hangover cure, Bertie begins to wonder how he's ever managed without him. Jeeves makes himself totally indispensable in every way, disentangling the hapless Bertie from scrapes with formidable aunts, madcap girls and unbidden guests. ...more
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published March 31st 2003 by The Overlook Press (first published 1925)
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Sean Gibson
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
After slogging through Words of Radiance (perhaps “slogging” is too strong a word (of radiance), seeing as how I liked it), Jeeves and Wooster made an excellent literary palette cleanser (though I will note that books, even cookbooks, generally make terrible actual palette cleansers).

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 sh
I haven't read a bad Jeeves book yet.
This one is a collection of loosely related short stories mostly dealing with Bertie's time in the United States. <--because he's hiding from his Aunt Agatha after he did something Bertie-like to piss her off.


Most of the problems (as always) are caused by the parade of Bertie's weird, obnoxious, but ultimately lovable friends who manage to pull him from one hilarious crisis to another. Fortunately, there's always Jeeves to fall back on when their plans run of
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
“I’m not absolutely certain of my facts, but I rather fancy it’s Shakespeare – or, if not, some equally brainy bird – who says that it’s always just when a fellow is feeling particularly braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with a bit of lead piping”

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 un
Jason Koivu
Nov 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, wodehouses, comedy
Only 3 stars? So did I like it? Oh I say, rather! And yet...

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 th
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
three stars upgraded to four after writing the review, because:

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
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A hilarious collection about the antics of Bertie Wooster, who is saved by the clever manipulations of Jeeves, his man-servant.


After a night of heavy drinking Bertie Wooster meets Jeeves
I crawled off the sofa and opened the door. A kind of darkish sort of respectful Johnnie stood without.
‘I was sent by the agency, sir,’ he said. ‘I was given to understand that you required a valet.’
I’d have preferred an undertaker; but I told him to stagger in, and he floated noiselessly through the doorway like
My first Wodehouse!

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, Je
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A partnership that has strode the decades and simply because the writing is funny and so well put together. What better to cheer a chap during Covid-19 Lockdown than Bertie and Jeeves what?
Pramod Nair
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reading Wodehouse is always a pleasant experience, which always fills the reader with much gaiety & happiness. ‘Carry On, Jeeves’, is a compilation of ten short stories featuring Bertie Wooster and his gentleman's gentleman Jeeves with the usual assortment of charming characters like Aunt Dahlia, her French chef Anatole, Aunt Agatha, Sir Roderick Glossop and Richard P. Little a.k.a 'Bingo Little ', and is an easy to read and enjoy volume.

In these tales of delightful humor Bertie seeks the counse
Katie Lumsden
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly good fun.
Vimal Thiagarajan
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can never tire of Wodehouse. I can never tire of his books that are filled with characters like a friend who is 'As vague and woollen-headed a blighter as ever bit a sandwich', and a fiance who is 'one of those robust, dynamic girls with the muscles of a welter-weight and a laugh like a squadron of cavalry charging over a tin bridge' and an aunt who 'fitted into the biggest arm-chair in the house as if it had been built round her by someone who knew they were wearing arm-chairs tight about the ...more
Ange H
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love Bertie and Jeeves! This excellent collection is the third one I have read, and like the others it had me often giggling like an idiot. I'm pretty sure I have read a few of these, or at least a version of them, before but that doesn't make them any less entertaining. The last story was told from Jeeves point of view, a definite first in my experience.

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
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is another delightful collection of stories involving Bertie and his impressive valet, Jeeves. I listened to this on audio and it was a gem.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Carry on, Jeeves (1925) is a very jolly collection of early Jeeves and Wooster short stories.

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 peerless
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, overdrive
After reading a string of books by authors who took themselves too seriously and satisfied inadequately, it was a pleasure to return to Wodehouse. I really needed a good laugh. This book of witty and sometimes hilarious short stories about Bertie and Jeeves was read with great relish by Frederick Davidson.
I’d never read any P.G. Wodehouse before, but of course I was familiar with his two most famous creations, empty-headed aristocrat Bertie Wooster and his omniscient manservant, Jeeves. Many people are turning to cheerful, witty reads during lockdown, so this seemed like a perfect time to give one of the books a try. The bio in my secondhand paperback calls this the first set of Jeeves and Wooster tales, while Goodreads lists it as the third book in a 14-strong series. I didn’t realize when I bou ...more
Apr 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to laugh
Recommended to Tamra by: James Herriot
This was my 3rd Jeeves book (the 3rd in The Jeeves Omnibus). I can't say enough good things about Wodehouse. I have systematically been trying to get loved ones and friends to read these books, or at least become familiar with the characters, because I have fallen in love with them. Also, I have found a Wodehouse Fanatic and I imagine a long friendship with them, involving (among many other things) borrowing all their Jeeves books and movies.

Highlights to Carry On, Jeeves:

1. It's hilarious and h
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, europe
Well that was rummy & plum, if a bit repetitive between some stories. I was going to give it 4 stars, but had to up it to 5 because of the smiles & laughs I had while reading.

A charming bit of British humor.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since discovering Frederick Davidson's narration, I find his reading of Wodehouse brilliant, and have been collecting his recordings. I love the Martin Jarvis ones, too.

Perfect joy, in the morning, afternoon, or evening.
Abhiram R
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carry On, Jeeves features Jeeves, a butler and his mostly-clueless master Bertram Wooster, as do all the books by Wodehouse in the series. This book comprises ten short stories where Bertie, in most of them tries to help out his friends- Corky, Rockmettler Todd, Biffy, Sippy, Freddie, Bingo, and on a couple of occasions, even himself, but in every instance digs the concerned parties into a hole deeper into than the one they initially were in and needs to be extricated invariably by Jeeves who fa ...more
I read this in my pre-Goodreads days so this was actually a re-read but this time around I listened to the audio. Whenever I read a Wodehouse I wonder how I could start incorporating some Bertie-isms into my speech. Would people call it an affectation if I started saying things like, "It's not only sound, it's absolutely fruity!!" While this isn't my favorite Jeeves book I still have to give it 5 stars because everything Jeeves and Wooster is better than everything else that isn't. ...more
Kara Babcock
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, humour, 2013-read
This is my second P.G. Wodehouse experience following Cocktail Time , which was not a Jeeves and Wooster novel. I enjoyed Cocktail Time and was looking forward to Carry on, Jeeves, which I didn’t actually realize was an anthology. This proved to be even better than a novel as an introduction to Jeeves and Wooster. It gave me a nice sense of their relationship through the ages. And with each story nice and short and self-contained, I could read one, pause, and then dip into another. I could ea ...more
Nancy Cook-senn
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The early adventures of Bertie Wooster and his wise valet in New York.
Nick Ziegler
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
My second Wodehouse book, the other I've read being Thank You, Jeeves. The common wisdom about Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories, when you ask a veteran where to start, is "it really doesn't matter, they're all the same."* This sounds initially like a compliment with a double-edge, but really the ability of Wodehouse to adhere to a formula of his own invention without becoming stale, and to somehow tell the same joke over and over again without repeating himself, is exactly what is so breat ...more
Nov 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
This collection of short stories was suggested to me by the same person who recommended Ross McDonald and John Le Carre, so I was fairly certain that it was going to be a good bet, albeit in a far different vein. I was looking for something that could be considered 'whimsical' and Carry On, Jeeves certainly did not disappoint. And, as you might expect, the Brits maintain their perpetual knack for making wickedly funny and scathing comments towards people who don't quite know that they are being ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, humour
I listened to an audio version of this collection of short Jeeves and Wooster stories. If you're not familiar with the books, they were written and set in the 1920s and tell the scrapes that a rich, idle, somewhat empty-headed young man, Bertie Wooster, and his friends get into, and how they are extricated from them due to the help of Wooster's man-servant, the all-knowing Jeeves.

The style of Wodehouse is nicely humorous, and will raise the occasional chortle from the listener. There is quite a
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
"... he was a frightful chump, so we naturally drifted together, and while we were taking a snort in a private corner [of a club]... he further more endeared himself to me by an extraordinarily gifted...", well, let your imagination run wild. After all, this is P.G. Wodehouse's whacky, wonderful, always funny, exuberant but impossible world of the 1920s: non-stop drinking, smoking, snorting, and then even more drinking. Let's just hope the decade of 2020 is much the same. ...more
Nadin Adel
A charming bit of the British Humor in my most beloved British setting.
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.
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the right mood Wodehouse can satisfy one's craving for the down-right silly, and for that his books are simply perfect. ...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I first came across Wodehouse when I was allowed into the adult stacks of my local library at about age 10. The "only two books at a time" rule had long been waived for me in the children's library (in the basement), and now that I think about it I don't suppose there were many 10-year-olds in my town that were given free run of the upstairs. However, Miss Dorothea may have looked straitlaced, but she knew a bookworm when she saw one. I adored Bertie Wooster and his use of language, though at th ...more
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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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Jeeves (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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  • The Inimitable Jeeves (Jeeves, #2)
  • Very Good, Jeeves! (Jeeves, #4)
  • Thank You, Jeeves (Jeeves, #5)
  • Right Ho, Jeeves (Jeeves, #6)
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  • Joy in the Morning (Jeeves, #8)
  • The Mating Season (Jeeves, #9)
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