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Right Ho, Jeeves

(Jeeves #6)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  24,876 ratings  ·  1,639 reviews
Right Ho, Jeeves is the second full-length novel featuring the popular characters Jeeves and Bertie Wooster, after Thank You, Jeeves. It was first published in 1934.

The story is mostly set at Brinkley Court, the home of Bertie's Aunt Dahlia, and introduces the recurring characters Gussie Fink-Nottle and Madeline Bassett. Bertie's friend Tuppy Glossop and cousin Angela Trav
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 3rd 2006 by Hard Press (first published October 5th 1934)
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Vigil Please don't go out of your way to read in chronological order; it's not only not necessary at all, but if you read the wrong thing first you might ne…morePlease don't go out of your way to read in chronological order; it's not only not necessary at all, but if you read the wrong thing first you might never get around to trying P.G. Wodehouse again (his wittiness and overall quality were rather inconsistent) and that would be a tragedy. This is a great book and a great place to start. (less)
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Bill Kerwin
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This is almost as funny as The Code of the Woosters, which is saying a lot, since Code is the funniest book ever written by anybody anywhere. The plot isn't important: as usual, misunderstandings and peevishness disrupt the general mood of an old English country house, lovers are parted and social bonds are threatened, but by the end--thanks to the inimitable Jeeves-- tranquility is restored, couples are reunited, and--most important of all--aunts are placated.

The justly famous climax where a t
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

Who needs expensive Freudian psychiatrists when you can have this:


The discovery of some toy duck in the soap dish, presumably the property of some former juvenile visitor, contributed not a little to this new and happier frame of mind. What with one thing and another, I hadn't played with toy ducks in my bath for years, and I found the novel experience most invigorating. For the benefit of those interested, I may mention that if you shove the thing under the surface with the sponge and then let
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
“Beginning with a critique of my own limbs, which she said, justly enough, were nothing to write home about, this girl went on to dissect my manners, morals, intellect, general physique, and method of eating asparagus with such acerbity that by the time she had finished the best you could say of Bertram was that, so far as was known, he had never actually committed murder or set fire to an orphan asylum.”

Half of the book is quotable and funny. Another half is not quotable, but still funny. More
Henry Avila
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another adventure with Jeeves, the butler, and his employer the great, maybe... Bertram (Bertie) Wooster the so
- called master.But who is really in charge? And for that matter the smartest? It's very apparent from the beginning and the butler did it. However this isn't a murder mystery; only the pompous affected, and no one dies here , just their dignity sacrificed. When our not quite competent Bertie comes back to his London place, from Cannes, France after a vacation of two months (his whole
Dan Schwent
Feb 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, wodehouse
The 2012 re-read
Gussie Fink-Nottle is in love with Madeline Bassett but can't seem to talk to her. Madeline Bassett is in love with Gussie Fink-Nottle but thinks Bertie Wooster wants to marry her. Bertie's cousin Angela was engaged to Tuppy Glossop but they had a bust-up over whether or not Angela saw a shark. Can Jeeves put them all back together? He might have been able to, had he and Bertie not had a falling out over Bertie's white mess jacket...

First off, this review will hardly be unbiased
Jason Koivu
Nov 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comedy, wodehouses, humor
Bertie Wooster takes the reins from his gentleman's gentleman Jeeves, who had everything well enough in hand, and soon everything's gone pear-shaped, if that's the expression I'm looking for.

Bertie's well-intentioned schemings upset his aunt and uncle's brilliant French chef, who gives notice, which upsets everyone's gastric juices! Meanwhile his meddling upon a friend's behalf almost divorces Bertie himself from his beloved bachelorhood, egads!

When one comes to the realization that they are a
Nandakishore Varma
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, wodehouse
In 2012, I was elected the Vice President of our college alumni association here in the UAE. I was to take charge at our annual get-together: at the same event, I presented an ottamthullal, a satirical dance-drama which was a runaway hit. What with all the celebratory euphoria, I imbibed a little too much of the happy juice in the parking lot outside the venue (drinks were not allowed in the hall) and before I knew it, I was pickled to the gills.

You can see me with a beatific smile as I took the
Nikki Nielsen
Jan 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
(as opposed to boring old Webster's guide)

*Woosters are men of tact, and have a nice sense of host obligations.

*Even when displaying the iron hand, Woosters like to keep the thing fairly matey.

*When woosters put their hand to the plough, they do not readily sheath the sword.

*Woosters are fair minded, and make allowances for men parading through London all night in scarlet tights. (my favorite)

*Woosters like to have their story ready.

*A Woosters' word is his bond.

*Woosters ar
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“This dashed difficult problem of where to begin it. It's a thing you don't want to go wrong over, because one false step and you're sunk. I mean, if you fool about too long at the start, trying to establish atmosphere, as they call it, and all that sort of rot, you fail to grip and the customers walk out on you.”

Bertie Wooster, in spite of being a silly ass, has a way with words. His first person narrative is a joy to read, it does help that he has P.G. Wodehouse to write on his behalf. He is r
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, new-favorites, humor
Every line was perfection. I kept laughing out loud and looking for someone to read bits too, but alas, there was no one who appreciates this the way I do at hand. The real tragedy, though, is realizing that I will never have friends with awesome names like Tuppy Glossop, Pongo Twistleton, and Gussie Fink-Nottle!
Wodehouse is a masterful writer. You don't always notice it, as he writes Bertie Wooster as a bit of an idiot, but even B. Wooster has a way with the words! Obviously, playing with English vocabulary was great fun for the man.

I rarely laugh out loud when reading, but I confess that Gussie and his newt lore got me giggling on a couple of occasions. Of course, as usual, Bertie manages to mess up every situation that he gets involved in. During the course of this book, that would include two engage
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a delight! Truth be told, Wodehouse saved me during a long and boring meeting yesterday. I was stuck in the auditorium for hours, but luckily I had "Right Ho, Jeeves," downloaded on iBooks. Soon I was smiling and trying not to giggle too loudly.

In Right Ho, Bertie Wooster manages to bungle things severely with two different couples who are staying at his aunt's house, and even accidentally gets engaged to a silly girl who talks of fairies and stars: "I don't want to wrong anybody, so I
Jun 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those wishing to read funny books.
Shelves: novels, humor, wodehouse
Those starting to read P. G. Wodehouse should start with this novel, which is sometimes called BRINKLEY MANOR. It is the immediate predecessor to Wodehouse's most perfect novel, THE CODE OF THE WOOSTERS.
He wrote this in his mid-fifties. It was something like his fortieth novel. He literally wrote about seventy novels, all of them extremely light, the vast majority of them humorous. (His very early novels were about cricket-players at prep-school.) RIGHT-HO, JEEVES features P. G. Wodehouse's mos
Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wodehouse
I have read the "Jeeves stories" over and over having discovered them the first time years ago when i was home due to a broken foot I'd gotten on the job and had to be down a bit. While I almost always feel obligated to warn perspective readers that you might run across some words or phrases in a very few of these stories that are today found offensive (as you will if you read Mark Twain) please remember that they weren't meant that way. The stories are a product of their time and if you can get ...more
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, escape2020
Never enough newts!

I've come to realize that there are few books that utilize newts, let alone as adroitly as this one.
"In a striking costume like Mephistopheles, I might quite easily pull off something pretty impressive. Colour does make a difference. Look at newts. During the courting season the male newt is brilliantly coloured. It helps him a lot."

"You have not been through the experience of starting to ask the girl you love to marry you and then suddenly finding yourself talking about the
“Jeeves, I'm engaged."
"I hope you will be very happy, sir."
"Don't be an ass. I'm engaged to Miss Bassett.”

2018 was missing something, and now I know what. Nothing can make me laugh quite like Wodehouse's Jeeves series.

Read with a LibriVox audiobook.
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So off we go to Brinkley Court for more high japes and adventures. Along the way hearts will be sundered, friendships forged in childhood will be momentarily broken and mentally negligible young men will make complete fools out of themselves. If you’re already aware of the books but can’t quite determine which one this is (after all, they do share very similar plots), then this is the episode with Gussie Fink-Nottle dressed as the devil and Bertie making an eighteen mile round trip on an old bic ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-ebook
Jeeves is the sense to Bertram Wooster's non-sense 😁. ...more
Spencer Quinn
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars aren't enough for a book that contains Gussie Fink-Nottle's speech at the Market Snodsbury Grammar School. Any writer who ventures into comedy should read some Wodehouse. ...more
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I romped through Right Ho, Jeeves (1934), a book I was reading for the second time. I was keen to relive Gussie Fink-Nottle's memorable speech at the school prize giving. I recall crying with laughter the first time I'd read it. Sure enough, the master worked his magic once again and I was reduced to sustained laughter. I'd forgotten a couple of other scenes that elicited a similar response, most notably Bertram's 18 mile midnight bicycle ride.

Right Ho, Jeeves is another Wodehouse masterclass.
John Hatley
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another delightful episode in the Jeeves and Wooster series (this is number 6 in the series, published in 1934), and the 6th I’ve read so far. As much as I enjoy them, it is almost certainly not to be the last.
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Stimulated by the juice, I believe, men have even been known to ride alligators."

With lines like these, it is definitely not difficult to love a Wodehouse book. Right Ho, Jeeves sits right there amongst the best of Wodehouse that includes almost all of his books. :)

Right Ho, Jeeves goes on to narrate a story about the suggestively piscine Gussie Fink-Nottle (or as Aunt Dahlia prefers to call him eventually Spink-Bottle, and you will know why!) and his problematic betrothal to Madeline Bassett a
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Published simultaneously in the UK as 'Right Ho, Jeeves' and in the USA as 'Brinkley Manor' in 1934, this is widely regarded as Wodehouse's best work.* It is essentially a perfect example of Wodehouse at the top of his form, and working with his best known and most beloved creation, Jeeves and Wooster. I did not realize that 'Right Ho, Jeeves' was regarded as his best work as I began it, but it quickly became apparent, as there is magic on each page, and the 'essence' of Wodehouse's light, beaut ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the (many) fine Jeeves and Wooster novels from between the two WWs. Certainly takes one away from the newspaper headlines. Numerous chuckles, occasional guffaws. Right ho, indeed.
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: p-g-wodehouse
Once again Bertie’s help goes horribly wrong and it’s Jeeves to the rescue. Two couples are having problems, Anatole once again is threatening to quit and force Uncle Tom into a life without superb food. Aunt Dahlia questions why she stopped Bertie choking on his dummy when a baby as he pours petrol on to the fire.

Right Ho, Jeeves begins with Bertie in London being visited by old pal Gussie Fink-Nottle a man obsessed with newts and in love with Madeline Bassett. Gussie is nervous about proposin
Jun 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who genuinely likes comedy. This does NOT include fans of Catherine Tate.
Jeeves, hand me my Thesaurus! This is going to require more than a few superlatives for me to even come close to accurately describing just how brilliant this book is.

This is, quite possibly, the funniest book I have ever read and most likely will ever read, what? The humour is astoundingly advanced for its time, and effortlessly eclipses most of the 'comedies' I’ve unwittingly subjected myself to over recent years - television included.

P.G. Wodehouse has such consistently amazing prose, where
Vimal Thiagarajan
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The rummy thing about life is that though you feel exhilarated that you've read a wonderful book, you begin to get the wind up your pipe wondering why the dickens you hadn't read anything from this author-chappie ever before ...more
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, humor
4 1/2 stars (extra 1/2 star for the narration!) Once again, Jonathan Cecil gives a marvelous reading of Bertie and friends.

July 2018 relisten -- no change to the above :)
Allison Tebo
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, own
I listened to this book on audio when i was supposed to be resting. As it turns out, I ended up roaring with laughter, rather than resting, but who’s complaining?

If I were inviting books to a dinner party, Wodehouse would be at the top of the list. This light-hearted, amusing, bon vivant possesses an effortless sophistication that would make any gathering a merrier one, for he draws laughter out of his pockets and distributes them as liberally as after dinner mints. Ah, Wodehouse. What’s not to
May 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jen by: my entire family
Oh, Bertie. Oh, Tuppy. And oh, oh, Gussie. An engagement to the more delicately nurtured of the species can go a bit rummy under certain circs. Not to mention prize-giving at that bally Market Snodsbury Grammar School. Bertie does his best to save the day, based on his knowing "the psychology of the individual", but as usual his schemes only serve to make chaps go to fires from frying pans. Thank goodness for Jeeves! ...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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