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Right Ho, Jeeves

(Jeeves #6)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  27,712 ratings  ·  1,878 reviews
Gussie Fink-Nottle has locked himself away in the country studying newts ever since he came into his estate. So it is a surprise when Bertie hears that Gussie is not only in London, but he is there to woo Madeline Bassett! At odds with Jeeves over the decorum of a white jacket, Bertie decides to take on Gussie's problem himself. Off to Brinkley Court, Bertie must deal with ...more
Paperback, 257 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published October 5th 1934)
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Bill Kerwin

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
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
May 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one that I will definitley read again!

Bertie Wooster, thoroughly peeved that everyone thinks Jeeves is the brains of the house, decides to insert himself into the role of savior to friends and family alike. This means convincing a few pals who are having trouble with their lady loves to disregard Jeeves' fabulous advice, whilst encouraging his own ill-advised schemes.


As with so many Jeeves and Wooster stories, there is a near-miss with the altar, a bungled attempt (or two) to set things
Christmas Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂

I laughed outloud so many times whilst reading this book, in which poor deluded Bertie thinks he can manage other people's affair better than that most impeccable of manservants, Jeeves. It isn't a spoiler to say that of course Bertie can't, & much hilarity ensues.

In particular you should look out for Aunt Dahlia giving instructions to Bertram what he should look out for when going for a walk & an impassioned speech from the French chef, Anatole.

I'm not knocking half a ★ off for one piece of
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, wodehouses, comedy
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
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, own, new-favorites
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!
Nandakishore Mridula
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  ·  review of another edition
(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  ·  review of another edition
“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
Wanda Pedersen
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
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
Shelves: humor, novels, 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  ·  review of another edition
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
“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.
Spencer Orey
May 28, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Another perfect audiobook. I kept laughing uncontrollably in public at this one.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: escape2020, humor
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
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
Spencer Quinn
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Abigail Bok
Jan 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Comedy is harder than you think, and I have yet to discover any writer who does it better or in a more sustained way than P. G. Wodehouse. Anyone can get off the stray wisecrack; many writers can build up to a single riotous scene; but good lord, to sustain the hilarity from beginning to end of a book is genius.

The plots of his books are shallow and repetitive, his characters ditto, the dialogue banal, but none of that matters. This book is fairly typical: young flaneur Bertie Wooster and his m
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.
Vimal Thiagarajan
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Jan 20, 2022 rated it it was amazing
this is a masterpiece! how I envy any who have yet to enjoy it.
Melissa McShane
Oct 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, own, humor
This book was turned into an episode of the TV show Jeeves and Wooster, and it happens to be among those I love best. With a dizzying number of courtships both intentional and not, and Bertie Wooster's attempt to out-Jeeves the master himself in solving Gussie Fink-Nottle's romantic woes, and all my favorite side characters including Aunt Dahlia and Tuppy Glossop, the story sails from hilarity to hilarity, never stopping until the final resolution. (The resolution depends on Bertie being made to ...more
Jun 27, 2021 rated it liked it
I think I like Bertie and Jeeves in short-story increments, rather than a magnum opus like this. Here we get an inside look at the overly critical Tuppy and his relationship with Angela, Bertie’s cousin. What impressed me most was not the humor, nor that shark attacks were a thing then too, nor that Gandhi is mentioned. Nope, it’s Wodehouse’s superlative utility with vocabulary.

I haven’t had to look up this many words from one book in my life:

point d’appui
aquaplane (waterskiing on a surfbo
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
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
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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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