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Very Good, Jeeves!

(Jeeves #4)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  10,303 ratings  ·  601 reviews
Whatever the cause of Bertie Wooster's consternation — Bobbie Wickham gives away fierce Aunt Agatha's dog; again in the bad books of Sir Roderick Glossop; Tuppy crushes on robust opera singer — Jeeves can untangle the most ferocious muddle.
1 Jeeves and the Impending Doom
2 The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy
3 Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit
4 Jeeves and the Song of Songs
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by W. W. Norton Company (first published 1930)
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Evgeny
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
“Unseen in the background, Fate was quietly slipping lead into the boxing-glove.”

Boy, Fate really had it for Bertie Wooster. The moment poor chap decided it was time to take it easy, sit back, and relax one of his childhood friends managed to entangle him into his (friend's) problem and Bertie inevitable got the short end of the stick. If his supply of childhood friends got exhausted at any point there were Aunt Agatha and Aunt Dahlia to keep him entertained - and these two had even more interes
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Diane
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
A little Wodehouse is good for the soul.

I chose this fun volume of Jeeves & Wooster because I needed some cheering up after finishing a long and depressing tome (I'm looking at you, Donna Tartt) and now all is well again. Right ho!

"Very Good, Jeeves" is a collection of 11 short stories featuring everyone's favorite valet ("a personal gentleman's gentleman," as Jeeves describes himself) and the ongoing scrapes of Mr. Bertie Wooster. In each story, either Bertie or one of his friends and relatives
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W
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wodehouse
Years ago,when I couldn't get enough of Wodehouse,I had a particular fondness for this volume of eleven short stories.

"When Bertie Wooster lands in the soup,only the infinite sagacity of Jeeves can pull him out."

Wodehouse created a lot of characters,but they all pale in comparison to Jeeves and Bertie Wooster.This series is Wodehouse at his very best.

It's been a long time since I last read it.Will read again soon to see how it feels after all these years.
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Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015

- Jeeves, have you ever pondered on Life?
- From time to time sir, in my leisure moments.
- Grim, isn't it, what?
- Grim, sir.


All Bertram Wooster wants from life is a good night's sleep followed by a hearty breakfast, a whole day lazing at the Drones Club and maybe a vaudeville show in the evening, but troubles seems to gather around him like bees around honey. His favorite analogy is "landing in the soup", usually with a push from
the long queue of friends and relatives who come knocking on his
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Katie Lumsden
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jeeves is just such an utter joy.
Jason Koivu
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, comedy
One of the earlier Jeeves & Wooster, Very Good, Jeeves sees Wodehouse with some matured characters, but a plot that is still taking baby steps.

If memory serves (and it seldom does, so take that with a necessary grain of salt!), the first few "Jeeves" books Wodehouse penned were written as short stories. This one definitely is and I'm not a huge fan. Or perhaps I should say that I prefer the full length novellas of later books. These shorts felt like they were just getting off the ground only to
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Barbara
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

Very Good, Jeeves is a collection of eleven humorous stories featuring Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves. Bertie is a fun-loving - but rather dim - British toff who always getting involved in hare-brained schemes that go sideways. And Jeeves is his very clever 'gentleman's gentleman' who invariably makes things right.



Some of Bertie's escapades stem from his attempts to get back at his friend Tuppy Glossup.



Tuppy bet Bertie he couldn't swing across a swimming pool on a set of rings...
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carol.
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of British humor
There is really no one who can wash away the troubles, soothe the careworn brow--how does that go again?
--And careworn brows forget, sir.
Exactly! When my brows need forgetting. No one can soothe and forget like P.G. Wodehouse.

I was idling away the morning, doing my best to make myself scarce, what with visiting family being more than a jot tiring, when I popped into the Strand to see if they could help improve the noggin. Not to say they had fish, but they did have a rather large assortment of t
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Kirt Boyd
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jeeves and the Impending Doom, the first story in Very Good, Jeeves! made me want to write humorous fiction. Not so much because of this particular story, which is hysterical, but because it was my introduction to Wodehouse. Somewhere between when Bertie "pronged a moody forkful" of the eggs and b. and when he announced, ". . . it seems to be a mere matter of time before I perpetrate some ghastly floater and have her hopping after me with her hatchet," I was hooked.

There is so much to like about
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Martin
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We all wish we had someone as discrete as Jeeves to help us get over the muddles and messes we create.

Rescue...
‘Jeeves!’ I shouted.

‘Sir?’ came a faint respectful voice from the great open spaces.

‘My man,’ I explained to the Right Hon. ‘A fellow of infinite resource and sagacity. He’ll have us out of this in a minute. Jeeves!’

An Aunt's opinion on youth...
‘The modern young man,’ said Aunt Dahlia, ‘is a congenital idiot and wants a nurse to lead him by the hand and some strong attendant to kick him
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Hákon Gunnarsson
Sometimes I just need a bit of Wodehouse in my life. I’ve been reading him now for some thirty, forty years. The thing is, he always seems to cheer me up, and that’s why I keep rereading him. This collection of short stories, that are all about Wooster and Jeeves, is 90 years old, but it never feels old, just fun. The two characters are in my opinion among the very best humor fiction has to offer. Wholeheartedly recommended to anyone that likes humor fiction.
Jessica Jones
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-time-greats
1987 - I was twenty-five years old and holed up in the intensive care unit at the National Neurological Hospital in London, stricken from head to toe with Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Symptoms: total paralysis. Prognosis: uncertain.

Guillain Barré Syndrome is a bizarre illness. It attacks the myelin sheath that transmits messages along one's peripheral nerves. One day my toes went numb. A week later I found myself in hospital, unable to move, breathe or speak. An unscratchable itch on my leg could pr
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Daniel
Going into "Very Good, Jeeves," I knew five of its stories would be repeats for me -- they comprised another collection I read, "Jeeves and the Old School Chum" -- but it turns out I had already read all eleven of its stories. I'm not quite sure how this happened. I don't think I'd read this particular collection before, but it's possible I had and simply forgot. I blame this on Wodehouse, whose book titles were all so bloody similar: "Very Good, Jeeves," "Thank You, Jeeves," "Right Ho, Jeeves," ...more
John Hatley
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection of short stories starring that famous team of Jeeves and Wooster practically demanded to be given five stars. I must admit, being the honest sort, that I have thoroughly enjoyed every book about these two that I’ve ever read, and rather suspected before I’d even opened this one that I was going to like it. It didn’t disappoint me.
Shiloah
Oh, Bertie! All these harebrained schemes! Hilarious! I always need vitamin Wodehouse for a good dose of healthy laughter and amusement. Carry on! Right, ho!
Raimondo Lagioia
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
I'm not much of a fan of comedic literature but dash it, the British humour here is so spot on. All the pluck and iron of the Woosters are not quite enough to save our sweetly ineffectual Bertie (along with a few of his addled pals) from battleaxe aunts, flighty redheads, rampaging swans, and distasteful objets d'art, among other vexations. It's a good thing he has a redoubtable valet to bail him out of sundry predicaments.

With Jeeves's formidable intellect, one wonders why he doesn't stand for
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Wanda
What an excellent first book for 2019! Wodehouse writes like a charm, making me giggle whilst turning a gorgeous phrase. And it’s as if he knew the women in my family when he says, “Hell, it is well known, has no fury like a woman who wants her tea and can’t get it.” My sisters, my niece and myself frequently suffer from being hangry if we are not fed & watered on a regular basis. Having a pleasant outing requires copious amounts of coffee, regular feedings, and sufficient snacks for the day. So ...more
Leslie
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Jonathan Cecil's narration of Wodehouse books! It has been a long time since I read this collection in paperback but I still remembered some of the stories quite well. However, that doesn't really matter with Wodehouse. I had intended to listen to this slowly, one story a day but found that I couldn't stop listening at just one :) ...more
Peter
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bought this early Penguin edition to add to the shelves and to read again.

Never fails to make you laugh.

Recommended.
Emma
I’m glad I’ve finally read one of these and I can appreciate its humour although I can’t say I’d be compelled to read any more. I’ve read enough to get the idea and also appreciate how brilliant Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie portrayed Jeeves and Wooster.
Stephen
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, short-stories
I've reviewed other Wodehouse story collections before, and he like Bernard Cornwell is so consistent that my comments here, both descriptive and appraising, would only copy past reviews. With a few adjustments, I could literally paste-in my review for Right Ho Jeeves , as the difference lies in one being a novel and the other (this) a collection of stories. In short, Wodehouse has a brilliant way with the English language, which is never funnier than in his hands, and he tells amusing storie ...more
Suzanne
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reading about Bertie's and Jeeves' adventures makes me happy. In my mind, Bertie is sort of like Mr. Bean, and Jeeves is the 007 of the butlering world.

I think this is my 4th or 5th Wodehouse book in this series and I can't stop reading them. They're addictive!
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Louise
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vintage-reads, humour
The perfect getaway from the stress of life.
Jessica
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful collection of stories, including Jeeves and the Yule-tide Spirit, which I have been trying to find for a couple of years! My favorite, however, was Indian Summer of an Uncle.

Mela
Once again, what a fun!

I adore Jonathan Cecil as a lector.

I loved the most 'Jeeves and the Old School Chum'.
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Jason Furman
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the dark ages before Goodreads (and its predecessors) to avoid accidentally reading the same book twice you would need to use your memory to figure out if you had read a given book before. In the vast majority of cases that was not difficult. Even if you had read a book twenty or thirty years before, it was likely you would at least have remembered having read it—if not every or even any details of it. In a few rare cases I made mistakes and accidentally read a book a second time without real ...more
Diane Walker
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My, how I love P.G. Wodehouse. For unabashed, slightly dippy Anglophiles like me, the Jeeves-Wooster stories are a wonderful Brit fantasyland that could only be matched by a stay at Hogwarts.

Bertie is a man of very little brain, whose magical powers include lots of money, leisure, an excellent liver, and a slim, clotheshorsy figure. Bertie's Lord Voldemort subs are friends who prevail upon him to housebreak, steal, "tick people off," or otherwise engage in socially awkward or illegal trickery,
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Gerry
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meddling aunts, confused love-struck young men, manipulating young ladies and Bertie Wooster who tries to come to terms with all of them. Together it equals confusion and who is there to sort it all out? Of course, Jeeves. He is capable of solving all the problems and is the mastermind behind all the solutions, and that despite incompetent interference from Bertie.

In this selection of stories Tuppy Glossop is flattened at a rugby game, Bingo Little is in a couple of tricky situations, Bertie is
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Pam
I really enjoyed the comic adventures and the snappy, humorous dialogue between the two main characters - Bertie Wooster and his manservant Jeeves. I also liked the format, a series of short stories, which made it easier to start and stop. This was my first Jeeves book but I plan on going back to #1 and reading through the series! My interest in the series was piqued when I recently bought "Jeeves and the Wedding Bells" which was written as an homage to P. G. Wodehouse, several decades after the ...more
Marco Etheridge
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
And here we are, continuing our reviews of PG Wodehouse's wonderful menagerie of characters. Bertie Wooster and R. Jeeves are one of the most beloved duos in English Literature. This is certainly true for me, at the very least. This volume is generally considered Jeeves #4. It was first published in the USA in 1930, containing eleven previously published short stories. The stories form a very loose novel, it one desires that coherence. Otherwise, they can be read as individual short stories.

Nat
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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

Other books in the series

Jeeves (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • My Man Jeeves (Jeeves, #1)
  • The Inimitable Jeeves (Jeeves, #2)
  • Carry On, Jeeves (Jeeves, #3)
  • Thank You, Jeeves (Jeeves, #5)
  • Right Ho, Jeeves (Jeeves, #6)
  • The Code of the Woosters (Jeeves, #7)
  • Joy in the Morning (Jeeves, #8)
  • The Mating Season (Jeeves, #9)
  • Ring for Jeeves (Jeeves, #10)
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