My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

“There’s only one thing to do,” I said.

“What’s that?”

“Leave it to Jeeves.”

And I rang the bell.

Description: Who can forget our beloved gentleman’s personal gentleman, Jeeves, who ever comes to the rescue when the hapless Bertie Wooster falls into trouble. My Man Jeeves is sure to please anyone with a taste for pithy buffoonery, moronic misunderstandings, gaffes, and aristocratic slapstick.

YAY Susanna found it on Project Gutenberg:

Opening: Jeeves—my man, you know—is really a most extraordinary chap. So capable. Honestly, I shouldn’t know what to do without him. On broader lines he’s like those chappies who sit peering sadly over the marble battlements at the Pennsylvania Station in the place marked “Inquiries.” You know the Johnnies I mean. You go up to them and say: “When’s the next train for Melonsquashville, Tennessee?” and they reply, without stopping to think, “Two-forty-three, track ten, change at San Francisco.” And they’re right every time. Well, Jeeves gives you just the same impression of omniscience.

So I was pointed to the Gutenberg file and I opened it just to take the link and copy over the first lines and I was hooked because of a grey checkered suit that looked good on Monty Byng, yet, as Jeeves had foresawn, did nothing for our Bertie.

Hooked – right there.

‘I always used to think that publishers had to be devilish intelligent fellows, loaded down with the grey matter; but I’ve got their number now.’

Episodic in presentation, this is no where near as top-hole as some of the later Jeeves’s stuff, however it is certainly better than a jab in the eye with a short stick. Grab yourself some summer fun for free.

TR The Man With Two Left Feet (Jeeves 0.5)
3* My Man Jeeves (Jeeves, #1)
3.5* The Inimitable Jeeves (Jeeves, #2)
5* Carry on, Jeeves (Jeeves, #3)
4* Right Ho, Jeeves (Jeeves, #6)
4* Joy in the Morning (Jeeves, #8)
3* The Mating Season (Jeeves, #9)
3* Ring for Jeeves (Jeeves, #10)
4* Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen (Jeeves, #15)

3* Eggs, Beans And Crumpets
TR Barmy in Wonderland
3* Summer Lightning
3* Uncle Fred in the Springtime
3* Cocktail Time
3* Service With a Smile
TR Leave It to Psmith (Psmith, #4 ; Blandings Castle, #2)

4* Something Fresh (Blandings Castle, #1)
TR Leave It to Psmith (Psmith, #4 ; Blandings Castle, #2)

4* A Damsel in Distress
3* Love Among the Chickens (Ukridge, #1)
3* Uneasy Money
3* Summer Moonshine
3* Ukridge
3* The Small Bachelor
TR Barmy in Wonderland


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