The caricatures images of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie will forever be etched in my mind as Jeeves and Wooster can t imagine anybody else in the role of these two characters I don t know whether that is a good thing or notThe stories did manage to make me giggle and break out into a chuckle once or maybe twicecan t say much beyond that In all honesty it was just an okay read, which will be a 2 starred reading experience for me Adding one for old times sake.
If you re in the throes of dark days, you ve got three main options to turn to in order to get you through mind altering substances, food, and P.
G Wodehouse While there are very few things a good Old Fashioned and a plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies can t improve, Wodehouse might be the most effective remedy of all.
As noted in a review of another Wodehouse classic, Jeeves and Wooster stories are highly formulaic, and the delight in reading them comes not from plot, but from Wodehouse s bracingly hilarious prose and what the hell does that mean slang This book is no different, but take note not every story contained herein is a Jeeves and Wooster story some of them are Reggie Pepper stories, which knocks this down a star rating.
Why, you ask Well, Reggie stories are like Jeeves and Wooster lite Reggie was, as I understand it, a prototype for Bertie Wooster, and it s clear that the idea wasn t fully baked The Reggie stories lack the effervescent charm and over the top hilarity of his descendent Given the sequencing in this book Jeeves Wooster stories, a brace of Reggie stories, and then back to Jeeves and Wooster , it s a little bit like buying a Led Zeppelin album, rocking out to the first four songs, and then puzzling out why Robert Plant and company apparently took a break to do lines of coke off of a groupie s backside while letting Whitesnake handle the next three songs before coming back to bang out the final two tunes themselves Still, Wodehouse is always worth a go, and I ll be back again for another cracking wheeze the next time I m feeling rummy.
Slapstick Aristocracy I guess that pretty much sums it up The butler is always smarter and ingenious than anyone else in the book It s pretty and pretty much the beginning of all other similar writings and imitators, and for that, I really appreciate it Moreso, it s funny and still relevant even if it s just a tad dated We ve still got tons of historical novel interest, but this one was timely for its day in 1919.
The timing and the idiocy and the fairly complicated plotting in the background really made poor Wooster shine as the idjit that he is I heartily recommend this for anyone interested in the humorous classics.
What ho This Goodreads review lark is a rummy thing Here I sit, drinking buckets of tea, that indispensable tissue restorative, waiting for the old muse to come up with something, squeezing the old bean until it turns purple, and the blighted screen remains stubbornly blank What is a frightful chump like me to do How interesting it must be to be one of those animal trainer Johnnies to stimulate the dawning intelligence, and that sort of thing.
Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, best portrayal of JW ever.
OK, if I keep that sort of faux Wodehouse business up the old bean will surely explode or possibly implode Still, one must endeavor to give satisfaction and all that sort of rot It s been many years since I read a Wodehouse book, there was a time when I could not get enough of them Unfortunately if you read to many of them one after the other they do tend to seem very similar and the magic fades Better to not over indulge, don t you know.
G Wodehouse s books are kind of magical, though, there is never any substance to them that I can discern, no moral lessons or in depth exploration of the human condition They are just fun and astonishingly written Wodehouse wrote several series of books, but the most popular one by far is clearly the Jeeves and Wooster series.
Fortunately, quite a few of Wodehouse s books are in the public domain including My Man Jeeves My Man Jeeves is a collection of eight short stories, half of them featuring Jeeves and Wooster, the others feature Reggie Pepper, one of Wodehouse s less well known and less funny protagonists In any event, none of the stories fail to raise a smile or the odd chuckles I don t expect to split my sides reading a Wodehouse book, his humour is not in the style of Douglas Adams or Monty Python, though he may have been an inspiration for both of them It is enough that his stories are extremely diverting , uplifting, and it is wonderful just to soak up the language, don t you know It has been said by some literary Johnnies that Wodehouse did not simply write but orchestrated the English language Who am I to argue with these brainy blighters All the stories are about helping a friend out of a difficult situation, usually disinheritance and they tend to involve deception, stealing or a harebrained scheme of some kind If the scheme is Jeeves it usually works, sometimes with unexpected results, if it is anybody else s they go pear shaped landing the schemer in the soup Reggie Pepper like Bertie Wooster is a gentleman of leisure , living off an inheritance and spends all his time amusing himself Reggie is a little bit brighter than Bertie and also has a butler called Voules, who speaks like Jeeves but is not nearly as intelligent or concerned about his employer s wellbeing Reggie s schemes for helping his friends always go awry The most memorable one is when he kidnaps a child in order for his friend to present said child back to his cute auntie, and be regarded as a hero It transpires that the child is not related to the girl at all.
The Jeeves and Wooster stories are all set in New York, where Bertie is on the run from his irate Aunt Agatha My favorite of the four stories is The Aunt and the Sluggard which involves his friend Rocky Todd and Rocky s formidable aunt Bertie has to pretend that Rocky owns his flat which results in his being evicted from his own residence by the aunt who takes an immediate dislike to himThe aunt took the chair which I d forgotten to offer her She looked at me in rather a rummy way It was a nasty look It made me feel as if I were something the dog had brought in and intended to bury later on, when he had time My own Aunt Agatha, back in England, has looked at me in exactly the same way many a time, and it never fails to make my spine curl When I review a short story collection I usually write a brief note for each individual story Not this time, old scout, the stories tend to be fairly similarThe cases are in some respects parallel, sir , as Jeeves would say They are all pretty much top hole If you are feeling down and need cheering up it occurs to me that reading My Man Jeeves might prove efficacious.
Toodle oo Note Librivox audiobook read by Mark Nelson, an American chappie, don t you know, but he did a corking job American accent for all the British characters notwithstanding, but narrated with plenty of vim Quotes Wodehouse is one of the most quotable authors ever Here are some of my favorites from this book Thick Bertie I m a bit short on brain myself the old bean would appear to have been constructed for ornament than for use, don t you know Superhero Jeeves He s like one of those weird chappies in India who dissolve themselves into thin air and nip through space in a sort of disembodied way and assemble the parts again just where they want them He flowed silently out of the room he always gives you the impression of being some liquid substance when he moves Jeeves enigmatic smile Jeeves smiled paternally Or, rather, he had a kind of paternal muscular spasm about the mouth, which is the nearest he ever gets to smiling Reggie Pepper A fellow who may have been a perfect knight errant to a girl when he was engaged to her, doesn t feel nearly so keen on spreading himself in that direction when she has given him the miss in baulk, and gone and married a man who reason and instinct both tell him is a decided blighter.
Stories of rich men being nice to their fellow rich friends, or deceiving their rich families That there is an inherent goodness in Wooster or his doppelganger, Pepper Wodehouse switches protagonists they are pretty identical other than by name, which is indeed part of the theme that all aristocrats are equally dim may be the takeaway here, in these modern times Jeeves is the perpetual Everyman, trapped in a world he s too good for, being appreciated always adulated by the Gods remaining in that constant position, always in some unworthy person s life tragically so.
One of the things Good Reads is particularly good for is answering strange little questions about ourselves Questions we might not think to ask otherwise, but then when we do ask make us wonder how else we would ever have known For example, the other day it struck me that I don t really read any Wodehouse in the Summertime And I ve been able to check when I read all my Wodehouse s and it is true I guess the reason for that is that I don t need his warmth and sunlight and laughter in the Summertime, but come the Winter he is like a hotwater bottle in between starched white sheets An unexpected warmth when all seems icy and unforgiving.
I listened to this as a talking book and it was good But the problem with the first story on the cd is that Jeeves is the narrator and it doesn t quite work, in much the same way that stories where Holmes is the narrator don t quite work You need to hear the story from the perspective of the guy doing the oooos and ahhhhs, not the magician Still, couldn t have come at a better time utter magic.
I ve read this all before I know I sometimes complain that once you ve read one Wodehouse story you ve read them all, but no, I mean I literally have read all these stories already Ah well, I ve also seen every episode of shows like All In The Family or Are You Being Served about half a dozen times, so why not give these wonderful words a rerun read through Well the answer would be because this is not Wodehouse s best effort at joining up words in a pleasing manner He s had better goes at it with say The Code of the Woosters, The Mating Season or Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves And then there s the issue of all these Jeeves Wooster stories being set in New York I ve never been a fan of the stories set in America and I finally put my finger upon the why Wodehouse s American characters living in America are dull They lack the daffy spark of his English ones or even his Americans visiting the UK What is it about England that makes them all go hilariously looney Must be something in the gin water AND THEN there s the issue of the title When a book s titled My Man Jeeves it d better be carpetted wall to wall with Jeeves This is not Only about half of the stories are about the Jeeves and Wooster dynamic duo The rest are about Reggie Peppers, who is a Bertie Wooster lite If I was to bottomline all this, I d say My Man Jeeves is not a rotten potato from the first Bush administration that you ve finally unearthed from behind the fridge No, it s a decent enough book and a good one to start off your Wodehouse reading career However, there s better hilarity to be found amongst the author s canon.
I d seen the 1990 s British show Jeeves and Wooster back in junior high, but this was my first time actually reading the stories I loved them, especially the way the character Jeeves himself breaks every stereotype of the mindless lapdog valet, proving himself to be extremely intelligent and unexpectedly resourceful despite his constant dedication to his job There s tons of weird humor in the stories and all kinds of small adventures, not to mention wacky versions of the rich and strange and also Wooster himself, a well meaning but not particularly bright guy who sort of just happened to fall into good fortune but doesn t flaunt it around the way people might expect My only problem with this anthology is that only have its stories were actually about the titular characters the rest were about a somewhat unmemorable character who wasn t nearly as interesting.
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