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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 is in a bind, and fortunately for everyone, Jeeves is always there to advise and set things right Goodreads lists this collection as being fourth in the series, but the marvelous thing about reading Wodehouse is it doesn t seem to matter which book you pick up first he s such a brilliant comic writer that you can pick up any Jeeves story and you re immersed Each story makes sly references to previous adventures, but it won t hamper your enjoyment if you don t recognize it.
This is only the second Jeeves Wooster book I ve read, but I enjoy them so much I plan to read the whole set One of the things I especially love about them is that the stories are narrated by Wooster, who can be such a bumbling fool that it s hilarious whenever he tries to go against Jeeves You know, whatever you may say against old Jeeves and I, for one, have never wavered in my opinion that his views on shirts for evening wear are hidebound and reactionary to a degree you ve got to admit that the man can plan a campaign Napoleon could have taken his correspondence course When he sketches out a scheme, all you have to do is follow it in details, and there you are Right ho Jeeves Is Not Only The Tireless Servant To The Feckless Bertie Wooster, But Savior To A Good Number Of Others Here, Jeeves Helps Bingo Little In The Affair Of The Marooned Cabinet Minister Sippy Sipperly When He S Persecuted By His Former Headmaster Tuppy Glossop In His Foolhardy Pursuit Of Opera Singer Cora Bellinger And Bertie S Fat Uncle George S Brushes With The Lower Classes Unabridged September Publication Date 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 Barr Syndrome Symptoms total paralysis Prognosis uncertain.
Guillain Barr 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 propel me to the brink of insanity Dust fell into my eyes and I couldn t blink or wipe it away I could not call out for assistance.
Upon learning of my perilous condition, my mother had dropped everything, packed a suitcase and flown from Sydney Now she sat by my bedside for twelve hours a day, every day Each night mum grabbed a few hours sleep at her friends house Chrissy and Ralph were devotees of an Indian guru by the name of Swamiji When Swamiji heard of my situation he began to call my mother and tell her of his visions for me I see yellow, spake the guru The next day mum arrived at the hospital laden with armfuls of daffodils and yellow tulips She filled all the vases in the room with them Two days later, Swamiji called again I see purple Out went the daffodils, replaced by swathes of irises Mum herself was dressed in a purple silk kimono that she d borrowed from Chrissy Then Swamiji made a personal appearance at the ICU, without shoes Through his flowing grey beard he blew into my chakras Matron tried to hustle him from the room but Swamiji resisted her At that point Sister Mary entered the scene.
Sister Mary had been hospitalised for an acute attack of Multiple Sclerosis but was now on the bounce back She busied herself by ambling from ward to ward with her walking stick, rescuing the souls of fellow patients Some of those ingrates did not wish to be saved but in me she found a compliant mark Being fully paralysed I didn t have much choice in the matter.
Sister Mary visited most days and sprinkled my motionless body with Lourdes water that she kept in a plastic bottle She left a specimen jar by my bed containing some small pieces of black stuff Relics of Padre Pio, Sister Mary said Not being much of a Christian I didn t cotton on to the significance of these I was quite taken aback when I later learned that they were bits of the charred remains of a revered Catholic priest.
Swamiji blew and Sister Mary sprinkled and as they did so the two of them fell into meaningful discussion of matters philosophical and theological They could not see eye to eye about how best to save me but each of them gave as good as they got Their conversation continued Swamiji took to calling Sister Mary on the wheelie payphone on her hospital ward She would then appear at my bedside in high dudgeon I had your friend Swamiji on the phone last night He s a very irritating man He s not my friend, I wanted to say, but I couldn t speak.
Since I was hooked up to a ventilator, my only means of communication was by a tortuous method of blinking at an alphabet board It was tedious and often upsetting for all concerned Mum sat by my bedside week after week Sometimes she read out the crossword clues and then patiently tried to decipher the answers that I blinked But mostly she read aloud books by P.
G Wodehouse She voiced the characters of Bertie and Jeeves and played up the ridiculousness of their awful scrapes Mum had no way of knowing that inside my waxen, immobile body I was aching with laughter Those books were written with a lightness and sense of the absurd that helped me to find the funny side of my own predicament.
During months of rehabilitation learning to walk, talk, write and do everything that I thought I had mastered as a toddler I sometimes entertained the fantasy that I might one day repay my debt of gratitude to the universe and to the NHS by retraining as a nurse I examined the qualities required tolerance, compassion, self sacrifice, an ability to look at blood and vomit without fainting and I knew the truth that me becoming a nurse would be about as useful to the world as Tony Blair becoming a Middle East Peace Envoy.
No, nursing was not to be my vocation But I ve never forgotten how those long afternoons with Jeeves and Wooster helped me to escape the terror and confusion of being paralysed One day , I thought, I would like to write a book that will help somebody else to get through a shit time When I was diagnosed with cancer and my boyfriend dumped me, I realised that day had come.
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 interesting situations for Bertie to get mixed up in Only the mighty intellect of Jeeves saved Bertie all the time and with no fail.
The anthology contains 11 short stories Jeeves and the Impending Doom.
Jeeves saves Bertie from a fate worse than death cooked up by Aunt Agatha and a government minister The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy.
Jeeves saves Bertie from a complete embarrassment when the latter tried to help his friend woo a lady and get his former school principal off his back Jeeves and the Yule Tide Spirit.
Jeeves saves Bertie from Miss Roberta Wickam Yes, this was one of the most dangerous misadventures of Bertie Jeeves and the Song of Songs.
Jeeves saves Bertie from an unpleasant situation when the latter was trying to get his friend Tuppy to get back together with his cousin Angela.
Episode of the Dog McIntosh.
Jeeves saves Bertie from being killed in the most gruesome way because Miss Roberta Wickam the woman is trouble gave away the favorite dog of Aunt Agatha that Bertie was taking care of at that time The Spot of Art.
Jeeves saves Bertie from his new infatuation a young painter Miss Gwladys Pendlebury Yes, I did not made a typo in her first name Now you understand why Bertie needed to be saved, right Jeeves and the Kid Clementina.
Jeeves saves Bertie from being arrested by a policemen for climbing a tree on a school for girls territory Sufficient to say this was a result of Miss Roberta Wickam involvement still do not believe she is trouble personified The Love that Purifies.
Jeeves saves Bertie from being disowned by his Aunt Dahlia because he Bertie failed to help her Aunt Dahlia to win a very important bet Jeeves and the Old School Chum.
Jeeves saves Bertie from being converted into a militant vegetarian together with his old friend Bingo Little I learned that vegetarians truly devoted to their cause already existed in early twentieth century Silly me, I thought such big devotion was only recent development Indian Summer of an Uncle.
Jeeves saves Bertie from failing to prevent a marriage of his Uncle George to a young and attractive commoner a waitress Such a scandalous marriage would certainly put a perpetual stain on the noble name of the family The Ordeal of Young Tuppy.
Jeeves saves Bertie from failing to prevent an engagement of his pal Tuppy who broke up with Angela yet again to a dog loving woman from the countryside My favorite There is nothing better than reading about a game of American football with just one rule you need to hurt the opposite team any way you can I am sorry to say, but in this particular story Tuppy outshines both Bertie and Jeeves together Did you notice the common theme Jeeves always saves Bertie from something He does it by using the slightest touch, usually just giving one gentle nudge to move things in the right direction Most of the time it is pure genius However I realized what really makes the stories and bring our their humor fully is Bertie s attitudeThe voice of Love seemed to call to me, but it was a wrong number One quote to bring my point homeI was back at the flat so quick that I nearly met myself coming out One thing that now bothers me whether Bertie is really an idiot, or just pretend to be such la The Good Soldier vejk because only an idiot can survive the company of his aunts and childhood friends The jury is still out there on this one.
The rest of the characters are colorful and fulfill their roles perfectly The book has some very funny moments not all the time, but when it is funny, it is really funny After all this time almost 100 years later 4 stars.
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 is in a bind, and fortunately for everyone, Jeeves is always there to advise and set things right Goodreads lists this collection as being fourth in the series, but the marvelous thing about reading Wodehouse is it doesn t seem to matter which book you pick up first he s such a brilliant comic writer that you can pick up any Jeeves story and you re immersed Each story makes sly references to previous adventures, but it won t hamper your enjoyment if you don t recognize it.
This is only the second Jeeves Wooster book I ve read, but I enjoy them so much I plan to read the whole set One of the things I especially love about them is that the stories are narrated by Wooster, who can be such a bumbling fool that it s hilarious whenever he tries to go against Jeeves You know, whatever you may say against old Jeeves and I, for one, have never wavered in my opinion that his views on shirts for evening wear are hidebound and reactionary to a degree you ve got to admit that the man can plan a campaign Napoleon could have taken his correspondence course When he sketches out a scheme, all you have to do is follow it in details, and there you are Right ho 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 door Grim, indeed But what rich source of inspiration for Wodehouse, and what joy for the reader who, despite the rather repetitive nature of the plot twists, is always entertained by the efforts of the characters to either woo a young lady or to be released from an impulsive engagement By the fourth book in the series, most readers know that Bertram is incapable of getting out of the soup by his own meansIf you ask my aunt Agatha she will tell you in fact, she is quite likely to tell you even if you don t ask her that I am a vapid and irreflective chump Barely sentient, was the way she once described me and I m not saying that in a broad, general sense she isn t right.
, and relies on his gentleman s gentleman Jeeves to deliver the solution As usual, the main attraction is not so much in the plot, but in the delightful use of the English language, with the occassional French thrown in the mixespieglerie playfullness, mischief, roguery, trick, slyness, gaminerie The word is apt to describe in fact the whole collection of sketches and farces Thank You Jeeves can be read independently of the other short stories and novels featuring the duo of scattered brain master and phlegmatic, resourceful servant, but some familiarity with the family background and with the recurring secondary characters is helpful without further ado, let s see what the highlights are Jeeves and the Impending Doom Bertie is visiting the countryside, but he cannot relax, since his aunt Agatha wants him to make a good impression on a government minister, while his young cousin Thomas is planning mischief against the guests at the manor A very large and irritable swan plays a major part in the denouement, putting Bertie in a tight spot The silver lining can be found in the poor impression made by Bertie on the minister, indefinitely delaying plans to make him work for a living The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy Sipperley is an old school mate of Bertie, once a happy go lucky freelance writer, now a stressed literary magazine editor The stress is compounded by the visits of a scary old head with literary aspirations, and by the failure of said editor to impress a young lady with his savoir faire After a row between Bertie and Jeeves on a point of fashion a horrible vase Bertie insists on displaying in his apartment , the Wooster is left to devise his own plan to save the day Needless to say, the plan is idiotic involving a bag of flour and practical jokes and the result is disastrous Jeeves saves the day, and the vase is doomed replace the vase with some other article of clothing or decoration and you have the longest running joke in the series, the inversion of roles between master and servant Jeeves and the Yule Tide Spirit goodwill and kindness towards mankind rule the day, but count Tuppy Glossop out He is a devious member of the Drones Club who tricked Bertie fully clothed into the swimming bath on a dare Bertie s thirst for revenge makes him abandon earlier plans to go to Monte Carlo, to the chagrin of Jeeves who enjoys a little flutter at the tables Bertie has a second reason for a visit to the countryside, as his heart is doing its own flutters at the sight of the lovely Miss Roberta Wickam Bobbie Wickam is one of my favorite female leads from Wodehouse, showing a wild streak of character and an apetite for practical jokes to rival the follies of the gentlemen Another silly plan of action involving water bottles, stout sticks and sharp darning needles leaves Bertie stranded in the soup and disappointed in the gentler sex A hasty escape down a drain pipe is in order Jeeves and the Song of Songs is my favorite in the collection, showcasing the resourcefulness of Jeeves at killing two or three birds with one clever plan The story starts on a downer, with Bertie so depressed he cannot even enjoy his breakfast, but ends with a song and danceLife is like that, sir True, Jeeves What have we here I asked, inspecting the tray Kippered herrings, sir And I shouldn t wonder, I said, for I was in thoughtful mood, if even herrings haven t troubles of their own Quite possible, sir I mean, apart from getting kippered Yes, sir And so it goes on, Jeeves, so it goes on The plan is to help Tuppy Glossop the rascal with a taste for pranks from the first short story impress his new girlfriend, a voluminous opera singer with a short temper named Cora Bellinger, while at the same time sabotaging the same efforts and returning Tuppy to the loving arms of Bertie s cousin Angela, daughter of the formidable Aunt Dahlia Dahlia has a low opinion of the moral fibre of these young men, and is as usual keen to put them back in their placeThe modern young man is a congenial idiot and wants a nurse to lead him by the hand and some strong attendant to kick him regularly at intervals of a quarter of an hour With a little help from the popular ballad Danny Boy and the careful coreography of Jeeves, exits Cora and back in moves Angela Episode of the Dog McIntosh Bertie has a very short memory when it comes to pretty ladies, so he is soon back under the spell of the sprightly Miss Bobbie Wickam, now in his London apartment and keen on a scheme to sell a theatre script to a wealthy American Mr Blumenfeld appeared already in an earlier collection, using his young son as a marketing guru to decide on the quality of the scripts To win this boy s good opinion, Bobbie gifts him the dog McIntosh from the title, belonging to Bertie s aunt Agatha Bertie must now steal the animal back before Agatha becomes aware of the missing pet Jeeves finds a way to help Bertie that lands him deeper into trouble and opens his eyes once again to the basic frivolity of the young lady For now, his master is safe, but I have a feeling Bobbie is not out of the picture for longYou know how it is Love s flame flickers and dies Reason returns to her throne, and you aren t nearly as ready to hop about and jump through hoops as in the first pristine glow of the divine passionThe Spot of Art disappointed by Bobbie Wickam, Bertram Wooster turns his attention to a young lady painter, Miss Gwladys Pendlebury spelled with a w , to the dismay of his aunt Agatha and of Jeeves who casts a squinty eye at the brand new portrait of his master that hangs in the saloonWell, in my opinion, sir, Miss Pendlebury has given you a somewhat hungry expression A little like that of a dog regarding a distant bone, sir Bertie refuses to see reason, but a series of unfortunate events involving speeding cars, injured young men crashing at his apartment, jealous husbands, tripping over golf balls and an advertising campaign for Slingsby s Superb Soups Succulent and Strengthening will wither once again the gentleman s romantic ardour, returning him to the careful supervision of Jeeves Jeeves and the Kid Clementina I told you Bobbie will be back, and now she meets Bertie at a golf tournament in Bingley on Sea She wheedles an invitation to dinner for her and her protegee Clementina, a quiet, saintlike child of about thirteen What Bertie doesn t know is that the kid is playing hookey from the same nearby girl school that Bertie visited in an earlier short story With scary reminders of his past mistreatment at the hands of the young pupils, Bertie is reluctant to return to the premises, but Bobbie has once again landed him in the thick of it, with a garnish of angry policemen and assorted window smashing flowerpots The Love That Purifies is my second favorite in the book and is a riff on the continuing troubles Bertie has around small children At the country manor of his aunt Dahlia, dark clouds are gathering on the horizon The lady has placed a bet on the outcome of a Good Conduct Prize between young Thomas the devilish kid with the swan from the opening story and her nephew Bonzo She now risks losing Anatole, her celebrated French cook, if Bonzo is tricked into misbehaviour And his opponent is reputed to be mercilessIn the society of young Thos, strong men quail He is England s premier fiend in human shape There is no devilry beyond his scope Jeeves is urgently called back from his yearly holiday, and manages to turn the cards on Thomas by bringing a third kid into the play, Sebastian Moon Judging by Wooster s own reaction to the good natured new boy, young Thomas would be unable to keep calm and to behave in his presenceI don t know why it is, but I ve never been able to bear with fortitude anything in the shape of a kid with golden curls Confronted with one, I feel the urge to step on him or drop things on him from a height Jeeves solution puts to an elegant use the adolescent gentlemen s tendency to defend the honour and charms of their favorite movie stars Clara Bow, Greta Garbo and Lilian Gish Jeeves and the Old School Chum deals with the matrimonial hiccups between Bingo Little and Rosie M Banks, two of the frequent support characters in the Jeeves Wooster saga The peace in the apartment of the newlyweds is shattered when an old school friend of Rosie arrives from America for an extended visit Laura Pyke threatens the very fabric of British culture the five o clock tea by her relentless advocacy of a healthy diet based on vegetables and whole grains I had a great time noticing that diet crusaders are still up and about today and as fervent and dictatorial as Mis Pyke Indian Sumer of an Uncle the reader tempted to think that Bertie Wooster is surrounded only ny domineering aunts can relax It s time for his male relatives to take the spotlight, although it must be said that Lord Yaxley, aka Uncle George, is as much of a wastrel and as scatter brained as Bertie, only quite a bit older and fatter Since he is preparing to marry a young waitrees a health hazard most particular to the getlemen of Pittsburg, according to the book , the family asks Bertie to intervene and buy the girl off Of course, the outcome will favor love over pragmatism albeit from an unexpected direction , and Bertie is forced to exit hurriedly, pursued by a bear The Ordeal of Young Tuppy the final story is another winner, and marks the return of Tuppy Glossop, once again ignoring the charms of Bertie s cousin Angela for a new love interest, a country lady with a passion for dog breeding The setting is once the season of peace and goodwillEvery year, starting about the middle of November, there is a good deal of anxiety and apprehension among owners of the better class of country house throughout England as to who would get Bertram s Wooster s patronage for the Christmas holidays It may be one or it may be another As my Aunt Dahlia says, you never know where the blow will fall Peace and goodwill are scarce when the traditional football match between Upper Bleaching and Hockley cum Meston is about to start Tuppy is advised to participate and impress his new lady with his prowess, not knowing that the rivalry between the two hamlets goes back a long time, and so the game is played in a manner reminiscent of its original inceptionThe game is one that would have a great interest for the antiquarian It was played first in the reign of King Henry the Eighth, when it lasted from noon till sun down over an area covering several square miles Seven deaths resulted on that occasion The thorough thrashing of Tuppy in the mud is finally soothing Bertie s resentments over the swimming bath incident at the Drones, and has the added benefit of returning the subdued lover to the arms of Angela All s well that ends well in the Wodehouse universe, and love has a reliable tendency to come on top, despite countless pratfalls and misunderstandings Jeeves delivers the goods like a phlegmatic, stiff upper lip fairy godmother Thanks to the BBC adaptation, I will probably always picture the duo as Hugh Laurie Stephen Fry did on the TV screen My final words of appreciation for the novel, echo the gratitude of Bertie after he is saved for the umpteeth time by his gentleman s gentleman Thank you, Mr Wodehouse Once you have stepped forward like the great man you are and spread sweetness and light in no uncertain measure.
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 door Grim, indeed But what rich source of inspiration for Wodehouse, and what joy for the reader who, despite the rather repetitive nature of the plot twists, is always entertained by the efforts of the characters to either woo a young lady or to be released from an impulsive engagement By the fourth book in the series, most readers know that Bertram is incapable of getting out of the soup by his own meansIf you ask my aunt Agatha she will tell you in fact, she is quite likely to tell you even if you don t ask her that I am a vapid and irreflective chump Barely sentient, was the way she once described me and I m not saying that in a broad, general sense she isn t right.
, and relies on his gentleman s gentleman Jeeves to deliver the solution As usual, the main attraction is not so much in the plot, but in the delightful use of the English language, with the occassional French thrown in the mixespieglerie playfullness, mischief, roguery, trick, slyness, gaminerie The word is apt to describe in fact the whole collection of sketches and farces Thank You Jeeves can be read independently of the other short stories and novels featuring the duo of scattered brain master and phlegmatic, resourceful servant, but some familiarity with the family background and with the recurring secondary characters is helpful without further ado, let s see what the highlights are Jeeves and the Impending Doom Bertie is visiting the countryside, but he cannot relax, since his aunt Agatha wants him to make a good impression on a government minister, while his young cousin Thomas is planning mischief against the guests at the manor A very large and irritable swan plays a major part in the denouement, putting Bertie in a tight spot The silver lining can be found in the poor impression made by Bertie on the minister, indefinitely delaying plans to make him work for a living The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy Sipperley is an old school mate of Bertie, once a happy go lucky freelance writer, now a stressed literary magazine editor The stress is compounded by the visits of a scary old head with literary aspirations, and by the failure of said editor to impress a young lady with his savoir faire After a row between Bertie and Jeeves on a point of fashion a horrible vase Bertie insists on displaying in his apartment , the Wooster is left to devise his own plan to save the day Needless to say, the plan is idiotic involving a bag of flour and practical jokes and the result is disastrous Jeeves saves the day, and the vase is doomed replace the vase with some other article of clothing or decoration and you have the longest running joke in the series, the inversion of roles between master and servant Jeeves and the Yule Tide Spirit goodwill and kindness towards mankind rule the day, but count Tuppy Glossop out He is a devious member of the Drones Club who tricked Bertie fully clothed into the swimming bath on a dare Bertie s thirst for revenge makes him abandon earlier plans to go to Monte Carlo, to the chagrin of Jeeves who enjoys a little flutter at the tables Bertie has a second reason for a visit to the countryside, as his heart is doing its own flutters at the sight of the lovely Miss Roberta Wickam Bobbie Wickam is one of my favorite female leads from Wodehouse, showing a wild streak of character and an apetite for practical jokes to rival the follies of the gentlemen Another silly plan of action involving water bottles, stout sticks and sharp darning needles leaves Bertie stranded in the soup and disappointed in the gentler sex A hasty escape down a drain pipe is in order Jeeves and the Song of Songs is my favorite in the collection, showcasing the resourcefulness of Jeeves at killing two or three birds with one clever plan The story starts on a downer, with Bertie so depressed he cannot even enjoy his breakfast, but ends with a song and danceLife is like that, sir True, Jeeves What have we here I asked, inspecting the tray Kippered herrings, sir And I shouldn t wonder, I said, for I was in thoughtful mood, if even herrings haven t troubles of their own Quite possible, sir I mean, apart from getting kippered Yes, sir And so it goes on, Jeeves, so it goes on The plan is to help Tuppy Glossop the rascal with a taste for pranks from the first short story impress his new girlfriend, a voluminous opera singer with a short temper named Cora Bellinger, while at the same time sabotaging the same efforts and returning Tuppy to the loving arms of Bertie s cousin Angela, daughter of the formidable Aunt Dahlia Dahlia has a low opinion of the moral fibre of these young men, and is as usual keen to put them back in their placeThe modern young man is a congenial idiot and wants a nurse to lead him by the hand and some strong attendant to kick him regularly at intervals of a quarter of an hour With a little help from the popular ballad Danny Boy and the careful coreography of Jeeves, exits Cora and back in moves Angela Episode of the Dog McIntosh Bertie has a very short memory when it comes to pretty ladies, so he is soon back under the spell of the sprightly Miss Bobbie Wickam, now in his London apartment and keen on a scheme to sell a theatre script to a wealthy American Mr Blumenfeld appeared already in an earlier collection, using his young son as a marketing guru to decide on the quality of the scripts To win this boy s good opinion, Bobbie gifts him the dog McIntosh from the title, belonging to Bertie s aunt Agatha Bertie must now steal the animal back before Agatha becomes aware of the missing pet Jeeves finds a way to help Bertie that lands him deeper into trouble and opens his eyes once again to the basic frivolity of the young lady For now, his master is safe, but I have a feeling Bobbie is not out of the picture for longYou know how it is Love s flame flickers and dies Reason returns to her throne, and you aren t nearly as ready to hop about and jump through hoops as in the first pristine glow of the divine passionThe Spot of Art disappointed by Bobbie Wickam, Bertram Wooster turns his attention to a young lady painter, Miss Gwladys Pendlebury spelled with a w , to the dismay of his aunt Agatha and of Jeeves who casts a squinty eye at the brand new portrait of his master that hangs in the saloonWell, in my opinion, sir, Miss Pendlebury has given you a somewhat hungry expression A little like that of a dog regarding a distant bone, sir Bertie refuses to see reason, but a series of unfortunate events involving speeding cars, injured young men crashing at his apartment, jealous husbands, tripping over golf balls and an advertising campaign for Slingsby s Superb Soups Succulent and Strengthening will wither once again the gentleman s romantic ardour, returning him to the careful supervision of Jeeves Jeeves and the Kid Clementina I told you Bobbie will be back, and now she meets Bertie at a golf tournament in Bingley on Sea She wheedles an invitation to dinner for her and her protegee Clementina, a quiet, saintlike child of about thirteen What Bertie doesn t know is that the kid is playing hookey from the same nearby girl school that Bertie visited in an earlier short story With scary reminders of his past mistreatment at the hands of the young pupils, Bertie is reluctant to return to the premises, but Bobbie has once again landed him in the thick of it, with a garnish of angry policemen and assorted window smashing flowerpots The Love That Purifies is my second favorite in the book and is a riff on the continuing troubles Bertie has around small children At the country manor of his aunt Dahlia, dark clouds are gathering on the horizon The lady has placed a bet on the outcome of a Good Conduct Prize between young Thomas the devilish kid with the swan from the opening story and her nephew Bonzo She now risks losing Anatole, her celebrated French cook, if Bonzo is tricked into misbehaviour And his opponent is reputed to be mercilessIn the society of young Thos, strong men quail He is England s premier fiend in human shape There is no devilry beyond his scope Jeeves is urgently called back from his yearly holiday, and manages to turn the cards on Thomas by bringing a third kid into the play, Sebastian Moon Judging by Wooster s own reaction to the good natured new boy, young Thomas would be unable to keep calm and to behave in his presenceI don t know why it is, but I ve never been able to bear with fortitude anything in the shape of a kid with golden curls Confronted with one, I feel the urge to step on him or drop things on him from a height Jeeves solution puts to an elegant use the adolescent gentlemen s tendency to defend the honour and charms of their favorite movie stars Clara Bow, Greta Garbo and Lilian Gish Jeeves and the Old School Chum deals with the matrimonial hiccups between Bingo Little and Rosie M Banks, two of the frequent support characters in the Jeeves Wooster saga The peace in the apartment of the newlyweds is shattered when an old school friend of Rosie arrives from America for an extended visit Laura Pyke threatens the very fabric of British culture the five o clock tea by her relentless advocacy of a healthy diet based on vegetables and whole grains I had a great time noticing that diet crusaders are still up and about today and as fervent and dictatorial as Mis Pyke Indian Sumer of an Uncle the reader tempted to think that Bertie Wooster is surrounded only ny domineering aunts can relax It s time for his male relatives to take the spotlight, although it must be said that Lord Yaxley, aka Uncle George, is as much of a wastrel and as scatter brained as Bertie, only quite a bit older and fatter Since he is preparing to marry a young waitrees a health hazard most particular to the getlemen of Pittsburg, according to the book , the family asks Bertie to intervene and buy the girl off Of course, the outcome will favor love over pragmatism albeit from an unexpected direction , and Bertie is forced to exit hurriedly, pursued by a bear The Ordeal of Young Tuppy the final story is another winner, and marks the return of Tuppy Glossop, once again ignoring the charms of Bertie s cousin Angela for a new love interest, a country lady with a passion for dog breeding The setting is once the season of peace and goodwillEvery year, starting about the middle of November, there is a good deal of anxiety and apprehension among owners of the better class of country house throughout England as to who would get Bertram s Wooster s patronage for the Christmas holidays It may be one or it may be another As my Aunt Dahlia says, you never know where the blow will fall Peace and goodwill are scarce when the traditional football match between Upper Bleaching and Hockley cum Meston is about to start Tuppy is advised to participate and impress his new lady with his prowess, not knowing that the rivalry between the two hamlets goes back a long time, and so the game is played in a manner reminiscent of its original inceptionThe game is one that would have a great interest for the antiquarian It was played first in the reign of King Henry the Eighth, when it lasted from noon till sun down over an area covering several square miles Seven deaths resulted on that occasion The thorough thrashing of Tuppy in the mud is finally soothing Bertie s resentments over the swimming bath incident at the Drones, and has the added benefit of returning the subdued lover to the arms of Angela All s well that ends well in the Wodehouse universe, and love has a reliable tendency to come on top, despite countless pratfalls and misunderstandings Jeeves delivers the goods like a phlegmatic, stiff upper lip fairy godmother Thanks to the BBC adaptation, I will probably always picture the duo as Hugh Laurie Stephen Fry did on the TV screen My final words of appreciation for the novel, echo the gratitude of Bertie after he is saved for the umpteeth time by his gentleman s gentleman Thank you, Mr Wodehouse Once you have stepped forward like the great man you are and spread sweetness and light in no uncertain measure.
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 suddenly land The books wherein Jeeves and Wooster get to flap their wings for the length of a novel are much satisfying Short though they may be, almost all of these stories pack a solid comedic punch.
While the stories change faces over the course of nearly a dozen shorts, the faces of the characters stay mostly the same, thus retaining a certain sense of continuity Bertie s friends and or old school chums Tuppy Glossop and Bingo Little pop up occasionally That spunky bird Bobbie Wickham sticks her nose in now and then to make Bertie s life taxing His mostly beloved Aunt Dahlia likewise prods poor Bertie from time to time to make sure he s not idle, much to the delight of us readers.
The collection includes Jeeves and the Impending Doom The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy Jeeves and the Yule tide Spirit Jeeves and the Song of Songs Episode of the Dog McIntosh US edition Jeeves and the Dog McIntosh The Spot of Art US edition Jeeves and the Spot of Art Jeeves and the Kid Clementina The Love That Purifies US edition Jeeves and the Love That Purifies Jeeves and the Old School Chum Indian Summer of an Uncle US edition The Indian Summer of an Uncle The Ordeal of Young Tuppy 3.
5 starsVery 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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then disabled the last ring Of course our hapless hero had to drop into the pool in his elegant evening togs Thus, Bertie is forever trying to get revenge on Tuppy with disastrous results This and Bertie s other adventures are timeless and hilarious In this book Bertie gets treed by a swan inadvertently drops a pail of flour on himself punctures the wrong person s hot water bottle loses his Aunt Agatha s beloved dog gets caught on the grounds of a girls school becomes the unwilling face of Slingsby s Superb Soups and much One thing I love about these stories if there s a tug of war between Bertie and Jeeves over loud trousers, an inappropriate hat, a tasteless vase, a missed trip to Monte Carlo, etc things always go Jeeves way in the end Ha ha ha If you need cheering up or just want to laugh you can t go wrong with these light, fun tales Highly recommended You can follow my reviews at 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.
Very Good Jeeves is a collection of short stories,with Jeeves at his sagacious best,as his boss Bertie Wooster,invariably lands in trouble.
Jeeves always has the solution.
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 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 the printed and bound word, and tucked under a table was a stack of bargain Wodehouse Right ho, I thought and before another moment passed, I had picked up a copy with the intent to seal the deal.
It s tricky to describe how pleasurable the Jeeves and Bertie stories by Wodehouse are Gentle farces, almost completely lacking in anything resembling modern action or soap opera dynamics, they lull one into an idyllic pastoral setting that calms and relaxes until a snort worthy moment slides in Besides the convoluted plots dreamed up to reunite separated lovers, or seek revenge for a practical joke, there are the witty bon mots and references that poor Bertie almost never gets, but result in a distinct upward curve of the naso labial fold of the discerning reader Wodehouse is a word smith, but not one of the overflowing adjectives and adverbs variety rather he plays with expectations and meaning in a clever and fun way.
For those new to Wodehouse, the central premise is that Jeeves, an intelligent, discerning, personal gentleman s gentleman, is constantly using the grey matter to pull poor Bertie out of various scrapes Occasionally the relationship is complicated by Bertie attempting to demonstrate cultural that vase that painting and problem solving independence the bag of flour gag , but we all know Jeeves will win out.
These eleven stories are no exception to Jeeves and Wodehouse s genius The usual supporting cast stops by, including Aunts Agatha and Dahlia, Miss Bobbie Wickham, Bingo, and an assortment of characters in various stages of love Poor Bertie often finds himself in the role of matchmaker Jeeves and the Impending Doom is undoubtedly one of the stars, as Bertie is dispatched to Aunt Agatha s place to make an impression, and is manipulated into helping Bingo manage his wayward ward A swan proves to be his undoing Then, Jeeves has his Monte Carlo vacation postponed in Jeeves and the Yule Tide Spirit, so that Bertie can attempt practical joke revenge on Tuppy at the same time he presses his suit with Roberta Luckily for us all, Sir Roderick he of the overgrown eyebrows is also in residence The Love that Purifies was one of my favorites, as the plot hedges around a contest of good behavior between two small boys and various efforts to derail them, with Aunt Dahlia s chef Anatole at stake Mercenary little brute she said I never saw such a sickeningly well behaved kid in my life It s enough to make one despair of human nature Heartily recommended.
Delicious samples You said Sir Roderick finally And in this connection I want to state that it s all rot to say you can t hiss a word that hasn t an s in it The way he pushed out that You sounded like an angry cobra, and I am betraying no secrets when I say that it did me no good whatsoever from Jeeves and the Yule Tide Spirit Bingo said, By the way, Bertie, would you like a cocktail I would Well you won t get one We don t have cocktails any The girl friend said they corrode the stomachic tissues I was appalled I had no idea the evil had spread so far as this No cocktails No And you ll be dashed lucky if it isn t a vegetarian dinner Bingo, I cried, deeply moved You must act from Jeeves and the Old School Chum In a matter of this kind, Jeeves, the first thing is to study what s the word I want I could not say, sir Quite a common word though long Psychology, sir The exact noun It is a noun Yes, sir Spoken like a man from The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy Cross posted at Jeeves and the Impending Doom, the first story in Very Good, Jeevesmade 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 Wodehouse There s nobody funnier, of course, but the language is what always gets me What makes the above line so funny has nothing to do with Aunt Agatha or her hatchet, but the fact that she s hopping Great writers always choose the perfect word Had Aunt Agatha been running, or chasing, or even skipping, the image wouldn t be nearly as funny Humor is always about surprise about taking two things and jamming them together in a new and surprising way Wodehouse did this over and over again, but never quite as brilliantly as when he had Bertie say, Have you ever noticed how a swan s eyebrows sort of meet in the middle Gives them a sort of peevish look Jeeves and the Impending Doom is only one of eleven stories in Very Good, Jeevesbut it gets things off to a great start There s just something about two grown men sitting on the roof of a building in the pouring rain because, as Bertie put it to Jeeves, The place is alive with swans that is endlessly entertaining.
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 regularly at intervals of a quarter of an hour Clever dialogueI couldn t follow him The old egg seemed to me to speak in riddles You seem to me, old egg, I said, to speak in riddles Don t you think he speaks in riddles, Jeeves Another satisfying conclusion Jeeves, I said, you think of everything Thank you, sir In Mr Glossop s absence, would you care to drink this whisky and soda I shook the head No, Jeeves, there is only one man who must do that It is you If ever anyone earned a refreshing snort, you are he Pour it out, Jeeves, and shove it down Thank you very much, sir Cheerio, Jeeves Cheerio, sir, if I may use the expression This collection contains the following humorous stories 1 Jeeves and the Impending Doom2 The Inferiority Complex Of Old Sippy3 Jeeves and the Yule Tide Spirit4 Jeeves and the Song of Songs5 Episode of the Dog Mcintosh6 The Spot of Art7 Jeeves and the Kid Clementina8 The Love That Purifies9 Jeeves and the Old School Chum10 Indian Summer of An Uncle11 The Ordeal of Young Tuppy Jeeves, while rescuing Wooster, always makes a satisfactory end for himself Wooster may be the master, but Jeeves is always the winner.
Enjoy 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 Barr Syndrome Symptoms total paralysis Prognosis uncertain.
Guillain Barr 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 propel me to the brink of insanity Dust fell into my eyes and I couldn t blink or wipe it away I could not call out for assistance.
Upon learning of my perilous condition, my mother had dropped everything, packed a suitcase and flown from Sydney Now she sat by my bedside for twelve hours a day, every day Each night mum grabbed a few hours sleep at her friends house Chrissy and Ralph were devotees of an Indian guru by the name of Swamiji When Swamiji heard of my situation he began to call my mother and tell her of his visions for me I see yellow, spake the guru The next day mum arrived at the hospital laden with armfuls of daffodils and yellow tulips She filled all the vases in the room with them Two days later, Swamiji called again I see purple Out went the daffodils, replaced by swathes of irises Mum herself was dressed in a purple silk kimono that she d borrowed from Chrissy Then Swamiji made a personal appearance at the ICU, without shoes Through his flowing grey beard he blew into my chakras Matron tried to hustle him from the room but Swamiji resisted her At that point Sister Mary entered the scene.
Sister Mary had been hospitalised for an acute attack of Multiple Sclerosis but was now on the bounce back She busied herself by ambling from ward to ward with her walking stick, rescuing the souls of fellow patients Some of those ingrates did not wish to be saved but in me she found a compliant mark Being fully paralysed I didn t have much choice in the matter.
Sister Mary visited most days and sprinkled my motionless body with Lourdes water that she kept in a plastic bottle She left a specimen jar by my bed containing some small pieces of black stuff Relics of Padre Pio, Sister Mary said Not being much of a Christian I didn t cotton on to the significance of these I was quite taken aback when I later learned that they were bits of the charred remains of a revered Catholic priest.
Swamiji blew and Sister Mary sprinkled and as they did so the two of them fell into meaningful discussion of matters philosophical and theological They could not see eye to eye about how best to save me but each of them gave as good as they got Their conversation continued Swamiji took to calling Sister Mary on the wheelie payphone on her hospital ward She would then appear at my bedside in high dudgeon I had your friend Swamiji on the phone last night He s a very irritating man He s not my friend, I wanted to say, but I couldn t speak.
Since I was hooked up to a ventilator, my only means of communication was by a tortuous method of blinking at an alphabet board It was tedious and often upsetting for all concerned Mum sat by my bedside week after week Sometimes she read out the crossword clues and then patiently tried to decipher the answers that I blinked But mostly she read aloud books by P.
G Wodehouse She voiced the characters of Bertie and Jeeves and played up the ridiculousness of their awful scrapes Mum had no way of knowing that inside my waxen, immobile body I was aching with laughter Those books were written with a lightness and sense of the absurd that helped me to find the funny side of my own predicament.
During months of rehabilitation learning to walk, talk, write and do everything that I thought I had mastered as a toddler I sometimes entertained the fantasy that I might one day repay my debt of gratitude to the universe and to the NHS by retraining as a nurse I examined the qualities required tolerance, compassion, self sacrifice, an ability to look at blood and vomit without fainting and I knew the truth that me becoming a nurse would be about as useful to the world as Tony Blair becoming a Middle East Peace Envoy.
No, nursing was not to be my vocation But I ve never forgotten how those long afternoons with Jeeves and Wooster helped me to escape the terror and confusion of being paralysed One day , I thought, I would like to write a book that will help somebody else to get through a shit time When I was diagnosed with cancer and my boyfriend dumped me, I realised that day had come.