These are classic characters you will recognize with joy! The efficient, intelligent manservant, who has the situation(and his master!) well in hand and under control. The Master of the house, a not-so-bright(Dullard!) man of utter leisure, who believes he is a hero, and hasn't got a clue. Between these two minds lies the road to comic adventures, stiff upper lips, and "What, what!", allowing Jeeves to save the day. Great fun!
A collection of short humorous stories starring Bertram Wooster, a young English aristocrat of the Jazz age, and his cold-blooded, tactful and resourceful "gentleman's gentleman", Jeeves (first name never disclosed, or is it the surname that isn't disclosed!?). All but the last of the stories are told in Wooster's voice; the last, and, in my opinion, funniest one is told in Jeeves'.
Most stories have the same structure: one of Wooster's pals, all of whom are upper class and hopeless sinecures, totally dependent on their rich aunts or uncles for sustenance, gets himself entangled in a silly contretemps of some sort. Wooster "rallies round" to his aid, calling upon his man Jeeves' superior strategic mind to provide the ruse that will save the day. It is only in the end of the story when the full nature of Jeeves' ploy is fully realized by Wooster and us.
The stories are very well written, and engaging from the first letter to the last. They kept me constantly on the smile, often on the chuckle, and occasionally made me laugh out loud, particularly during the final story, "Bertie Changes his Mind".
Wodehouse is a master of the English language. His vocabulary is very rich but very precise: i would often send a fumbling hand for the dictionary, and unflinchingly discover that the lexical definition of the word under consideration fits the usage to the T. He extracts every last drop of comedy from starchy, musty grammatical constructs, such as "Often of a spring morning", used to great effect in a memorable passage from one of the stories, "The Artistic Career of Corky".
I cannot recommend this book enough. I'd been searching for a while for a book that would make me laugh. My penultimate attempt was Christopher Moore's "Fool"; suffice it to say that it is now on indefinite loan to one of my least favorite acquaintances. But from "Carry On, Jeeves" i shall not easily part.
This is an old compilation about a bon vivant and his manservant. The stories were made into a sitcom decades ago. The heir hasn't much sense and the manservant not only saves him from himself but also advises some of his friends with similar life-styles. The stories are light-hearted and short, each making a nice quick read. They are a good escape at night to take your mind off of work/life dramas and clear your mind for sleep. Many are funny enough that you'll want to share them with family and friends, and clean enough that you can share them without worrying about the audience.
Endlessly entertaining and storylines that are worked out to the last intricate detail. Cannot wait to read more of Jeeves & Wooster and their various predicaments and exploits. If only I could have Jeeves as a resource myself.
This was a wonder read. Wodehouse had such masterful way of using the English language. I was engaged & entertained by the characters the entire time. When a book makes me laugh audibly, then it's a good book! I've read about 4 of his books, Jeeves & Wooster are my favorite.