Ring for Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

I would like to begin this review-of-sorts by noting the front-cover blurb by Christopher Hitchens: P.G. Wodehouse is the gold standard of English wit. Next, note the back-cover blurb by Stephen Fry: You don’t analyse such sunlit perfection, you just bask in its warmth and splendour. And thirdly, my A.Word.A.Day email the other day included […]

My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (audio)

As recently noted, I am saddened to have to move on past Jonathan Cecil’s narration of the Jeeves audiobooks. Here I give Simon Prebble’s voice a go, with the very first published Jeeves book. This is a short story collection – not a format I’m a fan of generally, but I finally got around to […]

Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

In an abrupt about-face from yesterday’s hefty subject matter, here’s another round of great silliness from P.G. Wodehouse. I’ve reviewed a number of Wodehouse’s Bertie-and-Jeeves stories here (search “Wodehouse,” you shall see), so just a moment of background: Bertram Wooster is your archetypal harebrained British peer, and Jeeves is his archetypal “man,” his gentleman’s gentleman, […]

Jeeves in the Morning by P.G. Wodehouse

More Jeeves! (See my past readings here, here, here, and here.) At this point I’m recognizing all the Bertie-and-Jeeves patterns. There will be daunting aunts; there will be engagements, future, past and present, and conflicts between them; there will be secrets and hiding places and nighttime sneakings around; there will be old school friends and […]

Leave It to Psmith by P.G. Wodehouse

Let’s hear it for Psmith! Wodehouse wins again! I love this guy. He makes me laugh. His stories are lighthearted and feel-good and things always come out right in the end. This is my first non-Jeeves Wodehouse, and I loved it. I don’t think I’m able to sum this plot up briefly, but I will […]

book beginnings on Friday: Leave It to Psmith by P.G. Wodehouse

Thanks to Katy at A Few More Pages for hosting this meme. To participate, share the first line or two of the book you are currently reading and, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line. Today we’re back with Wodehouse, in my first departure […]

The Code of the Woosters: Jeeves to the Rescue by P.G. Wodehouse

Here we are again with Bertram Wooster and his unrivaled valet, Jeeves. This is the third full-length novel in the series (see my reviews of the first two, Thank You, Jeeves and Right Ho, Jeeves). In this installment, Bertie is recovering from a hangover following his old pal Augustus “Gussie” Fink-Nottle’s bachelor party, when his […]

book beginnings on Friday: The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse

Thanks to Katy at A Few More Pages for hosting this meme. To participate, share the first line or two of the book you are currently reading and, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line. I am always delighted to jump into another Jeeves […]

Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Oh, Bertie Wooster. You are so silly and so deadpan. The dialogue is killer. The abbreviations are droll. The voice of Bertie is priceless. (I did get a voice – literally – for Bertie in my head in my first Wodehouse encounter via audio, which if anything has increased my enjoyment. Luckily the narrator was […]

book beginnings on Friday: Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Thanks to Katy at A Few More Pages for hosting this meme. To participate, share the first line or two of the book you are currently reading and, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line. Back to Jeeves, we are! I so enjoyed Thank […]