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Life with Jeeves: "Right Ho, Jeeves", "Inimitable Jeeves" and "Very Good, Jeeves" [Paperback]

P. G. Wodehouse
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24 Sep 1981

A Jeeves and Wooster Omnibus

'Jeeves knows his place, and it is between the covers of a book.'

This is an omnibus of wonderful Jeeves and Wooster stories, specially selected and introduced by Wodehouse himself, who was struck by the size of his selection and described it as almost the ideal paperweight. As he wrote:

'I find it curious, now that I have written so much about him, to recall how softly and undramatically Jeeves first entered my little world. Characteristically, he did not thrust himself forward. On that occasion, he spoke just two lines.

The first was:

"Mrs Gregson to see you, sir."

The second:

"Very good, sir, which suit will you wear?"

It was only some time later that the man's qualities dawned upon me. I still blush to think of the off-hand way I treated him at our first encounter...'.

This omnibus contains Carry On, Jeeves, The Inimitable Jeeves, Very Good, Jeeves and the short stories 'Jeeves Makes an Omelette' and 'Jeeves and the Greasy Bird'.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Reprint Open market ed edition (24 Sep 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140059024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140059021
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 809,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of almost a hundred books and the creator of Jeeves, Blandings Castle, Psmith, Ukridge, Uncle Fred and Mr Mulliner, P.G. Wodehouse was born in 1881 and educated at Dulwich College. After two years with the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank he became a full-time writer, contributing to a variety of periodicals including Punch and the Globe. He married in 1914. As well as his novels and short stories, he wrote lyrics for musical comedies with Guy Bolton and Jerome Kern, and at one stage had five musicals running simultaneously on Broadway. His time in Hollywood also provided much source material for fiction. At the age of 93, in the New Year's Honours List of 1975, he received a long-overdue knighthood, only to die on St Valentine's Day some 45 days later.

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"It's dangerous to use the word genius to describe a writer, but I'll risk it with him" (John Humphrys)

"A genius ... Elusive, delicate but lasting" (Alan Ayckbourn)

"Not only the funniest English novelist who ever wrote but one of our finest stylists" (Susan Hill)

"For as long as I'm immersed in a P.G. Wodehouse book, it's possible to keep the real world at bay and live in a far, far nicer, funnier one where happy endings are the order of the day" (Marian Keyes)

"Wodehouse always lifts your spirits, no matter how high they happen to be already" (Lynne Truss) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'You don't analyse such sunlit perfection, you just bask in its warmth and splendour.' Stephen Fry --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bracing tonic for daily existence 3 July 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I've been reading (and re-reading) Wodehouse for over 15 years now. I can't stay away for long. It seems no matter how often I read a Bertie and Jeeves, or a Blanding's Castle story, it is somehow fresh and pleasing. Scenes, lines, and even single words ("incredulous") keep popping unexpectedly into my mind and making me laugh out loud. If you have read him, read more! If you haven't, then for Heaven's sake start now and start often!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A healthy alternative to happy pills 22 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback
It's now winter, cold dark and grey. Very little job security around at the moment, and one half of the planet seems intent on removing the other half from existence.
Depressed? No, because I have PG Wodehouse at my side.

I challenge anyone, no matter how badly depressed to read this and not feel like they've been zapped with several kilo-joules of pure joy. I'd go so far as to say that he is the only writer ever to make printed words actually sparkle like diamonds, bright against the page.

Read these books. They are good for you.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Roger
Format:Paperback
This collection features every Jeeves and Wooster short story bar one (toodle off to a collection called "The Man with Two Left Feet" if you must have that one too: the missing story in q is called "Extricating Young Gussie").

The stories here are joyful. I've been reading them on the train to work just lately and frightening the sour-faced gang of Waterloo bound commuters by grinning as inanely as a young Bingo Little upon spotting a pretty waitress. If you're only vaguely familiar with the goods herein, here's how it goes: Bertie Wooster is our rich, idle, good-hearted, mentally negligible narrator, with the most astonishing gift for a comic simile, and an even greater gift for getting into ridiculaous scrapes; Jeeves is his personal gentleman's gentleman, with a massive, fish-fuelled brain, and a flawless ability to rescue the young master from himself.

I urge you to try it. I'm not one to go about giving things 5 stars willy nilly, but I'd give this 7 or 8 if I could.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I say! Topping fun, what? 20 July 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Jeeves helps save Bertie (rich but brainless) Wooster from himself in a host of scrapes and jams. Excellent entertainment and a good insight into life in England in the 20s. Well, pip pip, as Bertie would say.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure genius 3 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback
Ever since the destruction of The Great Lighthouse we've been truly short of Wonders of the World. Okay, there's still The Pyramids and of course people make claims for other impressive items of beauty - for example The Great Barrier Reef, or The Great Wall of China - for a place on any modern list. But if we are to have new and reinvigorated seven, then I would like to put forward for inclusion `The World of Wooster' - the quite magnificent (and I use that term without any fear of hyperbole) collected short stories of Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves.

Okay, when it comes to visual splendour a 774 paperback volume of short stories might not be up there with The Colossus of Rhodes or The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, but once the pages are open there is joy almost beyond comprehension. Read amazed as Jeeves saves Bertie's bacon (and arranges his life), ripping victory from the jaws of calamity again and again. I struggle to think of a funnier collection of tales anywhere in the English language, and as I type this I'm smiling at the thought of Bertie inadvertently kidnapping a small child, at Bingo Little's flirtation with Karl Marx, at the betting scam surrounding church sermons and, of course, numerous ill starred engagements. Evelyn Waugh called him `The Master' and for my tuppence there was no funnier writer of The Twentieth Century. And Jeeves & Wooster is Wodehouse at his absolute funniest.

If there is a flaw though (and all wonders have a flaw, mostly - it has to be said - the flaw of being too easily destroyed), it's the tale: `Bertie Changes His Mind'. This seems to be the only instance in the whole cannon where Jeeves does the narrating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars 24 Mar 2009
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A wonderful read (and re-read)from my favourite author, for nearly 40 years. Bertie and Jeeves and their world come alive in the pages. This book is full of Bertie & Jeeves short stories which can hardly disappoint. Buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Age does not weary, nor the years condemn. 3 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Every sentence is a poetic gem. The ideal book to take when you travel as it doesn't matter if you lose the place - every sentence stands rereading.
The plots always satisfy with endings often unexpected but perfect.
The relationship between Bertie and Jeeves is perfectly pitched. Bertie's perpetual optimism and utter lack of perception that he is being controlled and manipulated by Jeeves are drawn with just a few words but convey everything with just a raised eyebrow or well placed adjective.
Buy this book and enter the wonderful world of Jeeves and Wooster - you won't be sorry!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect comic writing from the master. 12 Aug 2013
By Doddsy
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Most of these stories were written over 80 years ago but the genius of Wodehouse shines through to dazzle us with sparkling characters and shimmering dialogue. Enjoy the adventures of self-confessed chump Bertie Wooster and his hapless friends as they struggle to navigate the usual pitfalls of love, aunts and financial solvency, ever dependant on the superior brain of Jeeves to get them out of scrapes. It's a world I would have loved to inhabit but reading about it is a good substitute.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The World of Jeeves
Brought the book thinking it would be funny, but it became rather flat very quickly, not very funny, guess i am just not a Jeeves fan
Published 1 day ago by Mr Alan C Bacon
5.0 out of 5 stars you can't beat Wodehouse !
An anthology of Jeeves and Wooster stories that will keep you going for ages!
Excellent value for money and a brilliant read.
Published 4 days ago by peta
5.0 out of 5 stars A remedy for low spirits
Recommended reading for the despondent and world weary: a tonic and a delight from start to finish. Can be read and re-read time and time again.
Published 5 days ago by R
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeeves and Wooster
I love all these hooks, they transport me to a magical world, all art deco and shimmering gentlemen's gentlemen.... Wonderful escapism.
Published 1 month ago by Corrybeag
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service!
Book received on time and as described. No problems with the service. As a fairly newcomer to Wodehouse's work, found this volume of storiers delightful, at times hilarious and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by ken holding
5.0 out of 5 stars great value
i love this- such great value and wonderful tobe able to dip in and out and enjoy the wit of PG Wodehouse.
Published 11 months ago by ChrisC
4.0 out of 5 stars Very dated but still amusing
One has to get used to the very 30,s way of speech and the eccentric behaviour of the upper classes with too much wealth and not enough of any value to occupy their time.. Read more
Published 14 months ago by michael eastwood
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sheer Joy
I absolutely adore the Jeeves and Wooster stories. I decided to re-read the short stories because I was missing the chaps and their adventures terribly. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Continuously hilarious
I'm not sure of the target audience for Wodehouse's books, but I'm guessing it's not 18 year old girls, however "The World of Jeeves" fitted this one right down to the ground. Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2012 by CatrionaMayJ
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