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P.G. Wodehouse
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30 Mar 2007

Typical. Just when Bertie thinks that God's in his heaven and all's right with the world, things start to go wrong again...

There's young Bingo Little, who's in love for the umpteenth time and needs Bertie to put in a good word for him with his uncle; Aunt Agatha, who forces Bertie to get engaged to the formidable Honoria Glossop; and the troublesome twins, Claude and Eustace, whose antics when let loose in London know no bounds.

Add to that some friction in the Wooster home over a red cummerbund, purple socks and some snazzy old Etonian spats, and poor Bertie's really in the soup...

Only one man can save the day - the inimitable Jeeves.

Characters Bertie Wooster - Narrator who went to school with Bingo. Won a prize at his first school for the best collection of wild flowers.

Jeeves - Bertie's valet who has an aunt who loves the romantic novels of Rosie M. Banks

Bingo Little - Mortimer's nephew who loves Mabel. Tells his uncle that Bertie is really Rosie M. Banks.

Mabel - Waitress in a tea shop

Mortimer Little - Retired fat businessman who owned Little's Liniment - "It Limbers Up the Legs." He is a gourmet.

Jane Watson - Mortimer's cook engaged to Jeeves, but not for long

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  • Hardcover: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman (30 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841591483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841591483
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.7 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,169 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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With a cast of characters that includes bearded revolutionaries, practical-joking twins, incognito authors, and a pair of confidence tricksters, The Inimitable Jeeves finds our upper-class hero Bertie Wooster in all kinds of hot water. Of particular concern in this collection of short stories--sensitively abridged by Penguin and read by Simon Callow--is Bertie's friend Bingo Little, who falls in love so often that it is impossible to keep track of his romantic entanglements, and who always falls for the most unsuitable women.

Unable to refuse to help a friend, Bertie is placed in one difficult situation after another, always under the watchful eye of his butler. Jeeves constantly works in the background, undermining Bertie's autonomy and moving the narrative in unexpected directions. He often fails to let his employer in on his plots, and a large proportion of his schemes turn out to expose Bertie to ridicule.

Yet Jeeves also ensures that Bertie's life runs smoothly, steering him through the pitfalls which face a rich young man with too much time on his hands. When in one story Bertie overhears Jeeves describing his employer as "not intelligent", he sets out to disprove the butler's assessment. If it is predictable that things do not go according to plan, then it is Wodehouse's brilliant grasp of comedy which makes the manner in which things go wrong so constantly surprising. And, of course, by the end of the tale Jeeves has proved himself both inimitable and indispensable. --John Oates --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Wodehouse's idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in" (Evelyn Waugh)

"He exhausts superlatives" (Stephen Fry)

"The handsome bindings are only the cherry on top of what is already a cake without compare" (The Independent)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good quick read that survives the test of time 23 Sep 2010
While some might see the carefree and idle lifestyle of Bertie Wooster as a bygone age it is surprising how familiar Wodehouse manages to put it over even almost ninety years on. The book seems a connected collection of short stories focussing on Bertie's troubles with his Aunt Agatha and an old school friend who is constantly falling in love.

Wodehouse's writing is easy to read and he manages to present Wooster in such a way that the reader can believe the character is something of an imbecile while the genius of the author still shines through.

The language is simple and avoids the trappings of modern comedy whole remaining amusing, though a little predictable in one or two places. There is no real over-arching plot and most tales are only a chapter or two long. In some places, the way that things from earlier episodes are re-capped makes it feel like each should be presented as a separate story as part of a series, whereas in others things that you would expect a reminder of are left unremarked upon.

Overall, it was an enjoyable quick read and escape, but I suspect reading too many of the Jeeves books in quick succession might soon get a little repetitive.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wodehouse is a timeless treasure 25 Feb 2002
One of the earlier Jeeves and Wooster collections, this is a series of very loosely linked short stories generally following the same template: young, wealthy airhead Wooster or his pal Bingo Little gets in some sticky situation, and it is up to his genius butler Jeeves to devise an ingenious solution to the quandary. Here, the somewhat repetitious misguided amorous ramblings of Bingo make for the lion's share of troubles, although the high spirits of Bertie's cousins Claude and Eustace also make plenty of work for Jeeves. The stories can fairly be compared to contemporary TV sitcoms, as they to reply on recurring (often over the top) characters, a rarefied setting, a single type of humor, and recurring situations. Simply put, if you like one Wooster story (and don't get sick of them), you're going to like them all. Much of this can be explained by Wodehouse's mastery of the language and constant deft turns of phrase, period slang, and comic timing. Those who deride the shallow subject matter and milieu of the Jeeves and Wooster series need to recall the context in which these stories appeared. Only a few years removed from the horrors of World War I-an event barely alluded to in the series, despite the loss of an entire generation of British young men-the stories can be viewed as a bandage of sorts, an attempt to transport the reader to a world far removed from the traumatic recovery from the Great War. Not to mention Wodehouse's clear depiction of the upper classes as wastrels and idiots of the highest order when compared to the street savvy of the servants (as exemplified by Jeeves). Of course, one doesn't read Wodehouse for social commentary or as a salve these days, but for his dry wit and keen command of the written word.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great stories, lousy edition 13 Dec 2012
By Bunhill
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Don't buy this edition (Amazon ref 1469971836, ISBN 9781469971834). It looks like a download from a royalty-free database, not even typeset, no Forward, nothing. It's not even clear who published it. Printed in the USA, and a complete rip-off.

I purchased this to give as a Christmas present, but I can't give something as shoddy as this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 13 Jan 2014
It was a great shock to see anything by Wodehouse awarded one star, and an even greater relief to find this applied to book production and not content. As for the latter, no praise is high enough. There is a connection between the tales, but they can be read separately - which means it's easy to dip into the tome. That is, if you can resist the temptation to finish it at the gallop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Wodehouse, amazing Amazon! 12 July 2012
By pammyc
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Although I have read this before it's forever fresh and funny. Wodehouse never gets stale or boring and is suitable for all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeeves does it again 8 Jun 2013
By ascu75
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Yep Jeeves and Bertie cheered me up again. Wodehouse has a way of making you smile that is subtle and very very funny. I love all of these classics and if you are thinking of dipping a toe into the Inimitable world of Wootser jump both feet into The Inimitable Jeeves.I loved it and I am sure you will as well.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio Cassette
The Inimitable Jeeves is by far one of the funniest modern classics ever. I like it because it not only focuses on the adventures of Bertie Wooster and Jeeves but that of Bingo Little and the formidable Aunt Agatha. Richard Briers and Michael Hordon are sensational in the main roles and are backed up with a great supporting cast.Briers and Hordon have become the undisputed voices of Jeeves and Wooster and it is hard to imagine the characters with any other reader or narator. I just can't wait to listen to the rest!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What ho! 19 May 2007
By Craobh Rua VINE VOICE
Although "The Inimitable Jeeves" is not the first appearance of the famous double act, Jeeves and Wooster, it is the first book to be 'completely' dedicated to them. It was first published in 1923, and was originally known in America as, simply, "Jeeves".

The book is set in the 1920s England and features Wodehouse's best known creations : Bertie Wooster and his valet, Jeeves. Bertie is the book's wealthy, good-natured and rather dim narrator. He's a member of the "idle rich" and, rather than having to work for a living, lives off an allowance provided by his uncle. He spends much of his time in the bar-room of the Drones Club, is fond of the occasional wager and has an appalling dress sense. Luckily, Bertie has Jeeves to look after him. Without Jeeves, Bertie's life would be a mess : he makes an excellent hangover cure, his bets usually win and he's intelligent enough to rescue Bertie from nearly any situation. He disapproves of Bertie's more garish items of clothing, and will - occasionally - take it upon himself to deal with the offending item.

All of the short stories are connected and most of them involve Bertie's friend Bingo Little, who is always falling in love - occasionally while still 'officially' in love with another. It's Bingo who most consistently drops Bertie into trouble : Bingo's schemes generally aim for an increase in his allowance from his Uncle, with the intention of marrying his latest girlfriend. Generally, Bingo's intended is a girl his uncle wouldn't approve of - so he ropes Bertie and Jeeves into helping him out. There are also appearances for Bertie's troublesome cousins, Claude and Eustace, a devious bookmaker called Steggles and Bertie's fearsome Aunt Agatha. Bertie is held in very low esteem by Agatha, but she is determined that Bertie should marry - Bertie's opinion, as far as she is concerned, is irrelevant.

A very easy and enjoyable read.
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Published 11 months ago by Jam jar
5.0 out of 5 stars So silly and so funny!
I really don't know how Wodehouse managed to write a book all those decades ago that can still make us laugh now. An absolute delight.
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as ever. top quality entertainment from wodehouse, he didnt know how to write a bad word, i just wish there had been more jeeves and wooster. Read more
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I read my kindle at the gym whilst in between activities and these stories are perfect! Funny, charming, silly, but very well written. Just the ticket!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read.
What more can you say, it's Wodehouse at his best, hysterically funny.... I find these books great if you just want to escape for a while. Brilliant writing.
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