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`My Man Jeeves' is a collection of nine short stories five of which chronicle the legendary Jeeves and Wooster who were premiered in Wodehouse's previous collection of short stories `The Man with Two Left Feet'. Jeeves is now the fountain of all world knowledge which he liberally dispenses to Bertie Wooster and his raft of friends all of whom require his assistance to get their hands of the girl of their dreams or a suitable allowance which are generally kept away by armies of Aunts, Uncles and even worse, potential in-laws. That Jeeves can tame them all is a testament to the man.

The other four stories concern Reggie Pepper whom is a bungling ass of the Bertie Wooster mould but whom takes on his friends menaces all on his own, often with less than satisfactory results.

The majority of the these stories were re-written and used in later collections, most notably `Carry On, Jeeves', the Jeeves stories requiring very little modification but with Reggie's parts split between Jeeves and Wooster. That is not to say that these are rough drafts, these are written by a Wodehouse very much finding his genius for farce. That Reggie Pepper was written out of these stories would appear to be more a commercial rather than an artistic decision.

Anyway the book is fantastic, the writer is a genius, God is in his heaven, the larch is on the thorn and all is right in the best of all possible worlds.
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on 3 September 2009
So in love with them am I, that I find I am simply unable to stop reading. During breakfast (made, lamentably, not by a valet, but my myself) more often than not I am to be found huddled over cereal and toast, nose in the pages; not even walking up and down stairs prevents me from reading. I fancy it now takes rather a long time to traverse them lest I fall flat on my face. I shouldn't mind my face so much as the idea of damaging the book.

Jeeves and Wooster, in a word (or two), are mind-bendingly wonderful. Breath-takingly unique... Absolutely topping. Old Wooster's a rummy sort of chap - has a heart of gold, says Jeeves. Jeeves is a marvel and a miracle and Bertie would be lost without him, old thing.

Modern speech lacks the joy, spirit and beauty of Wodehouse's prose. I toyed with the idea of writing this entire review in Wodehousese, but in no way could I do it justice. However, by the time you're one short story in, you'll find yourself *thinking* in the way they speak, and having to make do with the way we communicate now is a dreadful, dreadful disappointment.

But, even more than that, Wodehouse has created a world that is much, much nicer than ours. My Man Jeeves contains 8 short stories (and I hasten to add, am not generally a fan of short stories... but then Wodehouse isn't your average story-teller) only 4 of which are about Jeeves and Wooster. The other 4 are about Reggie Pepper who was the precursor to Bertie. Jeeves's absence is certainly conspicuous but, as it turns out, it just makes you appreciate the duo all the more.

If you're new to Jeeves and Wooster (oh, if you're new to them, how I envy you!), this is the place to start. And the Bed Book version is absolutely glorious! If you like lying down (aye, well, s'alright) this is best invention since knees that bend. The only difference from normal books being the text is printed sideways. It sounds distinctly underwhelming, like it shouldn't make any difference... but it truly does. And it means you can wile away your witching hour with these spiffing gentlemen, which is surely the blessiest of blessings.

So with all that in mind, there are really only 2 questions: 1) What incentive (and by incentive, I mean shameless bribe) can I offer you to befriend these 2 and join me in starting a language revolution? And, 2) Wodehouse is no longer with us, meaning once all Jeeves and Wooster stories are read, that's it, and the point is - the nub of the thing is - what is to be done about it?
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 24 July 2014
The book covers nine short stories, five of them of the author's legendary Jeeves & Wooster pairing, with another four with Reggie Pepper (who is cut very much from the same cloth as Bertie Wooster) and is a little gem in terms of providing amusement.

Like in the later collections Jeeves' role is so much more than the mundane tasks of his job description, in essence saving the bumbling Bertie and his not dissimilar friends from a perpetual series of unpleasant situations they manage to maneuvre themselves into seems to be the primary occupation. The Jeeves and Wooster episodes here cover the pair's New York period, where somehow in spite of being out of his native ecosystem, Jeeves proves no less astute and capable, and Wooster no less entertaining.

Wodehouse describes the moneyed classes with much cheek and certainly does little to up the appreciation of them with the readers, even if sympathy will often be freely given (something relatively inept members of society are often privy to).

The book is therefore much more of a light, refined comedy than an attempt at social criticism and all fans of Jeeves and Wooster - Complete Collection [DVD] with the inimitable Stehen Fry and Hugh Laurie will do well to try the book version, too. Luckily the majority of the Wodehouse collection has been made available in Kindle format in the meantime, so if you enjoy this, there is much more follow-on reading in the same vein you can do.
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on 16 March 2015
Wodehouse's characters are always delightful, although, like relatives, you might not want some of them in your house for more than a day. It was a different world and much has changed, but Wodehouse has a wit and style - please don't use the word class - that has outlasted most authors of his extremely literate era. I can't add much to the thousands who have written about his work, I'll just say read him if you haven't, and read him again if you have.
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on 14 September 2011
Published in 1919, this is the first collection of Wodehouse short stories to include Jeeves and Wooster, as well as containing tales of Reggie Pepper, a clear Wooster prototype. Subsequently, a number of the stories were re-worked and appeared in later books (or the TV series). Aficionados of Jeeves and Wooster may be interested to learn that the following classic tales first saw the light in "My Man Jeeves", namely, Jeeves's authorship of a children's book on American birds, Motty (Lord Pershore)'s wild binge drinking and partying in New York, the story of the Duke of Chiswick and the Birdsburg delegates, the "Kiss Tuppy" child, and Rockmetteller Todd - poet turned reluctant New York nightlife king. A fine introduction to what would become a classic 20th century literary double act.
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This is the earliest collection of stories featuring Bertie Wooster and his extremely competent valet, Jeeves. Interestingly, Bertie Wooster is hiding out in New York, having failed to carry out an errand for his indomitable Aunt Agatha and unable to face returning home to face her possible wrath. During these stories, Wooster – or his friends – get into various scrapes and are saved by Jeeves. Often the plans backfire, in various farcical ways, but Jeeves always has a suggestion to help rescue the situation.

Some of the stories in this collection feature another character – Reggie Pepper. He is very similar to Wooster and, again, much of the storyline concerns his friends problems. Often his attempts to help are less than welcome, or there is some confusion, but overall the entire collection is humorous and nicely realised. Short stories are difficult to write well, but Wodehouse is obviously a master of the form and these are a fun read and a good introduction to his characters.
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on 17 December 2015
Unfortunately, I failed to understand the implications of buying this "revolutionary" design.
I read in bed all time as I have multiple disabilities. This design is actually harder for me to read than conventional books - as far as I can see I am going to have to break the spine to get it to lie flat and that isn't something with which I am comfortable. I don't like the layout either - it's hard to see where you are in the book and I'd hate to have to try and find something in it.
In addition, the quality is similar to "Print-On-Demand" which I don't like either
I will not be buying in this format again, and do not recommend it to others
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on 24 May 2013
Wodehouse never fails to give value for money fun, lose yourself in an bypass time wonderful. You never read a bad PG story they are all great
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on 8 March 2014
PG Wodehouse on top form and a lovely edition from Everyman. Just sublime.
Who could ask for anything more?
Not me.
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on 18 July 2010
This book, in my opinion, is not one of Wodehouse's best. At the time, it was the first complete Jeeves book, yet now, all the Jeeves stories have been edited and re-printed in Carry On, Jeeves. The latter collection is better as it contains six new Jeeves stories as well.Carry on, Jeeves
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