Carry on, Jeeves Paperback – 27 May 1999
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'Jeeves and Bertie are as immortal as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, or Falstaff and Prince Hal, and, quite often, a good deal funnier.' - John Mortimer, Daily Telegraph
'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.See all Product Description
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1) "Jeeves Takes Charge", where Jeeves first enters Bertie's employ and makes himself indispensable almost immediately.
2) "Jeeves & the Unbidden Guest", where Bertie is constrained to accommodate the peculiar son of a friend of his bossy aunt Agatha, in his New York apartment.
3) "The Artistic Career of Corky", where Bertie, still happily exiled in New York, tries to help an artist friend to avoid being sucked into his uncle's jute business.
4) "The Aunt and the Sluggard", where (still yet in New York) Bertie's idle poet friend from Long Island has to be rescued from an energetic aunt.
5) "Clustering Round Young Bingo", where Bertie's aunt Dahlia and friend Bingo swap domestic staff by means of complicated, underhand jiggery-pokery.
6) "Jeeves & the Hard-boiled Egg", where (in New York again) one of Bertie's chum's is under pressure from his uncle and benefactor, the Duke of Chiswick.Read more ›
Of course, having loved the TV series I was unable to read this without picturing Fry and Laurie but... you've guessed it... that didn't matter a jot either, and the stories made me laugh out loud in places.
There are 10 mini-adventures in total in this book. Number 10 was unique in this collection in that it is told from Jeeves' perspective instead of Bertie's which came as a nice surprise.
This review is about Martin Jarvis.
Martin Jarvis is a one man acting troupe. His handling of these stories is the best I've ever heard. His Bertie Wooster voice is nothing like his Jeeves voice, which is nothing like his Florence Craye voice, which is nothing like his Lord Worpelston voice, which is nothing like, etc.
Jarvis knows, and handles these stories like they're his old friends, which they may very well be. He has the skill to tell these stories the way they should be told- not missing a single trick.
Wodehouse always said that his stories should be read out loud. These tapes/cds are proof that he was right. They are incredible, thanks to the charm, wit and skill of Martin Jarvis! You'll love them.
If you like your humour edgy, gritty and hard-hitting then you've come to the wrong place. There's not so much as one thing in any of his books that you wouldn't be happy to trot out in front of your most straight-laced maiden aunt. He never once relies on the slightest hint of crudeness, but instead revels in the richness of the English language to get his laughs and there's never so much as one word in his prose that's surplus to requirement, or indeed a passage approaching anything less than perfect in its pace or construction. It's as if his work was edited by some sort of super human deity. There is nothing jarring or awkward; just fabulous comic writing page after page, time and time again.
His command of the perfect sentence is second to none and his light touch is just peerless. He can deliver the most barbed comment and make it sound like the most pleasant of compliments. Wodehouse's work is nothing short of true genius; if I may use that most horrible of overused expressions.
I first read this particular book 35+ years ago as a mere stripling myself, and have read and reread it over and over so may times since. I don't think that in all of those encounters I have ever read it and not found some new additional little gem between its pages that I had somehow managed to miss on previous readings.Read more ›
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Regretably this book is getting rather dated compared to later bertie and Jeeves booksPublished 2 months ago by John K.
These British have a quite amusing way of speaking, don't they?Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm working my way around to getting every Wodehouse in the series, replacing tatty old paperbacks with hardbacks (and filling in the blanks in my collection). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hugh
At the beginning I kept comparing Martin Jarvis's voice with those of Hught Laurie and Stephen Fry and I didn't enjoy that much but after just a few minutes I relaxed and I... Read morePublished 5 months ago by ELENA