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Very Good, Jeeves! Paperback – 27 May 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (27 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140284109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140284102
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 976,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beginning with a mysterious message and a visit to the dreaded Aunt Agatha, Very Good, Jeeves once again sees Bertie Wooster beset by difficulties that can only be untangled by his faithful butler. Indeed, by the time of this entry in the Jeeves cycle, written in 1930, everyone is seeking the butler's advice--he is universally recognised as the man to get you out of a spot of bother. When he becomes attached to an unsuitable young woman, Bertie is asked--much to his indignation--"You don't believe for a moment Jeeves will sanction the match?" Even if Bertie refuses to acknowledge his butler's influence, it does not escape the attention of those around him.

As always, Wodehouse perfectly captures (and exposes to ridicule) the trivial concerns of the idle rich. Poor Bertie finds it impossible to refuse to help a friend-"We Woosters have our code"--and always finds that the solution to the muddle results in his own embarrassment, generally engineered by the discretely manipulative Jeeves. Read by Simon Callow, this audio abridgement offers a lively reading of the source material, which will both enchant Wodehouse's many fans, and convince newcomers to explore the rest of the author's extensive oeuvre. --John Oates --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"No one can do the milky, imperious voice of a marriage-brokering aunt like Martin Jarvis. What a good egg he is!" (The Observer)

"Wodehouse brightens up the dullest day and lightens the heaviest heart. So give yourself tonic by listening to this comedy classic." (audiobooksreview.co.uk)

"Martin Jarvis brings the madcap world of Bertie Wooster and his brilliant valet Jeeves to life with canny comedic timing." (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
These are a selection of short stories involving Jeeves and Wooster. Usually I prefer the complete novels, but this book gets my undying seal of approval because of the story of Tuppy Glossop and his relationship with a very snooty opera singer. It is a simple story, so I won't give it away, but I urge you to read it. It made me cry with laughter and is a true gem. The other stories are great too, by the way!
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If you've never read P G Wodehouse before, this is a good introduction ~ Simple, charming, witty, charming and quite simply witty. a bit like this review. god I'm lonely
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`Very Good, Jeeves!' is a collection of Wooster and Jeeves stories which carries on from where we last heard from them in `Carry on, Jeeves'. As before Jeeves is a resource used to sort of all manner of problems for Bertie Wooster, his great friend Bingo Little and his not so great friend Tuppy Glossop using `The psychology of the individual'. As usual problems are presented in the shape of Bertie's Aunt Agatha, Uncle George and the esteemed Sir Roderick Glossop. New problems of more dramatic consequence are presented by Bobbie Wickham whom we met previously in the second volume of Mr Mulliner short stories `Mr Mulliner Speaking'.

Weather extracting Tuppy from the arms of an opera singer or saving Bingo from being caught putting the housekeeping on a horse Wodehouse and Jeeves never let the menagerie or the reader down. Although not as clever as the twists and turns in later Jeeves novels the short form does suit Bertie's narrative of Jeeves successes.

As ever the Wodehouse language as over complicated by Wooster's pen is a pleasure to behold. Bertie's description of the game of Rugby been as `fruity' a description to ever grace any publication `I know that the main scheme is to work the ball down the field somehow and deposit it over the line at the other end, and that, in order to squelch this programme, each side is allowed to put in a certain amount of assault and battery and do things to its fellow man which, if done elsewhere, would result in fourteen days without the option, coupled with some strong remarks from the Bench.' Top hole.
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Martin Jarvis for me is the most able of all the readers. This is a reading of the unique Wodehouse humour by the best reader of his works. Makes the car journey so much more enjoyable. Congratulations to all concerned.
A number of relatively short Wooster and Jeeves stories from "Very Good Jeeves" make up this compilation. Fortunately Volume 2 is already available to be purchased, and has been by me ready for the return journey. Enjoy, as you know you will.
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Format: Hardcover
Its been about twenty years since I read a Jeeves and Bertie Wooster book by PG Wodehouse. I am glad to say that they have not lost any of their old sparkle. I rarely see books today which have been written so well and are so very very funny.
This book very good Jeeves is like all the others, outstanding, if you do not own any Jeeves and Wooster by PG Wodehouse its about time you did.
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Another delightful collection of Jeeves and Wooster short stories where as usual we see Bertie Wooster making a fool of himself whilst Jeeves is pulling the strings behind the scenes, towards a desired outcome.

Amongst the stories collected here are one in which Jeeves lays out someone with a golf club, Wooster is found up a tree at night carrying a plant pot by a police officer, finds himself stranded on a duck island being menaced by a swan, and the course of true love is fixed by forgetting a picnic basket and draining a car of petrol so it breaks down in a deserted country lane.

As with other Jeeves and Wooster stories the plots are ridiculous and somewhat contrived, but that is exactly why we love them. Wooster inevitably gets himself into a scrape through no fault of his own, and it requires the superhuman brain power of his trusted manservant to recover the situation without too much loss of dignity. There are the usual selection of domineering aunts, rich buffoon friends, precocious brats and scheming would be suitors.

I maintain that PG Wodehouse is like Enid Blyton for adults where in this idyllic 1920/30s environment nothing terrible ever happens, and a happy ending is always guaranteed, a warm and inviting comfort blanket which lovingly envelops you.
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Format: Hardcover
This book rather than just make you smile or feel warm inside will make you laugh out loud and quite possibly cry. This and the other works of Woodehouse are the funniest books I have ever read. "Buy it you cad". Pip pip!
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This is the second collection of Jeeves and Wooster short stories (the first being Thank You Jeeves), and is even funnier than the first. It contains such incidents as the cabinet minister menaced by a swan and the water-bottle puncturing imbroglio. Cannot be recommended too highly.
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