Friday, May 22, 2009

Enter Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Okay, I'm technically only reviewing the first half of this book.

Here's the thing-- Enter Jeeves is a collection of short stories. Fifteen short stories, to be exact. Eight of them are Jeeves stories. The other seven are Wodehouse's Reggie Pepper stories. He is kind of a precursor to Bertie Wooster. With all that in mind, it seemed sensical to review each half separately.

SO-- On the subject of the 8 Jeeves stories in question:
5 stars
R- 0

Buy Enter JeevesIf you can find it, this is definitely a good place to start. The entire county library system only had one copy, though, which is just sad. I did, however, find it on both Amazon and Indiebound, so maybe there's hope after all.

Anyway. Included in the stories are "Extricating Young Gussie"-- which is the first time Bertie and Jeeves were introduced to readers-- and "Jeeves Takes Charge"-- which relates how the two met.

Inevitably, each story involves Jeeves extricating (such a sadly underused word) Bertie and/or his pals from various troubles. And, just as inevitably, Bertie's and Jeeves' relationship is under strain over some point of Bertie's appearance, of which Jeeves does not approve. (Purple socks, pink ties, a mustache.... can you picture Hugh Laurie with a mustache??)

HIGHLY recommended for anyone who loves witty humor. And since it's all short stories, it's a great light summer read!

What's on YOUR summer reading list??

1 comment:

  1. I've been meaning to start reading Jeeves and Wooster books. Maybe I will finally get some now you have given them such glowing reviews.