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Book Review: My Man Jeeves

My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (4 star review)

My Man Jeeves
Jeeves series, #1

written by P.G. Wodehouse

256 pages // published in 1919 // classic humor


Who can forget our beloved gentleman's personal gentleman, Jeeves, who ever comes to the rescue when the hapless Bertie Wooster falls into trouble. My Man Jeeves is sure to please anyone with a taste for pithy buffoonery, moronic misunderstandings, gaffes, and aristocratic slapstick.

"Leave It to Jeeves"
"Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest"
"Jeeves and the Hard-boiled Egg"
"Absent Treatment"
"Helping Freddie"
"Rallying Round Old George"
"Doing Clarence a Bit of Good"
"The Aunt and the Sluggard"

My Review

4 Star Rating

A collection of short stories. Some featuring Wooster and Jeeves; some featuring other characters.

...In which we find some witty scenes and crazy, hilarious antics. It feels akin to a sitcom with one guy hatching devious schemes, and his best friend gullibly believing it to be the best thing since sliced bread, so of course they must do it.

There's a lot of trickery and deceitful actions in these stories, to be honest... Although it made for a laughing-good time, I kept hoping for something a bit more fun in a wholesome way.

Some mild foul language.

The bottom line? The book fell a little flat for my expectations. I may read some of the series in the distant future, but I won't feel like I'm missing anything if I don't. Somebody -- tell me if I'm missing out on something great!

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Book #1 completed // Classic Comic Novel

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1 comment:

  1. I don't think I enjoyed the ones that weren't Jeeves and Wooster as much. I'd say keep trying, but it might not be your type of humor, right now. I've tried books later that I didn't "get" at first and loved them. This series was one of them. Sometimes mood and humor have to match for me to like/want to read a book. I went through a lot of these when I felt I really needed to escape with something light (actually, I'm still in that, now my go-to is Georgette Heyer).

    All the titles run together for me, so I couldn't point you to another specifically, but the novel ones are better than the short stories.

    I think the humor is more in the exaggerative descriptions and conversations and occasional situational humor.