Carry On, Jeeves: 8 Complete Stories

ISBN: 1572701099
ISBN 13: 9781572701090
By: P.G. Wodehouse Martin Jarvis

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There seems to be little Bertie Wooster can do without the help of Jeeves these days. Formidable aunts, unbidden guests, and other headaches are small potatoes for the ever-resourceful Jeeves. Here is another heavenly dose of humor and intrigue from "the greatest comic writer ever" (Douglas Adams)."P. G. Wodehouse at his shining best." --John Mortimer

Reader's Thoughts


Once bitten, it's so hard to be circumspect: get this book and read it.As I wrote in my review of "The Inimitable Jeeves", the tales of Wooster and Jeeves are wonderful. Light, meaningless in the sense of global climate change of nuclear warfare, but hugely enjoyable and fun to read.Wodehouse was a master storyteller. Is it a pity that he created these characters to practice his art with? No, I say it's the exact opposite. It was his genius (yes, I used that word again) that created this look at the lives and attitudes of the British upper crust.This is the second book I've read (not the 2nd he wrote) and I was as eager to delve into the next as I was to start the first. If your sense of humor is damaged or has been MIA, wax up your funnybones - they are going to get a workout!


I do love P. G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories. It's been a while since I read this one and I wanted a humorous, silly, light read. I love the Britishness (tea solves all), the time period invoked, the class system and the wonderful silly capers of the ditzy, upper class characters. (If you've read Wodehouse you will know that 'capers' is the perfect word). It's comforting to know that all their problems can be solved by Bertie Wooster's valet, Jeeves. Wodehouse's writing style makes me smile every time.


** spoiler alert ** I haven't read P.G. Wodehouse since the summer before 8th grade, I believe. I don't recall which of his books that was (possibly Laughing Gas?) but I remember laughing aloud as I read it. While Carry On, Jeeves didn't produce quite the same amount of hilarity, it did make me giggle to myself several times, especially as Bertie Wooster kept finding himself in the same situations and was just as unable to face them each time. You would think this would be a little repetitive and frustrating - and sometimes it was. Still, Wodehouse's characterization of Bertie was so thoroughly well done that each time his bewilderment was completely genuine, Jeeves's wryness perfectly on-key, and the scene remained very funny. It was almost like a sitcom: the situations are relatively the same each episode, but to a faithful viewer, the characters are so true and beloved, you fall for it every time.The final story was an interesting twist, taking Jeeves' perspective instead of Bertie's, a necessary device in that particular story. I especially enjoyed the sly way in which Jeeves "foresees" car trouble. Such a wonderful character! Still, part of what I enjoy about these stories is the surprise twist, finding out in which way Jeeves had the situation in check all along. Also, after reading nine stories from Bertie's perspective, it was a bit confusing - perhaps even a jolt back to reality- to suddenly have the situation swapped. I wouldn't mind if Jeeves-as-narrator were limited to a special few. Either way, I look forward to adding a few more Wodehouse books into my ordinary diet.

Ashutosh Rai

This was my first Wodehouse book, and I was thoroughly delighted after reading it. It beats me why i didn't read any of the Jeeves books earlier. These stories are like fairy tales for adults. Everyone is so good that it looks like the world as we saw when we were kids. No troubles, no big questions to answer, immediate future taken care of by elders. Troubles, if and when they come, could be taken care of by display of some finesse, as Jeeves would call it. The stories bring a smile on your face, and you go to bed thinking that there might exist a place where people like Jeeves and Wooster still live, away from all the problems of the world we live in, and then you wish to travel to that place, even if only in your dreams.


This was my 3rd Jeeves book (the 3rd in The Jeeves Omnibus). I can't say enough good things about Wodehouse. I have systematically been trying to get loved ones and friends to read these books, or at least become familiar with the characters, because I have fallen in love with them. Also, I have found a Wodehouse Fanatic and I imagine a long friendship with them, involving (among many other things) borrowing all their Jeeves books and movies.Highlights to Carry On, Jeeves:1. It's hilarious and hardly includes the character Bingo Little.2. You learn how Jeeves came into Wooster's employ in the first place.3. The last chapter is written by Jeeves! Delightful!I hope some day I will own nearly all Wodehouse's works, too.

Philippe Malzieu

Difficult to make more english. But dreamed England. They get dressed for diner, one is held well. To compensate for this rigid formal structure, there is this particular freedom of spirit: humour. It is a very particular form, with not confusing with spirit which is French. It was practised with elegance until the XIX°.All is contained, all is controlled, not waves, but there is humour. It is this balance which makes the charm of this series.

Nick Ziegler

My second Wodehouse book, the other I've read being Thank You, Jeeves. The common wisdom about Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories, when you ask a veteran where to start, is "it really doesn't matter, they're all the same."* This sounds initially like a compliment with a double-edge, but really the ability of Wodehouse to adhere to a formula of his own invention without becoming stale, and to somehow tell the same joke over and over again without repeating himself, is exactly what is so breathtaking about his creation. People are reluctant to become too critical of the stories, preferring to have their cares charmed away. You dive into a story, and as soon as Bernie Wooster's distinct voice begins narrating, you know exactly where you are, and yet you can't wait to see where you'll be going. The stories are immediate refuges, endlessly engaging, and the lightness of their subject is a virtue because it allows the wordplay and wit to dazzle all the more.This is not to say that Wodehouse is simply frivolous, but rather that whatever is satirical about the portrayal of Wooster and his colleagues in the leisure class is blunted by, first, Wodehouse presenting this as too obvious for serious comment, and secondly, by the fact that for all Bernie's ignorance, he means well. Because it is so well-understood that the upper class English are ridiculous, there's nothing more to do than exploit them for humor (but without sacrificing genuine sympathy). For some reason our culture counts novels and short stories as high art forms, expecting more from them than, say, stand-up or sketch comedy. Put aside the arbitrary hierarchy of the arts, and you can enjoy Wodehouse as sheer entertainment, as well as as an author who charmingly evokes a particular class during a particular time in English history.*Though I have heard the opinion that the quality of the stories declines somewhat in their later incarnations, which is why I've decided to start with the earlier books.


This collection of short stories was suggested to me by the same person who recommended Ross McDonald and John Le Carre, so I was fairly certain that it was going to be a good bet, albeit in a far different vein. I was looking for something that could be considered 'whimsical' and Carry On, Jeeves certainly did not disappoint. And, as you might expect, the Brits maintain their perpetual knack for making wickedly funny and scathing comments towards people who don't quite know that they are being made fun of. A skill we should all excel in...What we have, essentially, is the origin of the highly amusing relationship between a capable, clear-minded butler (or 'gentleman's gentleman') and his loopy, witless employer who can't be trusted to cut his own meat, let alone dress himself properly. And although the collection has some rough working-out-the-schtick hiccups in the first few stories, progressively, the plots become more convoluted and Jeeves' ability to draw magical solutions out of a hat more hilarious. If you're going to skim, I highly suggest at least reading "Jeeves Takes Charge" (in which our Man Friday arrives), "The Aunt and the Sluggard," "Without the Option," "Clustering Around Young Bingo," and, of course, the Jeeves-narrated, "Bertie Changes his Mind."If you're not able to pick this up in the near future, however, I'd like to bless your New Year's with Jeeves' own hangover cure--"extremely invigorating after a late evening."One Raw EggWorcester SauceRed PepperI'm sure to be giving this a try sometime very early in the new year.

Trixie Fontaine

I picked this book up again for comfort. I tried watching the television version of these stories and HATED it - it's every annoying thing I can't stand, but somehow, for me, reading it is a totally calming experience. I've come to the conclusion that any reading material frequently describing breakfast foods WINS, and Wodehouse does that very well. Fantasizing about having a brilliant manservant to dress me, cook my eggs perfectly, and solve all of my problems is the perfect way to de-stress. It's also comforting to read about a bigger moron (Wooster) than myself.NOTE: I picked the audio cassette edition by accident; what I have is a book.

Deepa Swaminathan

If there is a more frabjous pairing of master and butler than Bertie and Jeeves, I can’t imagine it. Carry on, Jeeves is a memorable collection of ten short stories comprising of this duo in full form by the one and only Sir P.G. Wodehouse!A few words on the short stories-Jeeves takes charge- The first story of this impeccable collection presents an account of how Jeeves came into Bertram Wooster’s life. Jeeves offers a unique drink to Bertie that gets sleepy heads into their senses in a jiffy and he gets instantly appointed! Then follows a nightmare for Bertie when his fiancée wants him to pinch a manuscript written by Bertie’s uncle Willoughby and destroy it, if he has to prove his love for her. What follows is a hilarious series of events when Bertie sneaks into his uncle’s room and eventually lands on the verge of being labeled as a kleptomaniac. The first assignment for Jeeves!The artistic career of Corky- Corky, Bertie’s chum is a painter of sorts. He loves lady Muriel who is a stage artist, and is in a fix on how to break the news to uncle Worple whom he is dependent on for his pocket money. This uncle is hell- bent on persuading Corky to join him in his jute business and would definitely disapprove of any choice for bride from Corky. Jeeves and the unbidden guest-A hilarious story where Bertie is forced to take care of the nerdy 23 year old, Motty, for a couple of months. Motty is the son of lady Malvern, an authoress and a good friend of aunt Agatha. So Bertie hasn’t much choice but to accept being the ’baby sitter’ lest he invokes aunt Agatha’s wrath “who becomes a wolf during full moons”. This lady Malvern’s healthiness is depicted in Bertie’s words thus, “She fitted into my biggest arm-chair as if it had been built round her by someone who knew they were wearing arm-chairs tight about the hips that season.”! She needs to go on a tour for a research on American prisons. Hell breaks loose when the nerdy looking Motty turns into a devil the moment his mom is out of sight! How will poor Bertie handle him? Ask Jeeves.Jeeves and the hard boiled egg-Just like scores of Bertie’s friends who are dependent on some ancestor for pocket money, Bicky relies on his uncle, the Duke of Chiswick for his monthly allowance. This remittance pours in only because the Duke thinks that Bicky has started some business in New York, whereas he is doing nothing at all. The Duke is now to pay a visit to Bicky to check on how he is doing. The bewildered bloke reaches Bertie’s doorstep for help and Jeeves glides in to suggest that the uncle could be given the impression that this was Bicky’s home and Bertie was a temporary guest! The rummy affair of Biffy-Biffy, Bertie’s absent minded friend, is heart-broken. He has lost his beloved because he has forgotten her full name and is not able to not trace her. Biffy is so forgetful that he ventures out of his hotel to search for her and realizing that he has forgotten his wallet, tries to board a cab back and then realizes that he has forgotten the name of his hotel! Too many realizations! Will Jeeves’ eccentric grudge against Biffy make matters worse?Without the optionSippy has been convicted of a violent assault on the police. Bertie is, in a way, responsible for Sippy’s plight. Pandemonium breaks out when Sip’s aunt expresses a sudden desire to see him after a long span of around 20 years. Little does she know that her dear nephew has to serve his sentence in prison. Jeeves suggests that since the aunt has not seen Sippy after the age of ten, Bertie could impersonate himself as Sippy. (This story’s my favourite.)This book has been published by Arrow publications in 2008. Arrow Books has taken over 43 P.G. Wodehouse titles in paperback upon the expiration of the Penguin’s publication licenses in 2008. This collection of new editions is a real treat to the eye. So Wodehouse fans, indulge in the world of the literary genius - P.G. Wodehouse. Pip Pip!!

Velimira Olshevska

I am a proud owner of most of the stories about Jeeves as well as many other Woodhouse novels!When I started reading Carry on, Jeeves I was in need of some funny stories for some bedtime reading. But then I began collecting them and at the end I had more than 30 books..I like Jeeves' humor, his constant making fun of Wooster and the other characters. Wooster on the other hand is almost naive and that makes him even more interesting as this quality always puts him in rediculous situations.As much I love profoundness in a book, I also love laughing with it and Woodhouse gives that to me when I need it!


Wodehouse is a brilliant writer, easy to read without being dumbed down; his writing just flows. He's got the classic understated British sense of humor, put on display here as he assumes the voice of foppish aristocrat Bertie Wooster for nine of the stories and then that of the ultimate valet Jeeves for the last.Bertie and his friends live in a world of privilege paid for by old money and rich aunts and uncles. Jeeves is the servant who brings Bertie's problems (and those of his friends) to happy resolutions.One recurring part of the solution in these stories is the well-placed lie. It makes me think a bit about what Wodehouse's goal was in the Jeeves and Wooster stories. If it was just light-hearted fun, then he's achieved it, but just making lying funny makes me more than a bit uncomfortable.I think part of it is also satirizing the life of the British upper class. One of the biggest calamities that can happen to a character in these stories is the loss of one's allowance from the rich aunt or uncle. There's also the time that Bertie has to move out of his apartment, living in a hotel without Jeeves at his beck and call, and believes that he can now sympathize with the poor who don't have people to tie their ties for them. Or there's the story written from Jeeves' point of view that reveals him to be, as he might say, not a little conscious of his own interests in performing his duties. I think that there's more going on than just funny stories and gullible characters.Anyway, I want to find out more about Wodehouse's goal in writing the Jeeves and Wooster series.


"A fellow told me one about Wembley yesterday," I said, to help on the cheery flow of conversation. "Stop me if you've heard it before. Chap goes up to deaf chap outside the exhibition & says, 'Is this Wembley?' 'Hey?' says deaf chap. 'Is this Wembley?' says chap. 'Hey?' says deaf chap. 'Is this Wembley?' says chap. 'No, Thursday,' says deaf chap. Ha, ha, I mean, what?"The merry laughter froze on my lips. Sir Roderick sort of just waggled an eyebrow in my direction and I saw that it was back to the basket for Bertram.

An Odd1

"it's always just as a fellow is feeling particularly braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with the bit of lead piping" p 38.After first England country house escapade, dashing narrator Bertram Wooster 20s, avoids dominating Aunt Agatha in 1920s New York City. Every time Jeeves elegantly extricates oddly nicknamed chums from romances and from young bucks' own wacky solutions, back into financial care of rich aristocratic relatives, Bertie gives up whatever his valet deems unsuitable: light checked suit, hat "Broadway Special, much patronized by the Younger Set" p 38, pink tie, mustache, "soft silk" evening shirts p 163, "purple socks" p 188. Detours to Paris for Biffy #6. "There are certain moments in life when words are not needed. I looked at Biffy, Biffy looked at me. A perfect understanding linked our two souls. "?""!"Three minutes later we had joined the Planters" bar p 115. #8 to seaside for Freddy "the World's Champion Dumb Brick .. speechless" but knows to kiss a girl when urged. Last two tales return to London. #9 Milady's Boudoir magazine offices are in "rummy .. Covent Garden" street p 164. #10 on return from Brighton, Jeeves tells his own version of Bertie relinquishing desire to house neices, adopt children, or otherwise attain fatherhood and depart bachelordom "dashed jolly .. Cozy and pleasant .. Soothing" p 200. Silly sod Bertie says "pipped" where his snooty smart valet Jeeves says "trifle agitated" p 57. Delightfully different voices in conversation and narration, model that other authors do not twig to.1 Jeeves Takes Charge - Dependent on Uncle Willoughby, narrator Bertie is pushed by fiancée Florence Craye to destroy said Uncle's memoirs. Boy Scout Edwin betrays hiding spot. (view spoiler)[ Bertie gives up check suit when Jeeves sends manuscript to publisher, ending engagement, knowing aristocrats adore publicity too. (hide spoiler)]2 The Artistic Career of Corky - Bruce "Corky" wants to endear theater girlfriend Muriel Singer to supporting Uncle Alexander Worple 50s, author of American Birds, then botches portrait of Uncle's newborn. (view spoiler)[ Bertie funds publishing of Children's book attributed to Muriel, who marries Alex instead and bears thief of Corky's inheritance. Alex correctly says painting looks like cartoon, and Corky knows newpaper editor in need. (hide spoiler)]3 Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest - Before month tour of American prisons, Lady Malvern drops off bookish son Motty 23, who lets loose, gets jailed. (view spoiler)[Jeeves bet him to hit cop, out of flat, pretends on purpose for ma's book (hide spoiler)]4 Jeeves and the Hard-Boiled Egg - "Bicky" Bickersteth takes Bertie's flat to fool egg, uncle, Duke of Chiswick. (view spoiler)[Duke relents rather than have Bicky sell story to tabloid of attempt to sell handshakes to visiting conventioneers. (hide spoiler)]5 The Aunt and the Sluggard - "Rocky" Todd prefers quiet remote rural retreat to nightly high-society revels with Aunt Isabel. (view spoiler)[ Jeeves takes her to religious revival where converted, she begs nephew to retire from sinful city. (hide spoiler)]6 The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy - In Paris, Biffy forgets beloved Mabel's surname and hotel, dazedly gets engaged to Bertie's ex, Honoria Glossop. Jeeves is "frostily" reluctant p 99. (view spoiler)[Mabel is neice of Jeeves, who helps when he learns Biffy's intentions were honorable. Any pal of nutty Bertie must be crazy too. (hide spoiler)]7 Without the Option - Bertie, released when "Sippy" Oliver Randolph Sipperley 25 incarcerated for same prank, substitute to visit Pringles, daughter Heloise resembles his ex Honoria Glossop, and pursues him similarly. (view spoiler)[ Heloise is Honoria's cousin, and Sir Roderick arrives and blows the whistle. Jeeves bribes his cousin, village constable, to harass Sippy's supporting spinster aunt, so she is proud of boy hitting cop "sloshed him .. biffed him - smote him a blow - in the stomach" p 141. (hide spoiler)]8 Fixing it for Freddy - Bullivant wants Muriel, so Bertie kidnaps lisping toddler at Dorsetshire cottage during summer stay. (view spoiler)[Child not related, stranger, but candy bribes elucidate crucial "Kiss Freddie" just in time. (hide spoiler)]9 Clustering Round Young Bingo - Publisher Aunt Dahlia wants an article and a cook from house of Bingo Little, who asks Bertie to burgle wife Rosie's study. (view spoiler)[ Bertie escapes cop. French chef Anatole flees when his "formally affianced" ex is hired to join current housemaid he woos p 184. (hide spoiler)]10 Bertie Changes His Mind - Jeeves narrates extinguishing desire for children at a school thanks to lively truant Peggy Wainwaring 12ish picked up on road from Brighton. (view spoiler)[ She steals Bertie's cigarettes, shares; he gets blame. Jeeves pretends car needs fixing and advises headmistress to request motivational speech from Bertie, who "bug-eyed" babbles inappropriate uncle's bet and joke. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>


This is my first run-in with Wodehouse since I went to the By Jeeves! musical a couple years ago. If you're new to the whole Jeeves thing, in every short story toff socialite Bernie Wooster gets himself caught in a complex farcical "I say!" situation, usually where he has to maintain a lie or keep up a social front amongst a few different people. At the last minute, when it seems all is lost, his all-knowing butler Jeeves steps in and saves the day, having cleverly observed the situation from a distance and come up with a perfect solution. That's it. The formula repeats again and again, and there's dozens of these books! It's pretty addictive and often quite charming, though all the toffness does grate on you after a while. I heard on Stephen Fry's TV show that Jeeves is very popular in hospitals and prisons, and I can see why.

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